Submitted by Michele Goodson Garrison, McKinney Education Foundation
Volunteers from the McKinney community have come together to launch the first ever McKinney Education Foundation Community Campaign, JOIN THE DREAM. The goal is to raise $200k to help galvanize the organization’s future and meet the demands of the ever-expanding student population.
For the past 21 years, the mission of MEF has been “to provide the highest quality of education in McKinney, Texas, and to inspire students and teachers towards excellence in education. MEF envisions a future where a passion for learning unleashes the full potential of our community.”
Summer Lindsey, McClure Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher and MEF Ambassador, exemplifies how a MEF scholarship can change someone’s life. Upon graduating from McKinney High in 2000, Summer received a Carl Cox Memorial Scholarship and the Redman Scholarship to attend Collin County Community College through the McKinney Education Foundation. Once she received her Associates degree, she applied and received the continuation Redman Scholarship, which paid for her last two years at Texas State University and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
Summer, a MISD teacher for the past seven years, describes how MEF has helped her fulfill her dream of higher education; “My family didn’t have the money to pay for college, so without these scholarships, I’m not sure when I would have completed my degree. My college experience provided by MEF inspired me to apply to graduate school and earn my Masters in Child Development. I’m currently working on my Ph.D. in Child Development and continue to reap the benefits of scholarships from years past. MEF Scholarships have changed my life and my ‘thank you’ doesn’t go far enough!”
As a MISD teacher, Summer has also won a MEF Staff Grant. MEF Professional and Classroom Grants are awarded to deserving MISD teachers and staff. Distributing grants to teachers directly impacts the quality of education in McKinney.
The grants give teachers the opportunity to implement innovative ideas that otherwise would go unfunded. Grants also help teachers take courses, attend seminars, and engage in other activities that help them to develop as professionals and educators.
Summer was invited to help kick-off the fundraising campaign, which she hopes will ensure that MEF can continue to assist students and teachers like herself for years to come.
Under the dynamic leadership of Campaign Chair, Carolyn Brooks, the MEF campaign committee is hitting the pavement and asking for contributions. Brooks stated, “Our goal is to raise $200K for MEF programs like the MEF Advisors, which assist students in finding a match for college and securing funds to help cover increasing higher education expenses. We pay the salaries of the three advisors at each of the high school campuses and those same MEF Advisors have helped MISD seniors obtain $11,000,000 in outside scholarships. As you can see, the return on that investment is phenomenal! You can’t get a better return on that kind of investment anywhere.”
“The campaign has already raised over $100,000,” according to Hal Harbor, President-elect, MEF Board of Trustees. “Now, we turn to the McKinney community to ask individuals and businesses for financial support. We just awarded close to $370K in scholarships to graduating MISD seniors. Consider donating to the JOIN THE DREAM campaign today so we can reach our goal of $200,000 and continue our mission to enrich the lives of McKinney students and teachers.”
MEF operates on donations from businesses, civic organizations, and individuals and we could not help students achieve their dreams and build their futures without these gifts. When you give to MEF, you are changing young people’s lives.
Please visit http://www.mmeeff.com/donate.html to donate online or contact MEF Executive Director, Edie Heinicke, at 469-302-6314 to discuss how you can help us reach our goal!