Since its foundation in 1996, The PHM Education Foundation has distributed more than $520,000 to the teachers, staff, and students of the district. Annually, the foundation hosts a luncheon to recognize the sponsors and recipients of these funds, as well as receive the State of the District overview provided by the Superintendent. Tuesday, October 17, Team 135 had the honor of representing Penn Robotics in front of this group.
[Above: Daniel Nilov, Kelsey Anderson, Dr. Jerry Thacker, Mackenzie Richards, & Eric McDonald]
Speeches during the luncheon serve to inform the heads of the district about notable successes of the schools, as well as update the group about upcoming projects that the grants will be funding. A proud recipient of many PHM grants, 135 served as a stellar example of the impactful activities those grants can go towards. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker, PHMEF President Terry Bush, and local news anchor Bob Montgomery verbally recognized the significance and excellence that Penn Robotics has achieved. With 5 in-house FTC teams and one upperclassman-driven FRC team, the technical courses available to students within the district are unparalleled. In fact, the facility that houses 135, Penn High School, has received national accolades as a Four Star School. This district recognizes and promotes excellence to the highest degree.
Team 135 brought four robots to the event, and enjoyed the opportunity to present their accomplishments to all who attended. Through interaction with the guests, and the chance to drive our three-wheeled outreach bot, the members of the PHMEF received a firsthand overview as to what we do on the team. Designing, Building, Fundraising, and Outreach; Penn’s FRC does it all. There’s no greater experience than Team 135 to be recognized in front of the district at the 2017 Luncheon.
Written by: Kelsey Anderson