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April 6, 2021
Hello Everyone,Hope you all had a nice and relaxing Spring Break, and were able to enjoy the great weather!
In case you haven’t heard, Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation (UMAEF) is holding our annual Viking 5K & Family Fun Run/Walk in a virtual format this year due to the lingering pandemic. The virtual race will take place between May 29 and June 6, 2021, and you can choose a date/time and course that works for you. Just make sure you report your time during the specified time period. Please go to our race website for more information, including an app you can download to help you train for the 5K.
This is our sixth year holding the UMAEF Viking 5K, which continues to be the major fundraiser for the Foundation. All proceeds will go directly to support teacher-initiated projects benefiting the students in the Upper Merion Area School District, across all seven schools! Runners, walkers and participants of all abilities are welcome! Tell your family, friends and neighbors, and since it’s virtual they can participate from anywhere! All registrants will receive a free t-shirt, with our brand new logo!
Whether or not you choose to run, you can help us by starting a fundraiser for UMAEF. There will be prizes for top individual fundraisers! Sponsorships and donations are also accepted on our registration site, so please consider creating a fundraiser or making a donation.
For more than twenty years, the Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation has funded new science education equipment, learning-enhancing technology, innovative language and arts projects, thought-provoking speakers, after-school enrichment activities, and many other programs which enhance the education of the children in our community.
If you have any questions, please email UMAEFinfo@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support, and hope you can join our virtual run!
UMAEF Viking 5K & Family Fun Run Race Director
UPPER MERION AREA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONMission Statement
The Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation (UMAEF) is committed to the continuing advancement of public education in the Upper Merion Area School District, by providing funds for educational programs and activities through engagement and collaboration with parents, school staff, businesses, and community members, so that every child is given the opportunity to thrive in a rigorous, engaging, and dynamic environment.
We will achieve our mission by generating independent funding and developing community partnerships to recognize and encourage student and staff innovation and excellence.We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, funded through donations and annual fundraising events. The purpose of the Foundation is to offer grants to teachers in the Upper Merion Area School District, via an application process, that supplement as well as complement basic educational programs in the areas of Technology, Arts, Scholastic Enhancement and Cultural Enrichment.
We are looking for those in our community who are passionate about improving public schools and the education of our children. If you are interested in joining the Foundation as a board member or just want to volunteer your skills and time for specific events or activities, please contact us at UMAEFinfo@gmail.com.
2020-2021 Board of Directors:Todd Brown, President
Eileen Ching, Treasurer Casmir Martin, SecretaryAnthony Grazel, Ed.D.Michael Keeley Susan Silver, Ed.D. John Toleno, Ed.D., SuperintendentIf you would like to donate to our foundation, please send your payment (make check payable to “Upper Merion Area Educational Foundation”) to:
Upper Merion Area Educational Foundationc/o Michael Keeley
435 Crossfield Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406or use the button below!
We will never email you to ask for wire transfers or e-gift card transfers.
In consideration of the current pandemic, our Viking 5K 2021 is going VIRTUAL!
UMAEF Virtual Viking 5K & Family Fun Run will take place:Saturday May 29 to Sunday June 6, 2021Anywhere
All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards teacher-initiated projects that will benefit the students in our school district. Please click here to register, and you can also support us by fundraising or making a donation. Since the race is virtual, don't forget your family and friends in other parts of the country. They can participate and show their support for the teachers and children in UMASD!
If you have any questions, please email UMAEFinfo@gmail.com. Thank you for your support and hope to see you at the race!
Check out the photo gallery below for some highlights from the 5th Annual Viking 5k held in 2019.
Upper Merion Area Education Foundation Awards 2020-2021 Grants
At the October School Board Business Meeting the Upper Merion Area Education Foundation presented eight grants that will benefit specific program ideas in our district schools. Congratulations to all the winners!!
School Grade/Dept/Course Requestor Title of Project Gulph K-4 Special Education Dena Yassky In Our Family/
Photography Diversity Exhibit
Elementary K-4 Instructional Coach Julie Overly Building a Foundation of
Anti-Racism: Using Powerful
Literature as a Conversation Starter
Elementary K-4 Instructional Coach Julie Overly Starting the Conversation Early:
Bolstering K-4 Classroom Libraries
with Anti-Racist Books
Roberts 1st Grade Fayth Balsam, Shawn Beers & Kathy Soranno Habits of Mind Engagement Candlebrook Reading Specialist Lisa Mazinas Reading Rocks! Reading and
Writing across the Genres
High School English Rebecca McDonnell and Kelly Bontempo Give VOICE High School Business and Computer 9-12 Jennifer McCarthy Cricut Business for the Classroom Candlebrook Library/Librarian
Annmarie Kocher PA/NJ eBOOK Consortium