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July 11, 2013

Students learn value of AEF, make video

AVON — Many Avon High School students passed through the halls of school never knowing from where some programs they depended heavily on were coming.

But after meeting with Pam DeWeese, executive director of the Avon Education Foundation, they had a full battery of impacting stories to make a video supporting the young foundation.

“Pam DeWeese came to our marketing class and asked if we could prepare a video for the AEF since it was fairly new,” said Maddie Willis, a recently graduated senior who helped make the video with a few broadcasting students. “I never knew what it did before this. What I really wanted to do with the video was get the word out about what it is, because it does some great things for younger generations, especially in elementary schools like buying books. We wanted to make sure the kids going through the high school in the future knew who to thank.”

Part of the video, which will be shown at future AEF Black and Gold Gala events, encompassed the Evening of Excellence, one where the top 25 AHS seniors are honored with influential teachers.

“The top 25 seniors with the highest grade point averages, and we went to Serendipity and had dinner, plus got to bring two teachers with us to say ‘thank you’ to them and had plaques for them,” said recent graduate Lauren Arnold, who was at the event.

Arnold said that she never knew going into the project how much the AEF does in relation to the heavy funding problems schools have faced across the county.

“With all of the budget cuts, (the AEF) has definitely helped out,” she expounded, “so things that weren’t that weren’t able to be funded are. It touches every school, every grade level.”

Arnold said that most never understand how important programs like freshman orientation are, and that is one that would have been cut if not for the AEF.

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