Our Why

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        That big, adorable smile says it all! Red Knights are "our why," and we are dedicated to helping all Reading School District students dream, believe and achieve. We hope you will join our #RSDproud efforts and support Reading Education Foundation as we work to establish a $10 million endowment that will create a lasting impact here.

      Who We Are

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        Gordon G. Hoodak is the Executive Director of the Reading Education Foundation. Gordon spent his entire 47-year professional career in the Reading School District, including serving at prinicpal of Lauer’s Park Elementary School for 37 years. Gordon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University, his Master’s degree from West Chester University and his principal certification from the University of Pennsylvania. 

        Gordon was tasked with the leadership role of the Reading Education Foundation in October 2020 and has steadily worked with the Reading School District Administration and newly elected Reading Education Foundation Board Members in developing a strategic plan that addresses fund raising, marketing, event planning and management of grants.

        Gordon is excited and honored by the opportunity to lead the Reading Education Foundation in its vision of helping Reading School District students "Dream, Believe and Achieve!"

        Reading Education Board Officers
        *Denotes the board member or liaison is also a Reading High School graduate.

        Board President
        *Dr. Melissa Jamula
        Retired RSD Superintendent

        Board Vice President
        *Mr. Chris Kraras
        CEO, White Star Tours

        Board Secretary

        *Dr. Elliott Leisawitz
        Retired Physician 

        Board Treasurer
        *Mr. Roberto Sanchez
        Branch Manager, BB&T Bank

        Reading Education Foundation Board Members

        *Mr. Joseph Bialek                                                            
        Reading Fightin Phils      

        *Bishop Robert Brookins, Sr.
        Holy Trinity Church of God, CARE, INC.     

        Mrs. Tonya Butler
        Magisterial District Justice-County of Berks, Commonwealth of Pa.                                                                                                                 

        *Mr. Jeffrey Darlington
        The Rigg Darlington Group/AcrisureLLC  

        *Dr. John Dethoff                                                              
        Retired Orthopedic Surgeon                      

        *Mrs. Angel Helm                                                            
        Business Consultant

        *Mrs. Adriane Hoke       
        Business Professional   

        *Mr. Stu Jackson
        Executive Associate Commissioner, Men’s Basketball, Big East Conference

        *Mr. Tim Profit 
        Savage Auto Group                                                         

        *Mr. Michael Robinson
        Reading Fightin Phils

        *Ms. Nicole Tavares
        Giorgio Foods   

        *Mr. Michael Toledo     
        CEO, Centro Hispano  

        Board Members (Ex-Officio)

        Mr. Julio Martinez                                                                                                                                        
        Reading School District Board Member   

        Dr. Noahleen Betts
        Reading School District Board Member  

        Mr. Joel Brigel
        Reading School District Administrators’ Association
        Principal, Northwest Middle School  

        Reading School District Liaisons

        Dr. Jennifer Murray                                                      

        *Attorney Jesse Leisawitz     
        Chief Legal Officer

        *Mr. Wayne Gehris
        Chief Financial Officer                                                                                                 

        Attorney John Miravich
        RSD Solicitor

      What We Do

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        Dream. Believe. Achieve.
        The Reading Education Foundation is proud to partner with Reading School District to increase and support educational excellence. We are an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the educational experience of all Reading School District students.

        Established in spring 2021, our purpose is to support innovative opportunities that encourage our students in Pre-K through Grade 12 to DREAM, BELIEVE and ACHIEVE. Our commitment is to keep a razor-sharp focus on ways to raise funds that are critical to enhancing academic excellence and keeping our schools at the leading edge of public education. We work diligently to carefully target our funds where they will make the greatest impact.

        The Reading Education Foundation considers districtwide, school-based, and individual teacher grant requests. As we continue to fund grant requests annually, we also are committed to building an endowment that will support Reading School District students for years to come. With your support, we can make a significant difference. Unencumbered by competing needs, the Foundation’s sole focus will always remain on ways in which to enhance academic innovation and excellence for the students in the Reading School District. 

        Please join us in supporting the children in the Reading School District. Grant a wish and donate TODAY!


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