Greater Edgewood Education Foundation – March 2009

Greater Edgewood Education Foundation
Building Partnerships ~ Achieving Dreams

Message from the President
If you were to ask our students what their intentions are after they graduate from high school, 95% of the students would say they are going to college. But the reality is that only about 63% of our students continue on to an institution of higher education.

There are various factors that play a role in the outcome of students achieving their desire of moving beyond high school and into the realm of college. Some of these factors include: student aspiration and academic achievement; parental encouragement, family income and socioeconomic status; peer support; and student knowledge of the college entrance process. Looking at these indicators gives us background into the barriers students face in making college a reality.

Through our College Pathways program, the Greater Edgewood Education Foundation builds social capacity for the students and families to engage in learning, begin talking about post-secondary opportunities as early as elementary school, foster leadership skills and self confidence, and provide the tools and resources that demystify the college entrance process.

Currently over 200 students have been actively engaged in our College Pathways programs. The opportunity for involvement is open to all students and families in the Edgewood Feeder Schools. Last year, the Foundation was able to financially support seven graduating seniors in achieving their dreams by awarding scholarships. With your support, we know we can do so much more for so many. The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to give a scholarship to every student that graduates from Edgewood High School.

Families engaged in learning strengthens the social and economic capacity of the entire community. The Foundation might be a small pocket of change, but the ripple effects will undoubtedly reach out to strengthen the larger community.

Future e-newsletters will share more information about each individual program that comprises College Pathways.

With warm regards,

Deb Merlock
President
Greater Edgewood Education Foundation

Student Art Exhibition and Sale

The Greater Edgewood Education Foundation, Inc. will be holding its Business After Hours Student Art Exhibition and Sale to Benefit Education in Edgewood on March 11, 2008 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the
Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. This event, which is being sponsored by Provident Bank, will feature student artists from each of the six Edgewood schools: Edgewood Elementary, Deerfield Elementary, Abingdon Elementary, William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary, Edgewood Middle School and Edgewood High School. The show will include works of art in a variety of formats, including paint, sketch, sculpture, and charcoal. The art are representative of student talent from the Edgewood Area Schools and the show provides a unique glimpse into the educational and aesthetic approaches taught by the Art Instructors at each of the Edgewood Schools and as advocated by the Harford County Public Schools. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Edgewood High School students. Table sponsors include Harmony Hearing and Audiology, McComas Funeral Home, Chesapeake Business Consultants, Hess Hotels Group, and Total Urgent Care.
Tickets are $25.00 and include food, wine, and beverages.

Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit the Greater Edgewood Education Foundation’s College Pathways program which provides scholarship support to first-generation college-bound students. Visit www.geefinc.com for more information. Entertainment provided by the Edgewood High School Strings Quartet

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