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Nov 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page, News, Uncategorized

Covanta Energy Pledges $25,000 to Investing in Our Children, Our Community, Our Future Capital Campaign

CheckPresentation_CovantaNovember 1, 2011— Covanta Energy has pledged a remarkable $25,000 to the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation’s Investing in Our Children, Our Community, Our Future Capital Campaign. The campaign has a goal of $3,700,000 and was launched to improve the Elizabethtown Area School District’s outdoor athletic fields.

Presenting the check from Covanta Energy were Jim Klecko, vice president of the mid-Atlantic region; Kevin Connor, facility manager for the Lancaster plant; and Ron Hendershot; operations manager for the Lancaster plant. Accepting the check on behalf of the campaign was Robert Enck, campaign chairperson. The check was presented at a special ceremony held between the first and second quarters of a recent Bears’ football game.

“Covanta is proud and happy to support the Elizabethtown Area School District and their campaign to improve the many athletic venues on campus,” said Klecko. “Improving the equipment and surfaces as well as upgrading safety aspects of the venues follows right in line with our company’s core value of making safety a top priority. We also recognize the important role organized athletics and the experience gained from individual and team competitions plays in preparing future generations for life beyond high school. We thank the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation for the opportunity to be part of this significant campaign as a corporate neighbor.”

The cornerstone of the campaign is the goal of improving the athletic experience for all district students and to provide opportunities for a healthier, more active lifestyle to the greater Elizabethtown community. The campaign funds will be used to install synthetic turf on two fields (Thompson Field and Jane Hoover Field), repair the track and field complex, and replace the tennis courts. The much needed upgrades will help to ensure the fields are safe and accessible to not only district programs but also the many community groups like GEARS and the Boys Club that regularly use them.

The foundation is spearheading the campaign so that private contributions will be used to improve school district athletic facilities with no impact on the district’s millage rate. Joining Enck as a campaign chair are Barbara Andrews, Kevin Dolan, and Joseph Murphy. Honorary chairs include Jack Cassebaum, Phil Daubert, Gene Garber, Jane Hoover, and Richard Miller.

Helping with the campaign are nearly 50 community volunteers that are committed to ensuring the $3.7 million goal is achieved. To date, nearly $700,000 has been pledged to the initiative. Contributions to the campaign are tax deductible and will benefit E-town athletics and the community for current and future generations. For more information on the campaign, contact Troy Portser, secretary for the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation board of directors, at or (717) 367-1521, ext. 1024.

Covanta Energy is an internationally recognized owner and operator of Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and has provided reliable and sustainable municipal solid waste management to communities since 1986 and Lancaster County since 1990. The Lancaster County plant, located in Bainbridge, PA, has the capacity to process up to 1,200 tons of solid waste per day and produce 35.7 megawatts of renewable energy. The facility is a “zero discharge” facility, meaning that all the waste water generated on-site is treated and reused in the waste management process.

The foundation formed in 1989 to provide scholarship opportunities for deserving Elizabethtown Area High School graduates. Over the years, the foundation has evolved to support more than just graduating seniors. The foundation now secures funding and awards monies that enrich and enhance learning in the district.
Elizabethtown Day at Barnes and Noble/Lancaster

November 1, 2011— Elizabethtown Day at Barnes & Noble Lancaster will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event combines a book fair with a student showcase to benefit Elizabethtown Area Middle School and High School.

A portion of sales on books, games, DVDs, children’s books, and Starbucks coffee will be donated to the school library when an EASD Book Fair Voucher is presented at the time of purchase. Elizabethtown Area School District supporters can also purchase books from an in-store wish list to donate to the high school library. Bookplates will be provided.

Aspiring musicians and artists will be on location playing music and displaying their artwork. You can download the voucher on the district website or pick up a hard copy at the middle or high school office. For those who cannot attend the event on Nov. 12, the vouchers will also be accepted on Sunday, Nov. 13. For those unable to attend the Book Fair and wishing to still support the library, you can visit from Nov. 12-17 by entering Book Fair ID # 1056832 at the checkout.

Barnes & Noble Lancaster is located in the Red Rose Commons, 1700H Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Middle School Holds Canned Food Drive

November 2, 2011— Elizabethtown Area Middle School students and faculty recently helped the Elizabethtown Food Bank through a canned food drive. In total, the drive collected over 400 canned food items over the course of the three-day drive. To reward the students’ overwhelming participation and sense of giving, the top classroom in each grade level will receive either a donut or pizza party. The seventh grade winner was Mr. Kevin Biddle’s homeroom while the eighth grade winner was Mr. Joshua Stouffer’s homeroom.

Donations included non-perishable food items that were all given to the local food bank to be used to stock the shelves for the upcoming holiday season for families in need. The drive helped the students recognize the needs of others in the greater-Elizabethtown area and gave them an opportunity to give back to the community in which they live.

“The generosity and sense of caring of our students never ceases to amaze me,” said Linda Ahern, middle school counselor and food drive coordinator. “All of our students should be proud of themselves for giving back to the community and its families in need in such a strong and caring way.

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