Since 1996, the PHM Education Foundation has distributed over $1,000,000 to staff, students, and teachers in the school district. Every year the foundation holds a luncheon to recognize its recipients and sponsors, as well as for Superintendent Dr. Thacker to give his State of the Corporation Address. Team 135 is annually invited to attend the luncheon in order to represent Penn Robotics. This year, four team members represented the Black Knights at this event. Our team was given a table at the entrance of the pavilion, where we displayed our team’s accomplishments, involvement in the community, and our outreach robot, Kiwi.
The Featured Speaker at the 2018 Superintendent’s Luncheon was Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components. Mr. Lippert presented about his company’s community service pledge, called Acts of Service. Lippert Components is a past sponsor of Team 135, and our team spoke to him about how both of our organizations are impacting the community and the people in it.
Our team also discussed how Penn is supporting the Robotics program in our district with Mayor Wood, the mayor of Mishawaka. Our team mentors and donates aluminum to Team 7477 from Mishawaka High School as they started their own FRC team this year. Mayor Wood was impressed to see high school students so involved in robotics, machining, and the technical aspect of FIRST Robotics, as well as our various community outreach events and projects.