"UDAEF would like to thank the incomparable Upper Darby Music Department, the UDPAC staff, the UDSD Administration, the UD Arts & Education Service Club, and our incredibly supportive sponsors that make the Gala such an amazing experience for audience and performers alike! Over 700 young performers, 1150 sold-out seats, over $40,000 in funds raised in ONE PRICELESS EVENT -- it would not happen without such an amazing community of support."
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The Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation (UDAEF) proudly announces receipt of a grant from the Chester County Regional Education Service (CCRES). The $2,000 award supports the UDAEF's partnership with the Upper Darby School District's K-2 Literacy Initiative, a five-year program utilizing technology to assure that all students will be able to read at least on grade level by third grade. Dr. Ronald Farkas, CCRES Executive Director, recently conducted a site visit to observe the program in operation. Under the leadership of Ms. Christine Kelley, UDSD Director or Curriculum, Dr. Farkas observed three classes at the kindergarten Center and four first and second grade classes at the Aronimink Elementary School. Individual and group participation techniques reinforce literacy skills. The hands-on equipment is also used to promote key concepts of numeracy. The rapid, focused interactions of students with the teacher, the screen information, the iPads and each other generate an enthusiasm for learning while the skills are developed. The UDAEF committed to provide the UDSD with $265,000 toward the $1.5 million total program cost to cover purchase of the technological materials. All 130 district K-2 classrooms are equipped with a smart screen, projector, iPads and software programming. This supplements the district's provision of instructional materials, staff in-service and providing necessary technological infrastructure.
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As school budgets tighten, new sources of income have become necessary to continue to provide important programs and services. The Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation is a nonprofit corporation formed to improve the quality of educational and cultural programs in the Upper Darby School District. The Foundation provides a means for those who support our schools to contribute directly to the educational programs offered to our students.
This past fall, the UDAEF began publicizing the BRAVO Award as part of our K–2 Literacy Initiative.
"The BRAVO Award is a way to say ‘thank you’ and to recognize a person in the Upper Darby School District who has made a difference in your life, inspired your child to succeed, or gone out of their way to assist you," said Schoener. "The person can play any part in the huge stage of the School District – teacher, principal, bus driver, cafeteria worker, office staff, security, crossing guard – ANYONE who you feel deserves public recognition for a job well-done."
In honor of the first round of BRAVO awards, Schoener presented the first four recipients with their certificates at the Upper Darby School District Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 10. Recipients included: Nick Meehan, a Business Education teacher at Upper Darby High School and the advisor for the award-winning DECA program; Tim Blessington, a music teacher at Beverly Hills Middle School who teaches concert band, marching band, jazz ensemble, and orchestra; Anna Schneider, a music teacher at Drexel Hill Middle School who has taught young Upper Darby musicians for nearly three decades; and Dr. John Council, Principal of Highland Park Elementary School.
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"We are blessed with a community filled with inspirational leaders and involved citizens, and as a result, the UDAEF will accomplish much in 2015," said Schoener. "As a team, we have achieved many successes already this year, but there is still much to be done. I encourage everyone to get involved – and to learn more about our many efforts to build a stronger future for our community’s students."
The Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation is proud to announce that the technology initiative promoting 100% literacy in kindergarten through third grade classrooms as well as the Brad Schoener MusicMan Camp have been accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as eligible for EITC funding! This mean EITC eligible businesses can now receive tax credits for making financial contributions to these programs along with 5 other UDAEF supported programs:
Artist in Residence, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement Courses, Engineering Program and Robotics.
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