NEWARK– Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF) members recently met with the Worcester County Board of Education (WCBOE) to present a check for $35,000 and to update the WCBOE on the Foundation’s progress to date.
Todd Ferrante, WCEF Chairman explained that the “Worcester County Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 which was established in 2013, is comprised of over twenty active business and community leaders; men and women from all over Worcester County.” “The Foundation’s mission is to create a proactive partnership between the public school system and the community by linking community resources with the educational needs of its students, in order to prepare them to succeed. As one of our first initiatives we are 100% committed to providing Worcester County students equal access to a digital education. We understand that the cost to complete the digital conversion of all schools and provide each student with the necessary devices costs approximately $750 per student. We hope to accelerate this process.“ Ferrante went on to list the five immediate goals.
- Ask the business community and private sector to Champion Education by helping us meet our goal to raise $5 million to support digital conversion and future needs of WCPS.
- Accelerate the purchase and distribution of necessary digital devices to all classrooms K-12 so every student has equal access to a World Class Education. This will enable students to master today’s technological skills as well as provide improved teaching and learning through increased student engagement.
- Provide Equal Access to technology so that every student has the same chance to succeed.
- Assist with providing every teacher with the tools and training necessary to “teach to the student”, personalizing a student’s education. (For instance, new technology allows a teacher to instantly view every student’s essay or math problem in the classroom, from her device, in real time, so the teacher can evaluate a student’s progress and respond quicker, providing corrections and personal guidance to individual students, instantly.)
- Provide Teacher Grants. This Spring the WCEF initiated a grant process which provides teachers and staff members funding for innovative and creative teaching materials, allowing teachers to seize new teaching techniques that maximize learning potential. In May, the WCEF proudly awarded 5 teachers with grants totaling nearly $3,000.
In addition, over the last two years the WCEF has proudly funded $20,000 in laptop covers, providing every 9th grade student in the county with the equipment necessary to protect their device.
To date, through very generous donors, the Worcester County Education Foundation has raised over $500,000 and has awarded approximately $50,000 to assist with digital conversion, donate essential equipment and award teacher grants. The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to raise $5 million and create an Endowment Fund which will provide a perpetual funding resource for the future needs of our students and teachers.
To make a donation or to learn more about the Worcester County Education Foundation visit www.wced.foundation or call 410-632-5076.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Wilson, Superintendent of Worcester County Schools, Board members Janet Morse, Toni Keiser, Bill Gordy, Lee Chisholm, Todd Ferrante, WCEF Chair, Shirley Sultani, Lou Taylor, Assist. Superintendent of Worcester County Schools, Hope Palmer, Tara Miller and Jonathan C. Cook, President of the WCBOE