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One School District Sets Fundraising Goal as State Funds Decrease

Officials with the Chambersburg Area School District Foundation are looking to raise $150,000 as state funds continue to decrease. Their fundraiser kicked off Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Officials say $150,000 is the goal the Chambersburg Area School District Foundation set for this fundraising year, which kicked off Tuesday, October 1, 2013. School officials are asking for the public's help in order to reach that goal.

While the district is in relatively good financial standing, the foundation says it is budget cuts that have allowed Chambersburg schools to stay in the green; budget cuts that prevent teachers from getting extra classroom items they want.

"One of the things that we're doing to help make up that difference is to help provide items that would otherwise not be provided through the district to enhance the curriculum," said CASD Foundation Executive Director Angela Lynch.

Teachers say the grants have helped them buy technologies that enhance student learning.

"They say cells are very hard for students to learn and understand, but when they show them it with an app, they say the comprehension is so much better," said Teresa Miller, librarian at Chambersburg Middle School South.

In addition to providing dozens of grants to teachers for things like iPads, cameras, and kindles, the foundation will give more than 30 college scholarships ranging from $100-$10,000.

Now a volunteer for the foundation, Chris Boryan was a Chambersburg student and a former recipient of a CASD Foundation scholarship. He says without the scholarship, he would have struggled to get the school supplies he needed for college.

"I probably wouldn't have had a computer to be able to use right away,” said Boryan. “It would've taken me a lot longer to get that set up. I'm sure my first month or two at college would've been a lot different."

The foundation says their biggest fundraising event this year is their 20th annual golf tournament, which will take place on May 5, 2014.

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