What We Do

The Conestoga Valley Education Foundation helps bring the ideas of visionary educators to life in our schools! Through semiannual grants that support enriching programs for Conestoga Valley students, CVEF is shaping our community's future, one program at a time, encouraging exploration and achievement that wouldn't be possible within the district's regular budget.

The Board of Trustees gives preference to innovative and creative projects that align with its mission, as well as projects that impact large numbers of CV students.

Every year, a portion of grant funding is reserved for technology initiatives that enhance the curriculum and challenge students to use and think about tools of tomorrow. These monies come from businesses that contribute to the Foundation through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. CVEF is a state-approved Educational Improvement Organization with standing permission to direct EITC monies to technology initiatives.

Below you'll find many highlights of how more than $700,000 invested by the Foundation was used to enrich education and values, encourage creativity, create cultural experiences and support teachers, staff and community members.

Conestoga Valley Education Foundation relies on the support of individual donations, annual fundraising events and contributions from area businesses to execute our mission and reach our goals. If you'd like to share in our success, promote excellence in the Conestoga Valley school district and encourage students to embrace creativity, cultural experience, innovation and the technologies of the future, we invite you to discover the many ways you can offer your support.

Students, educators and administrative staff can submit grant applications for future initiatives by visiting our grant submission page for guidelines and forms.

Past Grant Award Highlights

Art
SCIENCE WING MURALS - $650.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2009)

The appearance and "feeling tone" of a classroom can make a positive impact on the students and teachers. The same can be said for the hallways leading to those classes. The purpose of this grant is to provide an artist with the materials and space to create murals of all four science disciplines taught at the Conestoga Valley High School.

VISITING ARTIST for TWO WATERCOLOR CLASSES - $300.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2010)

A watercolor artist from the community came into the High School art class for four consecutive days to present new approaches, techniques and a personal perspective of what is involved in becoming a profession artist.

YEARBOOK PRE-PRESS DIGITAL PROJECT - $4,000.00 (2007)

This grant purchased in-house technology and software to create a completely digital, high quality middle school yearbook without the need to advertise.

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Citizenship
PARENT WORKSHOP ON "EMPOWERING BYSTANDERS IN BULLYING SITUATIONS" - $700.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2012)

A recent parent survey on bully prevention revealed a need for education in the role of bystanders in the Olweus Bullying Circle. This workshop would be the initial outreach to our community in what we hope to develop into an annual event.

THE WORLD IN OUR SCHOOL - $750.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2014)

Leola is comprised of many different nationalities and cultures. Through a previous CVEF grant, some of the nationalities were recognized with flags. It would be nice to represent additional countries through flags hung in the auditorium instead of the hallways. Classrooms will sponsor the flags by earning them through activities.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION - $250.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2009)

The Alternative Learning Programs exists at CVHS to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of students who have not experienced success in the traditional classroom setting. We have developed a "Levels-Based" behavior and academic system for this classroom. Students start off with a few privileges (Entry Level) and work their way up through the levels to Leadership Level. We would use this money to buy in-class rewards, travel on field trips that allow students to perform community service and have an end of the year "Adventure-Based learning project.

GIRLS' LEADERSHIP CAMP - $650.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2012)

The project was a day-long "camp" for girls and a parent. The camp took place on a Saturday and presented different activities that center around leadership, team building, arts, self care and technology. This project is a further extension of the Leola It's A Parent Thing and It's A Girl Thing Clubs that have been funded in the past by the CVEF.

WORK TODAY FOR A GREENER SCHOOL TOMORROW - $720.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2011)

The purpose of this project was to further educate students on how we can use our lunch time waste to make a greener school. Students placed their compostable lunch waste into bins to be used both as fertilizer and compost as we beautify our school. Students also engaged in the process of composting and how it will save money by reducing, reusing and recycling.

INTEGRATION OF CURRENT EVENTS - $552.00 HIGH SCHOOL LIFE SKILLS (2010)

Program integrated current events into the life skills classes at the high school. Technology was used to motive students to engage in discussions and global and currents event reading topics were accessible to high school students working on an elementary reading level.

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE - $300.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2010)

Allowed alternative education students in the high school to go outside the school doors and involved them in on the job experiences that relate to personal areas of interest. Students also planned a service project or random act of kindness for the rest of their class.

IT'S A PARENT THING - $425.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2010)

Leola Elementary already participates in the program It's a Girl Thing which focuses on bully prevention and character education. It's A Parent Thing offers parents the opportunity to participate in class meetings with their child. Teachers volunteered to come after school/work hours to conduct parent-student class meetings.

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Math
BRAIN POP ACCESS/SUBSCRIPTION - $469.00 (2010)

A program that is used on a Promethean Board that allows this 3rd grade teacher to access flipcharts and animated clips to launch a new concept in a variety of subjects as math, science and social studies - a creative way to explain difficult concepts to young children.

MATH ENRICHMENT - $500.00- VIDEO STORY PROBLEM PROJECT FRITZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2011)

Problem solving and critical thinking abilities are essential skills that many of our students find difficult to grasp. Many students lack these skills because they simply believe that story problems are hard to understand and not enjoyable. This Video Story Problem Project would line valuable critical thinking skills to real world problem solving while integrating technology into the lesson. Students would develop a real world math situation where they would need to use mathematical problem solving. This math situation, or story problem, would then be scripted and recorded for playback and solutions from the remainder of the class.

HANDS ON MATH WITH VERSA TILES - $908.00 SMOKETOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2006)

The use of Versa Tiles will allow us to concentrate on the current Standards as well as using all sensory modes. Versa Tiles will be used to enrich our learning center activities and promote independent learning and self evaluation.

100% STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL MATH CLASSES WITH IMMEDIATE ACTIONABLE DATA- $11,250 HIGH SCHOOL (2012)

ActivEngage is a virtual learner response system that enables students to contribute in the classroom by responding to questions from laptops, tablets or mobiles handheld devices. This integrated application gives teachers real-time insight into student comprehension and learning progression. ActivEngage works on both Windows and Mac systems. This is an EITC grant.

DANCE OF THE TRAPEZOIDS - $500.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2009)

The goal is to construct spandex bands, with the aid of a professional seamstress, for use by students in discovering geometry through fine and gross motor skills and movement. The students will utilize the spandex bands with arms and legs and feet to maneuver them into the plane and 3-D shapes of 4th grade geometry. The conclusion will be to combine students into a movement piece with music to perform their mastery of the shapes and their names.

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Writing
ACTION-BASED LEARNING - $253.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2010)

An ABC Pathway Mat where kindergarten students can literally walk their letter formations. In engages both sides of the brain to make both physical and cognitive connections to enhance learning. The Mat has only 2 shapes and a figure 8 that form all the letters of the alphabet.

CLASSICS CAFE - $1,600.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2009)

In an effort to provide enrichment activities for all students, the 5th and 6th grade students will be blended together into six specialized groups base of their reading levels for an additional 45 minutes of daily instruction and each will choose a character from one of their favorite classics and prepare a presentation about that character. The presentation can take a variety of forms - monologue, mini-biography, and visual presentation, instrumental or vocal or other medium. At the "Classics Café'" students will share their presentation with the remaining groups.

MOTIVATED TO WRITE! STUDENTS PUBLISH WORKS ONLINE - $1,192.00 SMOKETOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2011)

Students would be able to access one to four classroom netbooks to publish their classroom writing, utilizing a variety of online formats including, but not limited to, their own Google accounts, web 2.0 tools such a blabberize, glogster and wiki spaces, as well as posting their work on the classroom website. This is an EITC grant.

JOURNAL BUDDIES - $250.00 SMOKETOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and HIGH SCHOOL (2008)

This project will involve high school creative writing students' journaling back and forth with third grade language arts students. Journals will be passed back and forth between a third graders and a high school student each week. As a whole, we hope to meet for a face-to-face lunch party near the end of the year.

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Music
WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLES' EARS - $737.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2010)

This multidisciplinary fourth grade project addresses music, literature, social studies, dance and drama (via puppetry) through the exploration of the African Folk Tale of the same name. The end product will be a combination of African culture and African student-inspired creations.

EXTRAORDINARY! $2000.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY (2013)

Extraordinary! Is a song that a Leola 5th grade teacher work and developed in the spring of 2013 that reinforces the idea that students can be extraordinary as they make good choices through the school day. He taught the song to the entire student body, professionally recorded the song and played and sang it at Leola Proud assemblies.

SING OUT, CV! - $400.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2012)

This is an interactive choral commission project. Singer, composer and arranger, Avi Amon (featured on NBC's Sing Off) will commission a six-part pop song arrangement for the high school choral ensembles. The students will also Skype with Mr. Amon to discuss the process of arranging pieces, the legal issues of arranging copyrighted material and the skills needed for a career in music composition and arrangement.

UKULELES FOR SONG WRITING - $2,060.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2014)

The purpose of this grant is to introduce ukulele playing to sixth grade students in the music classroom. Introducing ukuleles in the music classroom allows students to begin to understand basic harmonization while applying musicianship skills they have already learned. They will also transfer a writing piece completed in the regular classroom into a musical composition.

WE ARE BULLY BUSTERS - ANTI-BULLING SONG ALBUM - $2,101.00 FRITZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2014)

Original songs written by teachers at Fritz Elementary, recorded on a CD and presented at a school-wide assembly. Every student took a CD home with them. They use the songs at assemblies, during morning announcements, in our class meetings and for general class use.

PERIPHERALS FOR HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC LAB - $11,313.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2007)

Enables the music department to make use of their new technology lab in classes other than Electronic Music and Music Theory by providing various modules to allow for instrumental ensembles, introduction to fine arts and beginning guitar. This is an EITC grant.

A SMARTER START FOR BEGINNING BAND STUDENTS: SMARTMUSIC FOR ALL - $1680.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2013)

I am requesting funding for a program to pilot the use of interactive music software called Smartmusic with a class of beginning band students. My plan is to replace the traditional lesson book with this software which allows for student to practice assignments that I can make electronically, to receive feedback from the software about their practice and then to submit those performances electronically throughout the week for my review. This is an EITC grant.

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Physical Education
ADVENTURE EDUCATION CHALLENGE COURSE - $5,880.00 MIDDLE SCHOOL (2007)

This grant funded the purchase and installation of four additional outdoor low adventure ropes course elements (the initial three were also funded by the CVEF). By purchasing these, the entire low outdoor ropes course was completed.

FUN FRIDAY FITNESS: ZUMBA WITH RAE - $360.00 FRITZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2014)

Every Friday afternoon, fourth graders have the opportunity to earn a "Fun Friday," which has generally become an extra 25-minute outdoor recess. Our idea is to add a spark to our Fun Fridays once per month by bringing in an independent licensed Zumba instructor to lead interested students in Zumba © Kids for an extended Fun Friday.

GETTING FIT KIDS - ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM $1,500.00 ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (2010)

The Getting Fit Kids assemblies are 45 minutes of interactive fun, entertainment and a positive message on fitness. Kids in the audience are encouraged to adopt an active lifestyle in order to live more productive, healthier lives. The Bonomo Brothers use wrestling techniques, student participation and humor to reinforce the importance of fitness.

BUCKSKIN WALL OF FAME - $600.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2011)

I am collaborating with the Tech Ed Department and some of their advanced CADD student to design and build a metal Buckskin Wall of Fame sign that will have on the large wall outside of the health classroom in the Rill Gym. This area will be dedicated to promoting fitness test scores within the Health and Physical Education Department. The area will give students who reach the target fitness levels kudos and provide a venue for student to have their achievements publically acknowledged.

CHANGING THE STORY: STEP BY STEP - $500.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2012)

Everyone has a life story. For many of the students in the Alternative Learning Program, that life story includes events (often related to the family) that have wounded them socially and emotionally. We would like to get the students in the ALP outside the school doors to participate in physically challenging activities that encourage them to go beyond what they've experiences in their lives.

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Physical Education
Literacy
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIDGES:BUILDING CRITICAL LITERACY - $2,000.00 (2013)

Teaching artists from the Fulton Theater engage students to transform classrooms into communities where student think independently and work collectively. Students engage in weekly 1-hour sessions over a 16 week period that includes creative writing, storytelling, puppetry, theater games and student created scenes with group discussions that inspire critical thinking.

WHOLE SCHOOL READ ALOUD PROGRAM - $7,800. ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (2013)

This oral language literacy project will involve students, parents, teachers and staff. The goal is to motivate all CVSD elementary students to read and share literature among a community of readers, writers, listeners and speakers, beginning in the home. This idea is unique in that it engages and encourages parent involvement in the CV education community through a librarian-created blog.

SHIFT READING INTO OVERDRIVE - $7,000.00 MIDDLE SCHOOL and HIGH SCHOOL (2012)

OverDrive is an online hosting site for e-books. An OverDrive collection is purchased and maintained by a specific library or library system. The e0books purchased through OverDrive show up in a library's online card catalog and allow students to easily and securely download the library's e-books onto their personal e-reader, tablet, or computer. They can borrow and download the library's e-books anywhere anytime.

ACTION-BASED LEARNING LAB - $702.00 SMOKETOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2009)

Exercise drives attention which in turn will drive learning. In is our intention to improve learning by having stations that promote physical activities to develop skills needed in the classroom in order to be a successful learner and classmate. Examples would be games that stimulate inner ear motions would help with listening and learning, dames that target eye muscles would help with tracking print and reading.

HOOKING TECH SAVVY KIDS ON BOOKS - $1,890.00 LEOLA ELEMENTARY (2007)

Using the technology of the Apple iPod to expose students to the world or literature by using audio books to give students enthusiasm for reading. This is an EITC grant.

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Science
AMUSEMENT PARK PHYSICS - $3,470.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2010)

The 9th grade science curriculum includes a unit on motion, force, machines, energy, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. The teacher has developed two projects with theme park entertainment - an animated notion picture and a roller coaster design project. This grant provides the resources to implement these projects.

ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTATION - $10,500.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2009)

The advanced scientific instruments proposed in the grant will greatly enhance both the complex and regular education science classes. In light of the STEM initiatives, it is clear that this equipment will greatly impact and promote the success of students involved in regular education courses and well as science fair and independent research.

NATIONAL PARK GEOLOGY: A BROWNSTOWN-HIGH SCHOOL COLLABORATIVE ENDEAVOR - $707.00 HIGH SCHOOL & BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2010)

6th and 9th grade students share geology academic standards. They will collaborate through blogging, Podcasting and/or Skyping between schools. There will also be a hands-on exploration day when the 6th graders will visit the high school and circulate among geology stations prepared by 9th graders and designated as world-renowned national parks.

SIMPLE MACHINE DAY - $2,450.00 FRITZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2013)

The 4th grade teachers plan to partner with Lancaster Bible College to create hand-on workshops for each of the simple machines that will be presented to all 95 fourth grade students. The innovative project will culminate with a full-day event that will present students with seven different workshops, each focused on a simple machine.

PROJECT GREEN - $1,590.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2010)

Project Green is a multi-faceted plan that will bring the importance of sustainability and preservation to all of the students in the high school. A plot of land on the high school campus will be turned into an organic garden while the agricultural aspects. A second part of the grant would include starting a Green Club, whose purpose it would be to help the school and eventually, the entire district be more environmentally friendly.

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Social Studies
WHERE ON THE TRAIL IS MISS ALICE? - $450.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2011)

Alice Eisenhooth, our Brownstown custodian and friend, has chosen to fulfill a lifetime dream - Thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. In support of her endeavors and by using the "SPOT: Satellite GPS Messenger, the students and teachers at Brownstown will be able to incorporate and learn several curricular concepts in the areas of social studies, physical education and character education as they track her progress from start to finish on the trail. This is an EITC grant.

AMULTICULTURAL TIMELINE OF WRITTEN HISTORY - $750.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2007)

A four-foot high, 136 foot long mural of world history, painted by a muralist and Brownstown parent was mounted around the top of the library walls. The mural begins with the cave paintings to the present day. A five color line illustrates inventions and events of five continents at a scale of 100 years per foot.

EARLY AMERICAN DAY - GRADES 4 AND 5 - $350.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2007)

This grant provided hands-on activities and projects that illustrate what daily life may have been like for the early American colonists and Native Americans.

IMMERSION IN WORLD CULTURES THROUGH SOUL - SINGERS OF UNITED LANDS - $550.00 MIDDLE SCHOOL (2008)

Singers of United Lands (SOUL) is a four member singing group comprised of individuals from four different countries - each a professional young adult singer and often a trained educator from a non-American culture. Their goal is to share native songs and cultures with schools and communities throughout the US.

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Technology
COMPUTERIZED EMBROIDERY - $13,130.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2014)

The implementation of digitized embroidery allows for our technology education programs to implement technology that is cutting edge in the graphics industry. This is an EITC grant.

ONE BUTTON STUDIO - $5,000.00 SMOKETOWN ( Leola also has one) (2014)

Transforms the current TV studio into a multi-purpose facility that could be used both as a TV production studio and also as a studio that would allow staff and students to easily create video productions that would support and enhance our instruction and community capabilities. This is an EITC grant.

DRONE ON! - $1,145.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2015)

Students in the high school will construct a drone to be used in various applications. This is an EITC grant.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING 3-D PRINTING - $22,970.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2012)

Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology is an innovative procedure used for many applications. 3-D printing technology offers the ability to go from an idea of concept, to design, to part in a very short amount of time. The 3D printer will give the opportunity for students to experience hands on learning with an advanced technological device. This is an EITC grant.

DIGITAL TEXTILE PRINTER - $22,200.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2007)

An automatic textile unit that allows students the opportunity to experience the newest and current technology used by the printer industry to print clothing. This is an EITC grant.

ROBOBUCKS - $3,920.00 HIGH SCHOOL GIFTED (2014)

Students who are gifted require a level of significant challenge and many have expressed interest in the area of computer programming, as it is an important skillset for the global economy. The first goal of our project is to utilize and increase students' 21st century digital citizenship, the second is to form a team of CV students to compete in tasked robotics team challenges against other local districts. This is an EITC grant.

CMC PLASMA CUTTER - $12,950.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2010)

Plasma CAM Technology is a relatively new technology that is used for a variety of applications. The Plasma CAM will provide the students the experience of hands-on learning with advanced technology, utilizing multiples disciplines (Science, Mathematics and Technology). During the unit, students will have to learn the fundamentals of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) technology in order to fully comprehend Computer Aid Machining (CAM) technology. This is an EITC grant.

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Miscellaneous
KEEPING STUDENTS ON THE BALL - $1,027.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2009)

Students will sit on exercise balls in lieu of regular student chairs. This provides much needed "wiggle" room, encourages good posture and attentions, strengthens core muscles and improves behavior. Research suggests active sitting improves blood circulation, the effectiveness of all the organ systems, especially the brain, which is of interest to teachers as we try to improve student learning and progress.

BOUNCING OUR WAY TO LEARNING – Year 2 - $1,814.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2010)

This project is a continuation of a 2009 project where the chairs in a fourth grade classroom were replaced with stability balls. Use of these balls promotes academic growth through focused learning as well as provides a source of healthy choices such movement versus sedentary status. This project has been tremendously successful in one classroom; now an entire grade level will benefit from it.

HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA ADVANCED SOUND INITIATIVE - $3,481.00 HIGH SCHOOL (2010)

This restricted grant provides wireless lavaliere microphones and an advanced speaker system to the high school drama department for productions. Money to fund this project comes from the Jonathan Groff Restricted Grant. This grant was designated from a benefit resulting in the showing at Penn Cinema of Taking Woodstock, a film that starred Jonathan Groff.

iPAD APPLICATIONS AND THEIR USE IN SPEECH/LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVICES - $670.00 BROWNSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and MIDDLE SCHOOL (2011)

There is a great wealth of applications for speech-language pathologists to use the Apple iPad as a tool in their work with students with communication disabilities. This type of technology keeps students motivated and excited to participate in the therapy process.

SPECIAL EDUCATION TRANSFORMATION - $2,499.00 MIDDLE SCHOOL (2014)

Currently only two out of the six special education classes have smart boards, projectors or other innovative technologies. Our requests for these resources have been repeatedly denied due to a lack of funds. We strongly believe that transforming our classroom into one that is hands-on, innovative, collaborative and can appeal to our visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic learners, we can have a tremendous and positive effect on the education of our special education students.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND - $4,130.00 FRITZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2011)

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative, problem solving program that spans from Kindergarten to college. Students tap in to their creativity and find imaginative paths to problem solving. OM teaches students how to thin divergently by allowing them to solve problems that will require them to "think outside the box."

DRUGS 101 – WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW - $1,000.00(partial funding) HIGH SCHOOL (2008)

"Drugs 101" is a presentation creatively designed by the Susan P. Byrnes Center to alert parents about current drug and alcohol trends. The program seeks to educate parents about the signs, symptoms, and current trends associated with all types of drug and alcohol use among teenagers.

PEACEFUL PLAYGROUNDS - $3,802.00 FRITZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2008)

Peaceful Playgrounds was designed as a preventive positive behavior support program to be implemented school wise. Being able to play cooperatively in the outside, unstructured environment empowers children and teaches them to work cooperatively in the classroom as well. There are over 100 age appropriate games and activities for students in grades K-6, with playground stencils for some of the games.

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