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!

 

“The Heart…Homeplace for Love!

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Author Unknown

The Utah Express

John Steinbeck once wrote “that people don’t take trips but trips take people” and this could be true for the Utah folks. Passports are in hand and it looks like the Utah travelers are getting packed up.  Only about four weeks before take off and we all are busy working on the travel itinerary. Passport.3 Some exciting events are being planned to welcome, entertain, and inform the guests. I personally regret not being able to join them to share the experience of delivering boxes of school supplies and materials. Also, I will miss seeing the magic that somehow takes place in this little part of the world. However, I will be at my command post making certain each “Friend” stays informed and aware of the Utah visit to Copey.

The “Pathway Project 2018”

Today, we learned that a second Emory & Henry College student is planning to travel to Copey to work as a volunteer this Spring. I only have their names at this time. It is a wonderful feeling to know the “Pathway Project” attracts students going in both directions as it was intended. More details on these students will follow soon.brian-and-lourdes-2.jpg

Within weeks, Lourdes and Brian, Copey students selected for the “Pathway Project 2018” to travel to America, will begin their classwork and other preparations for their travel in June. Pathway student Lourdes recently wrote in her application:

“My name is María Lourdes Monge Rodríguez.  I was born on March 12th,2001.  I am in 11°grade.  I have been a student at CLC for 8 years.

Not many people have this opportunity of travel to USA and learn English, I am very lucky because I can learn English with North American teachers, and  this opportunity to go to Emory . If I can go to USA I want to make the things the best I can, represent my country, learn and mainly enjoy this opportunity.

When I return to Costa Rica I can share my experience with all the students of Copey Learning Center to motivate them to participate to obtain this scholarship. In Costa Rica I can teach and help children in English, be a volunteer and a good leader.”

Final Note

Once again, “Friends of Copey” extends our heartfelt condolences to those families and friends who recently lost loved ones caused by another senseless killing. This deeply saddens us as we devote much of our time and resources to help improve the lives of young students. So much is lost and gone in nearly a blink of an eye…for reasons no one can justify.

There are times when I am mesmerized by the photo of the Copey Learning Center. Its color scheme and simplicity says so much. But, the center lacks many of the amenities and advantages our US schools typically provide students. The school in Florida where so much death and destruction took place has its lovely campus and the beautiful neighborhood surrounding the school. The enviable weather and the spirit of Valentine’s Day filling the air, just all seemed near perfect.zzzstudents cleaning up

In comparison, the Copey Learning Center would be a condemned facility or considered far too ill-suited and substandard to house students for education purposes if it were located in America.

So, I am reminded of the line in that song from long ago…“a house is not home”. In Copey, the house…the Copey Learning Center is a home where all the people know each other, care for each other, and want the best for each other. With the words Copey Learning Center written above the door [probably by a student], with its electrical and plumbing issues, no real amenities, and many more shortcomings, the place really is looking more like paradise lately.

Let’s pray that righteous hearts and minds will prevail in search of honest and meaningful solutions. Kids should not be less safe at school than they are at a ball game or flying to go see grandma. We are much better than this.

Can I get an Amen?

 

A Child’s Smile…!

“There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.”    by  Erik Erikson

The ED Salary Support Campaign

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $2,600.00        Deadline: Achieved

“VICTORY”…how sweet it is!  “Friends”…everyone take a bow and accept the thanks and appreciation for a job done exceptionally well.  This week we officially declare the ED Salary Support Campaign complete and successful.Good News

How sweet is this? “Friends” involved in 2015 may recall that it required a huge local “parking lot” sale in April to get us across the finish line. In 2016, there was a “yard sale” in July that provided the small amount of funds needed to reach our goal. Then, last year we completed our fundraising efforts at the end of February. Declaring victory today makes this even more astounding than last year.

Meadow Elementary School

My instincts told me when “Friends of Copey” first began that kids from places outside of Copey would be a key element associated with this venture. Pen Pal opportunities were considered an excellent way to facilitate awareness and meaningful connections between students at the Learning Center and students attending American schools.

We have had several Pen Pal connections over the four years and each one provided special opportunities for students to learn. Then, with the success of the “Pathway Project”, we have possibly established the ultimate educational form of student to student connection. Copey students traveling to America and interacting with US students a couple of weeks each summer provides extraordinary and mutually beneficial opportunities for learning and discovery.

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Meadow Elementary Students

You have read about Meadow Elementary School in Utah and you know the students collected boxes and boxes of school supplies and materials to donate to the Copey Learning Center. And, you know a team of school representatives (four total) will travel to Copey to personally deliver the supplies.

In hindsight, it was a simple invitation to set up a “Pen Pal” connection with the Meadow Elementary School and the Copey Learning Center which started all this. As often the case, educators quickly see how contact with students from other countries can offer meaningful educational experiences. With the availability of Skype service, students can meet and share time with others from a different culture, different geography, and a different language.

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Meadow Elementary Students

The team heading to Copey will meet the current volunteer teachers working at the Learning Center along with the staff and local community volunteers. All devoted to making a difference in the lives of kids in their community. The team also plans to spend some time volunteering and sharing some of their expertise to help the cause. The Copey community is fully aware of the team’s arrival and be certain the team will return to Utah with lasting memories.

Following the trip to Copey, I expect we will continue with the original plan to establish a “Pen Pal” relationship. I ask all the teachers and staff at Meadow Elementary School, parents, and students to closely follow these events over the next several months. All are welcomed to join “Friends of Copey”…requiring nothing more than a desire to help a community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the kids in their community.

I hope other schools will recognize the value and the potential educational benefits this can provide. I am always willing to help.

 

 

The Amen Corner…!

“Let us be eager to leave what is familiar for what is true.”  by  Francis Chan

There were several “Amens” registered by “Friends” following the last Post. It is very refreshing to get a response to a Post, especially from the “Amen Corner”. Each week, there are good reasons to shout “Amen”. Here are a few for this week!

The Scholarship Campaign   

Anne G. Broady SF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,825.00     Deadline: Achieved

Our recent focus has been mostly on the two key annual fundraisers and we are happy to officially announce again the goal for the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund has been achieved on schedule. The responses exceeded our expectations and the Learning Center is lining up the scholarship recipients now. We expect to officially announce the achievement of the second fundraiser, the Executive Director’s Salary Support within the next couple weeks…also ahead of schedule.

Meadow Elementary School Update

tamariePlans for the Meadow Elementary School representatives’ visitation to the Copey Learning Center in March continue. Principal Carolyn Johnson and Tamarie McMullin are getting ready to personally deliver school supplies and material being collected by their students.

While at the Learning Center, they plan to stay a couple of days and do volunteer work, not just drop off supplies. They will meet members of the Board of Trustees, other community supporters, and volunteer teachers at work. Certainly, they will meet many students including both Fabriana and Mariana.

Fabriana and Mariana are coming stars who graduated from the Copey Learning Center in November. Both are exceptional students with a very good command of the English language. When they are older, they will be ideal candidates for the “Pathway Project”. Below are selected sections of their speeches presented the night of their graduation.

Graduation Speeches in 2017

“Copey Learning Center is my second home. When I started 8 yeas ago, I did not have any idea about how English could help me in the future. This is the best decisión my parents have made for me. English also helps me to read, write and speak I also listen to different accents, I have learned to share with teachers and friends.

I saw the movie “Hidden Figures”. In this movie there was a very important woman named Katherine Johnson. I realized it does not matter what color you are, but how you use your knowledge.”  by Fabriana (exerpt)         

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Fabriana, Ana Yancy, and Mariana

 I’m a sixth grade student and today is one of the best days of my life, maybe for you today is another graduation but I’m so glad to have you here.  Enrolling me into the CLC was one of the best decisions my parents made since I was born because it opens many doors for me now and also in the future, a plus in my education, a place to have fun, learn values and opportunities. I can’t imagine my life without English. It will be a life with not many advantages for a better way of life.”  by Mariana  (exerpt) 

 

 

Pathway Project 2018

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Ana Yancy, Dahiana, Jane, Lourdes, Brian, and Arthur

Principal Johnson and Tamarie will also meet Brian and Lourdes, the “Pathway Project 2018” students preparing to come to America in June.

Ana Yancy and  Dahiana will accompany the students. Brian will be our very first male student to participate. We are excited about his participation and hope he will be a major inspiration for other male students to excel in their English studies while attending the Learning Center.

 

The Copey Learning Center Officially Opens for Business on Monday!

Amen!

 

 

Just Say Amen..!

“If you said [Amen] on Sunday…you must walk in [Faith] on Monday!”                                    Author Unknown

We have had our string of continuous “good news” during January and this final Post for this month will not be an exception. “Good News” keeps on coming!

The Scholarship Campaign   (Achieved)

Anne G. Broady SF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,750.00     Deadline: January 26, 2018

Our goal has been achieved! In fact, we have some extra funds to work with. The Learning Center is busy selecting the scholarship recipients for 2018.

The ED Salary Support Campaign

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $1,900.00        Deadline: April 9, 2018

BIG News! Today, we are reporting our ED Salary Support is very close to being achieved as well. The funds reported today reflect what has been received to date and a portion of what we are certain is on the way. We predict this will be officially achieved in the next few days.

This is really BIG News because we are more than two months ahead of schedule. Translated…”Friends” has responded with donations sooner and with greater generosity than in previous years. BalloonsThank You…!

Meadow Elementary School Update

Some “Friends” commented on last week’s Post about our new partners, the Meadow Elementary School in Lehi, Utah. The comments were very positive and I assure everyone that “Friends” is capable of being partners with others anywhere in the world.  Meadow-Elementary

The school is busy gathering school supplies for the Learning Center. We do not know at this hour how much supplies will be donated but any amount is useful and certainly appreciated.

Remember…this is a month of “Good News!”

Some “Friends” may ask about our plans for delivering the supplies to Copey? Granted…it is a major challenge to ship supplies to Copey. BUT…Meadow Elementary School has the answer.

The school’s Principal, Carolyn Johnson along with Tamarie McMullin, plan to deliver

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Carolyn Johnson, Leadership in Action

the school supplies in person. Yes…! They are working on their passports now and making arrangements to travel to Costa Rica in March for the purpose of delivering the goods and spending time volunteering at the Learning Center.

They will be the third source of USA educational representatives (“Friends”) to journey to the Learning Center…our “Friends” Jane and Hailey Tibbett being the first professionals. Of course, we have had three college students who have also traveled to Copey to volunteer.

We delight in others seeing first-hand the Learning Center at work and even volunteering some of their time. “Friends” has many followers who are both active and retired educational professionals around this country and all are invited to visit Copey.

The Copey community has been informed of their future visitors and are getting the red carpet ready to be rolled out again.

Keep following the upcoming Posts as I continue to report on this astounding story. If for some reason you still doubt “divine intervention”, please call me.

Final Words…!

There is more “good news” developing and February promises to be another month worth watching. The Learning Center opens in a few days and we will be off running for another unbelievable school year. The next Post will probably be issued later this week prior to me departing town for a few days.

Can I get an AMEN?

 

A Heart Needs a Friend…!

“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”    By Henry David Thoreau

The year of 2018 is already on record as being the most exciting and enthusiastic January start since we began “Friends of Copey” in late 2013.

Consider, our fundraising campaigns are producing results well ahead of schedule as we are moving closer to our goals. For example, three years ago we initiated our funding support for the Executive Director’s salary and it required three months and a large “parking lot sale” before the goal was reached. We are on track to have this goal reached in February. Amazing progress and I extend my heartfelt thanks!

The Scholarship Campaign   

Anne G. Broady SF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,325.00     Deadline: January 26, 2018

No doubt, this goal will be reached by the end of this week on schedule. Several donors have reported their intentions to make a donation and we trust this will happen soon. Keep in mind, the goal is the minimum we request and if we overshoot the goal, the extra funds will still be utilized to help additional students in need.

The ED Salary Support Campaign

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $1,200.00        Deadline: April 9, 2018

Mentioned earlier, we are tracking to achieve this goal much earlier than the deadline. Very reassuring to know “Friends” are recognizing with their donations the value and importance of having a strong leader/manager responsible for the daily operation of the Learning Center.

Guidelines for Making a Donation Included Below.

More Exciting News

How many “Friends” know or heard of Lehi, Utah? I had never heard of the town and certainly not aware of Meadow Elementary School. But, this has all changed.

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Meadow Elementary School

Always be kind to those seated next to you on airplanes. Never know whom you may meet.

Long time “Friends” and followers of this Post may recall my stories about Makayla Hilt in April 2016 and then Dallas Gillison in November 2016. Both were Emory & Henry College students I met at different times on flights from Atlanta to Tri-Cities, Tennessee. It was a joy to spend time with these students and hear how positive they were about their experiences as students. They both made the time unforgettable and furthered my sense of pride for the college. Flying can be very productive and can bring together people with much to share. Purely coincidental…or “divine intervention”?   

Now, while traveling last October to Tri-Cities, Tennessee, I was seated next to Tamarie on the flight from Salt Lake to Atlanta. She was one of several staff and faculty members from Meadow Elementary School on-board heading to Atlanta to attend a conference. We spoke about the movie “Hidden Figures” and I learned her school was very familiar with Aunt Katherine’s story and about NASA. Meadows elementary 2Meadow Elementary School Principal, Carolyn Johnson had encouraged staff to see the movie.

Tamarie and I later moved on to discussing “Friends of Copey” and the Copey Learning Center. By the time we reached Atlanta, we agreed to look into “Friends” and the possibility of beginning a “Pen Pal” relationship with the school. Much more has happened since.

Last week, Meadow Elementary School kicked-off a project to collect school supplies and materials for the Copey Learning Center.

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Unity Assembly at Meadow Elementary School

Tamarie reported Meadow Elementary School has a “House System” where all students are members of one of several houses.  These houses represent values including courage, respect, friendship, integrity, loyalty, tenacity, responsibility, and strength. Every month, they assemble as a school, bringing all of the houses together in unity.

The value this month is “responsibility”.  The students are learning they have the responsibility to help themselves and those around them. “Friends” will continue to report over the next several weeks on the progress of the collection of school supplies and other stories relating to this developing relationship. We are anticipating more exciting news from Meadow Elementary School to share next week. It may involve their PTA President!

Tri-Cities Industry Kiwanis of Richland, Washington

One more event of extreme significance is the recent approval from my Kiwanis Club toPartnership slide. 1 assist us in this year’s “Pathway Project”. As last year, TCI Kiwanis provided excellent accounting support for the project allowing for the complete and accurate fiscal management of the revenue and expenditures associated with the “Pathway Project”. I thank all of my TCI Kiwanis supporters for agreeing to continue this unique partnership with “Friends”, E&H College, and the Copey Learning Center. Soon, we will start highlighting the students who have been selected to travel in June.

Donation Guidelines

To make a donation in any amount you desire to the AGB Scholarship Fund or the ED Position or both…we have the same two methods of payment as in the previous years:

  1. The Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access their PayPal system by clicking on…http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Locate the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. To make certain the Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDF” (Executive Director Fund).
  2. The alternate method available is by sending your donation directly to me by check. MAKE the check out to me, Arthur T. Broady and not to “Friends of Copey”…PLEASE! There is no local “Friends of Copey” bank account. Once received, I will then deposit the funds into my account and pay the Learning Center directly using the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. Your name as the donor is entered and is designated where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I then send to you as “proof” or “confirmation” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Send your check/donation to:

Arthur T. Broady, 725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336   or                           Phone: 1-509-783-5897 if you have questions.

 

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”  By Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

I am observing the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. holiday and soon, on April 4th, we will observe the 50th Anniversary of MLK, Jr’s. assassination. Certainly, many “Friends” of this Blog recall the times we lived in during the 60’s and before and we remember with clarity the first news of Dr. King’s assassination. For me, the day, time, and place where I heard the news remains as familiar as my memory of President Kennedy’s assassination.

What I knew and understood about Dr. King on April 4th, 1968, was very little in comparison to my knowledge and understanding today. Not only has my knowledge grown, but my recognition of the ways my life improved has grown. After 50 years, I continue to pay honor to his life and his conviction to change our country for the better. Many will be reminded today about some of Dr. King’s achievements, but I suggest we consider a more deliberate and more current approach to honoring Dr. King. MLK Jr. Book

I recommend reading a book titled “What Would Martin Say?” co-authored by Clarence Jones and Joel Engel. Clarence Jones was Dr. King’s personal lawyer and one of his closest advisers, a confidant and friend. After 40 years of silence, Jones shares what he believes based on their relationship, would be Dr. King’s position on various current issues confronting us over the past decade. Reading this book may reveal that some or many of our current day beliefs about Dr. King may not be consistent to what he stood for and eventually died for. I contend that should we determine Dr. King is worthy of honor, then we should honor Dr. King for whom he was and what he truly stood for. For example; do we believe Dr. King would still proclaim today we should judge each other on the content of character vs. the color of our skin? Do we honor those words today spoken by Dr. King 50 years ago? Thanks Martin!

The Scholarship Campaign   

Anne G. Broady SF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,000.00     Deadline: January 26, 2018

We are doing exceptionally well after one week of raising funds for the AGB Scholarships. To date, we have moved upward to 66% of our goal. If you have not yet made a donation, Jane studentsthen hopefully you will find the cause worthy. All sizes of donations are appreciated.

We reached our goal before the deadline last year and we are on pace to do so again. There are some really amazing “Friends” who support this. Thank you.

The ED Salary Support Campaign

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $700.00        Deadline: April 9, 2018

We are also showing good progress with the ED Salary support after the first week. We continue to encourage consideration for this specific area because we know having strong leadership guiding the team is the glue that keeps us moving successfully forward with our plans for 2018. The deadline we have set is longer and we are very optimistic.

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ED Ana Yancy with Daughter

As you know, this is the “only paid position” at the Copey Learning Center and money well spent. Our funds supplement about 50% of the total annual salary provided by the Learning Center’s Board of Directors for the ED position. Ana Yancy is entering her third year in this position.

 

Methods for Donating! 

Click on the link below for specific directions for donating. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly. Any amount donated is considered important and greatly appreciated by me and certainly by the moms and dads of some really neat kids.

https://friendsofcopey.com/2018/01/08/kick-off-2018/

If this is your first time experiencing our annual fundraising campaign, you can look back at the previous years during the January months for more information. And, the methods available for donating have remained the same as well.

Looking Ahead!

Not only are there two fundraising events underway, several other activities are in the making in support of the Copey Learning Center. Look forward to next week’s Post to see the news about a Utah Elementary School’s efforts to gather school supplies for the Learning Center. Also, soon I will recognize a very special “Friend” who is busy behind the scenes doing some very unusual work. And, I plan to share parts of the speeches two Copey Learning Center graduates gave during the 2017 Graduation we attended in November.

Dr. King said….”“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

Stay Connected….! 2018 is Rolling!

 

Kick-Off 2018…!

 “Kick-Off” for the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund Campaign

Originally, the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (AGBSF) was the avenue for our family and close friends to honor the memory of my mother and her legacy for caring about others. It was October 2013 when “Friends” was first conceived. Later in December 2013 the first “Friends of Copey” Post went out to 17 family members and friends. On January 2, 2014, as Co-Chairs, Dr. Church and I officially announced the start-up campaign for the AGBSF.  Scholarship funds raised our first year was enough to support about 20 students.

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Anne G. Broady

Today, the AGBSF continues with the same purpose although the majority of current supporters never knew Mom. The recent “Financial Scorecard” clearly shows the level of interest, the dedication, and financial support has remained steady and consistent. This year, the total number of AGBSF recipients supported since beginning in 2014 may reach 100.

Some donors have already started turning in their support for the AGBSF and we are close to 50% of our goal as we kick off this campaign. The campaign deadline is set to allow sufficient time to determine the scholarship recipients and have them confirmed and ready to start school on February 1, 2018.

Anne G. Broady SF      Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $700.00     Deadline: January 26, 2018

“Kick-Off” for the Executive Director Salary Support

In 2015, the Copey Learning Center ask “Friends” to partner with them to support the salary for an Executive Director (ED) for the Center. Prior to this, the Copey Learning Center depended solely on volunteers (mostly volunteer teachers from outside the country serving both short and long-term) as leaders of the Center. As a result, the future growth and continuation of the Learning Center was uncertain and failure was a strong concern.

Graduation 7 Ana Presentation
Ana Yancy receives “Distinguished Leadership Award”

“Friends” agreed to be a partner and raised funds to support the salary of a competent and experienced leader to manage the day-to-day operations and provide leadership in building the future of the Learning Center. Our financial support has been significant and successful. Angela was the first ED in 2015 and was followed by Ana Yancy in 2016. Ana Yancy is ready to start her third year as the ED with a wealth of experience to move the Learning Center forward as a strong and viable educational resource for the community and growing to surrounding areas. The fundraising goal represents an estimated 45-50% of the annual salary paid to the ED.

I strongly urge “Friends” to regard this support as essential as the scholarship funds. This is our “best” way to help protect the educational investments we are making with the AGBSF. The quality of education our scholarship recipients and the other students receive is determined by the availability and quality of the leadership responsible each day.

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $400.00        Deadline: April 9, 2018

Methods for Donating have not changed. See the following:

DONATION METHODS

To make a donation in any amount you desire to the AGB Scholarship Fund or the ED Position or both…we have the same two methods of payment as in the previous years:

  1. The Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access their PayPal system by clicking on…http://copeylearningcenter.org/. Locate the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. To make certain the Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDF” (Executive Director Fund).
  2. The alternate method available is by sending your donation directly to me by check. MAKE the check out to me, Arthur T. Broady and not to “Friends of Copey”…PLEASE! There is no local “Friends of Copey” bank account. Once received, I will then deposit the funds into my account and pay the Learning Center directly using the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. Your name as the donor is entered and is designated where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I then send to you as “proof” or “confirmation” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Send your check/donation to:

Arthur T. Broady, 725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336   or                           Phone: 1-509-783-5897 if you have questions.

Closing Comments

In 2018 there are plans to continue doing what we seem to do best…”Be Friends!” I believe this is a very interesting time in our partnership history with the Learning Center. We all are more experienced and we have strengthened our partnership with the Learning Center having met the Learning Center Board of Trustees and the Copey community during our attendance at the 2017 graduation. Our hopes and expectations are greater than ever.

I know praying works! I know positive minded folks produce positive results. And, I know there is a supportive team of donors who support our financial needs when called upon. “Friends” is blessed with having many folks doing all three forms of support. I know this only works when all supporters work together…and proudly consider each one as “Friends”.  Thank You All!