Lawrence Township Schools Alumni Club Announces Campaign
The Lawrence Township Alumni Club is excited to be kicking off its 2013 Campaign, Igniting Our Alumni! This campaign was created to help support our current students’ needs. As you may know, Lawrence Township is now at a 60% poverty rate.
New mandates from the State and Federal government continue to increase expenditures for the district. Over the past three years, the district has implemented many changes to cut costs, and although no instructional programs were eliminated in those cuts, the need for additional assistance is at an all-time high. With that, we asked our Alumni Club to reach out to YOU, our successful alumni, to help our kids succeed.
The Alumni Club created a “Class Commitment” campaign, where each class is challenged to raise the dollar amount for the year of graduation. For example, both Lawrence Township classes of 1987 have a goal of $1,987. We are asking for each of you to make a small contribution to help your class achieve the Campaign goal. What a GREAT way to give back and honor the education you received here!
Your donations will fund four Core Programs within Lawrence Township schools which create connection and inspiration within kids’ hearts and minds.
• Creative Classroom Grants - pay for a teacher or school to receive a grant to inspire creativity and innovation in young minds.
• My Achievement Centers (MACs) - tutoring labs in both high schools help kids gain confidence because they can now do algebra!
• Up & Running Program – empower our kids to take charge of their bodies and their health!
• AVID - a college preparatory program for first-generation college students.
Lawrence Township School Foundation Presents the Annual "Light Their Future" Celebration. Troy Knoderer, Prinicpal at Belzer Middle School, Serves as Honorary Chair
Indianapolis, IN – January 17, 2013 – The Light Their Future Celebration benefiting the Lawrence Township School Foundation (LTSF) will be held on March 15 at EventzPlus in Castleton. Themed Back to the Future of Our Kids, the fundraiser will showcase the district’s achievements and progress while building a strong foundation for the future. The festive and energetic evening includes live & silent auction, dinner, band, and dancing.
“The Foundation’s mission is to connect philanthropy and education to provide the resources needed for all children in Lawrence Township schools to excel. With a united and focused community, the possibilities for our schools are endless. It’s such an honor to support such a strong, vibrant school district,” stated Cori Korn, Executive Director of the LTSF.
Serving as the Celebration’s Honorary Chair is Mr. Troy Knoderer, Principal at Belzer Middle School. Mr. Knoderer has served the district in various roles for twenty years. For the 2011-2012 school year, Belzer earned an “A” from the State of Indiana. Pat Carlini, well known for her career at WTHR and the nationally syndicated radio show Bob & Tom on WFBQ, is confirmed at the event’s emcee.
Volunteer Event Director Barb Austin has helped with a number of fundraisers for the schools in the district. She shared, “While raising money for the Foundation is a primary goal, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate as a community. We’ve had such a positive response from everyone contributing to the success of the event. Table sales are brisk. Who doesn’t want to be associated with a respected and accomplished school district?”
Individual reservations are $90. There are several sponsorship levels offered with associated benefits, including Corporate Tables for $2000.
USA Funds Awards the Foundation a $100,000 Grant to Support AVID
For the tenth consecutive year, USA Funds has made a significant gift to the Lawrence Township School Foundation to help fund the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township’s AVID program. This year, the Foundation received a grant for $100,000 that will continue to support AVID in Lawrence Township.
AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a national college-preparedness program getting results at over 4,500 schools throughout the country. AVID students are those who are in the academic middle – they are striving to achieve, yet falling short of their full potential. AVID provides the support and rigor needed for these students to be successful in high school and to be prepared for college.
In Lawrence Township, AVID serves approximately 700 students at Belzer Middle School, Fall Creek Valley Middle School, Lawrence Central High School, and Lawrence North High School. Last year, we saw great results with 95% of 2012 graduates going on to study at a post-secondary educational institution and collecting 1.67 million in scholarships.
AVID truly has been a life-changing experience for Lawrence Township students. Aside from encouraging students to enroll in advanced/honors courses, practice note-taking and studying skills, and providing mentors to help them set and achieve personal goals, AVID also provides Lawrence Township students with a sense of family. Krystal White, 2012 Lawrence Central and AVID Graduate remembers the beginning of AVID and “using it as an easy A” she says and “being complacent with her 2.7 gpa”. During her senior year, she wrote, “I’m now a senior, head on straight, bright future. A 3.2 GPA to prove it. My AVID family beat the good grades out of me. They saw me as on top of my game, even when I didn’t believe in myself. Thanks to their love, time and devotion I’m able to decide between IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis with three scholarships to choose from. I AM GOING SOMEWHERE. AVID is hands down the best program to ever come my way. This course recognized my hidden potential to achieve in the classroom and molded me into the honors student I am today. I’m college bound – all thanks to AVID.
Perhaps the most important element that AVID provides is instilling a sense of self-confidence in young people that empowers them to be their best. Including Austyn Brown, now a junior at Lawrence Central High School who said, “When I was first asked if I would like to join AVID by my seventh grade science teacher, Mr. Sears, I asked him what most people ask about the program, “what is AVID?.” He replied, “AVID is a college-prep program that encourages kids with potential to push them academically in order to prepare them for college.” He need not say anymore, I was hooked with that concept the moment I heard it, I had to take this opportunity and make it count! My entire school career up to that point was a success with only a few poor grades in sixth grade, but since that day in seventh grade I haven’t had a single grade on a report card fall below a “C-“, and my GPA has remained at a 3.0 or higher, and currently, my cumulative GPA is a 3.5. How have I done so well throughout this three year span of time? AVID - Advancement via Individual Determination!
The Lawrence Township School Foundation is very excited to continue its long-standing partnership with USA Funds. Continuing AVID in Lawrence Township is key to Igniting the Power of Community and in line with our vision, where ALL children are supported and empowered to shine. For more information about AVID or about how the Foundation is ensuring high school and post high school success in our District, please click here.
For more information, please call 317-423-8300.
Lawrence Township School Foundation
What can YOU do to spread the word about the Lawrence Township School Foundation? It’s as easy as watching a video. Click here to watch our video and learn how the Power of Community will help us support and empower ALL children. Find the video on YouTube by searching for “MSDLT Video.” Share the video with those who can help build a commitment to support our children and public education!
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