TED PEDAS

ANNUAL DONATIONS TO FARRELL AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
1969 - 2015

Ted Pedas has been a generous benefactor of the Farrell Area School District and of the planetarium at Farrell High School that bears his name. Over the past 46 years Ted Pedas has contributed $780,132.34.

Each September since 1969, Pedas makes his annual pilgrimage to the school board with checks in hand to fund school activities and motivation awards for students and adults in the community. Pedas's efforts are aimed at encouraging students and the community to set new standards of educational excellence. Pedas, a world traveler and internationally known astronomer, is a planetarium lecturer emeritus at Youngstown State University and former astronomy columnist for The Vindicator.

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Ted Pedas Planetarium
Farrell Area School District
1600 Roemer Blvd
Farrell, Pennsylvania 16121

Date:         September 14, 2015

To:             The Reverend Lora Adams-King, Superintendent
                  Members, FASD Board of Education

From:         Ted Pedas, Planetarium Director Emeritus

Subject:     Contributions to further enhance Farrell Area School District Programs, Activities, Alumni, Facilities and the communities of Farrell and Wheatland

It gives me great pleasure to once again present you with a contribution which I am making to the Farrell Area School District. This is my 46th annual donation. Over the past 46 years I have contributed a total of $780,132.34 to the district.

This year's contribution in the amount of $50,000.00 is to be utilized for the following:

  • New Award: The “Junior Citizen of the Year” awards.
  • To sponsor the 2nd annual “Superintendent's Academic Improvement” awards.
  • To sponsor the 3rd annual “ High School Student of the Week” awards.
  • To sponsor the 22nd annual secondary school “Student of the Month” awards.
  • To sponsor the 19th annual elementary school “Student of the Month ” awards.
  • To sponsor the 7th annual elementary and high school “Student of the Year” awards.
  • To sponsor the 6th annual “Employee of the Month” awards for non-instructional staff.
  • To sponsor the 5th annual “Employee of the Year” award for non-instructional staff.
  • To sponsor the 5th annual “Volunteer Citizen of the Year”award.
  • To continue funding the “Model Rocketry and Flight in Education” program.
  • To further enhance the school district's Planetarium facility.
  • To fund the FASD Alumni Hall of Fame.


AWARDS AND DONATIONS

2015-2016

This contribution for the 2015-2016 school year is to be utilized for the following areas of activities:


  1. New Award “Junior Citizen of the Year Awards” Awards — $1,000.00

    A $500.00 award will be given to both one male and one female resident of Farrell/Wheatland under the age of 19 who exemplify qualities of good citizenship through their actions at school and in the community. Nomination forms will be available at the superintendent's office. Completed nomination forms will be submitted to the selection committee. These awards will be presented at either the City of Farrell Homecoming 2016 or at the following September school board meeting.

  2. The “Superintendent's Academic Improvement” Award (2nd Annual) — $5,000.00

    This award will be used as an incentive to motivate students to improve their academic performance each nine weeks. In addition to improving academic performance, this particular award will target students who may be at-risk, have behavior issues, and who otherwise are not receiving any type of recognition and/or positive reinforcement.

  3. High School “Student of the Week” Awards (3rd Annual) — $3,600.00

    This sponsorship will consist of weekly awards of $20.00 to be presented to one student from each grade 7 through 12 for 30 weeks. There will be a total of 180 awards given during the 2015-2016 school year.

    Students will be nominated by staff for this award based on one or more of the following criteria:

    1. Good deeds
    2. Improvement in behavior or academics
    3. Leadership
    4. Self Initiative
    5. Positive attitude
    6. Helpfulness
    7. Other worthy characteristics.

    This award does not emphasize academics, but rather recognizes other beneficial student qualities.

    The award will be given according to the following schedule (shortened weeks due to school holidays will be combined with longer weeks): September - 2 weeks, October - 4 weeks; November- 4 weeks; December - 3 weeks; January - 3 weeks; February - 4 weeks; March - 3 weeks; April - 3 weeks; May - 4 weeks. Total will be 30 weeks.

    This award will be administered by the High School Principal and Guidance Counselor. Weekly checks and recognition cards are to be presented with the monetary awards.

  4. High School “Student of the Month” Awards (22nd Annual) — $2,700.00
    This sponsorship covers the cost of 54 cash awards of $50.00 each, to be presented from September 2015 through May 2016 to Farrell High School students in Grades 7-12. The monetary award will be accompanied by a certificate and other recognition.

  5. Elementary School “Student of the Month” Awards (19th Annual) — $1,350.00
    This sponsorship covers the cost of 54 cash awards of $25.00 each to be presented from September 2015, through May, 2016 to Farrell Elementary School students in Grades 1-6. The monetary award will be accompanied by a certificate and other recognition developed by the elementary school principal.

    I would suggest the following procedures be continued for this year:

    1. Criteria should be established and followed for "Student of the Month" selection with the full support of administrators and teachers.
    2. Students should be selected in a timely fashion with awards presented before the middle of the following month.
    3. Students would receive appropriate certificates.
    4. Students would receive both the check from the Ted Pedas Awards account and a copy of this check to be retained as a souvenir.
    5. Photographs of each month's recipients should be taken and put on display in the respective high school and elementary buildings as in the past.
    6. Names of the recipeints should be posted on the Farrell Area School District website, in the district newsletter, and made available to the local media.
    7. Awards should be presented in a short ceremony on either public address system or school assembly.

  6. Elementary and High School “Student of the Year” Awards — $1,200.00
    This contribution is to be used to fund the 7th annual “ Student of the Year” awards for the 2015-2016 school year. This is an award of $100 given to one student each grade 1 through 12. Criteria will be to honor a truly outstanding student that has distinguished himself/herself in the classroom, not only academically but through attitude. The 12 students do not necessarily have to be one of the year's "Student of the Month" or "Student of the Week" recipients. Nominations may be made by staff members, administration, citizens, or fellow students. The students will be chosen by the third week of May. Nomination forms will be made available. The “Student of the Year” awards will be presented at the September school board meeting. This will provide an opportunity for students to see another aspect of how a school operates as well as providing added meaning to the award by giving it at a public meeting. Having the award presented at the September board meeting gives me the opportunity to congratulate these students in person. This evening this award will be presented by the Superintendent and members of the School Board.

    Of all the awards I have sponsored, the yearly 300 "Student of the Month" and "Student of the Year" awards have been the ones that have provided me the most joy in giving because they have touched the most students. To date an astounding 2,538 students have received over $74,700.00. Approximately 1/3 of the student body will receive recognition. We can all be proud of the fact that the Farrell Area School District is one of only a few districts nationwide that provides a monetary award to students in grades 1 through 12 for "Student of the Month", "Student of the Year" and "High School Student of the Week" achievement.

  7. “Employee of the Month” Awards for Non-Instructional Staff (6th Annual) — $1,200.00
    More than forty years ago when I began presenting awards I asked for input from teachers, students, administration, and citizens for suggestions. This award pleases me greatly because it upholds my long held belief in giving merit for going beyond set duties. This is the 6th year for the presentation of this re-instated award.

    This funding will provide an award of $100.00 per month for non-instructional employees (secretarial, clerical, custodial, maintenance, cafeteria, etc.) to be given at the September School Board meeting (12 total awards).

    It is suggested that the superintendent along with representatives of the various departments for non-instructional employees (secretarial, clerical, custodial, maintenance, cafetaria, etc.) set the criteria for choosing the monthly recipient of this award. May I suggest that the recipients' names be posted prominently to promote additional recognition.

  8. “Employee of the Year” Award for Non-Instructional Staff (5th Annual) — $1,000.00
    In the professional and business world, merit pay plays a big role in the success of an organization. The bonus system used around the World and gaining significance in the United States encourages employees to perform higher than expected. As I have mentioned on previous occasions I would like to see the FASD be a pace setter in this direction. That is why I support the “Employee of the Month ” Award as it gives recognition to those employees who contributed beyond expectations.

    I was pleased to expand on this principle by offering a $1,000.00 cash award to a non-instructional FASD staff member who has consistently performed beyond their assigned duties and has displayed a strong conmmitment to the school and the community. Cafeteria, clerical,custodial, maintenance, secretarial, and other non-instructional workers will be eligible for nomination.

    Nomination forms can be obtained from the superintendent's office throughout the school year. Nominations may be made by administrators, faculty, staff, students and citizens. In May copies of all nominations will be given to a selection committee. The Award will be presented at the City of Farrell Homecoming 2016 or at the following September school board meeting.

  9. “Volunteer Citizen of the Year” Award (5th Annual) — $1,000.00
    A community consists of both citizens and what they give of themselves to the community. More than ever before in today's society we need more emphasis on volunteerism. Despite our hectic schedules more of us need to make time for volunteerism.

    This award was established in that spirit to honor the individual who despite his or her busy schedule still gives time, dedication and talents to the school district and community. The nominee should be a citizen of Farrell or Wheatland and have made a significant, meaningful and positive contribution to the Farrell Area School District.

    Individuals may be nominated by administration, faculty, staff, parents or any Farrell/Wheatland citizen. Nomination forms are available in the superintendent's office. Completed nomination forms will be given to the selection committee. Presentation of this award will be made at the City of Farrell Homecoming 2016 or at September school board meeting.

  10. “Model Rocketry and Flight in Education” program — $1,000.00
    Five years ago we began this program after a dormancy of ten years. Mr. Tom Cimoric's science classes explored model rocketry by building and launching model rockets. Mr. Karl Rupert has continued and expanded the program with the help of Mr. Dan Harkless to include model planes and flight. It is the hope that this program expands this year to include more students. This program is provided at no cost to students and parents. Due to the continued growth of this program, I will be donating an additional $1,000.00 towards supplies and cost.

  11. Planetarium Equipment, Supplies and Maintenance— $25,950.00
    For the 46th year I am funding the Planetarium and its activities. I am pleased that the Planetarium is again in operation for the students of Farrell and Wheatland. There will be more than 100 presentations for grades 1 through 12.

    Mr. Mike DiMuzio will be joining us for his 7th year. Mr. DiMuzio is a 1988 graduate of YSU where he received his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in physics and astronomy with a minor in mathematics. He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1991, majoring in physics with a minor in astronomy. Mr. Di Muzio has worked as a planetarium lecturer for both YSU and Nebraska Wesleyan University.

    Mr. George Pedas will operate the new full-dome presentations. All supplies, equipment and repairs will be funded through the Ted Pedas Award Fund. We are pleased to have made the planetarium more versatile by the installation of a technical system enabling full-dome presentations. In addition to space, these presentations may include other areas of interest, including science, history, biology, and music. In the furure, we hope to be able to offer limited public programs.

    The superintendent's office and/or the principal's office will schedule the planetarium visits and full-dome presentations for both elementary and high school classes. Remuneration for scheduling will come from the Ted Pedas Award Fund, and there sill be no cost to the school district.

  12. Farrell Area School District “Alumni Hall of Fame” — $5,000.00
    This marks the 11th year for the “FASD Alumni Hall of Fame”. We anticipate over 250 attendees this year. In recognition of the success of this organization I am donating an additional $5,000 to subsidize a portion of the banquet expenses.

    The FASD Hall of Fame to recognizes outstanding alumni whose achievements, service or commitments have distinguished them. The first class of ten honorees was inducted in 2005. The second group was inducted October, 2006, the third October, 2007, the fourth group October, 2008 and the fifth group October, 2009 and sixth group October 2010, the seventh group in 2011, the eighth group in 2012, and the ninth group in 2013. 2014 marked the 10th anniversary.

    The 11th annual recognition dinner will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Park Inn by Radisson. It is my hope that all board members will attend this alumni dinner celebration showing that their support is behind former as well as future Farrell graduates. Tickets are available for $25.00 each. Please contact Judi Pendel (724) 509-1212 if you wish to attend .

    For further information on the Alumni Hall of Fame you may visit the following website: Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame or visit the Facebook website
    "Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees" — 2005 to the present


    The following two items represent areas of continued support that require no additional funding at this time.

  13. FASD Website and the websites dedicated to Farrell High School Alumni and the City of Farrell, Pennsylvania
    As some of you may know, I have for several years personally funded the creation and maintenance of an internet website dedicated to our school, alumni and community. In addition to giving us an international presence, the internet has reunited us with former FHS students and relocated Farrell citizens. I want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of the computer literate members of my family who have contributed countless hours of their time in creating and maintaining our internet presence. They include my brother George Pedas (FHS '59) and his wife Kathy, my brother Tom Pedas (FHS '67) and my sister Marcy Pedas Sigler (FHS'58).

    For more information please visit:


  14. The Farrell Area School District Foundation
    Since 1999 I have donated $25,000.00 to make this project a reality. The Foundation was established to develop, promote and finance educational programs for our school district. Over the years the Foundation has contributed to many worthwhile causes. These have benefited students, faculty and even school board and community members. The foundation is affiliated with the Shenango Valley Foundation which manages the funds. The Farrell Area School District Foundation has been dormant for many years so the administration and I are looking into taking it in a new direction to further benefit our students and community.




    Over the past 46 years I have contributed a total of $780,132.34 to further enhance school district programs, activities and facilities for both students and the community.

    These annual donations have been given as a small token of appreciation to the Farrell Area School District which has provided an education for myself, brothers and sister enabling us, as children of immigrant parents, to make our way in the world. Each of us in our own way owe a debt of gratitude to our school, community, and those dedicated individuals who paved the road for us.

    I leave you with quotes from a few of my favorite writers whose philosophies I have followed over the years and whose words should be a guide to us all.


    "What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."
    Pericles (c. 495 - 429 BC)


    "Kindness in words creates confidence.
    Kindness in thinking creates profundity.
    Kindness in giving...creates love..."
    Sirkabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

     

    "We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give."
    Winston Churchill


    Ted Pedas
    FHS '56

     


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Awards and Honors


'Hall of Fame' Inductees — 2005 to the present

 


'Citizen of the Year' Award Recipients

 


Ted Pedas Student Awards and Recipients
These awards are posted on the Farrell Area School District's web site as follows:

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Ted Pedas - 46 years of giving

Pedas' donations to school total more than $780,132

By Constantine Fekos
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 15, 2015


[Herald] FARRELL - "It pays to do well, in more ways than one," Farrell schools Superintendent Lora Adams-King said, reflecting on Monday night's student and employee awards, courtesy of a substantial, annual donation by alumnus and resident philanthropist Ted Pedas.

Pedas has, over the last 46 years, contributed more than $780,000 to Farrell Area School District. His donations continue to fund monetary awards and school programs.

This year, he donated $50,000 to fund several initiatives, including nine monetary awards, the Model Rocketry and Flight in Education program, the Alumni Hall of Fame and renovations and technological enhancements to the Ted Pedas Planetarium.

He also announced the anticipated return of free public planetarium shows, absent for more than a decade, the first of which is Christmas themed and scheduled to start in December.

One of the renovations making new programs possible is "allsky" technology, which allows for full-dome, 360-degree viewing, according to Pedas.

"We're making a lot of additions," he said. "We can do just about anything the large planetariums can do."

The facility is ready for the year's academic programs, he said, and is waiting on some final touches before public programming begins later this year.

Pedas spoke briefly about growing up in Farrell and, despite traveling the globe and hobnobbing with some of the world's academic elite, continuing to reside in the city to leave his footprint - making a difference in the lives of students and community members.

"I look at my city, Farrell, as my family; my extended family," Pedas said. "If there's love amongst people, there's no better way to show it than by giving."

Monday's presentation saw a total of 25 students recognized for academic improvement and "Student of the Year" awards.

Prior to the awards presentation, Pedas said he's been questioned over the years as to whether giving young students monetary awards is appropriate.

"It's a great feeling for someone to recognize them," he said, having received numerous positive responses about how his awards inspired confidence in students past and present. "An award with their name on it is very meaningful."

One new award was announced for presentation in 2016 - Junior Citizen of the Year, which will recognize residents of Farrell or Wheatland - one male and one female - who exemplify good citizenship through their actions both at school and in the community.

Fourteen district employees and volunteers were honored for their contributions to the district. One of the most notable awards, Volunteer Citizen of the Year, was presented to longtime Farrell High football coach Lou Falconi.

"I made my living in Farrell and thought it was time to give a little back," he said of his volunteer efforts for Farrell football and, most recently, helping to bring back Farrell's Homecoming event. "To put it simply, it's nice to be appreciated."

Falconi said if the award had cost the district anything, he would refuse it on the grounds that the district would need the funds more than he.

[Herald] "Good work is definitely noted here," Adams-King said. "And we are so fortunate to have one of our alumni donate to the school on an annual basis."

Terry Harrison, school board president, remarked that "every employee impacts the children" throughout the district, whether they attend the elementary or high school.

He also applauded Pedas' ongoing contribution to the district's planetarium, which now includes nearly $30,000 for operation and technological improvements which will allow for new programs for both students and the public.

"I remember when I was a kid, the planetarium was the most popular place to go," Harrison said.

Seven-year planetarium lecturer Mike DeMuzio expects the new technology will keep the district's programs up to date with the latest scientific discoveries and hopes the facility will continue to instill a sense of wonder and curiosity in students.

"With these improvements, we can show the sky so students can start to recognize scientific and astronomical things and ask questions," he said. "We'll be able to show Pluto this year (and other) topical things for students."

Pedas also announced he enlisted some additional professionals to help fortify planetarium programming; Christina Pedas and Kevin Lynch are expected to work on public shows.

"I'm very fortunate to have (them); they're very knowledgeable," Pedas said.

Lynch said bringing back public programming will be "very nice; many people grew up with it and can now bring their kids, making it a generational thing."

"People won't have to travel; it's local and free," Christina Pedas said of the upcoming public shows. "With the much-needed improvements, we're OK to go. We're just fine-tuning."

Adams-King voiced her excitement for the facility's updated tech as well, mentioning its benefit to the district's ongoing Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics initiatives, commonly known as STEM.

"Students here have something no one else has access to," she said of the planetarium. "Let's continue to work together to benefit our students and the greater community."


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Ted Pedas - 45 years of giving

Total over years is $730,132.34

By Megan Finnerty
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 9, 2014


[Herald] FARRELL - When Ted Pedas first started in the Farrell Area School District, he faced a challenge.

"When I attended kindergarten, I didn't speak English," he shared at Monday's Farrell school board meeting.

Now he speaks clearly, on Monday stating how his appreciation of the school district hasn't wavered. Pedas, who is 75, has shown that appreciation by making annual donations to the district for 45 years - for a grand total of $730,132.34.

"Some people make it in life and forget home," Superintendent Lora Adams-King told Pedas. "You made it in life and never left home." Pedas, 1956 Farrell High graduate, is well known as a teacher, astronomer, scientific cruise leader and philanthropist.

This year, his check amounts to $40,000. The money was allocated to a variety of things:

  • $17,050 to awards for students, staff and volunteers, all with monetary prizes.
  • $1,000 for supplies and costs to the Model Rocketry and Flight in Education program, which teaches students through building model rockets and planes, as well as launching and flying them.
  • $16,950 to the Ted Pedas Planetarium for equipment, supplies and maintenance.
  • $5,000 to the Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

After the check was presented to Adams-King, she distributed certificates and checks to a student of the year from each grade for the 2013-14 school year, and to 12 employees of the month, also from last school year. She then presented the Employee of the Year Award to Linda Odem, and Citizen/Volunteer of the Year to Mavis Shannon Odem.

"Thank God we have people like you," school board member Ronald Weston said after the presentation, thanking Pedas.

"You don't toot your horn, we want to toot it for you,"" Adams-King said to him.

Pedas encouraged people to nominate students, staff and citizens for the different awards throughout the year.

"My part is the easy part," he said, acknowledging those who help in organizing and distributing the awards and running the programs he's started.

Over the course of his donations, he's funded more than 50 programs. Some of them weren't successful, but they helped nonetheless.

"One becomes wise through failures," Pedas said.

[ Sharon Herald]

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Ted Pedas makes annual donation

Total over years is $690,132.34

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 10, 2013


FARRELL - Four decades plus four years of one grateful alumnus' philanthropy have netted Farrell Area School District $690,132.34.

[Herald] Ted Pedas, a 1956 graduate who has put his money behind his fondness for Farrell schools, returned to the hallowed halls of learning, checkbook in hand, to make his annual donation to the district.

This year that donation totals $35,000.

"These annual donations have been given as a small token of appreciation," Pedas said in this year's 10-page report to the district, which includes specifications each year for how the cash is to be spent.

Pedas appreciates the education the district provided for him, his brothers Tom and George, and his sister Marcy Pedas Sigler.

That education enabled the family "as children of immigrant parents to make our way in the world," he wrote.

"Each of us in our own way owes a debt of gratitude to our school, community and those dedicated individuals who paved the road for us," Pedas wrote.

This year, Pedas is inaugurating a "student of the week" award for kids in grades seven through 12.

One student in each grade level will be chosen each week for 30 weeks, allowing the district to reward 180 students this school year.

Those honored will receive $20, and the staff will nominate students using these criteria: good deeds, improvement in behavior or academics, leadership, self-initiative, positive attitude, helpfulness, or some other reason not specified.

The high school principal will administer the awards, as directed by Pedas.

Pedas' donation will also fund:

  • High school and elementary school "student of the month" awards of $50 each for high-schoolers and $25 each for elementary students.
  • High school and elementary school "student of the year" awards of $100 to one student in each grade level.
  • Employee of the Month awards for noninstructional staff of $100.
  • Employee of the Year $1,000 award for non-instructional staff.
  • Citizen of the Year $1,000 award for an exceptional volunteer in the district.
  • $1,000 for a model rocketry program.
  • $16,950 for equipment, supplies and maintenance of the planetarium, which is named in honor of Pedas.
  • $5,000 for the Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame.
Pedas also supports the district's websites and inaugurated the Farrell Area School District Foundation, which he started in 1999 with a $25,000 donation.


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Benefactor Pedas Gives $30K to school

Total over years exceeds $655,000

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 11, 2012

FARRELL/WHEATLAND - Ted Pedas has spent much of his life gazing at the stars and explaining them to people.

As a teacher, astronomer and scientific cruise leader, Pedas, 73, has traveled far to witness eclipses, followed comets and pondered the dark side of the moon. He's never forgotten his Farrell roots, however.

"You remind us of the importance of staying connected," Farrell Area School Board President Terry Harrison said Monday, after Pedas made his 43rd cash donation to the district.

"I want to personally thank you," Harrison said.

Education, community and family are pillars in Pedas' life and he reminds the district of that commitment each year, Harrison said.

"I hope that my legacy is that I helped the citizens of Farrell and Wheatland," Pedas said.

"We appreciate it," Superintendent Lora Adams-King said.

Pedas' $30,000 check brings the total of his contributions to $655,132.34

The money will fund cash awards for students of the month and year, and employees of the month and year for non-instructional staff.

It will underwrite the model rocketry in education program and pay for the alumni hall of fame.

The bulk of the cash will go toward supporting the Ted Pedas Planetarium and provide 100 days of instruction there.

"We don't take it for granted," Adams-King said.

She was happy to assist Pedas in handing out the student of the year awards - which include a $100 check.

Terry Stefanick, a jack-of-all-trades in the district who works in its copy center and as a computer technician and is also senior class adviser and theater arts coordinator, was honored with a $1,000 check as the non-instructional employee of the year and the Men of God Plus, a group that mentors the district's youth, was chosen as citizen(s) of the year and presented with a $1,000 check.



[Youngstown Vindicator]

September 9, 2012

Staff report, Vindicator Education Writer

Philanthropist Pedas to donate $30K to Farrell School District

FARRELL, Pa — Philanthropist and Farrell Area School District Planetarium Director Emeritus Ted Pedas is donating $30,000 this year to the district.

Pedas said he is planning to make his donation to the Farrell School Board at its Monday meeting.

He says the donation will break down as follows:

  • High-school Student of the Month awards, $2,700 for 54 cash awards of $50 each to be presented this school year to students in grades seven through 12.
  • Elementary school Student of the Month awards, $1,350 for 54 cash awards of $25 each to be presented this school year.
  • Elementary and high-school "Student of the Year" awards, $1,200 for awards of $100 given to one student each in grades one through 12.
  • Employee of the Month awards for noninstructional staff, $1,200 for awards of $100 to be given each month of the year to secretarial, clerical, custodial, maintenance and cafeteria employees.
  • Employee of the Year award for noninstructional staff, $1,000.
  • Citizen of the Year volunteer award, $1,000 for a resident of Farrell or Wheatland who has made a significant contribution to the Farrell schools.
  • Model Rocketry in Education award, $1,000 for supplies and other costs for a science program that explores building and launching model rockets.
  • Planetarium equipment, supplies and maintenance, $15,550.
  • Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame, $5,000 for banquet expenses.

Pedas has donated $655,132 over the past 43 years to the Farrell district. "These annual donations have been given as a small token of appreciation to the Farrell Area School District, which has provided an education for my brothers and sister and me, enabling us, as children of immigrant parents, to make our way in the world," he said.


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Pedas creates 2 new awards

Total over years exceeds $625,000

By Lauren Mylo
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 13, 2011

FARRELL/WHEATLAND - [Herald] For the first time, children receiving the Farrell's "student of the year" awards attended the school board meeting to collect their checks in person from school benefactor Ted Pedas, who received many, many thank yous from board members and 30 residents.

The alumnus and planetarium director emeritus, who has donated $625,132 to the district in 42 years, smiled as the children were recognized and announced he'll add some new awards this year in addition to funding for the school's planetarium and programs. Pedas' donation this year amounts to $30,000.

"It's a nice feeling for them, the kids were beaming today," he said of those receiving their awards. "Recognition is a very, very powerful thing."

Twelve students in grades one through 12 received $100 checks for their work in the 2010-11 school year. They were the third annual "student of the year" awards.

The two new awards Pedas announced are an "employee of the year" award for non-instructional staff and a "citizen of the year" volunteer award - for those in the school or community - both set at $1,000.

"I have long believed that giving merit for people going beyond the call of duty should be rewarded," he said. "In business and the professional world, merit pay plays a big part in the success of the organization."

Kavonne Whitman, whose son Jaden South received the fourth-grade "student of the year" award, said she was honored.

"A lot of people look at the town and have their own opinion of it ..." she said. "I'm just thankful he gives the awards and he continues to as long as he can. I think it's such a blessing what he does for the school."

Jaden said he thinks he received the award because he was "real good the whole year," and his mother said through the help of teachers and staff, Jaden overcame a slight learning disability and improved his reading skills.

Pedas said the "student of the month" and "student of the year" awards have provided him with the most joy because they've provided 1,698 students with more than $45,500 combined.

Farrell Area School District is rare in giving such monetary awards to students, he said.

Many other awards were announced, and this year marks the second in a row for the revived "employee of the month" award, which Pedas said he was happy to bring back.

Three years ago, Pedas also revived the "Model Rocketry in Education" project after 10 years of dormancy. During the last two school years, Tom Cimoric's science classes have learned to build and launch model rockets, and Pedas will donate $1,000 to the program this year.

Pedas is also donating $15,550 to the planetarium, which he said gives more than 100 presentations for grades one through 12, and $5,000 to the Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame, recognizing outstanding alumni for the seventh year in a row.

Upkeep of the planetarium is increasingly important, Pedas said, because there were once 323 school planetariums in the state and now there are 21.

"I've always felt very strongly about giving back, and the community is small enough I can make an impact ... and I just love giving these little gifts and helping people out," Pedas said.

He noted in the past, he's found some children were not able to cash his checks because they didn't have accounts, but he told his bank if they refuse to cash one of this checks he'll close his account there.

"Many of us have disadvantages and unfortunately sometimes that carries on through generations," he said. Each school board member praised Pedas for his work.

"This (generosity) didn't just start with you now, it's always been in you," board member Allen Harrison said. "It lets students know someone cares."

Pedas award recipients - Ted Pedas announced these awards Monday at the Farrell Area School Board meeting:

  • "Employee of the year" for non-instructional staff, $1,000.
  • "Citizen of the year" volunteer award, $1,000.
  • The 18th annual high school "student of the month" awards, $2,700 to cover 54 cash awards of $50 each.
  • The 15th annual elementary school "student of the month" awards, $1,350 covers 54 cash awards of $25 each.
  • The third annual elementary and high school "student of the year" awards, $1,200 covers 12 cash awards of $100 each.
  • The "employee of the month" awards for non-instructional staff, $1,200 to be given to staff members each month. This is the second year for the reinstated award.
  • The "Model Rocketry in Education" program, $1,000. This is the third year for the reinstated award.
  • Funding for the district's planetarium, in its 42nd year, $15,550.
  • Funding for the seventh annual Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame, $5,000.

Nominations for the awards are open to any staff member, parent or Farrell or Wheatland citizen. Forms are available by contacting Joanne Lloyd in the high school guidance office at 724-509-1258.


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[Masthead - Herald]

Pedas donates another $30,000

Total over years nears $600,000

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 14, 2010

[FASD Board 2010]

FARRELL - Everyone owes "a debt of gratitude" to their hometown, Ted Pedas told Farrell Area School Board members.

"To our school and community and to those individuals who paved the way for us,"he said.

In Pedas' case, he's paid up, and then some. He came to Monday's school board meeting toting a check for $30,000 to continue a lifetime of philanthropy. This was Pedas' 41st annual donation to the school for a total of $595,132.34 that he's given to the district.

The money will pay for programs at the school that are near and dear to Pedas' heart, foremost among them instruction in the planetarium that's named in honor of him.

Pedas is also underwriting the school's model rocketry program, its cash awards for elementary and high school students of the month, cash awards for students of the year, support for the Farrell Area School District Alumni Hall of Fame, maintenance of the district's Web presence and support of the Farrell Area School District Foundation, which he said he hopes to revitalize.

New this year are cash awards for a non-instructional employee of the month in the districts.

"These are the people behind everything we do and I think they should be recognized," Pedas said.

Following his presentation, Superintendent Lora Adams-King and school board members again expressed their gratutude.

"Thank you, thank you, and thank you," Mrs. Adams-King said. "This has been said several times before."

She's mentioned Pedas' support to a state Department of Education official and they were astonished to hear about his continued cash support of the district.

"This kind of stuff doesn't happen everywhere," the state bureaucrat told her, she said: "We're glad it happens in Farrell," Mrs. Adams-King said.

Pedas, a 1956 Farrell graduate, has been an educator at the high school and college levels and is an astronomer and scientific cruise leader. He still volunteers at the district's planetarium.

"Ted has given us a concept that avove all else, education is first," board member James Guerino said. "He gives his heart and mind to education and that's really what it's all about."

[FASD Board 2010 ]

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[Youngstown Vindicator]

September 19, 2009

By Harold Gwinn, Vindicator Education Writer

Pedas announces contributions totaling $30K, adds new awards.

The former teacher and planetarium instructor has given Farrell more than $500,000.


[Donations-2009]

FARRELL — Ted Pedas has become as constant as the changing of the seasons.

In fact, every fall for the last 40 years, the former teacher and director of the Ted Pedas Planetarium of the Farrell High School has appeared before the Farrell Area School Board to make a personal contribution to the school district.

It has been Pedas who has created such recognition as the "Student of the Month" and the "Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame" and he's been a regular benefactor of equipment for the planetarium that the school district named in his honor.

He came back to the school board this week, announcing contributions totaling $30,000 this year, bringing his 40 year total to $565,132 to enhance school district programs, activities and facilities, benefiting students and the community.

He said the gifts have been a “small token of appreciation” to the school district which provided an education for him, his brothers and his sister.

Pedas announced the creation of two new awards this year — Elementary and High School Student of the Year and Employee of the Month for noninstructional staff.

Pedas, who said he is a believer in merit pay, said he is activating the Employee of the Month award to give recognition to employees who contribute beyond expectations.

He said he'd like to see Farrell be a pacesetter in the use of the bonus system.

In addition to his monetary gifts, Pedas said he will continue to Personally fund the Farrell Area School District, the FHS Alumni, and the History of Farrell, Pennyslvania web sites. He had funded the creation of all three.

He's also put $25,000 into the Farrell Area School District Foundation and told the school board that he is seeking to revitalize the foundation and take it in a new direction.

A breakdown of this year's contributions shows:

  • $2,700 — High School Student of the Month providing 54 cash awards of $50 each to be presented September through May to students in grades 7-12.

  • $1,350 — Elementary School Student of the Month providing 54 cash awards of $25.00 from September through May for students in grades 1-6.

  • $1,200 — Elementary and High School Student of the Year, providing an award of $100 to be given to one student at every grade level.

  • $1,200 — Employee of the Month for noninstructional staff, providing $100 monthly awards one to be presented each month of the year.

  • $5,000 — Farrell Alumni Hall of Fame. The organization's fifth recognition dinner will be October 17.

  • $18,550 — Planetarium equipment, supplies and maintenance. The planetarium has scheduled 144 presentations for students this year.

    In addition to his monetary gifts, Pedas will also give of his time.

    He said he will be working in the planetarium as a volunteer assisting instructors (paid for through his planetarium contribution) who will be handling the student presentation.


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[Masthead - Herald]

Pedas delivers 40th donation to Farrell schools

Students, faculty, volunteers will benefit from donation

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 14, 2009

[FASD Board]

Four decades of philanthropy were celebrated Monday night when Ted Pedas made his annual donation to Farrell Area School District.

Pedas said he was "aiming for 50" as he came with a $30,000 check to give to the district's students and staff this year.

His 40th donation funds "some of my favorite projects," he said.

Among them are $50 awards for students of the month in grades seven through 12 and $25 awards for students of the month in grades one through six.

"I think these 108 awards are my favorite. It isn't a lot of money, but it helps," Pedas said. Through the years, the program has rewarded 1,458 students and distributed $35,000, Pedas said.

"It's always nice to have that little extra incentive," Pedas said.

He's expanding the program this year to include $100 awards to "students of the year" in grades one through 12.

A longtime advocate of "merit pay" for the district's staff, Pedas reinstated this year $1,200 - $100 per month - to reward employees of the month for the noninstructional staff.

"This award pleases me greatly because it upholds my long-held belief in giving merit for going beyond set duties," Pedas said.

He'll also continue to fund the planetarium program which follows state science guidelines, he said.

In addition to rewarding the present students and staff, Pedas is continuing support of the Farrell Area School District Hall of Fame, a program led by alumni secretary Judi Pendel and alumni board chairman James A. Raykie Jr.

The Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony is set for Oct. 17 at the high school cafeteria. "The Hall of Fame's good work in recognizing Farrell alumni who have made significant contributions throughout the country and the world for that matter, is possible mainly because of Ted," Raykie said. "Our community is blessed to have such a benevolent person."

School board members were unanimous in their appreciation of Pedas.

"He has always been a great friend of Farrell schools," board member Ronald Weston said."I hope you're here from 41 to 50 and beyond that," board member Chuck Branca said. Other members made similar statements as Pedas concluded his annual visit to the board.

"I'll be back for 41," Pedas said.

Pedas is a former astronomy teacher and international cruise leader and a 1956 graduate of Farrell High.



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[Masthead - Herald]

EDITORIAL - OUR VIEW
Pedas sets a high standard for supporting our community

The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 11, 2008


While the upcoming United Way fundraising campaign is a major local event, it's always good to find area people who already give back plenty to the community. One of those is Ted Pedas.

Pedas, former Farrell High teacher and now a world-traveler, this past week announced his donation of $30,000 to the Farrell Area School District.

It marked his 39th annual contribution for a total of more than $535,000 in the span of his benevolence. Now that's giving back to a community!

Over the years, Pedas has directed how his grants should be used. The school's planetarium - Farrell is one of the few schools in the state to have such a resource - has always been one of the key recipients of the astronomer's funding.

He also has provided almost $5,000 to reinstitute the school's rocketry studies, a program he started in the mid-1960s during the height of interest in the United States space program.

One of the more interesting uses of his money is to inspire students to work harder in school and get better grades.

We know of some parents who reward their kids with $5 or $10 for every "A" on the report card. But Pedas really steps up to provide monetary awards for top students.

He offers $2,700 for "Student of the Month" awards in the high school and $1,350 for similar awards at the elementary level.

Pedas has doubled the value of the high school awards, which were discontinued because of the lack of interest by recently fired Principal Lee McFerren. The funding provides for 54 awards of $50 each to students in grades 7-12. Elementary students will receive $25 each.

Pedas has said those awards have provided the most joy for him because they have touched so many students. You can bet the students also get great delight in receiving them.

Every school district would love to have a dedicated alumnus like Pedas. His dedication to Farrell students has been legendary. He has supported projects benefiting not only current students, but others such as Farrell Area School District Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding alumni.

Pedas, in presenting his annual awards, also offers advice. This year's words of wisdom were:

  • A new superintendent should live in the community.
  • Merit pay should be given to employees who exceed expectations.

While they may be difficult to institute because of residency-requirement laws and teaching contracts, they are items to consider.

However, there is no barrier to offering the Farrell-Wheatland community's thanks to a dedicated alumnus who has always lived up to the words of the 1960's Beach Boys hit song, "Be True to Your School."


[FASD Board]

[Masthead - Herald]

Pedas makes annual donation to Farrell Area School District

By Tom Davidson, Herald Staff Writer
September 8, 2008

FARRELL, WHEATLAND - The second Monday of September is an informal holiday in Farrell Area School District.

It's the day local philanthropist Ted Pedas comes to the school board meeting with a $30,000 check for his alma mater and a few minutes of advice to the board about the school and its future.

"After a couple years of turmoil, I feel the Farrell schools are at a crossroads," Pedas said Monday. The district is moving on since Superintendent Richard Rubano retired and high school Principal Lee McFerren was fired.

Since, the district has promoted elementary teacher and pastor the Rev. Lora Adams-King as high school principal and is in the midst of a superintendent search to replace Rubano.

"I feel we are on our way to a whole new road in Farrell," Pedas said.

He urged board members to move beyond the "difficult period that has created a wall between well-meaning people.

"This wall has been built with dissension, prejudices and suspicion of one another," Pedas wrote to the board. "It is time to tear down this wall and for all of us to work together again to do the best that we can for our students."

He's met with Rev. Adams-King and said he feels the district is moving in the right direction, which would be encouraged by trying to hire a Farrell or Shenango Valley resident to the superintendent's post.

Pedas' donation is earmarked as follows:

    $2,700 for high school student of the month awards. Farrell is among the few districts in the country to reward students each month with a cash award - this year $50 each - for students of the month. The program wasn't supported by McFerren and is being reinstated now that he's been fired. Pedas also includes $1,350 for elementary student of the month awards.

  • Because administering the awards has been lacking in the past, Pedas is paying guidance office secretary Joanne Lloyd to make sure the honored students get the cash award, along with a certificate and other recognition from the district.

  • The awards are the most sacred fruit of Pedas' annual donations, which over 35 years total more than $500,000.

  • $4,950 to reinstate a model rocketry program for all district students. Pedas is paying for supplies and instructional materials so the school can include rocketry-based education in its curriculum, which involves several different disciplines - from science to art to math - to give students a hands-on approach to learning, Pedas said. Farrell and Pedas were pace-setters of such programs, which date back to 1965 at Farrell, when the country was in the midst of the race to the moon. Pedas is a former astronomy teacher and international cruise leader and a 1956 graduate of Farrell High.

  • $21,000 to maintain the district's planetarium, equipment and supplies, which includes 40 days of instruction from Youngstown State University astronomy professor Sharon Shanks.

  • Continued support of the district's Hall of Fame that recognizes outstanding alumni and boosters of the district, including legendary basketball coach Edward J. McCluskey, who is being posthumously inducted in this year's class.

  • Maintenance of the district's Web site.

  • Support of the Farrell Area School District Foundation, which was started in 1999 with $25,000 of seed money from Pedas. The foundation funds "worthwhile causes" in the district, Pedas said.

"Each of us in our own way owes a debt of gratitude to our school, community and those dedicated individuals who paved the road for us," Pedas said.


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[Masthead - Herald]

Pedas donation benefits school

Students, faculty, volunteers will benefit from donation

By Courtney L. Anderson
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) — September 13, 2005

[Meeting FASD Board of Directors]


[Herald] Christmas came to Farrell Area School District early again this year.

"We have a Santa Claus that comes every September", Superintendent Richard R. Rubano Jr. said at Monday night's board meeting. "I don't have to give him any introduction. Everyone in this room knows who he is."

While many schools scramble for funding and often have to cut programs, Farrell has been able to continue and establish many projects for the good of the school and community thanks to generous benefactor Ted Pedas.

Pedas, director emeritus of the district planetarium named after him, has contributed $454,643 to the district over the past 36 years "to further enhance school district programs, activities and facilities for both students and the community."

Monday, Pedas presented the district a check for $20,800 and shared several stories of students who received awards funded by his generosity. Rubano said they enjoyed the history lesson because "if you understand the past, you understand the future."

School board president Michael Wright thanked Pedas for all he's done for the district over the years. "You bless a lot of people...and it comes from the heart."

Board vice president Lester Robinson said it's nice to see someone who can do something to help better the city and the school.

"Thank you very much," said board member Sadie Benham. "You're one person who truly loves Farrell High School and you show it."

Board member Terry Harrison agreed, adding that Pedas "didn't just say it - you do it."

District solicitor James Nevant II said Pedas' commitment and loyalty are admirable.

"You don't have to do it," noted board member Ronald Weston, adding that Pedas himself will be blessed for his actions.

"Keep up the good work, Ted," said board member Larry Manilla.

On behalf of all the students Pedas has touched over the years, Rubano said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you."

A 1956 Farrell graduate, Pedas is an internationally known astronomer, planetarium lecturer emeritus at Youngstown State University, former astronomy columnist for The Vindicator and a world traveler who has organized many historical and astronomical cruises.

He has been steadfast in his mission to improve his community and the education and quality of life of people - especially young people - who live there.

Upon his retirement as director of the planetarium several years ago, Pedas continued to donate his pension to the school and also volunteers his time to teach youngsters about the stars. In fact, he said he has received letters from former students serving in the first Iraq war asking for star maps. If you know where two stars are in the sky, you'll never be lost, Pedas said.

"These annual donations have been given as a small token of appreciation to the Farrell Area School District which has provided an education for my brothers and sister and me, enabling us, as children of immigrant parents, to make our way in the world," Pedas said. "Each of us in our own way owes a debt of gratitude to our school, community and those dedicated individuals who praved the road for us."



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[Masthead - Vindicator]
Tuesday —September 13, 2005

Farrell schools get $20,080 from Pedas


FARRELL, Pa. — It wouldn't be fall without Ted Pedas' annual donation to the Farrell School District.

Pedas dropped off a check for $20,080.00 Monday night to the Farrell School Board to fund a bevy of programs he helped institute in the district.

This is Pedas' 36th annual donation. He has contributed $454,632 to the district in that time.

Pedas said the money is a small token of his appreciation to the district that provided an education to him and his brothers and sister.

"Each of us, in our own way, owes a debt of gratitude to our school, community and those dedicated individuals who paved the road for us," he said.

The money is used to fund several monthly awards including student of the month, employee of the month and money to fund the school's planetarium. Pedas is the planetarium director emeritus.

The money also is used to pay for the school district's Web site and a hall of fame that recognizes outstanding alumni in conjunction with the city's annual homecoming festival.


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Ted Pedas makes 35th annual donation

By Patrecka F. Adams
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) —Tuesday, September 14, 2004

[FASD Board ]

[Herald] Part of Ted Pedas' annual donations to Farrell Area School District over the last few years was set aside in hopes that one day outstanding alumni could be recognized.

The 65-year old retired teacher and director of the district's planetarium said he wanted to create a Hall of Fame for those distinguished graduates.

And now, after years of hoping and collecting money for the project, it seems that Pedas' dream will finally come to fruition: The first class of honorees is to be inducted next year.

Pedas made the announcement - and his 35th annual donation - at Monday's school board meeting.

He began his presentation quoting British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, author Mark Twain and Hidu poet Tagore. Pedas said he came “with a sense of love for the board, his school and the community.”

He has shown that love for more than three decades by donating about $35,000 a year to the district until his retirement a few years ago. At that time, he decided to donate his retirement earnings to the district to fund 12 areas of activities.

Monday, Pedas presented Superintendent Richard Rubano a check for $20,080 that will be used to fund those activities and programs.

Pedas said he had been donating money to fund a Hall of Fame, but it never materialized, so this year, he decided to tranfer the $3,500 for it to another program.

Then Rubano called him and told him a committee was forming for the Hall of Fame program, and Pedas said he couldn't have been happier.

“I'm elated; absolutely elated,” he said. “This is something that was very dear to my heart. I felt that this type of recognition is important because Farrell has had many people become successful...”

The first Hall of Famers will be announced in July in conjunction with the fifth annual Farrell Citizen of the Year award ceremony.

Monday's donation brings the total of Pedas' 35 years of donations to $434,552. He called the money “a small token of appreciation” meant to give back to the district that gave him and his siblings - children of immigrant parents - an education so they could make their mark on the world.

Pedas - a world traveler and internationally known astronomer - has been a science magazine and newspaper writer for three decades. He continues to lead archaelogical and astronomical cruises around the world and is also a retired planetarium lecturer at Youngstown State University.

“My motivation is that I want every single student to receive an award while they're in school,” he said. “And now I'm even more motivated.”

From students who improve themselves to nontraditional students who are at least 25 years old looking to have a try at college learning, to custodians, secretaries and other non-instructional staff, Pedas said everyone in the district is important and valued, and the awards reflect that:

And while he said he is overjoyed when students and others thank him for his generosity, giving to others is just something that makes him happy.

“I feel that I've been very fortunate and when you've been fortunate, you should give something back,” he said. “I can think of nothing better than giving to the kids.”

School directors Monday showered Pedas with praise. Board member Edward Zappa called him “a Farrell guy all the way.”

“I think we would be a better world if more people gave a little more of themselves, be it money or effort. Giving is most important,” Pedas said.

[Meeting FASD Board of Directors]

[Meeting FASD Board of Directors]


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[Masthead - Herald]

Pedas makes annual donation to school

By Larissa Theodore
Herald Staff Writer
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) —Tuesday, September 9, 2003

As he has done for more than three decades, Ted Pedas delivered his 34th annual check Monday to the Farrell Area School Board.

This year -- as in every other year -- Pedas' contribution of $20,480 will go toward enhancing the district's programs, activities, buildings and the Farrell and Wheatland communities.

Before presenting his check, Pedas made several observations about the last year.

Pedas, who normally spends his summers traveling the world, said he decided to spend this summer at home in Farrell. He said he was happy to see the wonderful news coverage about local communities, but was unhappy to read about the downward spiral of community organizations.

"There are 17 organizations ready to fold because there's no community spirit," he said.

Pedas said he would like to see more emphasis on volunteerism. His volunteer of the year award, which is open to students, parents and community members, is one he said he would like to enhance.

Pedas said he would be willing to buy T-shirts that say "I am a Farrell volunteer," to jumpstart a community volunteer day. Volunteerism could start at the high school, which is more than 30 years old and in need of minor repairs.

Another change Pedas is hoping to see is on the school's Web site. He said he'll continue to pay for the Web sites containing information on Farrell alumni and Farrell's history. The school district site, however, is temporary and will be replaced with one produced and built by students, something that should be an integral part of the computer class curriculum that involves student participation, he said.

Pedas was hired by the district in 1969, but retired two years ago to ease the district's financial woes. He is director emeritus of the school planetarium, which is named for him. This year's contribution brings his total donations to the district to $417,473. He makes the annual donations, he said, as a small token of appreciation to the district "which has provided an education for my brothers and sister and me, enabling us, as children of immigrant parents, to make our way in the world."

"Each of us in our own way owes a debt of gratitude to our school, community and those dedicated individuals who paved the road for us," Pedas said.

Each school board member thanked Pedas for his unselfish generosity after Superintendent Richard Rubano and board President Lester Robinson presented him with a certificate of recognition.

"We always appreciate what you do for Farrell High School and the community. No matter what success you've achieved, you've never forgotten where you come from," Robinson said.

"You'll see me again for the 35th time next year unless you tire of me," Pedas told them.


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