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The REAADY Foundation

R.E.A.A.D.Y. Hosts Dinner to Benefit Artists in Need

"Pasta with a Purpose" will be held Sunday, June 30 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Cafeteria in Millvale.  Kenneth Nickelm, co-chairman of the R.E.A.A.D.Y. Foundation says the benefit ties into the foundation's mission. "It's about helping people in the community. So, we're going beyond just helping students. We're helping people in the wider community." The R.E.A.A.D.Y. Performing Arts Charter School has an anticipated 2020 opening in Millvale's Holy Spirit School.  Read more at

New High Schools Adopting New Trends in Education

R.E.A.A.D.Y. Founder, CEO and Artistic Director Kenneth Nickel recently sat down with Kristine Sorensen of KDKA-TV to discuss how the charter school will empower students to further develop their talents and prepare them for future success. Watch the story at

Community Forum Generates Excitement

Excitement was in the air Thursday, Jan. 17 as Allegheny County residents gathered at the Millvale Community Library to learn more about the R.E.A.A.D.Y. STEM & Performing Arts Charter School. Founder and CEO, Kenneth Nickel shared his vision for the school, while board member John Gall, PhD. highlighted information about the curriculum. Foundation board member Sue Gondringer noted that scholarship opportunities will also be available. The school is scheduled to open in Millvale in August 2020. See event photos.  

Millvale is R.E.A.A.D.Y. for a Performing Arts Charter School

With the arrival of new businesses and residents, there are plenty of reasons to dance, sing and make merry in Millvale. Soon local high school students could earn college credit through these same unbridled displays of creativity.  Read more at

Charter School Planned for Millvale

Kenneth Nickel, former principal dancer and dance educator, has launched a Millvale foundation to provide high school students with scholarships for academic opportunities outside their classrooms. Read more

R.E.A.A.D.Y. Foundation Rings in the Holiday Season

Dancers from Maria's School of Dance in Beaver, Pennsylvania performed a beautiful rendition of The Nutcracker's Waltz of the Flowers, ushering in the holiday spirit for Millvale residents during the the town's Nov. 24 Yuletide Tour.

Young and old alike gathered at the Holy Spirit Lyceum in Millvale to enjoy the performance, directed by Kenneth Nickel of the R.E.A.A.D.Y. Foundation, who announced the anticipated September 2020 opening of the R.E.A.A.D.Y. STEM & Performing Arts Charter School at the former Holy Spirit School in Millvale.  Enjoy photos from the performance.  

Kenneth Nickel Establishes R.E.A.A.D.Y. Foundation

After a lifetime of performing, directing, and establishing innovative educational dance programs and partnerships nationally and internationally, Nickel has chosen to dedicate himself to empowering young people in western Pennsylvania for future success. Read more at

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