“March Madness Comes to Madison” is the fun place to be March 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Graves Mountain Pavilion.
Since becoming involved in the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF), I have learned a couple of things. I’ve learned that Madison County takes great pride in the quality of its teachers, its students, and its schools. That Madison County Public Schools strive for the best. That we are most successful when we all pull together.
When members of our community attend “March Madness Comes to Madison,” our contributions help pay for scholarships for students to academic and technical institutions after graduation, and for an adult learner who has recently completed a GED. Special grants for teachers -- over 25 have been awarded by MCEF in its brief history -- support teachers’ ideas and respond to students’ needs. Teachers initiate, develop, and assess them. They have high impact.
At the Graves Pavilion, Madison faculty, including Tamie Campbell, GIS teacher, will demonstrate the maps her students made for the anniversary of the Battle of Jack’s Shop, as well as alternative plans for Hoover Ridge. Ashley Unger, Art teacher, will bring student artists and art work. Other teachers will be available for conversations about STEM and a range of school programs at all levels.
New this year, two award programs will be announced. The Lane E. Warren Memorial Fund will support sustainable agriculture education in Madison County. The Pell Prize for Public Speaking will reward the practice of the art of public speaking among Madison County students. It will raise awareness of the many opportunities offered by the schools’ excellent forensic programs.
Our mutual support of Madison County education makes us a winning team. Space is limited. To reserve, contact www.madisonedfoundation.org or call Russell James at (540) 827-7474.
Barbara Kres Beach