KASD Education Foundation - 20 Years

KASD Education Foundation to Celebrate 20th Year!

The KASD Education Foundation was created twenty years ago in October 2000, by three Kutztown High School Alumni: Dr. Brenda Winkler, then Superintendent of the Kutztown Area School District, the late DeLight Breidegam Jr., co-founder of Deka Battery, now East Penn Manufacturing, and Attorney Robert P. Grim. Today, the Foundation remains strongly committed to its original mission, “to enhance educational opportunities in the district’s schools and communities, and to recognize the superior achievements of districts students and alumni.”

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Ed Foundation Announces 2020 Distinguished Alumna of the Year, Dr. Karen L. Rauch

The KASD Ed Foundation Board announced the 2020 Distinguished Alumna of the year, Dr. Karen L. Rauch, Ph.D., KAHS Class of 1980. Dr. Rauch received her Ph.D. from The University of Virginia. She currently serves as Associate Provost for Accreditation and Assessment at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where she has also served as Associate Professor, Chair of the Modern Language Studies Department, and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As a faculty member, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Caribbean studies, nineteenth-century Peninsular (Spanish) and Latin American literature, civilization and culture, translation/interpreting, and Spanish for business.

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doctor michael karch at the podium during 2019 graduation

2019 Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. Michael Karch Challenges Graduates

Dr. Michael Karch, the Education Foundation’s “2019 Distinguished Alumnus” inductee presented an impassioned speech to the graduating class, inspiring and motivating them to achieve great heights. He challenged the class to teach, mentor and volunteer, and to see the world, so that they can appreciate what they have. Dr. Karch emphasized that struggle builds character, and that the graduates, now part of “our team”, i.e. the real world, are in a relay race which requires them to become not average, but exceptional.

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