Army Heritage Center Foundation Education Programs Recognized by Commonwealth

For the thirteenth year in a row, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has recognized the Army Heritage Center Foundation for excellence in education by designating the Foundation as an Educational Improvement Organization.  This designation authorizes the Foundation to accept charitable donations through the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC).

Companies that donate to the Foundation through this program are eligible for tax credits worth up to 90% of the value of the contribution.  Funds the Foundation receives through EITC support three Foundation programs: Schools-to-Career High School internships, the Veterans Oral History Project (VOHP), and the National History Day in Pennsylvania (NHD in PA) program.

Schools-to-Career internships help local high-school students develop their academic and workplace skills through meaningful work assignments in a professional environment.  Students in the VOHP program receive training in conducting oral history interviews and meet with local veterans to record and preserve their stories.

NHD in PA engages approximately 12,000 students throughout the Commonwealth in a year-long program of historical research and exploration that culminates in a series of contests to select the state delegation to the national contest at the University of Maryland, College Park.

“The EITC program allows businesses in Pennsylvania to make direct, meaningful contributions to support students in classrooms throughout the Commonwealth,” says Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks.  “Our donors provide unique opportunities for students to engage, learn, and grow beyond the classroom.  Our interns perform significant tasks, VOHP students preserve historical accounts that would be lost otherwise, and NHD in PA students learn the ins-and-outs of the historical research process from choosing a topic to presenting findings to a panel of experts.”

Students interested in Foundation programs, or veterans interested in participating in an interview, can contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation using the phone number or email below.

For more information or to sign up, contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.

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