Award Year: 2020

Marvine Elementary School

1425 Livingston Street
Bethlehem, PA, 18017-6799

(610) 865-0012

Mr. Eric Fontanez, Principal at time of Nomination

Bethlehem Area School District

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Marvine ensures success for all students by creating an all encompassing system of support so that each student continuously demonstrates progress academically, socially, and emotionally.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 13%
  • White: 7%
  • Hispanic: 78%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
M is for Marvine, M is Mustang! Go Marvine Mustangs!

M is for Marvine, M is Mustang! Go Marvine Mustangs!

Marvine is one of the five elementary community schools in the Bethlehem Area School District. Not only are they your neighborhood school, they are the hub of the community. A place where not only their families but any community members can come to when they need help, guidance, or support in numerous different areas.

Marvine understands that a student's academic success is dependent upon first meeting the basic needs of the students and their families. Last year our country faced a pandemic, and Marvine knew that they had to do everything in their power to support the community. Over the last few months of school and throughout the summer, they were extremely visible and supportive to their community because of their partnerships, social media presence, and community programs. They began by ensuring that a summer feeding program was put in place for not only the students in their school, but any students that came to their doors. They distributed laptop computers for students to do their online work and offered online support to any parents or students that needed further assistance. They worked with different local restaurants to offer hot meals to adults in the area, giving out over 2000 hot meals. Finally, they came together with their partners and changed the vision of the food pantry, offering bags of food to families in the community three times a week, totaling over 7000 grocery bags in just six months.

This is only one of the examples that helps Marvine shine in the Bethlehem community. The dedication from the teachers and staff goes far beyond the classroom allowing them to continue on the road to success.