Impact Foundation – Students Helping Students

The Impact Foundation (IF) is a student-led committee of the York Suburban Education Foundation (YSEF) with a mission of “students helping students.” The committee consists of 17 junior and senior board members as well as 14 underclassmen volunteers. The students have been working in preparation for the new school year by packing and distributing 31 school supply starter kits throughout the district, hosting tables for each building’s Back to School night, and responding to Impact Closet need requests. Impact Closets are located in each school to provide essential items for students who may need a helping hand. 

IF would like to thank the outstanding community partners assisting with Food for Thought, a food backpack program supporting food insecure students. Luther Memorial Church collected food all summer and church volunteers helped in preparing the products for the first packing day. Throughout the school year, IF students will be packing and distributing these food backpacks weekly. Zach Weinstein (2017 Impact Foundation President) and YS parent Melissa Plotkin coordinated food donation drives in their neighborhoods.

Are you interested in organizing a neighborhood food drive? Would you like to make a regular food or monetary donation to the Impact Foundation/Food for Thought? If so, contact YSEF at or visit the website at Thank you — together we can make an IMPACT!

Submitted By: Lauren Guyer, YS junior

Summer Renovations at East York Elementary

It was a busy summer of renovations at East York Elementary. Phase I of the renovations is now complete. Included in these renovations were the following:

  • New LED lighting throughout the building
  • New ceiling tiles
  • New bathroom stalls
  • New cafeteria tables
  • New heating/cooling equipment
  • New glass-enclosed entrance to the gymnasium
  • New hand railings

Contractors worked up to the very last minute.  The custodial staff from across the district worked fast and furiously to clean the building from top to bottom to be ready for students on August 22!   

  Submitted by Mrs. Karen Potts

York Junior Symphony Selects Suburban Musicians

Congratulations to the York Suburban students selected to join the York Junior Symphony Orchestra! In August, these outstanding YS musicians auditioned (with scales and prepared pieces) against other top instrumentalists from York County schools and were accepted into this exceptional ensemble. What an honor! York Suburban is well-represented and their directors are #YSProud

Pictured (l-r): Riley Sullivan (8th – bass), Emma Hilty (8th – violin), Sabiya Neuman (7th – violin), Lexi Purkanto (5th – violin), Lillian Baker (7th – violin), Jesse Ehrlich (8th – french horn), Rebecca West (7th – viola), Myles Druck (7th – violin)

Busy Summer for YSEF

York Suburban Education Foundation enjoyed a “working vacation” this summer that included the following highlights:

  • YSEF thanks the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) for their second generous $10,000 contribution to support the Food for Thought weekend backpack program and Impact Closet operations. Many thanks for helping us to support YS students!

L to R: Sarah Reinecker, YSEF President and IF Advisor; Caroline Liu, IF Treasurer; Lilly Cook, board member; Tim Klimchock, CFMA board; Liv Pindzola, IF President; Nathan Bowman, board member; and Josh Carney, IF Advisor

  • York Suburban students participated in the Escaping Language Limits program and celebrated with their families at Yorkshire Elementary and Valley View Elementary. This grant funds three face-to-face activity meetings throughout the summer with students and their families to keep the program active and celebrate student progress through fun incentives.

Suburban Senior Competes for Miss Latina

Senior Yarelis Alicea, daughter of Yajaira Alicea, was awarded 2nd runner-up in the Miss Latina 2018 at the York Fairgrounds on September 15, 2018. Yarelis represented York Suburban High School in a county-wide search for a Latino young woman to be an ambassador to the community with leadership, volunteer service, and pride for the Latino community.


Playground Pals and Family Fun

Yorkshire Playground, Pals, and Popsicles

Yorkshire Elementary students and families were invited back to school for two special events. A week before school started, incoming kindergarten students gathered on the playground to make new friends and enjoy a popsicle. Later that evening, all Yorkshire students and families met on the back school lawn for a showing of Toy Story on the big screen. Additional activities that evening included lawn games, face painting, photos with props. Fun and friendship were enjoyed by all!


Playground Pals at Valley View 

A special thanks to the Valley View Elementary PTO for facilitating a successful Playground Pals event on Thursday, August 9. The evening included students receiving a name tag that was color-coded by teacher so our kindergarten friends could identify their classmates. Ritas Italian Ice was also available for all to partake. It was a relaxed evening that included food, fun, and play. Thank you, Valley View PTO.

Third Graders Make A New Mark

Skills are learned, not inherited. Third grade is a year of big transition, moving from a primary building to an intermediate building. A goal is to instill a mindset of students taking individual responsibility for their learning, which takes a lot of hard work and practice. After reading The Dot by Peter Reynolds, the Indian Rock students created a classroom poster by making their mark using watercolors and adding thoughts that will strengthen their brain as they take steps to learn new things.


Submitted by Mrs. Sherri Mahorney

Students: Cole Eckenroth and Zhoie Clark

Students: Piper Logan and Noah Diehl.




Music Boosters Trash Bag Sale

The York Suburban Music Boosters has trash bags for sale on an ongoing basis.  For community members who’ve been around awhile, these are the “band bags” from years past.  Bags are made from 100% recycled materials and are thicker than a regular trash bag. Two types of bags are available for order: the black “kitchen” bag comes 100 to a box, has a capacity of 18 gallons (normal kitchen bags are 13 gallons) and sells for $15/box.  A yellow “lawn and leaf” bag comes 20 to a roll, has a capacity of 39 gallons and sells for $10/roll.  Order bags from any HS music student (band, chorus, or orchestra) or simply send in the linked form and payment to the HS office.  Please include a phone number to contact when the order is ready for pick up. Thanks for supporting YS Music and the Music Boosters!! Trash bag half sheet order form.pdf

Summer Library Programs

York Suburban’s elementary libraries were active places this summer!  All four buildings opened their library doors every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the months of July and August.  Students visited the library with their family members each week. There they were able to participate in activities such as read aloud, guest readers, computer time, STEAM activities, and various theme-based activities.  High school student-athletes donned capes and costumes to read for Super Hero Day and community helpers such as the local fire chief joined in on the summer fun.

All students left each session with smiles on their faces and library books to take home and enjoy.


Yoga for Elementary Students

Indian Rock and East York Elementary Schools are providing an opportunity for students in grades 3-5 to learn yoga after school once a week. The instructor, Mrs. Erin Darby will be at East York on Tuesdays and Indian Rock on Thursdays from September through November 13.

Please contact East York at 717-885-1240 or Indian Rock at 717-885-1250 for more information.