$51,274 in grants highlights Raising Warwick celebration

On October 4, the Warwick Education Foundation hosted its first annual Raising Warwick Education Celebration. Teachers, students, donors, school board officials, volunteers, and interested community residents gathered to hear and share stories about the Foundation’s work enriching K-12 education.
“We were delighted to see new faces,” says Barb Mobley, Executive Director. “And we were very happy to talk about the grants we’ve awarded.
Dr. April Hershey, Superintendent of the Warwick School District, spoke about the Foundation’s faithful two-decade commitment to innovative learning opportunities above and beyond our regular curriculum. Taking the long view, she linked investment in education success with community progress and well-being.
Looking to the near future, Mobley points out that “Raising Warwick is more than a single event—more than an unveiling of our kids’ new educational opportunities. We’ve still got to raise the extra money that makes extra enrichment possible. And that campaign only goes till October 30.”
For the present school year, the Foundation grant total of $51,274 is broken down into two categories. Sixteen of the grants, which add up to $39,174, are being shared by 47 Warwick teachers, with winners concentrated in reading activities and STEM programs.
An additional three grants will pay $12,100 for “Experts in Residence,” guests who bring their special talents or real-life experiences to the schools. Students will enjoy a live theatrical performance, conversation with a Newberry-winning author, and a visit from Civil War reenactor.
The Foundation’s challenge is to raise another $50,000-plus for the 2019-2020 school year. As always, Lititz and Warwick companies, other organizations, and individuals with a passion for education are expected to do the heavy lifting.
But the Foundation hopes to add to that through the Raising Warwick campaign.
“Think what a difference we could make if all 18,000 township residents pitched in to help fund the Foundation’s work,” says Mobley. “Or if even 1,800 of them stepped up for our kids. If we put our money where our values are, the whole community could celebrate Raising Warwick next year.”