In partnership with the wonderful teachers and administrators of Waverly Yowell Elementary School, the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF) conducts a reading/mentoring program known as “Everybody Wins”. Students who choose to join the program enjoy their lunches while reading one-on-one with an assigned volunteer once a week during the academic year and Summer school. The program has grown from its pilot program in 2017 to 34 volunteers during the 2018/19 school year.
On Friday, May 17th we wrapped up our year with a celebration that included a field trip to the Green Valley Book Fair in Mt. Crawford and lunch at the Wood Grill Buffet in Harrisonburg. We travelled by school bus to the Book Fair where the students enjoyed stories in the “Adventure Tales” section of the Fair and shopping time to purchase a book, compliments of MCEF. The Green Valley Book Fair donated back packs and bookmarks to the students.
In addition to 10 volunteers from Everybody Wins the 32 students were chaperoned by 4 teachers from Waverly Yowell. When we returned to Waverly Yowell, the students were presented with a beautiful array of books and allowed to choose one to take home with them. These books were provided through the generosity of Jeannine Jensen who donated enough books to supply our Everybody Wins readers and donate to the school library. To say that everyone (including the chaperones) enjoyed the day would be an understatement. The students were extremely well-behaved and did Madison proud while having great fun!
S’cool Moves Have Come to Madison!
Kids at Madison Primary School and Waverly Yowell Elementary School are energizing their brains by moving their bodies! Students from Pre-K to 5th grade are using S’cool Moves to calm down, focus, improve their reading and writing, and study everything from spelling words to history facts… and they are having fun doing it!
S’cool Moves is composed of research-based routines and strategies that are integrated with academic techniques to increase focus, improve academic stamina, elevate reading skills, and support regulation of the nervous system. S’cool Moves access the prefrontal cortex and increase retention of learned information and provide the means to teach students HOW to focus rather than just TELLING them to focus.
This past October, Rebecca Lewis (MPS) and Jes Henshaw (WYES) attended a two day conference October presented by Dr. Debra Em Wilson, the co-founder of S’cool Moves. Both teachers immediately began implementing the routines and strategies with their students and soon introduced them to the staff at both schools. The strategies and routines were well received since they filled a need to teach the WHOLE student and meet ALL needs, especially students with Tier 2 and 3 academic and behavior concerns.
Lewis and Henshaw are grateful to have receive a $1000 grant from MCEF to buy additional materials for students in MPS and WYES. The grant allowed both schools to have more Routine and Strategy posters and numerous tier 2 and 3 reading strategy materials. Dr. Wilson also helped the schools by donating an additional $600 of materials! And since these materials are all reuseable, these routines and strategies can continue to be implemented for years to come.
Below are some pictures of students using S’cool Moves. A S’cool Moves Bulletin Board in WYES entryway lets students and visitors know about the strategies and try out different ones!
An MCEF Scholarship Helps Launch
An Amazing Journey of Self-Discovery
Read Jenny Zhang’s story—
April 22, 2018
Dear Friends of the Madison County Education Foundation,
How time has flown! Around this time last year, I was applying for this scholarship, eagerly hoping I could be a recipient. Now, almost a year later, I am finishing up classes and preparing for my finals. They say ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and I cannot agree more. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at the University of Virginia and am constantly amazed that I only have a few short weeks until this school year comes to an end.
This academic year hasn’t always been as smooth as I anticipated. Prior to starting my first semester at college, I naively thought everything would come easy as it did in high school. What I realized quickly was how much more challenging classes were than I initially thought, and I quickly realized I needed to adjust my study habits to accommodate to how college operated. During my first semester, I found myself stressing so much because of my lack of skill in managing my time wisely.
To me, that first semester served as a representation of growth and discovery. I learned so much about myself in those first few months, and I grew tremendously from improving and bettering myself. Those first few weeks in college, I had so much free time on my hands and I was not managing it wisely. I quickly learned to change my schedule to study and work on assignments more. Once I realized and adapted, college became a lot easier for me! Now that I have a better understanding of how college operates. I have a better strategy for studying and am performing the way I want. I truly enjoy all my classes—I have taken, and still am taking a large array of classes that are of interest to me! College has allowed me to have an opportunity to experiment and explore what my interests are and aren’t. Additionally, I have formed strong relationships with my professors and feel so much more comfortable speaking to them about things pertaining to their course, as well as other interesting topics!
Additionally, I have grown as a person by associating myself with people I have similar interests with. Immediately entering college, I found a group of wonderful friends who all have their passions, which they exude. I have also immersed myself in different clubs and organizations I’m passionate about, ranging from a club sport team at UVA to volunteering organizations. The friends I have met through these organizations have all have helped to shape me into a better person and I learn so much from them!
Thank you for believing in me and investing in my academic success with this scholarship! Receiving a great education at this wonderful university is an enormous privilege that I never take for granted, and little moments throughout my day remind me of how grateful I am! I am eager for what the future holds for me. I am excited to finish this semester and begin my second year in the fall!
Think back. Getting to college is one of “life’s next steps.”
Last spring, 2017, the Madison County Education Foundation awarded NINE scholarships to deserving Madison High School seniors. They helped students take the next BIG step.
Mikayla Gardiner-Alger, a 2017 scholarship winner, wrote the Foundation a letter with these key points:
“I am writing not only to thank the Madison County Education Foundation for the scholarship they offered me in the 2017-18 school year, but to thank the foundation for the windows of opportunity it gave me. The money enabled me to attend college at an affordable cost.
“Being a college student means I am able to expand my educational and career goals. Attending college is a privilege that many cannot afford. Federal financial aid exists to those who appear to need it most and Pell grants are issued. However, since a Pell grant only totals about $5800, and many colleges cost more than that annually, college is still unaffordable. Colleges offer their own financial aid, but rarely is it enough to keep the student from going into debt.
“The support of groups like the Education Foundation is extremely important. It maintains an educated society and gives deserving individuals the opportunity to meet their full potential. Not only does this support give students a better chance of attending an affordable college, it supports the community by helping the education level in the county rise. Students, like myself, who strive for excellence in school, but come from a low-income family that cannot afford college costs, greatly benefit from local donors who offer scholarships.
“I’d like to thank MCEF and all who made contributions that make these scholarships possible.”
Business Administration student
Germanna Community College
The Pell Public Speaking Competition
The Madison County Education Foundation hosted the Pell Public Speaking Competition on January 25 in the Madison High School Auditorium. The number of entrants—15 in all—was the largest number of student participants ever engaged in this competition.
The first-place winner, Michael Broyles, delivered Harold Ickes’s speech, “What constitutes an American?” Broyles was awarded a cash prize of $700. The second prize was awarded to Ben Butterworth, who delivered Winston Churchill’s speech, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” and was awarded $500. Molly Thomas delivered Nellie McClung’s speech, “Should Men Vote?” She was awarded third prize of $300.
Kevin Nguyen and Eli Priest both gave strong presentations of Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall.” Steven Franklin reprised Martin Luther King’s inspirational, “I’ve Been to the Mountain” address; the speaker was featured at the Martin Luther King Commemoration at the Culpeper NAACP.
Hailey Helm delivered stirring words of Clara Barton’s “Women’s Suffrage Speech,” and Caleb Mayer shared Theodore Roosevelt’s understanding of “Strength and Decency.” Kathy Dyer spoke on “George Washington,” and Maya Powell delivered Hillary Clinton’s “United Nations Women Plenary Session Remarks.”
Samuel Decowski gave renewed energy to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Hannah Gessler showed us Susan B. Anthony’s position in “Women’s Right to Suffrage.” David Miller offered an interpretation of “What Constitutes an American.”
The time-span of these speeches captured one historical landmark after another. Kaitlyn Adams gave John F. Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” and Drake Truman delivered Richard Nixon’s “Farewell Address.