News

2019

laura Symes


The Fairview School Foundation Board of Directors has named Laura Symes as the recipient of this year’s Barbara F. Junker Community Service Award.  This prestigious award is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization which shares Mrs. Junker’s commitment to the Fairview School District and embraces the characteristics of dedication, loyalty, and community service.

 Laura Symes is a Fairview a parent, volunteer, advocate, leader, and friend of the Fairview community.

Laura served as a Fairview School District Board member for 16 years. During this time, she was President, Vice President, as well as the chair for Education and Policy Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and Operations and ECA Committee. She negotiated numerous teacher and support staff contracts, set strict budget guidelines, adopted countless Board policies, and hired hundreds of the best teachers and administrators in the state.

 During her time as a Board member, Mrs. Symes spearheaded several initiatives, such as the 1:1 iPad initiative, the elimination of the outdated class ranking system, and the artificial turf at Jack Bestwick Stadium. She was the Boards go-to person with all things curriculum related, and she served on multiple committees, including Comprehensive Planning, Administrative hiring, and building renovations.  She has spent and continues to spend, countless hours to ensure that the Board of School Directors is made up of high-quality individuals who are committed to the Fairview Public Schools. She has gone above and beyond in many ways to make certain that the Fairview School District is the public education leader in Erie County.

 Additionally, Laura has been actively involved with the Girl Scouts program in Fairview and greater Erie County for the past two decades. She started with Girl Scouts when her own children were young, continued as a day camp assistant director, and even today, with two grown daughters, Laura is a troop leader for Fairview children.  She organizes camping trips, volunteer opportunities, club meetings, and a host of other activities for the young women of our township.

 Laura was also heavily involved with our sports programs, serving as a liaison for our Athletic Boosters and the girls’ tennis team. She assisted in the efforts to bring the Chris Batchelor courts to the Fairview campus so that our student-athletes could honor a former student while having one of the premier tennis facilities in the county.

 Laura was a long-time fixture with parent organizations beginning with the FES PTO as president and later with the Adopt-an-Artist and PATS organizations.  She shared her passion for the Arts by planning field trips for students to museums and musical performances.  She also helped to frame artwork and hang it in our schools so that our students could be recognized for their artistic achievements. As a member of the PATS organization, Laura was an active member of what she referred to as the “Academic Booster Club.”  She was instrumental in organizing the original “Prom to Dawn” celebration in an effort to give students a safe and healthy Prom after-party.  Laura spent many all-nighters with Prom goers, helping to provide memories that will last a lifetime.

 Laura Symes has been a full-time volunteer and philanthropist in the Fairview School District for the past 20 years.  Her willingness to serve in a variety of roles, from Academics to Athletics to the Arts, shows her true commitment to the students in the District.   She has served as a mentor to dozens of new School Board members while helping to cultivate positive relationships with parents, community members, and district employees. Laura embodies all that the Barbara F. Junker Award stands for.  She loves Fairview Township and the Fairview School District.  She has helped, along with the contributions of many others especially her family, husband Phil, and daughters Hilary and Emily, to make our community the very best place to live and learn.

 
 Please join us congratulating Mrs. Laura Symes as the

 2019 Barbara F. Junker Community Service Award winner!





2018

check received from First National

First National Bank of Pennsylvania recently presented a check in the amount of $2500 to the Fairview School Foundation.  The gift was made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.  The funding will be used for mini-grants, allowing teachers to present programs that go beyond the normal classroom curriculum – helping to make learning more exciting and relevant.  From left to right are Kim Seth (Office Coordinator, Fairview School Foundation,), David Williams (Development Director, Fairview School Foundation), Alison Samuels, and Chris Hanes.





check received from macDonald Illig

 

The law firm of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP, recently presented a check in the amount of $2000 to the Fairview School Foundation.  The gift was made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.  The funding will be used for mini-grants, allowing teachers to present programs that go beyond the normal classroom curriculum – helping to make learning more exciting and relevant.  Left to right, Attorney Jack Mehler, Carrie Ennis (Foundation Board Member), David Williams (Foundation Director of Development), Atty. Kimberly Oakes, and Atty. Nicholas Pagliari.





 

The Fairview School Foundation Board of Directors has named Barbara K. Wingerter as the recipient of this year’s Barbara F. Junker Community Service Award.  This prestigious award is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization which shares Mrs. Junker’s commitment to the Fairview School District and embraces the characteristics of dedication, loyalty, and community service.

Barbara K. Wingerter spent her adult life as a Fairview resident and volunteered for countless organizations in our community.  She and late her husband, Daniel, owner of Paragon Packaging Products, raised their family here and sent four children to school in the Fairview School District.

Like many women of her generation, Barbara became deeply involved in her community.  She was a member of the American Association of University Women for many years.  She was very active in the Fairview Presbyterian Church, serving in different capacities.  She served on a number of boards, including the Friends of the Library, where she worked (successfully) to bring a library branch to Fairview Township (known as Lincoln Community Center Library).  She was also a founding member of the Fairview Historical Society.

Additionally, she served on the Fairview School Board for almost 15 years alongside Barbara Junker.  She took her role as school board member very seriously and spent many hours reading the copious documents that were sent to their home and covered the dining room table.   She attended endless committee and board meetings as well as meeting with fellow school board members.  All for the betterment of the District and it’s students.

 We are so proud and honored to recognize this outstanding Fairview citizen!


Please join us in congratulating:

Barbara K. Wingerter

as the 2018 recipient of the

Barbara F. Junker Community Service Award






Scott Enterprises EITC photo

 

Scott Enterprises recently presented a check in the amount of $2000 to the Fairview School Foundation.  The gift was made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.  The funding will be used for mini-grants, allowing teachers to present programs that go beyond the normal classroom curriculum – helping to make learning more exciting and relevant.  From left to right are David Williams (Development Director, Fairview School Foundation), Nick Scott, Jr., Debra Foyle (Fairview School Foundation board member).





First National check presentation


First National Bank recently presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to the Fairview School Foundation (FSF).  The gift was made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.  The funding will be used for mini-grants, allowing teachers to present programs that go beyond the normal classroom curriculum – helping to make learning exciting and relevant. (L to R  Alison Samuels, FNB Market Manager; Chris Hanes, FNB Office Manager; David Williams, FSF Director of Development; and Kim Seth, FSF Office Coordinator).



2017


check presentation

Scott Enterprises recently presented a check in the amount of $3000 to the Fairview School Foundation.  The gift was made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.  The funding will be used for mini-grants, allowing teachers to present programs that go beyond the normal classroom curriculum – helping to make leaning more exciting and relevant.  From left to right are Susan Sapone (Fairview School Foundation board member), Nick Scott Sr., Nick Scott Jr., Chris Scott, Alison Scott, David Williams (Development Director, Fairview School Foundation).

 



check presentation


The law firm of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP, recently presented a check in the amount of $2000 to the Fairview School Foundation.  The gift was made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.  The funding will be used for mini-grants, allowing teachers to present programs that go beyond the normal classroom curriculum – helping to make leaning more exciting and relevant.  Left to right, Attorneys Nicholas Pagliari, John Draskovic, Daniel Miller, Kimberly Oakes, Leslie Marsden (Foundation President), David Williams (Foundation Director of Development), Jack Mehler and Shaun Adrian.


check presentation

First National Bank recently presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to the Fairview School Foundation (FSF).  The gift was made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.  The funding will be used for mini-grants, allowing teachers to present programs that go beyond the normal classroom curriculum – helping to make learning exciting and relevant. (L to R Chris Hanes, FNB Office Manager; Alison Samuels, FNB Market Manager; Susan Sapone, FSF Board member; and David Williams, FSF Director of Development).

 

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