Upcoming Howell Ed Foundation gala supporting student programs

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The second-annual Howell Education Foundation is hoping to raise much-needed funds to support student programs in the Howell Public Schools District.

The gala evening, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell. General admission tickets are $125 each. In addition to fellowship and food, the event includes a silent auction (which will feature online bidding this year) and a live auction with what’s expected to be lively bidding for once-in-a-lifetime trips and activities including a Disney vacation for four with airfare; Kentucky Derby trip with airfare; Alaskan fishing trip; wine tasting with dinner; and lots of other items.

Sponsors include LOC Federal Credit Union, Bob Maxey Ford, Cobb-Hall Insurance, Reaching Higher, Brighton Ford, First Impression Print & Marketing, First National Bank of Howell, and Rick Scofield.

“The event will feature man of the students and programs supported by the (Howell Education) Foundation,” said Don Cortez, foundation president. “The students will be providing entertainment and event assistance. The programs involved that evening include the choir, band, building trades, culinary arts, and Interact students from both Howell High School school and the middle schools.”

“The Howell Education Foundation is a wonderful partner that provides support for programs that truly enhance the education that our students receive,” said Erin MacGregor, superintendent of the Howell Public Schools. “The Foundation not only supports our teachers with classroom grants for projects, equipment, and field trips, but also plays a big role in our construction trades program and in our ability to offer the Reaching Higher program to our students.”

You can learn more about the Howell Education Foundation by clicking here.

Register to attend or sponsor the event at www.howelleducationfoundation.org or call (517) 579-8555.

About The Howell Education Foundation
The Foundation is a non-profit organization providing exciting educational opportunities to K-12 Howell Public Schools students.  Board of directors meets monthly to brainstorm new ways to help students in the Howell Public Schools. Educators and community members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings to present their requests for assistance with educational programs.

Grants to teachers – To date the Howell Education Foundation has driven more than $120,000 back into the classroom on programs and curriculum that provide students with unique learning opportunities.
Technology and Learning – The HEF installed 40 iPads in the 8th grade levels at both Highlander Way and Parker middle schools.
Building Trades Class – This class was on the verge of being eliminated until the HEF board purchased a house on Potts Road in Fowlerville.  The trade’s class, under the assistance of Mark Leahy, renovated this home and sold it. The HEF then purchased a vacant lot and the building trades program built and sold a 3,000-square-foot home during the 2013 school year. The HEF is currently building a new house that will be up for sale in June.
Speakers Bureau – In cooperation with the Interact Club (Rotary JR at High School level), the HEF has developed a board of speakers that will advise and educate students concerning career tracks within different industries. The speaker selection is student-led, based on results of a student-led survey that is completed and tabulated.
Reaching Higher Program – The HEF has provided over $25,000 in funding for an effort to reach children and prepare them to excel. This program was created by a former educator Susie Dahlman – and is now ran by Kara Cotton-Moore. The HEF is looking for ways to provide additional funds for the program’s longevity. This program has saved many teenagers in our local community from drugs, suicide and disconnecting from education and the family unit.
Howell Alumni Program – During 2013, the HEF reacquired the communication responsibilities to reach out to the Howell Alumni, which currently exceeds 17,000. The HEF is working on a marketing program that will begin quarterly communications to the existing alumni.

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