Be a Model …For the Good!

“I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.”                                                                                 by Denise Morrison

Get Ready…Get Set…Go!

The “2019 Pathway Project” actually begins in a couple of weeks when two Emory & Henry College (EHC) students travel to Copey to spend about 5 weeks volunteering as teachers at the Copey Learning Center. Both Madeline Griffin and Megan Mitten will join the list of five EHC students who have previously volunteered at the Copey Learning Center since 2016. As with the previous students, Madeline and Megan are extraordinary students devoted to “making a difference”.

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Madeline Griffin

This week, I am introducing you to Madeline Griffin. She is from Knoxville and in her second year with a double major in International Studies and Spanish. She is in the Honors Program and active in the choir, a peer mentor, and involved in the college’s outdoor program. Madeline even works as a student at the McGlothlin Center of the Arts. Additional information will follow as we track Madeline during her time in Copey.

Next week, I will provide similar information about Megan, our second EHC student who is also packing her bags for Copey.

One of the “2018 Pathway Project” volunteer students from EHC wasemory 43 a key presenter on campus last week. Kara Stewart, (pictured on the far left) provided an excellent accounting of her volunteer experience in Copey.

I am trying to get a copy of Kara’s presentation to share with “Friends”.  Stand By!

Kara has reported plans to travel to Ireland this summer to participate in another international study opportunity. She was part of the host brigade during the Copey students’ visit to EHC last June.

2019 Pathway Project

The Goal  $6,500.00         Actual Income=$1,472.00        Deadline:  May 31st, 2019

Officially on May 1, 2019 we will initiate our fourth year for raising travel funds for the Copey Learning Center students and adult chaperones traveling to America. Our guests (students and chaperones) will travel from Costa Rica to Washington, DC on June 10th. Then, on June 12th they will travel to E&H College for the balance of their two-week stay which will include attendance at the annual Young Scholars and Leadership Program held on campus.

Nearly two-thirds of the funds alone will cover ground and air travel expenses for four guests. Other costs include hotel expenses, meals, and some incidental costs. Each week during the campaign, Pathway 2019.1updates on our progress towards our goal will be provided. Any excess funds will be carried over to next year. Fortunately, we carried over $272.00 from 2018 and have received early donations bringing our total to $1,472.00 to help kick off our 2019 campaign.

Again, I invite “Friends” from all over the country to support this outstanding partnership effort being undertaken by EH College, the Copey Learning Center and the Copey community, Kiwanis of Tri-Cities Industry in Washington state, and of course “Friends of Copey”.

I am issuing a very special invitation to my “Friends” with EH College affiliation or connections. For those of us with the EH College connection/graduates, this is such a unique opportunity to help students in ways many of us were helped years ago by those concerned enough about our education. Should you feel moved to financially support this project, below are the guidelines to follow:

Make your donation by preparing your check to TCI-Kiwanis Foundation and include in the memo section: “Pathway Proj.FOC”. Then, please mail the check to the address below not later than May 31, 2019.

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Please do not make the check to “Friends of Copey” or to me.  And please do not submit directly to the CLC PayPal. All funds MUST go into the TCI Kiwanis Foundation account to be recorded. TCI Kiwanis Foundation receives/pays and audits all the income and expenses. The account is managed by the TCI Kiwanis Club Foundation’s Treasurer, Ms. Julie Meek. The Foundation has 501c3 status and each donor will receive a confirmation letter and tax verification. Thanks in Advance!

A special “Friends Reception” near the EHC campus is planned for June 14th. All “Friends” are invited to join us, meet our guests, learn about Copey, and enjoy some great food and drink. Mark your calendar and help welcome these guests to EHC.

“All Praises Be To Thee…”

“In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it.”                                          By Alex Haley

Happy Easter and Holy Week!

It was decided to take a week off since the Copey Learning Center was on vacation in recognition of their version of Easter Week…! Also, it was an extremely busy week for me being involved in other projects I am engaged in.

2019 Pathway Project

Back to business today and we are now on the front end of the next major events planned for both May and June. zzzEmory image 5

First, in a couple of weeks there will be two more Emory & Henry students heading to Copey. These two students will follow the previous five students who began volunteering in Copey in 2016 when we began the “Pathway Project”. I plan to share more information about our current students in upcoming Posts.

Also, we continue to work out the issues with our Copey students heading to America in June. Getting visas approved for students has become a little more complicated than in the past. We hope to have this all resolved very soon. Next week, we will kick off the annual “2019 Pathway Project” fundraising effort needed to cover the travel expenses for the Copey students and chaperones.

“The Quido A. & Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation Grant” Delivered…!

We are again thankful and appreciative for the recent grant funds provided by the Binda zzzKiwanisFoundation from Battle Creek, Michigan. Also, we thank the Tri-City Kiwanis Club for their support. The funds have been received and passed on to the Copey Learning Center. Next week, we expect to learn more about the students who will be awarded scholarships made possible by this grant.

Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund Recipients for 2019

We are continuing to highlight  the scholarship recipients to show all “Friends” the results of the AGB Scholarship Fund support we receive. There are eighteen recipients total.    Recipient AGB.2Recipient AGB

The grant from the Binda Foundation will add another five recipients to Copey Learning Center rolls very soon. Needless to say…the more students attending the Copey Learning Center…the better. 

 

Video Production…!

Recently, the Copey Learning Center received their final copy of the YouTube video about the work at the Copey Learning Center. This video is mostly in Spanish and will not be a problem for the “Friends” fluent in Spanish. However, for others it will be a challenge.

We have three students featured in this video who have been past “Pathway Project” recipients. Celeste, Ariana, and Brian all have been to America with your help. Mariana, also featured, is one of the “2019 Pathway Project” students scheduled to travel in June. Seidy is the founder of the Copey Learning Center and also scheduled to travel to America in June. We plan to show this video during the planned reception when we host the Copey students and chaperones. Plan to join us in southwest Virginia on June 14, 2019.

 

“Spark a Chain Reaction…!”

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”                                                        By Wade Boggs

Good News Breaking…!

Recently, due to a wonderful friend connection, we received an invitation to apply for a grant to use for additional scholarships at the Copey Learning Center. This invitation required Kiwanis and “Friends of Copey” to work as partners. The grant was approved and an additional $500.00 will be donated to the Copey Learning Center with the official donor…“The Quido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation” based in Battle Creek, Michigan.Partnership.2

We continue to demonstrate how significant partnerships can be if we want to accomplish important goals. Working successfully together produces consistent benefits to the students in Copey. We will keep you informed on the results of these additional funds providing more students opportunities to enroll into the Copey Learning Center.

More Anne G. Broady Scholarship Recipients!

During the 2019 Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund campaign, we continued to see positive responses in support of this part of our effort. The average size of the donation in 2019 was $164.00 spread among 11 donors. Of course the average changes each year as well as the names and number of donors. There are donors who contribute each year and there are other donors who are first-time contributors. All donors are welcomed…all are appreciated!  Recipient.3

Therefore, sharing these photos with all “Friends” is truly a meaningful gesture to demonstrate what can be done outside the lines when “Friends” and partners work together.

It it important to note that this 2019 campaign is our sixth campaign and we have met or exceeded our goal every year.

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Our support has provided more than 100 scholarships over the six years and we know “what we do as “Friends” has a real impact on the lives of Copey kids today…and has a potentially enormous impact on the future lives of these kids!”Recipient.4

 

Dayana Rivera Serrano (shown left) is one of the two Copey Learning Center students scheduled to participate in the 2019 Pathway Project. We are looking forward to Dayana traveling to America and spending a couple of weeks with us.

We are gearing up to lauch the 2019 Pathway Project and foresee this year being the very best of all so far. We are expecting the “Founder’ of the Copey Learning Center, Seidy Ridriquez, to be among the visiting guests and we also understand there will be a recently produced video focused totally on the history and success of the Copey Learning Center. This will be one of the featured presentations during the annual “Reception” scheduled for June 14. All “Friends” in the southwest Virginia area are called on to attend. You alone can cause a “chain reaction”!