For reasons covered in this site, 21st Century education demands a new kind of financial assistance for public schools. The need stretches from K to 12. It involves students, teachers and leaders. It impacts the progress of our home town, and it is newly magnified by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Thank you for investing time to explore. It is an eye opening story and supporters of Union City education have a gratifying personal opportunity to make a MAJOR difference for students, school and home town.
For over 60 years, supporters of education have provided scholarships for college-bound students. The goal is worthy. There is tremendous satisfaction in helping young people launch toward success.
We will continue that tradition, but encourage careful consideration of a balanced view of education support. Donated scholarship dollars are spent at college campasses, not in our school buildings. It worked in the stable teaching environment of the 20th Century. Here's a down-home description of that era, pretty close to the mindset.
Learn basics of readin', writin' and 'rithmetic in high school
Learn the fancy technical stuff, if you need any of it, in college.
(The initial inquiry form (scroll south on this page) is available at multiple points in this website. Complete and we'll talk!)
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Here's a 21 Century picture worth a thousand words.
Today's students need to be learning the fancy technical stuff NOW, K-12. If they don't they will be at tremendous disadvantage in the workplace or at the next level of education.
The reasons for this changed reality are covered in this site. Scroll south for a helpful video. But here's the bottom line:
School funding has not kept up with the cost of rapidly evolving technology. Our school and our individual students need help in maintaining the excellence that assures we are competitive with larger schools in preparing our kids for 21st Century reality:
We invite discussion of your interests, goals and specific participation possibilities, A one-to-one is the best possible way to dial into an understanding of the realities and the ways to help.
Most small town schools have a PTO, an Alumni Association or both. The fund-raising methods are typically bake sales, silent auctions, concession-stand sales. The impact is helpful but relatively minor: examples sports uniforms, library books, teacher appreciation gifts.
When we energized the Union City Alumni Association, originally by enlisting support from the nationwide alumni membership, we began a process that took us to 501(c)(3) status and awareness of the possibility of major dollars and major impact.
The Union City Education Foundation is the result of this process, standing ready to receive and manage sizable donations and working closely with the school to anticipate and support major initiatives.
Scholarships are sometimes endowed, sometimes multi-year creating the appeal of donor recognition over a long period. In-school initiatives are often shorter term, and the time-frame of investment is not a valid indicator of value to education.
Our LEGACY DONOR WALL STRATEGY
makes recognition "eternal" for qualifying participation.
At this writing in July 2020, neither the short-term nor long-term impact is clear. In all likelihood changes lie ahead that will involve program development, staffing, teaching methods and related infrastructure. This crisis illustrates with painful clarity the value of foundation dollars that are available to meet evolving educational needs. IMMEDIATE DONATION OPPORTUNITY
Five Minutes Well Spent: Eye-Opening Perspective