Grants Awarded

The FR Panther Foundation is proud to announce the following grants that have been awarded to outstanding programs at the Franklin Regional School District.

Project Lead the Way - $40K

Dr. Bobbi Watt Geer, President of the FR Panther Foundation presents a $40K check to FR School Board President Dr. Larry Borland for Project Lead the Way.

The Franklin Regional Panther Foundation honored Franklin Regional School District with a $40,000 grant to be used for Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The funds will be used to purchase needed equipment for the program including an Epilog Mini24 50-Watt Laser Engraver, a BOFA Fume Extractor (used with the Mini24), a Roland BN-20 Printer/Cutter, and an Our Demo Roland LEF – 12 UV Printer.

PLTW is a K-12 educational program that engages students in hands-on learning experiences in multiple subject pathways including Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and Computer Science. The pathways provide students with skills that are in demand and provides experiences in exploring real world challenges. Students learn technical skills through their work, but also learn 21st Century skills such as problem solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

FRSD will implement PLTW during the 2017-18 school year in order to provide rigorous hands-on learning environments in the three pathways. It will also support a K-12 vertical articulation of subject-specific skills as well as support 21st Century skill development. PLTW provides a model program to jump-start a technology education program in the District, expand a Computer Science program, and implement a Biomedical Sciences program.

“The goal is to provide a world-class educational experience to help our students explore and meet the challenges of the future,” stated Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino, Jr., Superintendent of Schools.

“The PLTW program at FR includes curriculum, materials lists, and professional development to support teachers in successfully implementing modules, units, and courses,” said Dr. Piraino. “Our teachers are attending professional development sessions that not only prepares them to teach the courses, but also helps them to develop a regional and national network of colleagues, thus supporting professional dialogue and the sharing of professional resources.”

“We are honored to join the Franklin Regional Board of Education to support this worthwhile program for our students,” said Dr. Bobbi Watt Geer, Foundation President. “This program enables all students an opportunity to explore engineering, medical and computer science in an innovative way. The Foundation is all about supporting FR’s academic, art, and athletic programs and this is a great way to begin our gifting process to the school community.”

The FR Panther Foundation is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization that supports programs and innovative initiatives within the Franklin Regional School District. For more information on the Foundation, or if you would like to make a gift to the Foundation, contact the Foundation office at 724-327-5456 x7624.