Volunteer Spotlight on… Dan Doremus

warwick-ed3Dan Doremus wants to make sure students get excellent programs. That’s why he makes a great chair of the Allocations Committee, the group that decides how to award Warwick Education Foundation grants.

Through the leadership of Doremus, the WEF modified its grant application last year to include new incentives for educators to apply for grants as a team. Teams of applicants may now apply for grants up to $3,000, double the grants up to $1,500 available to individual applicants.

“We decided to encourage teachers to collaborate,” explained Doremus. “It could be a group of teachers, a department, or a team of teachers from different disciplines,” such as the teachers who received a grant to purchase Weather Bug software for use in both math and science classes at Warwick Middle school.”

From his years serving as assistant superintendent of Warwick School District (1986-2004), Doremus understands the importance of funding programs that fit well into the overall educational picture at Warwick. “All of the requests are reviewed by the principal and the superintendent. We want to make sure that the grants are consistent with the instructional direction of the school.”

For example, the play My Heart in a Suitcase, which the WEF has funded several times, corresponds with the 7th grade language arts curriculum, in which students read The Diary of Anne Frank. The play recounts the true story of Anne Lehman Fox, sent from Nazi Germany to Great Britain for adoption by a Jewish family during World War II.
“The year that I attended,” remembers Doremus, “Anne Lehman Fox herself also came to see the play again. What was really educational was that students asked her questions after the play, and she gave them her first-hand account. That’s the type of learning opportunity we hope to provide for Warwick students that gets them excited and involved about learning in a different way.”

Doremus looks with great respect on those who share his passion for youth and education, including his fellow WEF board members and former Warwick Superintendant John Bonfield, whose legacy continues to inspire him.

“John Bonfield had a phrase during new staff orientation: ‘We’re good but we can be better.’ That’s our philosophy for the WEF. We’ve done a good job and we have expanded our reach within the community, but we want to do more.”

Dan Doremus retired from his post as Assistant Superintendent of Warwick School District in 2004 after 18 years of service. He joined the board of the Warwick Education Foundation in 2005 and was elected Vice President in 2007, a role he continues to this day. He currently chairs the Allocations Committee and the Educational Impact Committee.

Since retirement, Dan has been “bitten by the golf bug,” especially after having to put aside favorite activities of ski and SCUBA. Dan is active with his home church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Ephrata, where he serves on the capital campaign committee.

Dan has been married 12 years to Cathy, who serves the community through the Lititz Womans Club, Heart of Lancaster Hospital, Lancaster Historical Society, and First Methodist Church of Lancaster. He has a step-son, Chad, living with his wife in Asheville NC, and a step-daughter, Claudia, who lives in Baltimore.