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.

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.

Meadows Elementary 1.JPG
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.


Leave a Reply