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2013 BizEd luncheon brings together local business, industry, and civic leaders to support public education

Students from Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts perform during the 2013 BizEd Luncheon.

The Union County Education Foundation held its second annual BizEd Luncheon Thursday (Nov. 21, 2013) in an effort to raise support for education from local business and industry.

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis told the approximately 150 who were present that education has to fit each child’s needs in a “my-size-fits-me” mindset rather than a one-size-fits-all mentality.

“It’s about the children,” Ellis said. “We have to develop programs that children are interested in. They are the future and it is up to us to make sure that their futures are brighter than ours.”

To help in that effort, Ellis said UCPS offers 20 academies that have been developed to meet the needs and interest of all UCPS students. “It’s about all of our children and what we are going to do for all of them,” she said.

Ellis noted that UCPS students finished second in the state in test scores and UCPS was first in North Carolina in its graduation rate. She said that even through UCPS graduates nine out of 10 students, the school system would not rest until UCPS graduates 10 out of 10 students.

The luncheon recognized two UCPS educators – UCPS Principal of the Year Brad Breedlove (Monroe High School) and UCPS Teacher of the Year Kerri Sofsian (Kensington Elementary School).

The BizEd 2013 luncheon is designed to create an opportunity for area business and community leaders to come together with the Education Foundation. Financial support from business and community members is used to fund the mini-grants program for teachers and scholarships for students.

The Foundation awarded 40 teachers from 26 UCPS schools “Teacher and Classroom Mini-Grants” worth more than $18,000 Wednesday (Nov. 13, 2013). Money raised at Thursday’s luncheon will go toward future grants.

The event’s presenting sponsor was the Moser Group, led by Forest Hills High School graduate Dennis Moser. Students from Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts Entertainment provided entertainment.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Nov 22, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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