Manheim Township Names 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The Manheim Township Alumni Association is proud to announce the names of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award winners.  Since 1997, Manheim Township has bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award on graduates who have achieved noteworthy and outstanding accomplishments in their chosen fields, have served their communities, and will serve as role models for students in the Manheim Township School District. 

The following alumni were selected for the 2015 award:  Ryan Dammerman, MD, PhD, class of 1992; William V. "Pete" Dorwart, Jr. PhD, class of 1959; and Ryan Sheely, PhD, class of 2000.  The winners were presented with their awards on June 3, 2015.  Prior to the presentation, they each had an opportunity to address the 2015 graduating class during commencement rehearsal.  Congratulations to this years award recipients! 

Pictured in Photo:  Dr. Ryan Sheely, Dr. William Dorwart, Jr. (seated) and Dr. Ryan Dammerman

An excerpt from the May 2014 MTAA Newsletter

2014 Spring Grants Awarded

Spring grants were awarded for 13 programs across the district. The Foundation funded 70% of the applications received for a Spring Grant Cycle total of $43,000. Together with the Fall grants, MTEF awarded $80,000 in grants for the 2013-2014 school year. The Foundation provides financial resources for enhancing the academic, athletic and artistic opportunities for all students. Click here to see a complete list of grants.

Grant Spotlight

One of the grants awarded this spring is called Blue Streak Connections. The program pairs students in the life skills support program (mentees) with peers without disabilities (mentors) through similar interests.

The goal of the program is to "establish a mentor/mentee program in which peers connect and socialize with the goal of breaking down barriers and building a deeper respect of others with diverse characteristics and unique abilities."

The mentors receive training from the special education and IU13 staff at the beginning of the school year. The mentors and mentees connect during each club period. They also attend school activities outside the school day. This program has a lasting effect on the students as they are able to connect throughout the school day creating a positive atmosphere and a sense of belonging for all students.

An excerpt from the May 2014 MTAA Newsletter

Education Forecast Breakfast: Public Education Meets Business

On April, 30 2014, MTEF hosted an Education Forecast Breakfast at the Lancaster Country Club. The breakfast provided an important opportunity for dialogue between diverse groups of local business leaders, school district leadership and university representatives. The event served as a fundraiser for the Foundation.

PA Secretary of Education, Carolyn Dumaresq, served as the keynote speaker. She described how Pennsylvania defined our education standards and outlined the State’s evaluation method for students and staff. As the event concluded, Dumaresq took questions from the audience.

Following the Secretary’s presentation, Susan Shapiro from WGAL8, who served as the event’s emcee, posed questions to a panel of four area superintendents. Panel members included Mike Leichliter, Penn Manor School District; Brenda Becker, Hempfield School District; Pedro Rivera, School District of Lancaster; and Mike Bromirski, Acting Superintendent for Manheim Township School District.

Discussion included the economic, social, and educational challenges that face today’s schools. They also pointed out various ways that strong school districts transform communities. The panel emphasized how business leaders and educators can come together serving as a common voice for the community when discussing change in both Harrisburg and Washington, DC.

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