Story of Fund
This fund was established in memory of Bill and Georgeann Opdenhoff. Bill was a former superintendent of the State College Area School District, serving from 1993 until 1999 and remained active in education in the area. Georgeann was an instructional support teacher at the district's Panorama Village Elementary School, working one-on-one with teachers and children to aid students with learning difficulties. Both worked in the district's elementary schools in the early 1970s.
The State College Area School District chose to honor the memory of the Opdenhoffs by establishing this memorial fund that will be a component of the district's Educational Initiatives Endowment, which was established under Bill's leadership in 1999.
"We believe this designation to be the most meaningful way to perpetuate Bill and Georgeann's personal dedication to education," said Patricia Best, SCASD Superintendent. "Helping every child find success in school seems to provide a fitting remembrance of Bill and Georgeann's lives as exemplary educators and friends. The endowment returns will allow us to continue their legacy and to honor their memories year after year."