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Eagles Club gives $77,116 to Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community Foundation

April 24, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • The Eagles Club of Waynesboro, Pa., recently donated more than $77,000 to the Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community (WABEC) Foundation. That money was used to buy laptop computers for elementary schools. Pictured for the check presentation are - back row WABEC board members: Dave Neterer, Julie Sellers, Randy Sellers and Randy Kuhn; second row: Scott Michalsky, vice president of the Eagles Club; second row: Rita Sterner-Hine, Summitview Elementary School and a WABEC member; Joe Banzhoff, Eagles board member; Don Rhines, Eagles Club secretary; Todd Cloope, Eagles Club manager, Summitview teacher Katie Cook, Wendy Royer WASD Assistant Superintendent/WABEC board member. Front row: Summitview students - Payton Sampson, sixth grade, Logan Sampson, third grade; Lexie Kane, sixth grade; and Madison Kohler, sixth grade.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The largest donation in the history of the Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community (WABEC) Foundation has allowed the organization to purchase 120 laptops for elementary students.

The Eagles Club Inc. of Waynesboro donated $77,116 to WABEC for computers and computer carts in Waynesboro Area School District’s four elementary schools.

“We just finished up science fair projects, and students used (the laptops) to do research and develop their projects,” said Rita Sterner-Hine, principal of Summitview Elementary School and operations director for WABEC.

Eagles Club Vice President Scott Michalsky said the club’s members unanimously approved the donation and project. He said the club has a long history of donating to charities and athletic clubs in particular.

“We thought it’d be nice to do something for academics,” he said.

Summitview teacher Katie Cook connected the Eagles Club with WABEC late last year, according to Sterner-Hine.

Sterner-Hine attended an Eagles Club meeting in January and told the group about how the students use laptops and accompanying carts.

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“The carts are essential for storing and charging laptops, and securing them,” she said.

Every elementary classroom will have access to the devices for things like Study Island programs used to improve proficiency on standardized tests. Teachers can sign out laptops for their students to use when they are not in the computer lab.

Sterner-Hine said WABEC is pleased to be tackling projects on its wish list prior to the anticipated launch of a capital campaign addressing athletics projects.

She commended the Eagles Club on its partnership and flexibility in allowing educators to identify their priorities.

“It was a really unique opportunity,” she said.

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