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6-23-16 Pine Forge Academy Celebrates 70 Years, Strives for a Bright Future



By Kimberly Luste Maran
Pine Forge Academy kicked off a different kind of fundraising campaign this spring. The Reignite70 campaign, correlating with the 70th anniversary of the four-year Allegheny East Conference boarding high school, encourages donors to contribute in amounts of $7, $70, $700, $7,000 (and more). And during June 19-24, the alumni association has promised to match donations. 

A special 70th anniversary banner shows photos of students and faculty throughout the years.
From the Pine Forge Academy Facebook page


“This week we are asking our alumni to give, knowing their donation will be matched by other alumni up to $70,000,” says Sokoni Scott, a 1994 graduate and vice president of the National Pine Forge Academy Alumni Association (NPFAAA).

Scott and Leon Thomas, president of NPFAAA, created the campaign, and will continue to drive it to its December 2016 conclusion.
“We are celebrating 70,” explains Nicole Hughes, principal of PFA, “and 2016 is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the legacy of Seventh-day Adventist historically Black boarding schools! Seventy years ago there were many African-American boarding schools. Today, there are only four!”
According to Hughes, this is one of the first joint fundraising campaigns in recent history, with NPFAAA and PFA putting forth a concerted effort to not only celebrate the Pennsylvania school’s anniversary, but also to complete much needed repairs. “The Reignite70 (#Reignite70) campaign is aligned to the PFA strategic plan and strategic goals,” she says. Click here to read the academy’s strategic plan.
Says Scott, “The idea of Reignite70 is to place emphasis on the 70th anniversary of the school. Additionally, we wanted to galvanize the alumni across the country to realize the immediate needs of the school. The goal is to raise $270,000 by December 31.” He explains that the donations will go to renovate the men’s dormitory, Handy Hall, the women’s dormitory, Kimborough Hall, and the cafeteria. “Each of these facilities are in need of a major overhaul,” Scott says.
Scott came back to campus for his 20th year reunion. He says he was heartbroken. But not because the school needed repairs. “I hadn’t given back to the school that had given so much to my growth and development,” he says. “I didn’t complain. Instead I got involved in an effort to make a difference.”
He says that Pine Forge changed his life, and that he feels an obligation toward the future success of PFA. He believes there are others who feel the same way, thus the effort to raise the funds necessary to update the school while celebrating its 70 years of educational service.
“The school needs a thousand people like me, not just alumni, willing to give time, talent and, of course, treasure to make sure we exceed our goal. We want to see PFA not just survive but thrive for generations to come.”
Click here for #Reignite70 details.


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