PANTHERS FOR PANELS: HELP STRATH HAVEN GO SOLAR!!Privately raised funds will go towards installing 23 solar panels and an exhibit on solar energy. No School District funds will be used on this projectHere is the history:Early in 2015 a subcommittee of the Sustainability Committee was inspired by Team up for Turf. What if we privately raised funds to install solar panels for the School District? We met with Dr. Richard Noonan, Superintendent of Schools at the time, Godshaw Kane, the architect for the school district, and Jim Hardy, Supervisor of School District Operations, and Representatives from Open Sky, the Solar Energy Systems company based in Swarthmore, to discuss the possibility and find the best location. The snack bar stood out as the best option for it's high visibility, ability to be separately metered, and opportunity for an educational component. Everyone was excited about going forward with the project. We were looking forward to presenting the proposal to the school board in September of 2015, but due to decisions being made regarding district property and a new superintendent search, we decided to put it on hold. Our interim Superintendent for the 2015-2016 year, Dr. Michael Pladus, was enthusiastic about the idea and had positive experiences with the installation of solar panels at previous schools. Members of Green Haven, our High School's Conservation/Environmental Club, came up with the name "Panthers for Panels," and we made a presentation to the School Board in February of 2016. Dr Palmer and other members of the School Board also supported the idea and we received a letter of support from the Board.Our goal is to raise $30,000 through various fundraisers, grants, and donations to install 23 solar panels supported by an educational component on the Panther Pit snack bar. No district funds will be used, and the School Board, Superintendent, and Supervisor of Operations will have final approval over the project. The solar panels will generate electricity, and feed power back into the grid; this should reduce our annual school district utility bills, while generating about 7,400 kilowatt hours of power per year (average Pennsylvania household energy usage). We believe we will reap these benefits even when the snack bar is not in use. One of the goals of the educational component is to allow students to test this hypothesis by monitoring energy production and energy cost. According to the Solar Energy Society, more than 500 K-12 schools have installed solar panels in 43 states.The Foundation for Wallingford Swarthmore Schools is acting as a fiduciary - so if you want to write a check, make it out to the Foundation for Wallingford Swarthmore Schools, and put Panthers for Panels on the memo line. Or you can donate to the Panthers for Panels gofundme website which went live on April 22 in 2016 in celebration of Earth Day. If you go to https://www.gofundme.com/g9rbvdjg donations are transferred to the Foundation on a weekly basis.
FALL FUNDRAISING 2018:1. Strath Haven Football games:Come by and help in the Panther Pit to raise resources! To work in the Pit, please arrive by 6:30 or 6:45pm :)Friday Night October 12th at 7pmFriday Night October 26th at 7pm
2. Other community events TBACheck here for updates!!!!