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Early Educators Raise Funds for Connor’s Connection


A student organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently donated the proceeds of fall fundraisers to a local charity.

The Early Educators Club presented a check for $1,777 to the Mattie family and First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania to support Connor’s Connection.

The Mattie family founded Connor’s Connection – and First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania established it – to support the educational needs of autistic youth in Lycoming County. The organization provides grants for field trips, for staff to attend training and workshops, for classroom supplies and technology, and for other uses that enhance the educational experience of autistic youth in the community.

Students in Penn College’s Early Educators Club present a check to the Mattie Family and the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for Connor’s Connection. From left: student Rosalee J. Mead, president of Early Educators; Ray and Michelle Mattie and sons Sam and Connor; student Michele C. Markardt, Homecoming Queen; and Dawn Linn, vice president of philanthropy for First Community.
Students in Penn College’s Early Educators Club present a check to the Mattie Family and the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for Connor’s Connection. From left: student Rosalee J. Mead, president of Early Educators; Ray and Michelle Mattie and sons Sam and Connor; student Michele C. Markardt, Homecoming Queen; and Dawn Linn, vice president of philanthropy for First Community.

The Early Educators Club designated Connor’s Connection to receive the funds it raised in the college’s Homecoming King/Queen competition if its representative – Queen candidate (and eventual Homecoming Queen) Michelle C. Markardt, an early childhood education student from Hawley – won. Voting for Homecoming King and Queen was conducted through cash balloting, with the male and female winner having all of the funds raised in the balloting split between their chosen charities. The Homecoming King was Tyler J. Dunham, representing the Student Government Association, who designated his funds to Camp Victory.

“Connor’s Connection hits close to home for us,” Markardt said. “When you are helping such good people out, it makes you want it so much more and gives you more to work for. It was really nice to see parents going above and beyond for not only their child, but others, to make sure that they have everything they need.”

To help support their Homecoming fundraising, the club hosted a meatball sub sale in October.

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