Monday, May 31, 2010

Franklin County Education Foundation hold first ever student, teacher awards banquet

Dr. Lois Mendez Catlin

Over two-hundred Franklin County residents showed up for the first ever Students Teachers Administrators Rewards (STARs) banquet held at the Franklin County School cafeteria in Eastpoint, Saturday afternoon May 29.

The banquet hosted by the newly organized Franklin County Education Foundation (FCEF) and Youth Advisory Council (YAC), both of which are under the auspices of Dr. Lois Mendez Catlin of St. George Island were held to recognize and honor teachers, students, and support staff alike for their contribution to the education of Franklin County children.

Catlin presented awards to several Franklin County School teachers in the form of mini-grants ranging from $100 - $500, who had applied earlier for the grants.

The stated purposes of the grants are to provide support and reward teachers, from both the Franklin County School and the Apalachicola Bay Charter School, for their creative and interactive approaches to engaging Franklin County students in the learning process.

The program also recognized and awarded certificates and mini-grants to Franklin County K-12 students who achieved exceptional grade point averages.

The foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of educators, businesses, and community leaders, and concerned citizens whose main purpose is to provide supplementary support to enrich the public education system.

The group uses fundraisers and donations to fund the services they provide to the schools that directly address the needs of both students and teachers to ensure the academic excellence of Franklin County students.

Photos by Gail D. Johnson