Funded Programs

Contributions from friends of CCEF make a difference in the lives of Central Cambria children every day!  Below are descriptions of some of the recent programs that were funded because of the generosity of CCEF donors.

 Opportunities Abound!

A Novel Approach to Reading

A CCEF grant helped to expand the reading program at Jackson Elementary.  Teachers Patty Burkey and Kathy Kupchella requested funding to purchase some additional novels for 4th graders at the school.  A venture grant took care of the cost of the books, and students did the rest.  Below are photos from a student presentation of the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Study Buddy Program

When teachers Lorraine Kukucka and Susanna Semelsberger wanted to use older elementary students as peer tutors to help younger children sharpen their reading skills, they turned to CCEF for a grant.   The foundation provided funding for the Study Buddy Program, which pairs students in fifth grade with peers in first and second grades.  The older kids make terrific role models while working with their younger counterparts on vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Building STEM Skills with LEGOs

LEGOs are more than just fun to play with.  They’re a great teaching tool for aspiring engineers.  That’s why CCEF granted teacher Heather Niebaurer’s request for funding for her seventh and eighth grade enrichment students to compete in the First Lego League. The competition tests students’ STEM skills by challenging them to build robots. First Lego League website

sciencedayScience Day at Saint Francis University 

Participating in Science Day at Saint Francis University is not only something Central Cambria students look forward to, it’s an excursion CCEF is happy to support financially.  Teacher Maria Hoover was once again awarded a grant to cover the cost of her students’ participation in the annual event.  Like Mrs. Hoover, CCEF considers Science Day a very worthwhile experience.

Business Day at Saint Francis University

Composer in Residence 

Concert bands from Central Cambria, Cambria Heights, and Northern Cambria school districts collaborated to host Robert Sheldon, a nationally acclaimed composer, conductor and educator. This program “Composer in Residence” gave students the opportunity to work with a well known musician and educator to give them a better understanding of the pieces Mr. Sheldon composed that they performed at their respective concerts this past Spring.

Mike Hall Assembly 


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