GDF Presents Gift of $142,000 to LASD

GDF Presents Gift of $142,000 to LASD

Brooks Gronlund, President of The Green Dragon Foundation, presented a check in the amount of $142,865.33 to Dr. Mark DiRocco, superintendent of the Lewisburg Area School District, at the February 12 school board meeting.

“On behalf of the Green Dragon Foundation Board of Directors, and our more than 600 donors, I am delighted to make this gift to LASD,” Gronlund said. “This gift is the result of year-long fundraising efforts to benefit our students.”

In keeping with its mission to support educational, cultural, and athletic programs and capital improvement projects for the students of the district, the Foundation presented this check in support of a variety of programs throughout the school district.

 “Last year, we gave checks totaling $103,140 and In-Kind gifts totaling $30,240 to the district and tonight we are kicking off 2015 by making a gift of $142,965.33” Gronlund said. “This gift will touch every Lewisburg student in some way and represents enhanced learning opportunities throughout the district. The Foundation is helping to put tools in students’ hands!  We are committed to enhancing and enriching the academic, cultural and athletic experiences of all of our students. The Foundation is increasing its efforts to raise additional funds for capital improvement projects and programming needs for the district.”

Included in the $142,000 donation is a $1,000 gift in honor of the Foundation’s ‘2014 Volunteer of the Year’ Erica Shames.  She has chosen the LAHS Boys’ tennis team as the program to receive this gift.  Shames states, “Out of all the deserving programs within LASD, I chose to donate the funds to the Boys' Tennis Team because all three of my sons--Justin, Ben and Jordan Massoud--played on the team and learned so much from the experience: they developed and deepened friendships; honed their tennis skills; participated in team-building; and learned the spirit of competition in a friendly but ambitious environment, thanks to coaches Matt Barr and Rob McCormack."  

According to DiRocco, Foundation support will enable the district to enhance programs that provide enriching experiences for our students, including:

Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School

  • $1,560 for the school’s musical lending library
  • $590 for the junior high girls’ softball team

Lewisburg Area High School

  • $4,000 for the Link Crew program
  • $2,100 for performing arts programs
  • $1,500 for athletic programs

Lewisburg Area School District

  • $1,050 for special needs & student support programs
  • $2,768 for Budget Enhancement Initiatives

Major gifts from Lawton Insurance, M&T Bank, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, Northumberland National Bank, Susquehanna Bank, Swineford National Bank, Waste Management of Central PA, and Weis Markets allowed programs to receive $38,000 in funding through the Pennsylvania EITC program.  This gift will fund the Interactive Language & Literature Program for our middle school students.

Finally, the Foundation is making a gift of $90,206 to augment construction and equipment needs at the new high school. Gifts have been secured to enhance the auditorium, the Steele Family Fitness Center, and to construct the “Kenneth A. & Dorothy G. Reish Trail”, a walking path between Kelly Elementary School and the new high school. The Class of 2014 donated more than $5,000 toward a scoreboard at the new soccer fields.

“The Foundation is so grateful for all gifts from both corporate and individual supporters,” states Gronlund. “Their donations truly make a difference in the educational experiences of Lewisburg students.” Individuals or businesses wishing to volunteer or donate can visit the Green Dragon Foundation website at or call the Foundation office at (570) 522-8433.

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