2014 Annual Report


Thank You!

2014 Annual Report

The Foundation will ensure

the highest level of education

innovation supporting GLSD

student, faculty and staff with

community involvement in a

partnership of lifetime learning

through philanthropic and

volunteer opportunities.

A letter from Maryann White

President, GLPIEF;

CPA-Partner Kelly, Sparber, White & Associates;

Parent of three children in district

Dear Greater Latrobe Community,

I am honored to serve as President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Latrobe Partners

in Education Foundation (GLPIEF) and am very proud that I have three daughters currently

attending school in the district. As parents, we always want the best for our children. Our

school district strives to provide a nurturing and exceptional learning environment driven

by innovative programming that best meets the current needs of our children. In the

coming weeks, parents and guardians will learn more about the Annual Fund and be invited

to participate.

Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation was formed in 2012 and our

mission is to ensure the school district’s vision for generations to come through

philanthropic support from those who share our Wildcat pride. It has been an exciting

two years for our foundation. We launched the A+ Campaign in 2012, which

has been a tremendous success. The purpose of the campaign is to raise funds

to support the district’s projects and initiatives in three key areas – the

Academics, Athletics and Arts. Currently, we have raised $4.3 million toward our

$5 million A+ campaign goal through the leadership of several pacesetter gifts from local

individuals, businesses and the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Included in the report are

highlights from the Arnold Palmer Field House Dedication in recognition of his $1 million

gift to GLPIEF. We have also received generous contributions from the district’s administration,

faculty and staff, parents, board members and alumni.

I am excited about our successes to date and this report shares what the Greater Latrobe

Partners in Education Foundation has accomplished because of our generous donors.

I encourage you to visit the Foundation’s website at www.glpief.org to learn more or

contact Jessica Golden, Director of Development, at office@glpief.org or 724-539-4220.

Go Wildcats!

Maryann White

GLPIEF Board Members: Maryann White, President • Michael J. Rossi, Vice President • James R. Okonak, Secretary • Keith M. Visconti, Treasurer

David B. Arnold • Luigi G. Dilanni • Raymond W. Mt. Joy • William A. Palmer • Bradley E. Smith • Dorothy M. Staffen • Lester R. Sutton • Judith A. Swigart • Jessica Urbanik

Dedication of the Arnold Palmer Field House • September 10, 2014


GLPIEF participated in the 2014 “Day of

Giving” sponsored by The Community

Foundation of Westmoreland County and

The Pittsburgh Foundation. Gifts received

supported the newly created “Greater

Latrobe Safety and Security Fund.” One of

the first projects was to aid the new School

Resource Officer program.


GLPIEF assisted the Baggaley PTO with the

creation of an Inclusive Primary Playground at

Baggaley Elementary School.


GLPIEF was able to donate a Wildcat

gator to GLSD to be used at the Athletic/

Wellness Complex. This donation was

facilitated by West Central Equipment,

Youngs Autobody, Signs by Tomorrow

and PPG.


The first-ever grant to the Greater Latrobe School District

(above) was presented to the GL School Board on May 14, 2013

in the amount of $226,000. The grant funding enabled the

purchase and installation of interactive whiteboards and student

response systems in all 58 classrooms of the Junior High.

This spring, GLPIEF granted $200,000 for student laptops for

the three elementary buildings, two 3-D printers for the Junior

and Senior High School, and interactive whiteboards for every

classroom in the Senior High School.

In 2013 and 2014, Maryann White,

President of the GLPIEF (below)

presented $4,175 in grants to the

Greater Latrobe School District from

the Dr. and Mrs. William D. Stavisky

Fund. Grants are awarded each year to

Greater Latrobe teachers that wish to

implement innovative programs focusing

on academics, arts, or athletics.



The A+Campaign

support has enabled

the renovations

to the Junior High

School creating

a single secure

entrance for the

Junior High, new

creative learning

environments and

an improved

connecting corridor

to the Senior High.


Donations received by the GLPIEF

helped to fund a Sensory Classroom

at Mt. View Elementary School.


GLPIEF received a grant from the

McFeely-Rogers Foundation

enabling Greater Latrobe students

to participate in the Summer

Science and Math Experience at

the University of Pitt-Greensburg

this summer.


Students in Ms. Skapura’s 7th Grade

World Cultures class use the interactive

white board during class.

All classrooms K-12 have been equipped

with interactive white boards.

Quotes from Foundation members

Why they support the GLPIEF

“I understand that

supporting the Greater

Latrobe Partners in

Education Foundation

might be new for people in

the community and alumni,

but the Foundation is here for

everyone in the community to

get involved and the Foundation

will be here for years to come.”

- Michael Rossi, GLPIEF

Vice-President, ’83, parent

“Growing up in Latrobe

in the 1950s and 60s was

a happy time and I am

proud to be from Latrobe

because I feel a part of a community

that cared about me as a student.”

- Ray Mt. Joy, GLPIEF

Campaign Cabinet Co-chair

and Board Member, ‘63

“My husband, Bill, and I have

been so impressed with the

dedication and professionalism

of the school district’s

administration, teachers and staff. They

have given our sons a positive academic

and social experience. Our participation

in the A+ Campaign is not only a way for

us to express our gratitude, but is also

a direct investment towards our

children’s educational experience.

We are so proud to be in Greater Latrobe

School District!”

“My commitment to this Foundation starts

with the same belief many of us share and

that is a burning desire to make this world

a better place. For the next generation to

strive to achieve this dream or ideal we

need to provide them with an environment that is

creative, visionary and beyond what is normally

expected of a school district. Using private funds

and donations allows us to dream and envision, and

then create that environment for the children in

our community”

- Lester Sutton, GLPIEF Board and

Cabinet Member, ’74, grandparent

- Jessica Urbanik, GLPIEF

Board Member, parent

“Not every student knows what he or she wants to

pursue beyond high school and Greater Latrobe School

District needs to offer more exposure to various

interests at the elementary level as well as internships

in a variety of workforce fields. Parents entrust us with their

most precious gift, their child, and we must always be advancing

and changing to meet the needs of our students and prepare

them to be life-long learners.”

- Judith Swigart, Superintendent of Schools

Thank You To All Our A+ Campaign Donors.

Gifts to the campaign support Academics, Arts and Athletics in the Greater Latrobe

School District. Gifts of any size truly make a difference and most importantly, speak to

your confidence and pride in our district.

For more information, please contact Jessica Golden, Director of Development,

at 724-539-4220 or visit glpief.org.

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