“We know there’s a risk with changing it that we might not be quite as successful right away, but we want everyone to feel invited to come.”
DeWeese said the things the AEF does to help and the requests they get vary.
“We tend to get a lot of requests for software and software licensing,” she said. “The technology is up to date, but the instructional programs are constantly changing. You need to be able to pay for the software. We partnered with the high school because there’s a reading remediation program for students not reading at the high school level, and it’s called Read 180.
“But the software alone, the initial investment was $36,000. We paid $18,000 and we’ve continued to pay the $3,000 a year licensing fees so that software continues to remain available in subsequent years. If you want to encourage reading, you want kids to be reading chapter books at their age level. So we funded grants that were just for chapter books.”
Tickets to the Black and Gold Gala must be purchased in advance. They are available at the Avon Administration Center, 7203 E. U.S. 36, or online at avoneducationfoundation.org.
For more information, e-mail DeWeese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just the facts
WHAT: AEF Black and Gold Gala
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. April 20
WHERE: Serendipity at Metropolis