“We hope that our donation will encourage others in the business community and the private sector to step up and share the good fortune they’ve found in Ocean City and Worcester County by “giving back” to something that impacts our future: Education.” – Macky Stansell
This year the owners of Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, Pam and Macky Stansell, became one of the first Champions of Education, donating $100,000 towards the $1,000,000 goal of the newly formed Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF).
When WCEF Board Member, Greg Shockley, approached the Stansells about a contribution, Stansell explained that he and Pam are strong supporters of Coastal Hospice but they’ve always believed that supporting education should be a priority of everyone in the community. Stansell further expounded that although he and his wife have no children, he considers every one of his young staff, one of his own. Stated Stansell, “Geez, once we get to know these kids, of course we worry about them and although we appreciate their contribution working for us during their college summers, we encourage all of them to finish their degree and move on after college. I tell them to get out there, earn a living and contribute to society. I can’t tell you how happy it makes Pam and I when we run into a former employee who has opened a business or joined a law firm or has been hired to manage a local hotel. The kids who return to Ocean City and contribute to the community all started with a good education. We need to keep that going and you can’t wait for adequate learning tools, these kids need them now.” Shockley also agreed that “students are our future. Our goal is to provide every student with equal access to a world class education and to support our teachers with grants and the tools necessary to prepare our students for jobs that haven’t even been invented yet. In order to prepare our students for tomorrow, we need to provide these educational tools today.”
Last Fall, members of the private and business community came together to form the Worcester County Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that taps into community resources, creating a source of perpetual funding to help fill budgetary gaps that might otherwise prevent teachers, students, and schools from acquiring the necessary tools to teach and learn in today’s fast paced digital environment. To find out how you can become a Champion of Education or for further information visit www.WCED.foundation or call 410-632-5076.
Pictured left to right: WCEF Vice Chairman, Greg Shockley, Assistant Superintendent, Lou Taylor, Macky and Pam Stansell, Superintendent of Worcester County Schools, Dr. Jerry Wilson and WCEF Chairman, Todd Ferrante