Allentown News

Published on September 14th, 2018

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New Lighting at Allentown Middle School Thanks to St. Luke’s Board Member

Suddenly, Francis D. Raub Middle School in Allentown is a much brighter place, literally.

Luke Cunningham, a St. Luke’s Allentown Campus board member who serves on the board’s Community Initiative Committee, and West Side Hammer Electric have upgraded nearly every light fixture at Raub Middle School. Because the new lighting is energy efficient, it is helping to maintain a comfortable temperature inside classrooms over the initial, summery weeks of the new school year.

Cunningham, who is president of West Side Hammer Electric, led the initiative after seeing a presentation on conditions at the school by Jaclyn Hudak. Hudak is the Raub Middle School Community School Coordinator, which is a position funded by St. Luke’s.

Working over the course of three weeks during the summer, West Side Hammer electricians replaced approximately 2,000 fixtures in classrooms, offices, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, copier rooms, closets and two gymnasiums.

Cunningham and West Side Hammer Electric provided all materials and labor, valued at tens of thousands of dollars, at no cost to the district.

“At St. Luke’s, we strive to be community-oriented,” said Allentown Campus President William Moyer. “I commend Allentown Campus Board Member Luke Cunningham for setting such a remarkable positive example.”

As the Raub Middle School Community School Coordinator, Ms. Hudak works with the support of St. Luke’s and other community partners to create, strengthen and maintain the bridge between the school and community. Her work touches on student behavior, attendance, academics, parent engagement, school and neighborhood safety and basic needs for families.


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