FR Panther Foundation Selects Four Projects to Receive Innovation Grant Funding

Murrysville, PA (August 19, 2019) ~ The Franklin Regional (FR) Panther Foundation awarded $8,434.99 in Innovation Grants to fund various programs at the Franklin Regional Senior High School (FRSH), as well as Sloan and Heritage Elementary Schools. The FR Panther Foundation conducts various fundraising events throughout the year for the Innovation Grant program. Teachers and coaches have the opportunity twice a year, to apply for available funding for any program that is new, innovative, and not currently being supported by the Franklin Regional School District’s general budget. Since its inception, the FR Panther Foundation has awarded $132,146.47 to worthwhile and innovative Franklin Regional classroom and athletic programs.


Round 5 Innovation Grant Awardees:

Franklin Regional Middle School’s Librarian Ms. Christy Belgiovane received an Innovation Grant award in the amount of $5,000. Ms. Belgiovane applied for a “Making a Difference in the Library” grant seeking to promote innovation, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking with her Middle School students in the library. Using her grant funds, Ms. Belgiovane intends to implement programming and a designated makerspace. Her activities in the makerspace will range from STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts, and mathematics) initiatives to arts & crafts.

Sloan Elementary School’s Ms. Sue Callihan received an Innovation Grant in the amount of $1,599.99. Ms. Callihan’s grant application project was, “Padcaster Morning Announcements” at Sloan Elementary School. The project funding will be used to allow 5th graders and the Sloan Kid Kouncil members to work collaboratively to plan, develop, write, edit, film, and report the morning announcements to the entire school. This project will allow the students to take ownership of the process and improve their skills. The teachers will be able to learn how to film with green screen technology and to produce video content with their students.  

Franklin Regional Senior High School’s (FRSH) Ms. Dorothy Grego received an Innovation Grant in the amount of $1,835 for her project entitled: “Lark and Owl Mini PCR.” Ms. Grego will use the funds to generate a lab where students can link a behavior to an identified gene variant which has strong influence over this trait. Students will have to connect the DNA structure and sequence to a trait of interest to them. Using biotechnology, students will select and amplify the gene and then identify which variants they carry using Gel Electrophoresis.

Franklin Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino, Jr., FR Panther Foundation Executive Director Cara Zanella, Foundation President Charles Hergenroeder, and Foundation Vice President Herb Yingling surprised the awardees with giant checks during Franklin Regional’s Opening Day activities in front of 250 of their colleagues and administrators.