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2014 BizEd breakfast urges support for students and teachers

Students from Western Union Elementary School perform a drum demonstration during the BizEd 2014 Breakfast. They are directed by their teacher, at right, Evan Stevens.

The Union County Education Foundation held its third annual BizEd Breakfast Thursday (Nov. 20, 2014) in an effort to raise support for education from local businesses and industry.

Amy Sperry, executive director of the Union County Education Foundation, thanked the approximately 180 present for supporting the foundation. “You’re here so that more teachers and students can get support and encouragement. We are here to encourage all educators.”

A few business leaders spoke at the breakfast. Nancy Stephen, publisher of Union Lifestyle Magazine, said teachers and administrators in Union County are fully invested in today’s youth.

“The youth of today is the leadership of tomorrow,” Stephen said. “So we should be invested in today’s youth, too, because they’re our future.”

Stephen, who spent Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Sun Valley Middle School as the Principal of the Day, said that most of the educational processes and technology used in the schools today were unheard of when she was in school.

“I truly believe that these students are getting a much broader and deeper education than I had,” Stephen said. “What they’re learning in middle school is absolutely amazing.”

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis thanked those present for their support of public education. “We are honored to be a partner with the Union County Education Foundation,” she said. “By your presence today, you have said, ‘Children matter.’
They have to matter. We have to take care of them.”

The BizEd Breakfasts are designed to create opportunities for area businesses and community leaders to support the Education Foundation. Financial support from business and community members is used to fund the mini-grants program for teachers and scholarships for students.

Over the past three years, the foundation has awarded more than $60,000 for classroom projects.

The Union County Education Foundation brought lots of smiles to 44 Union County Public Schools teachers after awarding “Teacher and Classroom Mini-Grants” worth more than $20,000.

The Foundation’s “Prize Patrol” visited schools across the county on Oct. 28 and surprised these teachers in their classrooms with a check in amounts ranging from $191.83 to $500.

For more information about the Union County Education Foundation, visit their web site at www.ucedfoundation.org.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Nov 20, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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