The job of molding the minds of our future leaders is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Teachers have risen to the occasion and so many have put great ideas into practice to make a difference for our students.
To many Snow White, Cinderella, and a lawyer wouldn’t fall under the same category. But to Hailie Dixon, who grew up in a single mother household, receiving a college degree was something right out of a fairy tale; something that she could only dream of. This was until she joined Champions For Learning’s Take Stock in Children mentoring and scholarship program.
“The consequence of a quality education becomes more apparent to me every year that passes,” says William R. Barker, Chair of Champions For Learning’s Board of Directors, “It’s vitally important to the health of our community to support our teachers and students. Teachers impact all students and we celebrate that fact by shining a light on the best practices of our teachers each year through Golden Apple. And our programs for students involve mentors that help them model the way to a successful education and set them on a positive life path encouraging us all through their hard work and dedication to getting a quality education. Many are first generation college students.”
Champions For Learning, Collier County’s education foundation, has been ranked 21st in the nation’s only annual study of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation”.
“As a mentor, Jack always showed up. He was always supportive. He made me feel like he actually cared,” says Jerry, a 2015 Take Stock in Children graduate. “He’s honestly impacted my life so much in such a short amount of time. We’ve only known each other for two years and I feel like he’s changed my whole life.”
On November 12th, Mrs. Lavern Gaynor was recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropist for 2015 by the Everglades Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as part of the annual National Philanthropy Day celebration. She was joined by her family, friends, many community members and two of the Take Stock in Children graduates that she helped to support, Nasha Etienne a student at FGCU and Missa Desir a student at FSW.
“Suncoast Credit Union Foundation believes that by investing in students and teachers, we are providing the support system to make a strong community,” says Cindy Helton, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.
On October 6, 2015, Champions For Learning awarded $54,450 in Connect With A Classroom grants to area teachers. Volunteers, supporters, and board members of Champions For Learning, surprised local teachers when they delivered 120 grants to 39 Collier County schools, to support creative and innovative experiences for students.
Make Night of Champions an event to remember!
Champions For Learning is proud to honor community leaders at the Night of Champions event that will be held on February 2, 2017 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. These individuals are being honored for impacting the lives of students through mentoring, innovation, collaboration and community involvement.
Champions For Learning is pleased to announce Night of Champions honoree, J. Richard “Dick” Munro, will also be the recipient of the 2015-2016 Heart of the Apple. Dick will be honored for the significant impact he has made on the learning environment for students in Collier County.