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Annual Piggy Bank Fundraiser Supports Free After School Program

Posted on July 17, 2019

Johnstown, PA (July 10, 2019) – If you spot a hand-painted piggy bank like this around Johnstown, please dig out some pocket change to feed it. The proceeds will help The Learning Lamp serve dinner and provide academic support to local children attending free after school programs in low-income neighborhoods. The adorable banks were painted by the kids and will be on display through August 30, 2019.

Study after study shows that students who participate in after school programs attend school more regularly, have more positive attitudes toward school, are more physically active and receive better grades. Held in the Johnstown neighborhoods of Moxham, Oakhurst and Coopersdale, The Learning Lamp’s After School Outreach Program provides free homework help, a nutritious meal and a safe, positive environment for children in grades K to 7 up to four days each week. Contributions to the Annual Piggy Bank Campaign support both school year and summer programming at those sites.

“This year, we’re hoping to raise more money than ever before,” said Kerri Belardi, The Learning Lamp’s Director of Communications. “We are excited to have the support of many local businesses who have graciously adopted a piggy bank to host at their locations for the next eight weeks; and for all individuals who drop a coin or two into our banks to support our After School Outreach Program. The change they donate may end up changing a child’s life.”

The Learning Lamp distributed piggy banks to the following businesses in our region: Main Moon Chinese Restaurant, Cliptations, The Haven, Em’s Sub Shop on Goucher Street, Martella’s Pharmacy, Meatballs, The Morning Grind Coffee House, The Johnstown Inn, Szechuan East, Hoss’s Steak & Sea House on Theater Drive, Big Dogs Grill, Vision Works at Richland Town Center, Fox’s Pizza Richland, Clark’s Corner Store, Quaker Steak and Lube, Flood City Café, It’s Tantilizing, Young Heart Books and Toys, Eat’n Park Westmont, Santos Pizza, West Hills Beer and Soda, The Outhouse, The Vault Salon. Spa, Westwood Plaza Theater & Café, Coney Island, Forest Hills Pharmacy, Family Hair Care Salon, Blaine Boring Chocolates, El Jalisco, Richland Cinemas, Fetch-N-Go Feed & Pet Supply Johnstown, Stooges Hair Salon, Baker’s Loaf, The Windber Hotel, Top Hat Cleaners on Goucher Street, The Back Door Café, Martella’s Pharmacy in Windber, and Shaffer’s Frosty Freeze. 

Businesses, offices and other organizations can call Diana Mihalcik at 814-262-0732 extension 242 if they are interested in hosting their own piggy bank. For more information on The Learning Lamp’s After School Outreach program, visit thelearninglamp.org.


The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. The Learning Lamp served 32,799 children and adults from 53 public school districts and 66 private schools and community organizations in 17 counties of Pennsylvania in 2018. 

Our programs include: one-to-one tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building math and science skills; alternative education programs for at-risk students; evidence-based prevention programs; online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based preschool programs; and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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