Penn Manor student creates logo for charitable organization

      When the Penn Manor Family Fund decided it wanted a logo to identify the fledgling organization, it looked no further than Penn Manor High School. That’s where Rachel Shelley, and about 40 other students, were learning about logo design in a Commercial Art class taught by Marty Ioannidis.

Ioannidis challenged her students to come up with a design, and Rachel’s bright, simple logo is now the symbol of the nonprofit group, which helps Penn Manor families in need.

“I am honored and excited that my design was chosen by the Penn Manor Family Fund,” said Rachel, a senior who lives in Holtwood. “I tried to keep my design simple yet encompass the idea of family and compassion that the organization represents.”

Started several years ago by Penn Manor staff members, the Family Fund provides financial assistance to pay for food, clothing, utilities, housing, medications and other necessities for struggling families.  Ioannidis said her class had just started studying logos when school social worker Deb Meckley approached her about the Family Fund logo, so “the timing was perfect.”

Rachel, who received a $50 award for her winning design, said art is her favorite subject, and the commercial art class has made her more interested in pursuing an art-related career.

In the photos, Rachel goes over some of her design ideas with Deb Meckley and poses with her logo.