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Volunteer for this event!

The Back to School Code-A-Thon is a FREE 48 hour program that gives students an opportunity to use technology, research, and collaborate to address issues and problems confronting the human race on a global scale. Students will work together to learn to code HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while learning to use tools like GitHub to build a website that reflects their ideas and commitment to problemsolving. Prizes are available for the teams that create the top three projects in their location! This is an international event, and students will be able to speak, work, and learn with other students around the world via live video, web, and telecommunication technology!

  • Learn web development in a collaborative environment
  • Meet students from around the world
  • Get international visibility
  • Find solutions to real global problems using technology

Locations Include:
Westbury, NY
Penn Wood Middle School, Darby, PA
Fremont, OH
Charlotte, NC

Open to ALL STUDENTS in grades 9 through 12 residing in the William Penn School District. Whether you’re a novice or expert programmer, or just want to build your own website or application, this event is for you! All skill sets are welcomed.

Registration and $20 fee due December 18, 2018. Space is limited!

Registered attendees are required to attend a pre-event meeting at a date to be announced.

This event is made possible by WE CONNECT THE DOTS,

For more information, see attached flyer.

Penn Wood Foundation Showcase
and Volunteer Appreciation Night

Thursday, November 1, 2018 • 6:30 pm

Penn Wood High School – Green Avenue Campus
100 Green Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050

Enjoy Hors D’oeuvres, Giveaways, and More!

Come see various technology initiatives in the William Penn School District and examples of projects and programs provided through Penn Wood Foundation grants to help support our students and communities. Also, join us as we thank the volunteers who help make Penn Wood Foundation programs possible. To RSVP, please email

Innovator Grant Applications due by November 15

The Penn Wood Foundation is accepting Innovator Grant Applications to support innovative educational projects and programs for the students of the William Penn School District. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $250 to $1,000. Applications are due by November 15th and are available to all staff, H&S and Community in the William Penn School District. Application is here.


The Penn Wood Foundation STEAM Initiative presents a


Saturday/Sunday, October 29-30

Starts Saturday at 7 am
and ends Sunday at 5 pm

Penn Wood Middle School
121 Summit Street, Darby, PA 19023

Open to all female students that aside in the William Penn School District in grades 6-12

Register by September 15, 2016. Event is limited to 40 students.

Sorry, registration is closed due to this program being full.

To be notified regarding our next program, please go here.

Scholarships are Available for Penn Wood Seniors

The Penn Wood Foundation will award four scholarships at the June, 2016 commencement in the amount of $500.00 to graduating seniors. Application and requirements are here.


The Penn Wood Foundation STEAM Initiative presents a


featuring the
Arduino Microcontroller Platform

Saturday, April 30, 2016
8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Penn Wood Middle School
121 Summit Street, Darby, PA 19023

Open to All Students Ages 13 to 18

WPSD Students $50
Non-WPSD Students $75

Partial Financial Aid Available

Registrations are due by April 10th, Workshop is limited to 20 Students.

For more information or to register, please visit

Kindles in the Classroom

Kindles in the Classroom is in its second year as a program adopted and promoted by the Penn Wood Foundation to provide Kindles to Teachers to enhance, support, and complement the curriculum and promote student achievement. In the 21st century, the digital divide is ever increasing not decreasing, and we are focusing on providing our students with the opportunity. With the decrease in price for digital devices, the Penn Wood Foundation was able to provide 30 Kindles to twelve classroom teachers. If you would like to support this worthy cause, please donate directly to the Penn Wood Foundation. Donate here.

The teachers and their projects can be found here:

Project Name and Grade
Short Description
Kim Blagmon Math Stars – Gr. 11, 12 Students create instructional videos about advanced math topics
Judy Jordan M-U-S-I-C – Gr. 7, 8 Build a bridge between STEM and the Arts using apps to address Common Core Standards in the Arts
Amanda Rieder Spanish Enrichment and Games – Gr. 9, 10 Access e-books and games that use simple language structures in Spanish
Kevin Reilly Tools for Math – Gr. 3 Use math apps to bolster fluency in mathematical facts
Mary McManus In a Language We Understand – Gr. 9, 10 ELL students can use to provide immediate translations and explanations of language concepts
Alice Thomas Kindles in First Grade – Gr. 1 To support reading, including using online books, apps, text-to-speech function, and dictionary
Diane O’Donnell LS Students – Gr. K-6 Students receiving learning support services use interactive technology to stay focused and engaged
Warren Danenza Kindle Fluency – Gr. 8 Use text-to-speech function to read selected literature to increase fluency
Andrea Fink Blog Writing in Kindergarten – Gr. K Use Kid Blog program to blog about what they learn through the week
Shannon Graham Kinder Kindle – Gr. K Use to access apps, websites, online books, and math games
Erin O’Brien Independent Reading – Gr. K, 1 Use to motivate learning support students to achieve their reading goals during independent reading time
Tracy Sanvil-Joslyn Reaching all Learner – Grade 1 Use to provide enrichment and remediation for first graders to reach their reading goals

Apply for a Kindle in the Classroom Grant!

Penn Wood Foundations wants to recognize, acknowledge, and support the excellent work that goes above and beyond to supplement and enhance our student achievement by creating life-long learners through transformational experiences with technology. Please consider applying for an opportunity to get a Kindle–in-the Classroom. Deadline is May 26th. Learn more.

Download Application PDF
Download Application DOC


We are pleased that the program, Run Like a Girl, funded by a grant by the PWF, was a great success under the direction of Head Coach, Kate O’Boyle, and her assistant coaches, Shannon Carvalho, Leahann Addis, Gena Germana Morris, and Susan Powell. The girls completed a 5K race today at the Arlington Cemetery. They were confident, strong, and persistent. We are very proud of their effort.

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