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Monday, June 20, 2016

J.P. Mascaro & Sons awarded Pennsylvania schools approximately $40,000 worth of grants at their 10th annual Respect Award Ceremony on June 17th, 2016, held at Mascaro’s corporate headquarters in Audubon, PA.  Two hundred elementary school students, their families and teachers attended the celebratory dinner and ceremony honoring elementary students that took part in Mascaro’s annual poster contest.

“J.P. Mascaro & Sons is actively engaged in the educational community,” Director of Education and Community Relations, Lindsay Mascaro Ptaszenski said, “The Respect Program is just one of the many ways our company supports individual schools. This program is particularly rewarding because it is geared toward elementary school children and we feel there is no better time to teach the core value of respect than in the early years of development.”

The RESPECT Program was implemented based on the value of respect that was prioritized by company founders, J.P. Mascaro, Sr. and Ida E. Mascaro.   The program involves a school assembly organized by Mascaro employees and their elephant mascot, Dumpo.  It emphasizes the value of respecting yourself, others and the environment.   It is offered at no cost to elementary students throughout eastern Pennsylvania, including Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. 

Any student who attended an assembly is eligible to enter the poster contest.  Children reveal the message they received during the presentation through their artistry.  Over 300 posters were received from students who took part in the program. 

“We are able to see how the RESPECT program impacted students by their various drawings. Their posters display how they understood the concept of respect.  Each year this contest shows us how greatly our program leave an impression on them.  It is rewarding for both us and the students.” Mascaro Ptaszenski explained.

“I have a plain of grass and an elephant mascot in my poster,” Gabriel Marder, a third-grader at Penn Wynne Elementary School in Lower Merion who was a grand-prize winner, explained his entry, “Then I have three signs with slogans.  One says ‘you will get a good effect if you use your best respect’.”

24 students from grades second through fifth in the southeastern PA elementary schools took home over $6000.00 worth of awards.  Grand-prize winners received a lap-top computer; second-place winners received a family membership to the Philadelphia Zoo; third-place winners received family memberships to the Franklin Institute; and honorable mention winners received a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card.  An additional 8 students were awarded as “Respect” winners, each taking home an art kit and a $25.00 Barnes and Noble gift card. 

“Over the past ten years the program has gone from reaching 10,000 students per year to 50,000 students per year and has grown to include the Respect Program Education Grant and Star Student Acknowledgments,” said Katie Mascaro Rudinski, Mascaro’s Educational Coordinator.

Mascaro distributed grants to the top 25 schools who displayed a commitment to spreading the word of respect in their schools.  “We strongly support educational institutions in their commitment to instilling respect in their programs.  One school explained how they will use our donation to build an outdoor garden to teach their students both respect for the environment, as well as respect for their bodies,” Mascaro Rudinski explained.

Fifth grade teacher Mary Mooney, from Holy Cross Regional Catholic School in Collegeville, said her school’s Respect proposal included a variety of books that would teach respect.  “It will benefit 240 students in four grades.  The children will be reading novels and doing projects about respect issues.” Mooney said.

Additionally, Star Student awards were created to honor students who stand out in their communities and schools.  They are nominated by their teachers and school staff and each received a kindle with a case, $50.00 Amazon gift card and a $250.00 donation in their name to the charity of their choice. 

J.P. Mascaro & Sons is committed to supporting the community and strives to encourage a universal dedication to bettering themselves and the environment.   They are immensely proud of this year’s entrants and winners.  For more information on J.P. Mascaro & Sons visit

All winners are listed below.

2016 School Grant Winners
Amity Elementary Center
Birdsboro Elementary
Lighthouse Christain Academy
Lorane Elementary
Monocacy Elementary Center
Mother Teresa Regional
Penn Christian Academy
Roberts Elementary School
Salford Hills Elementary
St. Agnes
Tinicum School
Whitehall Elementary
Whitehall Elementary
Woodland Elementary
Wyomissing Hills
2016 RESPECT Winners
Student Name:
R - Recycling
Danielle Dengler
The poster delivers a specific message about Recycling


E - Environment
Samuel Sardo
This poster portrays respect for the overall environment


S - Special Message
Sammie Grolnick
This artirst felt compelled to express their work through words


S - Special Message
Francesca Schneider
This artirst felt compelled to express their work through words


P - Picasso
Nicholas (Nico) Rinehart
This poster has the unique artistic quality of a future artist


E - Every Day Respect
Norah Fischer
This poster portrays respect in our everyday lives


C - Creativity
Tiffany Speaks
The artist was creative about the mediums that are used and the way the message is portrayed


T - Talent
Jonathan Swartzentruber
The student has an artistic hand
2016 Star Student Winners
Star Student
Bryce Berreth
Kennedy Crossan Elementary
Star Student
Jackson McCloskey
Amity Elementary Center
Star Student
Michael Turpin
Panther Valley Elementary
2016 Poster Winners
Grade 2 - Honorable Mention
Loana Martinez


Northwood Academy
Grade 2 - 3rd


Lourdes Klees
St. James Regional


Grade 2 - 2nd
Christopher Morganheira 
Salford Hills Elementary


Grade 2 -1st
Ella Reidinger
Lorane Elementary
Grade 3 - Honorable Mention
Claire Nichols
St. John Vianney Regional School


Grade 3 - 3rd
Sarah Lorenzo 
St. John Vianney Regional School


Grade 3 - 2nd

Lucy Wanaselja

Woodland Elementary
Grade 3 - 1st

Penn Wynne Elementary

Grade 4  - Honorable Mention

Mark Heffner
Visitation BVM


Grade 4 - 3rd
Mia Falkenstein
St. Ignatius of Antioch


Grade 4 - 2nd
Cody Wagner
Salford Hills Elementary


Grade 4 - 1st
Isabelle Morales
James Buchanan Elementary
Grade 5 Honorable Mention
Maya Schreiber
Woodlyn Elementary School


Grade 5 - 3rd
Nicole Strain
St. James Regional


Grade 5 - 2nd
Macie Troller
Weisenberg Elementary


Grade 5 - 1st
Eva Donnelly
St. Laurentius School


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