2021 Spring Grant “Pay It Forward” Projects

  The MASH Guidance Department recently completed their “Pay It Forward” Project as recipients of a 2021 Spring Grant awarded by the Crawford Central Community Foundation.  

      The “MASH Guidance Update Project” was to create a “quiet space” in the Guidance Office to review scholarship applications as well as provide a meeting space in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. The CCCF helped to fund this project which consisted of purchasing chairs, a coffee table, rug, wooden rack (for scholarship applications) and a plant.

       A unique aspect of the Crawford Central Community Foundation’s application is a “Pay It Forward” component which is giving back to the community. The MASH Guidance Department’s “Pay It Forward” was donating 20 cases of water to the MASH Marching Band which will be used during Marching Band Camp, MASH football games and the Marching Band’s Annual Fall Classic Show in October. 

  Pictured with the new furniture and decor updates are Jeanie Albaugh, CCCF Board Member and Jennifer Dustin, MASH Guidance Secretary.
A kind heart never goes unnoticed.
Comfy chairs
Accepting the “Pay It Forward” donation of water are Armond Walter, MAMS/MASH Marching Band DIrector and Jennifer Dustin, MASH Guidance Secretary.
 The MASH Football Team is another recipient of a 2021 CCCF Spring Grant. Pictured are team members with their new polo shirts which are used for away travel games.

The MASH Football Team’s “Pay It Forward” will occur in the next few weeks as team members help on Saturday mornings with the flag football teams leading warm-ups, drills, “guest coaching” and even refereeing if need be. The Crawford Central Community Foundation thanks the Coaches, players, parents and all who are “Paying It Forward” through their actions a sense of what they’ve received and what they can offer others.

 The “Pay It Forward” component from Ms. Unice’s Art Class will be creating and delivering posters in the community to first responders.

Ms. Kari Unice, MASH Art Instructor, received a 2021 CCCF Spring Grant to purchase jewelry making supplies and equipment as a new addition to the Art Curriculum which she will teach this upcoming school year. Ms. Unice also supports the Crawford Central Community Foundation with her donations of jewelry for our Fundraisers. We thank Ms. Unice and her students for their creativity and giving back to their community!   

2021 CCCF Spring Grant Awards

 The Crawford Central Community Foundation recently awarded over $4,000 in funding for their 2021 Spring Grant applications.  

     Recipients include: Mike Ditzenberger, Principal and students at Neason Hill Elementary School- “Neason Hill Media Equipment”, Jennifer Dustin, MASH Guidance Secretary- “MASH Guidance UPDATE Program”, Ray Collins, MASH Football Coach- “MASH Travel Polo Shirts”, Kathryn Wagner and Grade 3 Teaching Team at First District Elementary- “Scholastic News Education/Science Spin” and Kari Unice, Art Instructor MASH – “ MASH Metal Supplies for Art Class”.

     The “Pay It Forward ” components from the grant applications are creating a YouTube video highlighting reading as a family (Neason Hill), donating cases of water for the MASH Marching Band CLassic (MASH Guidance Dept.), assisting veterans and senior citizens during the Crawford County Fair (MASH Football Team), creating posters thanking essential workers in the community (MASH Art Class) and providing families with Science News Magazines for students to read and share with their families. (First District). Additionally, the Crawford Central Community Foundation Board of Directors designated the “First District Scholastic News and Science Spin” in memory of Anita Price, avid educator and mother of CCCF Board Member, Norm Price.

     The Crawford Central Community Foundation continues to provide financial resources to enrich academic, artistic, and athletic experiences for Meadville and Cochranton students in grades K-12 in the Crawford Central School District. With the addition of the 2021 Spring Grant Awards, the CCCF has now awarded over $60,000.00.

2021 “Pay It Forward” Scholarship Recipients

The Crawford Central Community Foundation recently awarded its 2021 “Pay It Forward” Scholarships to graduating seniors, Jamie Northcott, Cochranton Jr.- Sr. High School and Ruth Petrov, Meadville Area Senior High School.The “Pay-It-Forward” Scholarships (each in the amount of $250.00) recognize a graduating senior from Meadville and Cochranton in the Crawford Central School District who best exemplify the spirit of giving back to his or her school and community and are nominated by their High School Guidance Counselors.

Jamie Northcott, 2021 graduate of Cochranton Jr.- Sr. High School has been actively involved in numerous extracurricular activities including Art Club, Concert and Marching Band and STEM. Jamie is bilingual (English and Korean) and won 1st place in marketing at PA Free Enterprise Week in 2019. She also was a state finalist in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow-STEM. She has volunteered as a Team Member at One Federal Student Credit Union in Cochranton and is also employed at Sheetz in Cochranton. Jamie has been accepted at the University of Pittsburgh / College of Business Administration.

Ruth Petrov, 2021 graduate of MASH has participated in numerous activities throughout high school including the National Honors Society, Key Club, MASHapella, Treble Choir, Ukulele Club, Senior Council and the Link Crew.Ruth’s future plans are employment with One Federal Credit Union in Meadville and her commitment to service.

       The Crawford Central Community Foundation continues to provide financial resources to enrich academic, artistic, and athletic experiences for Meadville and Cochranton students in grades K-12. The Foundation continues its mission of “giving back to the community”.

2021 Marilyn Kinter, R.N. Memorial Scholarship

 The Crawford Central Community Foundation has awarded the 2021 Marilyn Kinter, RN Memorial Scholarship Grant Award to recent MASH graduate, Alexis Holt. Ms. Holt plans to attend Penn State University Main Campus majoring in Nursing.

The Scholarship is in memory of Marilyn Kinter, a nurse at Meadville City Hospital for many years working in the Newborn and ICU units. The Scholarship has been established by Mrs. Kinter’s family including her daughter, Susan R. Sapone.

Criteria for the Marilyn Kinter, RN Memorial Scholarship Grant Award includes graduation from the Crawford Central School District (Meadville or Cochranton) with a GPA of 3.0 or better and pursuing a career in the nursing field (BSN, RN or LPN degree or, who is planning to complete a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program).   The Crawford Central Community Foundation continues to provide financial resources to enrich academic, artistic, and athletic experiences for Meadville and Cochranton students in grades K-12. The Foundation and scholarship opportunities continue the mission of “giving back to the community”.

Alexis Holt and Susan R. Sapone (daughter of Marilyn Kinter)

2021 Rick Zylak Scholarship Award

 The Crawford Central Community Foundation has awarded the 2021 Rick Zylak Scholarship Award to recent MASH graduates, Rian Burnett and Kinsey Waite. Ms. Burnett plans to attend Pittsburgh Technical College while Ms. Waite will attend Nova Southeastern University.

     The Scholarship, established in July 2020, is in memory of Rick Zylak, former Science Educator (Physics,Astronomy and Geology) at Meadville Area Senior High School, Asst. Athletic Director at MASH and coach of numerous sports including swimming, tennis, golf, and MAMS 8th grade basketball. The Scholarship has been established by Mr. Zylak’s wife, Sherry and his children Jordan and Jennifer Zylak.

     Criteria for the Rick Zylak Scholarship includes graduation from Meadville Area Senior High School with post-secondary plans to attend a trade school, community college or college with a 2 year or 4 year program and intentions to study Science, Technology/Trade, Engineering, Arts or Math (STEAM).     

     The Crawford Central Community Foundation continues to provide financial resources to enrich academic, artistic, and athletic experiences for Meadville and Cochranton students in grades K-12. The Foundation and scholarship opportunities continue the mission of “giving back to the community”.

FROM LEFT : Rian Burnett, Kinsey Waite, Sherry Zylak

2020 CCCF Fall Grant Recipients

    The Crawford Central Community Foundation recently awarded funding for their 2020 Fall Grant Applications. Recipients include : Kathryn Wagner and Grade 3 students at First District School- “Reading A-Z Online Subscription” and Shyra Clayton, Dustin Castiglione, Carole Fisher and Grade 1 students at Cochranton Elementary School- “Recess/STEM Bins”. 

     The “Pay It Forward” components from the grant applications are providing families with books to encourage reading in their homes (First District) and making Holiday Cards for Assisted Living residents. (Cochranton Elementary). 

     Additionally, in continuing its mission of giving back to the community, the Crawford Central Community Foundation has donated over $3,000.00 this funding cycle to be used at the MAMS/MASH Caring Closet, Cochranton Jr.-Sr. High School Caring Closet and the Health Services Departments at the elementary schools in the Crawford Central School District.         

The Crawford Central Community Foundation continues to provide financial resources to enrich academic, artistic, and athletic experiences for Meadville and Cochranton students in grades K-12. For further information, visit us on FACEBOOK or https://crawfordccf.org/.

2020 Pay it Forward Scholarship Recipients

The Crawford Central Community Foundation recently awarded its 2020 “Pay It Forward” Scholarships to seniors, Cathryn Miller, Cochranton Jr.- Sr. High School and Hannah Parks from Meadville Area Senior High School. The “Pay-It-Forward” Scholarships (each in the amount of $250.00) recognize a graduating senior from Meadville and Cochranton in the Crawford Central School District who best exemplify the spirit of giving back to his or her school and community and are nominated by their High School Guidance Counselors.

  Cathryn Miller, 2020 graduate of Cochranton Jr.- Sr. High School is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Casey Miller. Cathryn is active in her church, Our Lady of Lourdes where she is a Sunday School teacher. Cathryn is active in various fund raising activities in the fight against cancer and was a member of  the CHS Girls Volleyball Team.  Cathryn has been the key factor and leader in organizing all the Cochranton High School blood drives and charitable events. Cathryn’s future plans include joining the U.S Army and majoring in Nursing.

Pay It Forward_ Cathryn Miller2

  Hannah M. Parks, 2020 graduate of Meadville Area Senior High School is the daughter of Shelly and Doug Parks. Hannah has been involved with numerous school activities throughout high school including the National Honors Society, Peer Mentor, Yearbook Staff, Climate Club and the MASH Girls Volleyball Team serving as Captain in her Senior year. Community activities include working with Special Olympics, coaching an Elementary School Volleyball Team and was a member of Key Club. Hannah plans to major in biomedical engineering at Pitt University.  Pay It Forward_Hannah Parks3

2020 Marilyn Kinter, RN Memorial Scholarship Grant Award

The Crawford Central Community Foundation has awarded the 2020 Marilyn Kinter, RN Memorial Scholarship Grant Award to Madeline Plyler, daughter of Wendy and Tim Plyler. This is the first year of awarding the scholarship and is in memory of Marilyn Kinter. Mrs. Kinter grew up in Cochranton and was a graduate of Cochranton Area High School and the Meadville City Hospital School of Nursing. Mrs. Kinter was a nurse at Meadville City Hospital for many years working in the Newborn and ICU units. The Scholarship has been established by Mrs. Kinter’s family including her daughter, Susan R. Sapone.

   Criteria for the Marilyn Kinter, RN Memorial Scholarship Grant Award includes graduation from the Crawford Central School District (Meadville or Cochranton) with a GPA of 3.0 or better and pursuing a career in the nursing field (BSN, RN or LPN degree or, who is planning to complete a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program).

   Madeline (Maddie) Plyler, 2020 graduate of Meadville Area Senior High School plans to attend Carlow College in Pittsburgh majoring in Nursing. At MASH, Maddie participated in the MASH Jazz Band playing trumpet, Student Government Association (SGA) and also was a member of Key Club.Kinter Scholarship_Maddie Plyler3

CCCF’s Recent Grant Recipients!

The Crawford Central Community Foundation has recently awarded grants totaling over $6,000 to classrooms and programs in our district schools.  We’re pleased to announce the following grant recipients:

  • Soft Side Acoustic Guitar Cases / Molly Moyer / MASH Music Department
  • Music Instruments Repair / Traci Balsamo / Second District
  • Early Reading Books for our Early Learners / Elizabeth Heuchert / First District
  • MASH Fine Arts Trip to Disneyworld / Sharon Barnes / MASH Music Department
  • Giving Back for a Weight Rack / Matthew Shreve / Neason Hill
  • Wiggle While We Work Flexible Seating / Kari Unice / First District
  • Mrs. Merchbaker’s Flexible Seating Grant / Jon Colinear / First District

All CCCF grant recipients participate in a “Pay it Forward” project to spread the spirit of giving into our communities.  This group’s “Pay It Forward” Projects include Sing Along with Guitars – Y Preschool, Concert at Active Aging, Pairing up reading 5th grade with K, 1 and 2, also adopt a Grandparent letters in Holiday baskets,  donations to benefit Humane Society and local Animal Shelters, Food Drive for CFS Meadville Food Pantry, 6th grade students thank you posters for first responders.

With the addition of these grants, the Crawford Central Community Foundation has awarded over $50,000 since it was established in 2012.

Because of Covid-19, many of our Grant recipients were unable to complete their “Pay it Forward” projects. It is hoped that the projects will be continued in the Fall of 2020.