The community of Daniel Boone will be getting a kick-start in community involvement and support for the school district.
Stephanie Conlon has been named Executive Director for The Blazer Foundation, a partner of Daniel Boone School District to bridge the gaps, and enhance and enrich the curriculum for both students and teachers. The foundation, a tax-exempt non profit, was established last fall and consists of five board members. Conlon started in the position of Executive Director on April 1. “The Blazer Foundation can be a partner and make a difference in our community,” said Conlon.
Conlon has a background in financial planning and asset management. Her previous professional positions include Assistant Vice President of a billion dollar asset management firm, registered sales assistant at a financial planning firm and debt counselor at a Western Pennsylvania based non-profit. She also manages a community blog to keep residents informed of local events and is the founding member of MOMS Club, of Douglassville West.
Conlon states the Blazer Foundation is capable to build the community. “The foundation is something that the community can put their energy and time into and know it will be impactful for the students,” said Conlon.
The foundation will apply for grants and work with corporations who have businesses in Pennsylvania. the corporations reallocate a percentage of their taxes to the foundation, and in return, receive a tax credit. “It’s a great way for businesses to support education,” said Conlon. For a commitment of one year, the business receives a 75% tax credit and with a two year commitment, the business gets a 90% tax credit to support the school district and community.
“It’s an important way to bring money into the school districts,” said the executive director, who is excited about the new position.
The foundation will build community awareness by speaking to principals, explain what the foundation does, and speaking to local nonprofits to get the word out.
“Other school districts have active education foundations to benefit the students, said Conlon, “The school sees the benefits of the foundation... it’s a call to the community.”
“The foundation is looking for teacher and the school district to give us feedback,” said Conlon. The Blazer Foundation is focused to bring innovative and enriching programs to Daniel Boone. The advanced programs the foundation hopes to set in place are tied to the core curriculum and also strongly support Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics projects.
In addition to providing the students with more advance studies, the foundation also helps supply teachers with mini grants for summer programs and special events. “We’re looking at the school to tell us where the needs are,” said Conlon. “It gives a headstart for the needs of the school.”
The Blazer Foundation is looking into possibilities for outdoor classrooms, worm farms, green houses, school gardens and other hands-on learning projects to benefit the students. In addition to programs at school, the foundation would like to build an alumni group to help keep graduates informed and involved in a network.
The board meets the third Thursday of every month and is currently looking for volunteers. “We need to start getting people involved who want to make a difference,” Conlon said. The foundation needs people to do photography, data entry, book keeping, work on their website and social media pages and implement special events. To contact Conlon about volunteering email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and support the community of Daniel Boone.