William J. Jones, Jr. Memorial Award

Established 2015

Mr. William Jones, a long-time resident of Mahanoy City, passed away on January 14, 2015. As a tribute to his life, his family accepted memorial donations to establish the William J. Jones, Jr. Memorial Award.

He was an educator for forty-two years serving the Spring Grove and Mahanoy Area School Districts. He served in the United States Army and graduated from East Stroudsburg Teacher’s College. During his thirty-eight year tenure at Mahanoy Township, and then at Mahanoy Area he taught elementary physical education and high school health education. Mr. Jones coached football, basketball, wrestling, and track and field. He also served as a bus driver, assistant athletic director and recreation director. As recreation director he instituted, supervised and facilitated many programs, including boys’ intramural basketball, women’s volleyball, adult swim, summer swim lessons, elementary track and field meets, elementary wrestling, roller skating trips, Teen Canteen activities, playground recreation, and Summer Camp at Lakewood Park.

The William J. Jones, Jr. Memorial Award Fund provides an award to graduating seniors of Mahanoy Area High School who during his or her high school career has exhibited a commitment to education, sports and/or activities within school or outside in the community, has maintained a G.P.A. of 2.5 or greater during high school career, and plans to attend on a full time basis an institution of higher education or military service.


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