Taylor School District’s Foundation for Educational Excellence held its annual
appreciation breakfast at the “Chopping Block” restaurant, which is part of the
district’s culinary arts program.
Nelson, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, MC’d the affair, which culminates in
awards to the Foundation’s top donors each year. The Foundation is a non-profit
organization that raises funds for scholarships and other endeavors in support
of the Taylor School District.
of the Foundation’s biggest campaigns each year ends with graduating seniors
awarded scholarships to the school of their choice. Traditionally, that meant
Kennedy and Truman high schools. Moving forward, the organization will focus on
graduates of the new Taylor High School.
celebratory breakfast opened with prayer led by Pastor Ryan Bettinger, Taylor
Ministerial Association Representative to the Foundation.
reviewed the theme from the previous presentations: “Angel Wings” from the
movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” emphasizing that donors are angels; and then
“Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” emphasizing that donors are winners. This year’s
theme was “Beacons of Light.”
students from the Taylor High School Honors Choir performed the song, “You
Can’t Be a Beacon (if Your Light Don’t Shine).”
of the donors, Tim Rodgers (Class of 1976) John F. Kennedy High School) was in
attendance. He discussed his experiences in the Taylor Schools and the support
and nurturing he received from teachers, coaches, and principals who led to his
very successful career in business.
of those experiences he has decided to be a “beacon” and give back to the
Taylor Public Schools and establish a scholarship. Nelson awarded Foundation
“Certificates of Appreciation” to various donors of scholarships, including
Mayor Rick Sollars, totaling approximately $30,000, to be distributed in June
certificate was imprinted with the donor’s name and a picture of a lighthouse
shining its beacon of light. In addition, a certificate of appreciation was
awarded to Roger (1967 Taylor Center graduate) and Pam (1967 J.F. Kennedy
graduate) Swap. They gave a very generous donation to the Foundation, which
will support the funding of students who are enrolled in the school district
vocal music, instrumental music and drama programs, to attend The Phantom of
the Opera at the Fisher Theater in January 2019.
June, Kennedy High School graduates who earned Foundation-related scholarships
Jazmine Plank ($500) A.J. Webb Memorial Scholarship
Jayla Dallas ($500) A.J. Webb Memorial Scholarship
Owen Matthews ($500) Award for Educational Achievement
Violet Ramage ($1,000) Ann Robertson Drank Scholarship
Dominick Brock ($650) Charles Bonner Going Forward Award
Ethan Harris ($1,250) Charles Dickelman University of Michigan Scholarship
Clark presented to Hoover Middle School eighth-grade science students facts about
making healthy food choices. He educated the students on the effects of
food choices that may cause hypertension and diabetes.
Middle School eighth-grade students are learning to code using
choice all by using Java. These are just some of their amazing
December 11 and December 12, the West Middle School Chorus performed its 2018
Tuesday night performance was hosted at the beautiful Wayne County Community
College District Heinz C. Prechter Education and Performing Arts Center, and the
chorus really appreciated the beautiful stage and professional support staff.
163 members of the Men in Black, Cardinal Singers, 6th Grade Chorus, and Cadet
Choir performed music from holiday favorites including Santa Claus is Coming To
Town, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, In The Bleak Midwinter, The
Hallelujah Chorus, John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War is Over), and songs from The
Sound of Music.
to our singers for another excellent performance!