Dear GHS Supporter:
On behalf of the entire board of the GHS Education Foundation, we want to thank you for your support of the Foundation. We’ve had a very busy year at the Education Foundation. That’s a very good sign for us and for our efforts to bring more academic opportunities to Gaithersburg High School.
First, we were pleased to participate in so many events in 2015. Our spring and fall GHS Charity golf tournaments, our table at the Gaithersburg Book Festival and the Inaugural TrojanFest 5K in October provided fun ways for us to engage the GHS community and spread word about our mission. And, of course, our Fourth Annual Fall Gala, with NBC Washington reporter and GHS alum, Melissa Mollet, was a terrific success. The Gala has become a wonderful way for businesses, alumni and parents to see first-hand the special things going on at Gaithersburg High School. We hope you can join us in November 2016 for the 5th annual event.
But, we don’t hold these events just to meet people and to have a good time. We do it for a very important reason: to help educate the future GHS graduates and to carry on the proud tradition of Gaithersburg High School. So, we want to give you an idea of the things we’ve been able to do this past year for the students of GHS:
- We funded the Drama Department’s participation in the “Text Alive!” program with the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. Two classes of our students were able to work with the professionals at the Shakespeare Theatre in all aspects of theater production – production, set design, costuming and, of course, acting. The program culminated with a production of The Tempest at the Shakespeare Theatre Stage.
- We also funded the formation of a Robotics Club to the school. Our grant enabled the team to purchase parts and equipment for their robots and to participate in competitions in the area. The team performed well in its first year and, we understand, has grown significantly this year. We’re happy to assist with this project, which puts STEM education into practice.
- We worked with the Creative Writing class to assist students in preparing short stories to submit to the Gaithersburg Book Festival’s High School Short Story Contest. GHSEF board members read the students’ draft stories and provided comments and suggestions for improvement. In all, 15 students chose to submit their stories to the Book Festival where close to 200 entries were submitted. Two of our GHS students were selected as part of the group of 15 finalists. We might add that the two GHS students were two of only three MCPS students to make the finals of the competition.
- Our board members also joined with the school in its Summer Reading Program, reading classics and soon-to-be classics with the students over the summer. Those of us who were able joined at the school for the in-class discussion with the students at the beginning of the school year.
- In May, we provided snacks and refreshments for AP student after school study sessions to allow the students to prepare for their AP exams. Some of the students remarked how surprised and appreciative they were to learn that complete strangers cared about their success.
- This fall, we’ve approved funding to support a “Dream It, Be It” career support program for girls that is being run by the counseling department. “Dream It, Be It” is a program to empower girls to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential by providing guidance and mentoring to set career goals, explore opportunities and learn how to overcome obstacles to success. We are providing lunch and other supports during nine presentations by the Soroptimist International club, which is presenting the sessions for girls at GHS.
Finally, we want to congratulate the recipients of our 2015 Foundation Awards, which were presented during the Fall Gala:
- Foundation Alumnus Award: Mrs. Carrie Bohrer, for her constant dedication to the school and the cluster as a GHS graduate, teacher, PTA officer and dedicated parent.
- Foundation Community Award: DANAC/Magruder Companies/Fred Evans family, for sponsoring, since 1992, a summer internship program at the National Institutes of Health for juniors at Gaithersburg High School.
- Foundation Staff Award: Mr. Brett Morales, founder of Latino mentor group, Poder, for his work to promote academic achievement and moral character in GHS students.
As you can see, 2015 was a successful year for the Foundation. We are hopeful that with your continued support we can do even more in 2016 to enrich the academic experience for our students.
President, GHS Education Foundation, Inc.
P.S. This year, we also were pleased to help return a lost 1951 class ring to its rightful owner. See the story HERE!