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Together We Make Good Things Happen
Who we are, what we do

The Polar Bear Foundation is dedicated to building a stronger Northern community by encouraging broad based support for the investment in creative, innovative, and exceptional opportunities for the Northern York County School District.

We are parents, alumni, current teachers, retired teachers, students, school administrators and community members. We are committed to strengthening and supporting the entire Northern York County School District community.

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Good Things Happening Right Now
The 2nd Annual PBF Anyone Can Cook event will be held on Saturday, September 30th at the Greystone Pavilion at Range End.  Faulkner Subaru Mechanicsburg is our title sponsor for this year's festivities featuring chefs competing for 1st place in their food category, local craft beverages and musical entertainment. Sponsorships and Tickets are available. ANYONE can be a chef! Showcase your culinary talents and sign up to be one of our chefs. We look forward to seeing you there!
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2023 PBF Grants
Together We Make Good Things Happen

New for the 2023-24 school year - One Grant Application for all requests! Apply for a PBF Grant to support your immediate needs or larger program/project needs. Small grants are reviewed monthly and larger grants are reviewed in Fall (November) and Spring (April).
Details on the grant application process here.
Northern wrapped up the 2022-23 School Year! Our Wonderland Gala event was enjoyed by 246 attendees, raising over $37,000! 134 golfers spent Cinco De Mayo on the golf course for our recent Golf Outing raising almost $11,000! This school year, the PBF awarded $4,624 for 13 NOW Grants and $15,284 for 8 Program Grants supporting innovative ideas in academics, athletics, emotional wellness, and the arts. Proceeds raised by the Polar Bear Foundation benefit the students and staff of NYCSD.
2023 PBF Scholarships
The Polar Bear Foundation recently awarded two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, Elizabeth Anthony and Jessica Li.  The Dr. Brian M. Small scholarship is presented to seniors for their outstanding academic and community service achievement. We received applications from outstanding members of the NHS Class of 2023 and would like to wish all graduating seniors, success in their future endeavors!
 
In collaboration with the Northern's Farmer's Fair Reunion, a $1,200 scholarship was presented to Adeline Lusk for her outstanding academic achievement and strong interest in music. Congratulations Adeline! 
Making Good Things Happen
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On Tuesday, February 28th the Polar Bear Foundation proudly presented the Northern York County School Board with a check for $403,134.77 to fund Lobar Inc. Field, the district’s new state of the art, turf athletic field. 

The construction of Lobar Inc. Field allows for Northern’s athletic programs to host a variety of events they previously were not able to host, including playoff games. All these efforts are the culmination of over five years of work by the Foundation, the Turf Field Committee, and the district administration. This project is proof of the power a community can have when it comes together for a collective effort. In the famous words of the voice of Northern, “It’s a great day to be a Polar Bear!”

Pictured left to right: Sherri Ierley, PBF Executive Dir.; Jason Young; Greg Hlatky; Steve Kirkpatrick and Ken Sechrist.

Annual Corporate Sponsor Update!
Dillsburg Veterinary Center owned by Dr. Ivan and Sharon Pryor joined the Polar Bear Foundation as our first ever Visionary Sponsor, our highest level of giving. "We wanted to give back to the Dillsburg community who has supported us since 2005" said Sharon Pryor.  The PBF is ecstatic to receive such funding and cannot wait to see what dreams, needs, and possibilities are granted.
After many years of attending and sponsoring events, H & H Sales Assoc. has become an Annual Sponsor at the Trailblazer Level.  The PBF is incredibly grateful for their continued support in this annual format.
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As the earliest major donor to the NYCSD’s turf field project, Faulkner Subaru of Mechanicsburg pledged to donate $75,000 in a huge show of faith in the district.
Additionally, they donated $18,000 and will be the naming sponsor of Faulkner Anyone Can Cook on Sept. 30th at Greystone Brewhouse as well as an annual sponsorship at the Pioneer Level. The Polar Bear Foundation is grateful for Faulkner’s belief in our district, our students and staff and how education is key to success.
The Law Offices of Colgan and Associates show their support again with an Innovator Level Sponsorship. As a past PBF Board President, Tim Colgan has given time, talents and funding to support the foundation.
Weaver's of Wellsville has been a longstanding supporter of our community and the PBF.  Not only have they been an Innovator Sponsor for over 5 years, but Seth Weaver has also been a member of our board of directors and currently serves as PBF Board President. We appreciate all of their support over the years.
Team One Auto Group has supported the PBF annually as a Leader Sponsor for over five years. The PBF appreciates their continued financial support.
If you are interested in becoming an Annual Sponsor and the benefits received with partnering with the PBF, please explore our PBF Partner Annual Benefits chart for additional information.
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Pictured left to right: Seth Weaver, PBF Board President; Matt Clemens, Peoples Bank and Sherri Ierley, PBF Executive Director

The Polar Bear Foundation was presented a $10,000 check from Peoples Bank through the PA Department of Economic and Community Development Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). The EITC program allows contributions to approved organizations from PA business tax credits against the tax liability for the tax year in which the contribution was made.  EITC donations allow the PBF to fund grants that align with our approved programs. 
A $4,000 donation was also received earlier this year from Waste Management Co. through the EITC program. 
We appreciate the continued support from both businesses.
On May 4th, Faulkner Subaru of Mechanicsburg presented the Polar Bear Foundation with a $36,845 check!  A portion of the check was for their 3-year commitment toward the new Turf Field.  The remaining donation will proudly be used as the naming sponsor for the 2023 Faulkner Anyone Can Cook event on September 30th and an Annual Pioneer Sponsor.  Thank you, Faulkner! he Northern district and community are grateful for your immense generosity. 
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The Polar Bear Foundation unites with the district in this year's message:
BE come BE long BE NORTHERN! 
Click here to learn more and donation opportunities.
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