G-A Education Foundation committed to 'raising the bar'

Shawn Hardy
Members of the Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation board had some fun in this photo, that has each holding something representing what the foundation supports.

The Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation is "raising the bar" and that message will be demonstrated in steel during a new New Year's Eve celebration and kickoff to a capital campaign to build restrooms and a concession stand at Kaley Field.

G-AEF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and impacting the lives of students in the Greencastle-Antrim School District. G-AEF was formed in 1997 following a $300,000 donation from the Lenfest Foundation, but its active involvement has flowed over the years with volunteer leadership.

Cheryl Brown was brought on board as the part-time executive director in August and is working to revitalize the foundation.

New Year's Eve 

An inaugural family event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve is among the foundation's biggest plans. It will also serve as the kickoff of the half-million dollar capital campaign.

While most communities drop something on New Year's Eve, G-AEF is going in the opposite direction.

"We are raising the bar," Brown said. A 15-foot beam donated by Strait Steel will be raised via crane at the celebration. Businesses will have the opportunity to pay to have their logos on the beam, which will be signed by everyone at the festivities.

Brown envisions incorporating the beam into the archway at the stadium, which will include restrooms — to replace portable toilets — and a concession stand. The beam also will be moved around the campus for other campaigns.

The hopes are to break ground in spring 2019 and complete the project by fall.

The family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration on Kaley Field will include community groups, entertainment, a live remote broadcast by WRGG and comments from the mayor. The first 500 people will get New Year's Eve swag.

It is free and open to the public, with no alcohol allowed.

"At 8 p.m. everyone goes home, the kids go to bed and the parents can have their own celebration," Brown said.

Other activities 

G-AEF helped with the Apple Festival at Tayamentasachta and the Make A Difference Day food collection at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School. Representatives were prepared to don costumes representing the G-AEF logo — an apple, an athlete, a pencil and the arts — to march in the Greencastle Halloween parade, which was rained out.

A celebration to announce teachers receiving mini-grants from the foundation will be held Nov 28. Brown loved reading the proposals, which ranged from technology to field trips.

The foundation was involved in the recent fundraiser for the renovation of the farmhouse at Tayamentasachta, including replacement of the roof. The farmhouse is on the Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas home tour on Sunday, Dec. 9, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m.

G-AEF's third annual Daddy-Daughter Dance is planned March 29 and tickets go on sale Dec. 15. There will be a golf outing during Old Home Week and the foundation also is in charge of the OHW alumni reunion. Greencastle-Antrim High School students — future alumni — are involved in updating the foundation's website.

The alumni association is being reinstated and the board will have a session to start working on a five-year strategic plan in December.

"We're raising the bar on that, too," Brown said.

"The Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation Board of Directors is committed to impacting and enhancing G-A students' educational experience," Brown said. "Their commitment is 'raising the bar' for all students, teachers, and the community at large. They have each committed their time, talent and treasure."

The board includes: Garon Gembe, president; Ed Wine, vice president; Cindy Marconi, treasurer; Jeff Shank, secretary; and Kerri Barnes, Georgina Cranston, Frank Guthrie, Dr. Greg Hoover, Vern McCauley, John McDowell, Cyndy Meals, Mary Matson Rowan, Mike Still, Dr. Kendra Trail and J.C. Wilson.

For more information about G-AEF, contact Brown at 717-658-0961 or: