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Education Foundation receives $15,000 check from Masonic Village at Elizabethtown

April 29, 2019- A check for $15,000 was recently presented to the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation by the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. The donation will support the foundation’s educational classroom grant program, which awards funds to Elizabethtown Area School District teachers for creative and innovative programs in the areas of academics, the arts, and extra-curricular activities.
Check Presentation group photo
Presenting the check from Masonic Village was Cindy Phillips, executive director of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Accompanying Phillips were residents George Mehaffie and Nancy Halliwell. Receiving the ceremonial check on behalf of the foundation were Dr. Michele Balliet, superintendent of schools for the Elizabethtown Area School District and foundation board member, and Robert Enck, foundation board member. Accompanying Balliet and Enck were Dan Serfass, assistant to the superintendent for learning; Dr. Nate Frank, middle school principal; and Sean Houseknecht and Alex Shubert, middle school science teachers, as well as a group of her students benefitting from the grant.

The foundation’s educational classroom grant program was launch in February 2009. Since the program’s inception, the foundation has awarded 84 grants totaling more than $150,000 to school district teachers. The funds from the Masonic Village are used to underwrite the grants each year. This is the eleventh year in a row the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown has gifted the foundation $15,000 for its grant program.

While at the school to present the check, the representatives from the Masonic Village visited Houseknecht’s classroom to see how the funds are put to good use through the grant program. Houseknecht and Shubert received $1,700 to introduce a new initiative titled: Impact of Invasive Crayfish in Lancaster County Streams. As part of the new program, students took part in hands-on activities to learn about the impact an invasive species like the crayfish can have on local waterways and what can be done to prevent it.

The foundation’s mission is to secure funding and award monies to provide supplemental resources that will enrich and enhance teaching and learning in the Elizabethtown Area School District and help prepare students for the 21st century. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to support the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation by making a donation to the private 501(c)(3) entity. All contributions to the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation are tax deductible. For more information on the foundation, contact Troy Portser at (717) 367-1521 or