Paint Branch Educational Foundation

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PBHS Educational Foundation to Cease Operation in Summer of 2018

The PBHS Educational Foundation was founded in 2007 and exists to provide financial support to staff and students of Paint Branch High School. Your Foundation spends almost 100% of all funds raised in two ways.

1) By providing mini-grants to staff each fall that provide financial support for educational activities that are not in the MCPS budget. Examples include:

  • Bio-diversity projects for 120 students
  • Chorus and Band performances at the Atlanta Festival
  • Grow Light system for use by 400 biology students
  • Funds to build a second TV production set and zoom lenses for photojournalist students
  • Measurement equipment for a Physics Video Studio

2) By providing scholarships to graduating seniors that can be used for higher education costs including college, technical and trade schools.

Over the past 9 years the Foundation has invested:

  • $32,000 in scholarships to seniors, and,
  • over $21,000 in mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff

Almost all of the current members of the all volunteer Board of Directors have been serving since its inception. We have remained on the Board because we feel the work we do makes a difference to our staff and students. However, after much debate, we have reached the difficult decision that we will cease operation in the summer of 2018.

As you consider a charitable contribution this year that will directly impact the entire school community, think of the PBHS Educational Foundation. All funds will be disbursed before we shut down. All of your donations are completely tax-deductible because we are a 501(c)(3) organization. Make your gift today by visiting our donation page and read more about how your contributions are used.

We are still selling Keepsakes for the 10th Anniversary special price of any two for $20 – you must purchase two to get this price, so find a friend and place your order! This is below what it cost us to acquire them, but since we have paid for them already, all sales are pure profit. All funds from these final sales will go directly to mini-grants and scholarships. If you have been putting off getting a Keepsake, please order them now so that we can use the funds this year! You can find an order form on our website, as well as attached to this message. Please note that there are limited quantities available.

We will be selling Keepsakes before the school play in November.

We want our last year to be our biggest ever in terms of mini-grants and scholarships. All donations and keepsake purchases helps us reach that goal!

We would like to especially thank all our supporters and faithful donors over the years. You have made all we did possible!

 

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $5,000 in Scholarships to Seniors

The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation awarded ten scholarships to Paint Branch Seniors totaling $5,000.00 to be applied to the college or technical school of their choice.

The Educational Foundation awarded nine $500 Educational Foundation Scholarships. Also awarded was an Athletic Association Scholarship for $500.00 sponsored by the Paint Branch High School Athletic Association. The winning student-athlete earned at least one varsity letter, was academically successful in the classroom, and demonstrated leadership skills at school or in the community.

The seniors who won the scholarships are:

Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation Scholarships:

  • Maryam Abdur-Rahman, Montgomery College
  • Steven Anderson, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Davina Anyanwu, Towson University
  • Kelsie Challenger, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Glenn Jones, Jr., North Carolina A&T State University
  • Annabel Lee, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Sara Morgan, Howard Community College
  • Ayibatari Owei, Smith College
  • Abdul Samateh, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Paint Branch High School Athletic Association Scholarship:

  • Evan Burgess, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

All students were asked to write a 500 word essay interpreting and reacting to a quote from Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian Diplomat, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, and co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.” Kofi Annan

This quote resonated with the Educational Foundation Board Members because being a diverse school, Paint Branch students have always learned from each other, meeting people of different backgrounds, races, cultures, countries of origin, ethnic heritages, economic backgrounds, and so on, and becoming friends. Students were asked to interpret the above quote and relate it to their time here at Paint Branch High School as well as to their educational future.

From the initial group of applications, the Board of Directors selected the top applicants to interview. Interviews were then held and the ten scholarship winners were selected. The scholarships were presented to the students at the Academic Awards night held at Paint Branch High School in May 2017.

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation to Celebrate it’s 10 Year Anniversary

June 5, 2017, will be the 10 year Anniversary of the Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation! We are very grateful for our supporters and very proud of the work we have done and the students and staff we have helped with funding. To commemorate this special event, we are offering a special price for the Keepsakes:

they can be purchased starting now for the price of $20 for 2 – but you must buy 2, in any combination.

Talk with friends and family and get this special price while it lasts!

Please see Special Pricing Keepsakes Flyer for more details.

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards Nearly $2200.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2016-2017

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.

The five winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

1. Grant: Mainstream – Publishing of School Newspaper with color pages – Brian Woodward, Journalism Teacher
As printing costs – especially for color pages – continue to rise, the newspaper consistently struggles to keep up with these fees. Everyone wins with color printing! Really – since USA Today began as one of the first to publish each cover section of its newspaper in color over 20 years ago it has become the industry standard. In the tough economy, the newspaper’s ad sales have lagged behind past years and some of the other schools in the county due to fewer businesses who are willing to invest and advertise. This $500.00 grant will provide a partial make-up of the low ad revenue and continue to support the high quality publication that the Paint Branch community expects.

2. Grant: Business, Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship certification materials and contest practice materials – Karin Anderson, Business Education Teacher
Students taking business, management, finance and entrepreneurship class will be able to expand their chances of scholarships, and certifications, as well as build their presentation and competition experiences. This will help prepare them for regional and state levels through the DECA Marketing Career and Technology Organization. The DECA organization has materials which prepare students in Business Academic Language. The materials also prepare students to compete in Regional Competitions in the Spring of 2017 and possibly advance to the state level. This $500.00 grant will purchase materials which will serve as the beginning of a sustainable library of tools for students in these classes to pull from year after year. Paint Branch owns no materials at this time.

3. Grant: Unity: A Celebration of our Diversity – Samantha Candia, Science Teacher and Signature Coordinator
This $500 grant will help fund materials needed for the school wide Unity Day in spring 2017. The idea for this event was an outcome of the students’ participation in International Day for Tolerance on November 16th, 2016. On that day Paint Branch students peacefully came together to spread messages of peace and unity while chanting: “Forever united, we will never be divided.” The goal is to create a celebration of the uniqueness and diversity we share as people. The hope is that through these kinds of events, we will educate and enlighten each other, and will be able to foster a true understanding and tolerance of our differences. These differences are what enrich human interaction and make life more beautiful.

This event will include participation from several departments, clubs and organizations at Paint Branch High School, and the community will be invited to join the evening’s festivities which will include: a diversity fair sponsored by the Social Studies Department and to include local clubs and organizations, live music and performances by Strathmore and student musicians in the Music Department, dance lessons from students in the dance program as well as African Student Association, Hispanic Awareness and the STEP team, Inspirational speakers, a fashion show, a tasting of international delicacies prepared from students in the Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts program with recipes derived from students, and an open-mic coffee house/ poetry slam sponsored by the English department.

4. Grant: Proper Equipment Makes a Difference! – Sandy Levine, Culinary Arts, Food Trends and Technology, International Cultures and Cuisine Teacher
One of the most important aspects of the International Cultures and Cuisines and Food Trends and Technology class is the opportunity for our students to have hands-on experiences which will broaden the students’ skill base and encourage their creativity. This $465.00 grant provides for six 12″ Electric Crepe Makers, two Cupcake/Muffin pans and six Jumbo Cookie Scoops for the students, thus maximizing the opportunity for students to have successful cooking experiences in the six kitchen labs.

5. Grant: Special Education Needs for Students at Risk – Christine Genua, Resource Teacher for Special Education
This $200 grant will help in whatever areas the Special Education departments deems necessary. The money will be allocated on an as needed basis to provide clothing, food, cab fare, school supplies, supplies for classroom projects and learning experiences, etc., and to fund an end of the quarter eligibility grade celebration.

PBHS Educational Foundation: What is it and will it continue to exist?

The PBHS Educational Foundation was founded in 2007 and exists to provide financial support to staff and students of Paint Branch High School. Your Foundation spends almost 100% of all funds raised in two ways.

1) By providing mini-grants to staff each fall that provide financial support for educational activities that are not in the MCPS budget. Examples include:

    Bio-diversity projects for 120 students
    Chorus and Band performances at the Atlanta Festival
    Grow Light system for use by 400 biology students
    Funds to build a second TV production set and zoom lenses for photojournalist students
    Measurement equipment for a Physics Video Studio


2) By providing scholarships to graduating seniors that can be used for higher education costs including college, technical and trade schools.

Over the past 8 years the Foundation has invested:
    $27,000 in scholarships to seniors, and,
    over $19,000 in mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff

Almost all of the current members of the Board of Directors have been serving for the nine years since its inception. We have remained on the Board even though our children have long graduated from the school, we have retired from working at the school, we work at another school, or no longer work in the community, because we feel the work we do makes a difference to our staff and students. However, it has become increasingly hard to raise funds and find new people willing to serve on our Board. After much debate, we have reached the difficult decision that unless we can find some new Board members to carry our Foundation forward, we will be forced to cease operation in the summer of 2018.

As you consider a charitable contribution this year that will directly impact the entire school community, think of the PBHS Educational Foundation. All of your donations are completely tax-deductible. Make your gift today by visiting our website and read more about how your contributions are used.

If you feel that the work of the Educational Foundation is important and want to see it continue beyond 2018, then please consider volunteering to become a part of the Board of Directors. Our Board meetings are always open to any interested community members, and we are happy to explain our work and typical meeting calendar.

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $4,500 in Scholarships to Seniors

The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation awarded eight scholarships to Paint Branch Seniors totaling $4,500.00 to be applied to the college or technical school of their choice.

The Educational Foundation awarded six $500 Educational Foundation Scholarships. One $500 Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship was also awarded and sponsored by the Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship Fund. Also awarded was the third Jeanette E. Dixon Scholarship for $1000.00 sponsored by the Paint Branch Athletic Association. This scholarship was offered this year in honor of former principal, Jeanette Dixon, who retired in 2013. The winning student-athlete earned at least one varsity letter, was academically successful in the classroom and demonstrated leadership skills at school or in the community.

The seniors who won the scholarships are:

Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation Scholarships:

  • Brett Jones, American University
  • Calvin Sempebwa, Morehouse College
  • Melanie D. Doan, Florida Atlantic University
  • Jessika A. Agyepong, Spelman College
  • Aaron Kassman, Syracuse University
  • Ifechukwude Nwando Arah, University of Maryland, College Park

Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship:

  • Caitlin McBride, Johns Hopkins University

Jeanette Dixon Scholarship:

  • Jared Belke, University of Maryland, College Park

All students were asked to write a 500 word essay interpreting and reacting to a quote from American essayist, poet and leader of the Transcendentalist movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote resonated with the Educational Foundation Board Members because it contrasts our inner selves against the things we do in life. Students were asked to interpret the above quote and relate it to their time here at Paint Branch High School as well as to their educational future.

From the initial group of applications, the Board of Directors selected the top thirteen applicants to interview. Interviews were then held and the eight scholarship winners were selected. The scholarships were presented to the students at the Academic Awards night held at Paint Branch High School in May 2016.