Walking Your Talk…!

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”                              By Bobby Unser

Just within days, the Costa Rican guests will be arriving in the US and then to the Emory & Henry College campus. The results of many months planning and various people working together will soon be evident to us all.

The recent photo below is one that speaks volumes about the continuous efforts of the “Friends of Copey” as useful and meaningful partners with the Copey Learning Center.

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Angela, Fatima, Noelia, Celeste, Adriana, Ana Yancy

This is one of the best photos I have received from the Copey Learning Center. Shown are the past and current Executive Directors. Also shows the past students (Noelia and Celeste) who visited E&H College last summer and the current students (Fatima and Adriana) heading our way.

The community of Copey can proclaim that in a short 12 month period, four of their brightest and best students have visited the US and our college.

 

The Pathway Project Fundraising Results

There is so much praise and “thank yous” to pass around. I am overwhelmed by the

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generosity and interest so many of you have for this project. As of today, we can proclaim victory and success having exceeded the fundraising goal by several hundred dollars. My previous report indicated the campaign was officially closed with several hundred dollars “below” our goal. But, I also indicated there were funds still forthcoming and they have been received.

Just Outstanding!

My desired goal was to have the Pathway Project 100% funded by my E&H College friends and affiliated members of the college.

Progress Tracking Report

The total amount ($3,065.00) raised includes some donations from donor “Friends” who did not receive my request since they were not in the E&H category. However, E&H friends and affiliates did donate enough to meet and exceed the goal of $2,700.00.

Now, two years running, let it be clear that the “Pathway Project” involving our college has been successfully funded by friends and affiliates of the college. And, if some of you still want to join in with a donation, Thank you and..send the donation in.

We are covering basic travel expenses and also want the experience to be as memorable as possible. For example, once they arrive in DC, they will spend time looking at the sites and will attend the Kennedy Center to watch the NYC Ballet performance. Then while traveling down Interstate 81, they will visit the Natural Bridge. If there are funds unspent at the conclusion of this project, these funds roll over to next year. You can pay forward as well.

As a reminder, the funding for this effort is supported in three parts. The community of Copey, parents, and friends all contribute in various way to cover the cost for the preparations and readiness needed for the students to travel to the US. The college support includes hosting and providing a wide variety of experiences for all of our guests while on or near campus. This includes finding support to cover tuition for the Young Scholars course both Fatima and Adriana will attend with other students. And, “Friends of Copey” is responsible for travel costs for all four guests as they depart Costa Rica and return to Costa Rica. There is a real joy in our ability to “Walk the Talk!”

Welcome Party

There is planned an official greeting and reception for our guests shortly after their Celebration balloons.arrival. A major supporter of the “Pathway Project” and a fellow E&H Board member has invited us to join in on the reception on June 13th at his home. This is a great opportunity if you are nearby to meet in person our guests as well as others who are also “Friends of Copey”. Because of the very wide distribution of my Blog which includes both “Friends of Copey” and those just curious, send me an email requesting time and location. This will prove to be an unforgettable reception. Join In!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Friends of Copey Accomplishments

 

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”      by Corrie ten Boom

With the Learning Center ending its 2015 season and we gear up for 2016, it is a good time to just reflect on some of the highlights and achievements we have made in partnership with the Learning Center.

Financial Support

  • Successful Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund Drive raising funds to provide tuition support for 15 plus students to attend the Learning Center in 2015.

Scholarship Recipient

  • Successful Fund Drive to raise $2500 to support the newly paid position of Executive Director for the Learning Center.
  • Provided $400 plus to support the purchase of miscellaneous school supplies and equipment for the Learning Center including a Tablet.

Non-Financial

  • Kiwanis Tri-Cities, Washington approved zzzKiwanisFriends of Copey as an authorized (recognized) project supported by Kiwanis.

 

 

Friends of Copey unveils new “Friends” banner 

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Academic 

  • Established formal relations with Kiwanis’ K-Kids from Jefferson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary Pen PalRichland, Washington and students attending the Learning Center. Pen Pal Program
  • Sharing a Pen Pal Program with music students attending Sugar Grove Elementary School located in Sugar Grove, Virginia with the Learning Center students.

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There are numerous other accomplishments including major milestones reached with the Blog  during the year to report and we will continue highlighting them in the next Post.

OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

Two of the many distinguished ladies in my family were recent recipients of honor and recognition. My Aunt Katherine (Goble) Johnson was one of seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to her by President Obama last week. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian. Aunt Katherine’s life and achievements present an incredible story. You can learn more about her story by clicking on the link below:

http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151124/GZ01/151129725

Barack Obama, Katherine Johnson, Willie Mays

Aunt Katherine is the oldest of my living aunts and her life and legacy continues to shine as a beacon of inspiration and self-determination. Her life’s passport was education and it took her to places far beyond this earth. Captain Kirk move over….Aunt Katherine is on her way!

A second recognition of importance went to my sister Pat Wright. She has been accepted as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). As a direct descendent of John “The Patriot” Broady, our 6th grandfather, Pat qualified for DAR membership. Our cousin, Gwen Huckstep, became a DAR member in 2014. Gwen resides in southwest Virginia near the area where John “The Patriot” lived and is buried.

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Membership approval is granted only after extensive and verifiable proof is provided that you are a direct descendent of one who participated in the American Revolutionary War. IMG_1071

John “The Patriot” was a slave and owned by Colonel Campbell, the American Revolutionary War commander who led an army of southwest Virginians in the famous Battle of Kings Mountain. John “The Patriot’s” life and relationship with the Campbell family has been of serious interest to historians for years and aspects of his life continues to be researched. If you are in or around Smyth County Virginia, you will find John “The Patriot’s” name included on the DAR monument located on the Court House lawn. To our knowledge, Pat is the only Afro-American DAR member residing in the Northwest.

Both Aunt Katherine and Pat represent the long line of Gobles and Broadys who have distinguished themselves in many areas such as education, the military, the Arts, in the church, business, and community. Personally, I have been lifted up by so many in my family. What a Blessing!

I feel honored and compelled to share these personal stories of achievements. Especially in Aunt Katherine’s case, in her early life someone took interest in her and encouraged her to enjoy learning and to set high goals. This is the essence of “Friends of Copey” as we strive to encourage learning and inspire young people to shoot for the stars.  As “Friends” You and I can make a difference!

 

Hope…A Waking Dream!

 “Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.”                            By Henry Ford

Winter is still here in the great northwest. We skated by December and January snow carwith mild weather conditions. Since last Friday, all this changed. In the past 72 hours, we have experienced what is being called an “epic” snowfall impacting all facets of life for us in the northwest.

Schools and businesses have been closed. Airlines and highways have also been closed and opened causing delays and travel challenges locally and beyond. And, the latest news is forecasting another wave of snow heading our direction.

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

AGBSF Goal:  $1,500.00       Actual: $1,750.00         Deadline: February 4, 2019

Thank you “Friends” for the outstanding response to the request to support the Anne G. Scholarship Fund. We reported achieving our goal last week having reached $1,600.00. More funds have come in. Thank each of you for your support.

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00            Actual: $1,750.00                Deadline:  April 9, 2019

The fundraising news for the Executive Director’s Salary Support continues to be very EDSS Tracking 2.10.19positive. We are up from $1,300.00 reported last week and tracking ahead of schedule. No! We are not declaring victory yet! Your financial support is still needed to get us to our goal. If you still plan to financially support this funding effort, please send me a note indicating your plans.

Our official deadline is still set for April 9, 2019. However, I will be more than happy to declare victory much sooner if possible. The following options are available for making a donation. As a reminder, if you have problems making a donation, please contact me.

Donation Methods

  1. The Copey Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Copey Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDSS”.
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me (Arthur Broady). Once received, your check is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make your check out to Arthur Broady and send to:
    725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336 
    Phone:1-509-783-5897
    Please contact me if either method needs further explanation.

 

 

 

“Humble but Reasonable Confidence”

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”    By George S. Patton

January is now history and February is full of optimism and great expectations. Today, the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund campaign is officially closed.

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

AGBSF   Goal:  $1,500.00       Actual: $1,600.00         Deadline: February 4, 2019

And, we are so pleased to experience the exhilaration of victory. It is with “humble but reasonable confidence” we reached our goal on schedule. Well, actually we have exceeded our goal and there are still funds being reported as “on the way”.

Although the campaign is officially closed, we continue toGood News welcome additional financial support. The goal $1,500.00 is the minimum goal set to assist those families unable to cover the full cost of the yearly tuition for the Copey Learning Center. Your support will be well used.tracker for AGBSF 2.4.19.png

This is our 6th year providing scholarships and we have seen the results. Six of the students have been the worthy recipients of the trip to America under the “Pathway Project”. While visiting America, the students have spent quality time with several “Friends” and “Friends” share my assessment that these students have done very well learning English at the Copey Learning Center. We continue to be impressed with the proficiency acquired and convinced “our support is making a huge difference”.

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00         Actual: $1,300.00            Deadline: April 9, 2019

The great news continues as we report steady progress towards our EDSS goal ofTracker for EDSS 2.4.19 $2,000.00. I predict this goal will be achieved well ahead of the deadline if the responses continue. I am already impressed with the responses to date. We are currently at 65% of our goal…remarkable! 

We all know very little good happens when there is no leadership or leadership that is not competent leading the way. To progress, to improve, and to sustain the gains being made, there must be leadership equipped to meet the extraordinary challenges of rural education in a very small community with significant economic and cultural issues. This alone I believe sets the Copey Learning Center apart from similar rural communities, especially in Costa Rica and countries with the same issues. Our support provides the Copey Learning Center sustainability and continuity other communities seem not to have and struggle to obtain.  “Again…we are making a huge difference!”.

Alert Notification

I hear about isolated cases where a few donors are having trouble with the Copey Learning Center’s PayPal donation system. I have reported this but I am not sure if there is an explanation or the resources to address some of the trouble. Whenever a donor has reported a problem to me, we have assisted and things have worked out. If you are having any problems with the Copey Learning Center PayPal system, do not be discouraged. Send me a note and we can work out a solution.

Donation Methods

  1. The Copey Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Copey Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDSS”.
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me (Arthur Broady). Once received, your check is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make your check out to Arthur Broady and send to:
    725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336 
    Phone:1-509-783-5897
    Please contact me if either method needs further explanation.

 

“A Grateful Heart…!”

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend…”    By Earl Nightingale 


Marching Forward!

We have outstanding news on our fundraising efforts. Once again “Friends” demonstrates the “giving from the heart” spirit we have come to expect.

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

AGBSF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,200.00     Deadline: February 4, 2019

Last week, our Tracker reported our progress at 20% of the goal. This week our progress jumped upward to 80.0%. Outstanding!

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A couple very generous and devoted donors helped us get beyond the $1,000.00 interim goal and our devoted annual donors are also adding to the cause. 

Now, if you plan to make a donation, please do so soon. And, do not let this very positive report change your plans. Some of our optimism is based on some “promised donations”.

We set our minimum goal at $1,500.00 but all funds exceeding this goal will be used for additional scholarships and other uses for the good at the Copey Learning Center. 

A quick word to those who are praying for our success…“keep praying…it is working”!

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00         Actual: $1,000.00            Deadline: April 9, 2019

Similar to the AGBSF Goal, we experienced a major increase in the financial support for tracker edss.1.28the Executive Director Salary Support fundraiser. Last week, not much had been raised. BUT, we have learned about being confident and patient. We do not panic!

The EDSS fundraiser typically starts slower and with a longer period set to achieve. “Friends” are becoming more understanding and accepting of the importance of competent leadership directing the daily operations of the Copey Learning Center. I am pleased. We are now at the 50% mark of our goal after only a couple of weeks….unprecedented! 

We met this goal last year nearly a month ahead of schedule and we have the potential to break last year’s record at this pace.  Thank You!

Other News To Ponder

Bev, Thank you for the outstanding job consolidating the 2018 “Friends of Copey” Posts. Bev is a genius at this and I am blessed each year with a complete notebook of all the Posts published to be added to all the other notebooks from 2014 to 2017.

Also, I received a large package of “pen pal” letters prepared by the students at Meadow Elementary School in Lehi, Utah. For newcomers, the students at this school collected 400 pounds of school supplies last year for the Copey Learning Center. You can click on the link to get the full story. 

https://friendsofcopey.com/2019/01/21/the-content-of-character

The letters will be sent to the students and I assure you…the Copey students will be surprised and happy. 

Staying Wonderfully Connected!

 

The Content of Character…!

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.   By Helen Keller

This is my sixth anniversary celebrating the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. holiday with you …and you with me. I can think of nothing more personally rewarding than to be involved with others (Friends) who share in so many ways, the essence of Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” message.

MLK Jr. Book

I believe “character” speaks to the nature of our self, the who or what we are. What makes up our character or the content of our charactor serves to distnguish us as unique people. We are far too complicated as people to be defined in total by any lazy and shallow
assumptions…especially by simply the “color of our skin”.

Dr. King looked forward to the day when assumptions about one’s life, dreams, abilities, and potential would demand a true and honest look at one’s character and not merely the color of someone’s skin. The road to that day Dr. King dreamed about has been long and challenging and unfortunately we have not arrived yet. But…it is still worth the effort. ‘Friends of Copey’ is doing its part.

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

AGBSF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $600.00     Deadline: February 4, 2019

After our first week we have made a good start towards reaching our goal. Consistient with prior years, we resemble that old locomotive leaving the train station…slow at first striving to get the momentum needed to reach its destination. Your help is needed!

Executive Director Salary Support

EDSS Goal: $2,000.00 Actual: $00.00 Deadline: April 9, 2019

I was honored to receive this week a letter from the Copey Learning Center Board member Catalina Cortes who wrote on behalf of the members of the Board. This in part is their response to my letter to the Board a few weeks ago indicating our intentions as “Friends of Copey” to continue our support in 2019.

As you can see in the letter, the community and especially the Copey Learning Center Board express a great deal of enthusiasm and have high expectation of making 2019 an even better year than 2018. To meet these challenges, strong day to day leadership is essential to keeping human and physical resources working together and successfully. You can help by supporting the EDSS fund.

 

 

 

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund


“We, ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
-Mother Teresa

Annual Funding Campaigns Begin

We could not foresee back in the fall of 2013 the success and longevity of this effort. When we officially launched the scholarship support in early 2014, our main focus was and continues to be our effort to honor Anne G. Broady’s life and memory by doing something needed and meaningful for kids.

This is a very special day as we officially announce the 6th anniversary of the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (AGBSF) campaign with the goal to raise $1,500.00.

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Since this first campaign, more than 100 Copey kids have received partial tuition support allowing them to attend the Copey Learning Center to develop English communication skills. This tuition support has had positive results. For example, the “Pathway Project” students who have traveled to America since 2016 have benefitted as AGBSF recipients and many “Friends” have personally witnessed the English skills of these students.

Be reminded, the AGBSF does not provide full tuition support because “friends” believe each family “must” also financially invest in their child’s education. And, this is consistent with our belief pertaining to all financial support provided. We are committed to helping those willing to help themselves.

News Flash 

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Our Second Campaign of Support

We are also launching the annual fundraising campaign to supplement the Executive Director’s salary (EDSS). Our goal is $2,000.00.

At the request of the Copey Learning Center’s Board in 2015, “Friends” responded favorably when called upon to help with the addition of the first “paid” staff position, the Executive Director.

“Friends” was convinced the future of the Copey Learning Center was in serious jeopardy without competent leadership devoted daily to the growth and success of the Copey Learning Center. To guide these the students, shown below, towards receiving their certifications demonstrating their successful English course completion, this requires strong and consistent leadership.

Annual Funding Campaigns Begin

Therefore, since 2015 we have supported the very modest annual salary for the Executive Director. Similar to the AGBSF support, this funding helps keep the Copey Learning Center’s doors open and operating successfully while other communities struggle mostly unsuccessfully trying to do the same.

Making Your Donation Is Simple…Really!

If you are planning to support either the AGB Scholarship Fund or the Executive Director’s Salary Support or both…the two methods below have served us well and without any complications.

  1. The Copey Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Copey Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDSS”.
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me (Arthur Broady). Once received, your check is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make your check out to Arthur Broady and send to: 
    725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336  
    Phone:1-509-783-5897 
    Please contact me if either method needs further explanation. 

Sometimes, a “Friend” can make a big difference.

One Life Breathing Easier…!

“To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded”. By Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Friends of Copey” is starting off the new year with both hope and promise. I appreciate the comments received recently pertaining to the scorecards and results of our efforts in 2018. We all have so much to be proud of.

But, we will not rest on our laurels. This is not part of our make-up. In fact, resting at all…is something we are not often accused of. What we have been doing to support the Copey Learning Center has worked as documented in our scorecards and therefore we plan to continue our support to the extent of our ability and resources.

Although retirement is wonderful and the Costa Rican beaches are very enticing to visit, I am going to put on my work clothes, work boots, and work gloves and invite you to help me make 2019 the best year yet.

First Things First…!

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (AGBSF) continues to be a very significant benefit to many of the local Copey students and families unable to financially support the small tuition cost for enrollment. Since 2014, we have raised $1,500.00 or more annually to support about 15 students. We are setting this same funding goal for 2019. The official start date will be on January 14 and needs to be completed by February 4. The Copey Learning Center requires some time to identify eligible students requiring financial assistance prior to start up in early February.

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The Annual Executive Director’s Salary Support (EDSS) fundraiser will also start next week and will run parallel with the AGB Scholarship effort as we have done in the past. Since 2015, we have raised $2,000.00 or more to help supplement the meager annual salary paid to the Executive Director responsible for the necessary leadership and daily operation at the Copey Learning Center. The end date for the salary support is in March.

Specific guidance on ways to make a donation is provided at the bottom of this Post. Please, feel free to start your donations anytime. 

There are no changes to making donations from past practice as shown below. Both fundraisers are essential means of support in order for the Copey Learning Center to have a positive start.

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These funds help assure needy kids will be enrolled, will help provide quality food and shelter for the volunteer teachers, and will help keep competent staff on-hand to accomplish the Copey Learning Center’s mission.

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and the people help make it a country worth visiting and supporting…even many US citizens now live there. But, as you will find elsewhere, people, politics, and poverty together often provide the least fortunate with great limitations and extremely difficult challenges. We offer and provide help!

METHODS of DONATING

If you are planning to support either the AGB Scholarship Fund or the Executive Director’s Salary Support or both…the two methods below have served us well and without any complications.

  1. The Copey Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of their homepage. To make certain the Copey Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDSS”.
  2. The alternate method is to send me your donation. Make the check out to me (Arthur Broady). Once received, your check is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make your check out to Arthur Broady and send to:
    725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336 
    Phone:1-509-783-5897
    Please contact me if either method needs further explanation.

Sometimes, a “Friend” can make a big difference.

New Year’s Eve!

Every tomorrow is an outcome of what I do today, and the beauty of it all is that today is happening all the time.”  By Craig D. Lounsbrough  

“As the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one. May He grant us His grace, His tranquility, and His wisdom!”    By Peggy Toney Horton

Tomorrow is the 1st Blank Page for the 2019 year.

The 2018 year is very close to an end and according to our 2018 scorecards, we did some amazing things over the past twelve months. Now, we will start working on a new year full of events bringing some joy to this wonderful community.

Commitment to the Board

The Copey Learning Center Board of Directors is being sent a formal letter commiting our support for another year. Based on our past year’s performance, there is very strong evidence our level of interest and support for the Copey Learning Center and its mission remains very high. Overall, “Friends of Copey” has added several new “Friends” over the year supporting our work. Thank you for joining us. And, we are also very honored and proud to have our long term supporters who have been involved most of or all of the five years we have been supporting the Copey Learning Center.

In a couple of weeks, we will once again kick off the annual Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund Campaign and the annual Annual Salary Support we provide for the Executive Director’s position. Both campaigns are essential to keeping as many kids as possible enrolled in the Copey Learning Center and to ensure there is strong, competent, and consistent leadership managing the daily operation of the Center. Our support in both of these areas have literally put Copey on the map as a very unique and successful, grass-roots educational center.

It is Most Noteworthy!

It has been said several times and it is extremely noteworthy to keep in mind really how difficult it is for a small rural community with extremely limited family revenue sources to enroll their kids in the Copey Learning Center. And, understand how difficult it is for a community of these same families to sustain a 10 month long educational program year after year. In fact, to accomplish this is nearly impossible without outside and continuous support as provided by “Friends of Copey”. And, the “Friends” method that is applied to provide this support is equally extraordinary.

Let us get ready! Similar to all prior years, we can just bet some unbelievable events will help mark the great success we can look forward to in 2019. I hope you will continue to be supportive and truly “making a difference”!

  Happy New Year!