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Propelled to Read Book Project

Propelled To Read is a project created by 9th seminar Independent Study at Propel Braddock Hills High School. Our project came about from a brainstorm session and an article. A student in our class was interested in creating a library of some sorts and another student was interesting in studying ethics. All the books used in this library were donated by students and teachers in our high school. We had an unique way to collect the books for our project. We made it a contest between advisories (homerooms) and the result was tremendous. We collected over 1300 books for our project. We have scanned and organized our books using to create an easily searchable database.The containers that hold our books come from a generous donation from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Our class cleaned a painted these newspaper dispensers to create our miniature libraries.We are very excited to offer this easy accessible books to our community. Propelled to Read Libraries never close and are never locked. They run on the honor system.

Are you interested in sponsoring this project?  Sending us books? Want a bin next to your business? Connect with us below via email or Twitter.


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Propel Playground High School CollaborationProject

Although our high school students wont be getting a new playground, they have been helping out during this process and will be a huge help on April 27th during build day.

Here are a list of projects that the students will be participating in in collaboration with the elementary school.

  • Mosaic tile artwork
  • Sunflower Fields Forever Project
  • Live Stream of the build
  • Reflection Quilt Wall
  • Installation of Stepping Stones

We will be streaming segments of the playground build live with the use of an Ipad during the day. You should be able to view the build via the player below or by logging in via the Ustream website.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Oliphant at

Live video for mobile from Ustream

Alex's Lemonade Stand

9th grade Kevin Matiyasic and his younger brother took it upon themselves to raise money for childhood cancer by making their own lemonade stand.  The best part of their project was their approach in how they would raise money for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.  The stand, which was made by Kevin and his brother would be opened during the opening of Propel East's musical "Seussical" in May. Selling lemonade and cookies for the 3-night show, they raised over $500 that would be donated to the foundation.  During a recent vendor fair at the school, Kevin and his brother once again raised money for the foundation.  In an effort to keep this service project going, Kevin is offering the stand to other Propel buildings for events in the future.

lemonade stand


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