MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Carmel Area School District Education Foundation Committee held its 2014 reorganization at its meeting Jan. 16.

Elected as officers were Harry Morgan, president; Jose Gonzalo, vice president; Phil Gergen, secretary, and Donna James, treasurer.

Other committee members are Paul Niglio, Donna Veach, Robert Lapinski, Robert Muldowney, Michael Brinkash, Thomas Ditchey and Joseph Zanella. District Superintendent Bernard Stellar is the foundation's adviser and Edward Greco is the solicitor.

The Mount Carmel Area Education Foundation allows alumni, parents and friends to support and strengthen the Mount Carmel Area School District through gifts, trusts and bequests. The goal of the foundation is to help maintain a meaningful and effective learning culture within the school by providing opportunities in academics, arts and athletics.

The foundation is actively seeking support from persons, businesses, corporations and others that are interested in enhancing the education, facilities and interests of the school district and its students. School officials say that while much has been accomplished from year to year, the district still faces limitations in funding which can have a direct impact on academic outcomes, as well as extra-curricular activities.

Mount Carmel Area has been fortunate to have the support of a vibrant community, a healthy and robust economy and state funding which fostered the achievement of MCA programs. As funding becomes more limited and the local economy shrinks, administrators and the board of education are interested in finding ways to maintain the levels of support the district has provided in decades past.

Gifts may be designated for use in a specific area such as educational initiatives and supplies, television studio, band, library, tennis courts, athletics (in general or for a specific sport). They may also be given to honor of or to memorialize a loved one or team.

To do so, go to the Mount Carmel Area School District website and click on Mount Carmel Area Education Foundation, then click on the "how you can help" tab.