Raven Turner is on a mission to help teach students important life skills she wished she had when she was growing up. Now, thanks to the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF), she is one step closer. “I decided to go in the Family/Consumer Science to give students the opportunity to learn the necessary life skills such as balancing a check book and preparing for college” said Turner.
In a presentation, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 held at the Madison United Methodist Church, Bill Hinkes, Vice President of the MCEF presented Raven the 2016 Adult Learner Scholarship in the amount of $500.00. This money will help Raven with earning her Master’s Degree in Education and in obtaining her teacher certification from Liberty University.
After graduating from Madison County High School in 2011, Raven returned home having earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Bridgewater College. However, she didn’t really think about continuing her education. According to Raven, “the decision to return to college was not an easy decision because of the time and cost involved. I know this opportunity will allow me to help those kids who may have thought college was out of the reach.”
Raven is currently the Coordinator for the Skyline Cap Project Discovery helping students prepare for post high school life. She is also a cheerleading coach at Madison County High School (MCHS). As a lifelong Madison resident, Raven credits her love for education from amazing teachers at MCHS, such as Dawn Tucker and Jayne Penn-Hollar. Raven stated, “Once I get my certification, I’m so excited to work in the classroom, hopefully in Madison, to give back to a community that has given so much to me!”
The Madison County Education Foundation is proud to support Raven in achieving her dreams and hopeful that Raven’s story will inspire more adults to finish their education and reach for their goals, no matter how far away they may seem. MCEF stands ready to offer financial support to those adults who are considering furthering their education.
June 29, 2016
P.O. Box 1277
Madison, VA 22727
Dear Mrs. Beach:
I wanted to thank you for all of the help that I received from the Madison County Education Foundation during my first year at college. Being at college has meant that I have been able to expose myself to more diverse groups of people and it has also meant that I have been able to learn how to live and care for myself while also expanding my knowledge and love for the sciences. While attending a liberal arts college, I have also been able to see the connections of other professions and the importance of each one in every day life. I have a higher respect for others and I have developed leadership skills that I never knew I could acquire. I have also met some of the most amazing and influential people while attending Lynchburg College.
Showing how students and staff use new technologies to not only advance the learning experience for students, but how the availability of new technology can positively influence how a teacher can collaborate with students in the classroom.
As you know, The Madison County Education Foundation is focused on all aspects of educational opportunities in Madison County. We believe that Education is the cornerstone on which we build a strong and thriving community. We know that our children are our county’s future and that the best investment we as a county can make is in our children’s education. MCEF supports education through teacher grants, student scholarships, and a non-profit resource center.
We ask that you consider making a donation to MCEF during The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s annual Give Local Piedmont fund drive for local non-profits on May 3rd.
Remember … every dollar donated to MCEF stays in Madison County… every gift makes a difference.
Thank you for all you do to help support public education in Madison!
Get your tickets here for the 5th Annual March Madness Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit public education in Madison. Cocktails, Hors d’ oeuvres, Dinner, Music, Fabulous Auction Items and more! The games will be playing in the background on big-screen TV’s for you NCAA fans.
Graves’ Mountain Lodge, Inc. Pavillion
205 Graves Mountain Ln, Syria, Virginia 22743
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Cocktails & Hors d’ouvres – 4:30 p.m.
Silent Auction – 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Teacher grants are a centerpiece of the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF) mission.
“The common thread,” MCEF President Barbara Kres Beach said, “is that our teachers know what our students need; each grant adds something special that supports learning in the county and helps make our young people successful. There is no single formula.”
This year, the foundation awarded grants totaling $8,850—more than ever before. Faculty applicants cited goals, grade levels affected, methods of assessing project success, project budgets and their principal’s agreement in their applications. Awards this year were made to teachers at all four Madison County Public Schools for projects that, according to Beach, “excelled in usefulness, creativity and sustainability.”
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The Madison County Education Foundation is proud to support public education in Madison County, Virginia, both by supporting the Madison County Public Schools and by supporting community wide educational endeavors.
Education is the cornerstone on which we build a strong and thriving community. We know that our children are our county’s future and that the best investment we as a county can make is in our children’s education.
MCEF supports education through teacher grants, student scholarships, and a non-profit resource center.