(Pictured: Mr. Alex Nakoneczny presents checks to Borland Manor PTO President, Mo Garner, Wylandville PTO President, Alanna Popovich and Wylandville PTO Treasurer, Amy Kletch)
According to this article written by Katie Anderson of the Observer Reporter,
"Mr. Alex “Nob” Nakoneczny, a veteran with the post and chairman of the fundraiser, said every year they get enough donations to cover the costs of the children’s party and the events, with extra that goes to the toy drive. Last year, that “extra” amounted to $2,500, he said."
According to the article they usually hold a number of events to raise money for the school districts. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 they had to cancel all of these events except the golf outing. They felt that strongly they must try to do something because they realized how difficult of a time everyone in the school districts would have this year.
“We went to battle on foreign soil for our country. We want to fight on American soil for our children.” Nakoneczny said.
The collections ended on October 1st, 2020 and the donations were divided up between Canon-McMillan School District and Chartiers-Houston School District. The total raised this year was over $11,000. It averaged out to $4.40 per child in the CM Elementary and Chartiers Houston Elementary Schools. Borland Manor Elementary received approximately $1255.50, Wylandville received approximately. $1201.50. The total donated to all Canon-McMillan Elementary Schools came out to be about $5609.50.
According to the OR article,
Nakoneczny said that with all the conflict going on in the world, “we want to show America that two school districts can make a difference.”
Canon-McMillan School District thanks The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 191 in Canonsburg for the generous donations and for "fighting for our children". Principal Balch of Wylandville Elementary echoes this and appreciates the VFW for their generosity,
"The school community appreciates the support and thoughtfulness of the VFW Post 191. In talking to Mr. Nakoneczny, their care for the schools in our community was apparent and their wish to lighten the impact from COVID-19 on the students was generous."
The Wylandville PTO also greatly appreciates this donation, especially with the holiday season approaching,
“The Wylandville PTO is very appreciative of the generous donation and continued support of the VFW Post 191 in our community. With fundraising monies down this year, having the VFW collect and donate to the elementary schools in the district helps provide many extras that we may not have been able to afford this year. The Wylandville PTO is planning to put this money towards the students and staff during the upcoming holidays.”