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Introducing Opportunity and Hope, a new book by Naomi Schaefer Riley

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Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) is pleased to announce the publication of Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives through Scholarships by Naomi Schaefer Riley, author, former Wall Street Journal editor, and columnist for the New York Post.

In this new book, Ms. Riley profiles ten young men and women from across America whose lives were improved when they were awarded scholarships to attend private schools. Nearly all of these students received assistance from CSF or CSF partner programs.

Jason Tejada, one of the CSF alumni profiled who recently graduated from Columbia and now works at JPMorgan Chase, featured prominently in Ms. Riley’s column in yesterday’s New York Post.

Jason and the other scholarship alumni included in Opportunity and Hope represent the 139,000 children who have benefited from a CSF scholarship since our inception in 1998. These young adults are living proof of what can happen when families are empowered to choose the schools that best meet their children’s needs. Thank you to all our generous donors who make their stories possible!

Champions for Children Kicks Off Super Bowl Week

On a chilly night a few days before the Super Bowl, Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) gathered supporters and friends at the New York Athletic Club for our first Champions for Children reception.

New York sports legends Ottis “O.J.” Anderson (Super Bowl MVP & former New York Giant) and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick) were honored with CSF’s Champions for Children awards along with A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

Guests heard board member Remy Trafelet talk about why he supports CSF, and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada introduced our honorees. Jason, who graduated from Columbia University last May and now works at JPMorgan Chase, is a living example of the opportunities CSF scholarships can make possible.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

In their remarks, our honorees made it clear that beyond their athletic successes, they are committed to making life easier for those less fortunate, particularly for children who need access to a good education.   

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

We were especially pleased to host the choir from Trey Whitfield School, where several CSF Scholars attend. What a treat it was to hear them singing “Just the Way You Are” in what turned out to be a preview of Bruno Mars’ half-time performance at the Super Bowl!

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Thank you to our honorees, to the Trey Whitfield choir, to all those who donated items for our live and silent auctions, to Eagel Sports Promotions, Inc., and to everyone who showed their support for the event. A special thank you goes out to our event sponsors: The Speedwell Foundation; Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Sequential Brands Group.

For more photos from the event, please visit CSF’s Facebook page.

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CSF’s Champions for Children Honors Athletes During Super Bowl Week

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Just a few days before the Super Bowl on Tuesday, January 28th, CSF is hosting an all-star benefit – CSF’s Champions for Children – at the New York Athletic Club.

The evening will honor Super Bowl MVP and former New York Giant, Ottis “O.J.” Anderson; NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and former Dallas Cowboy, A.B. Whitfield. The program also includes a performance by students from the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn and a raffle. There’ll also be live and silent auctions featuring sports memorabilia, including a football signed by Roger Staubach and jerseys signed by Eli Manning and Victor Cruz.

This is the place to be to kick-off Super Bowl celebrations while giving economically disadvantaged children the opportunity to get a quality education at the schools their parents choose for them!

General tickets are $150 and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/CSFchampsJan28. VIP tickets are also available for $500. VIP admission comes with the chance to pose for photos with our athlete guests and get an autographed football or basketball at a private reception before the main event.

Hope to see you on game day, January 28th!

CSF’s Fall Newsletter Released

coverimageThis just in: the Fall 2013 CSF newsletter is here! Click through to read:

  • A special thank you from a CSF parent;
  • Coverage on the recent NY rally for education tax credits;
  • News on CSF alumni graduation rates;
  • Highlights of CSF and CSF partner events across the country;
  • A feature on a Harlem cooking workshop for CSF families,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here. If you would like a hard copy, please email us.

Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at the Children’s Scholarship Fund!

 

CSF Scholars Go Ice-Skating with Sequential Brands Group

Amid New York City’s first snowfall of the season, CSF Scholars from Ascension School took to the ice at Bryant Park today thanks to our friends at Sequential Brands Group.

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The party started out with some lessons since many of the students were first-timers at ice-skating. After some good-natured slips and sliding, the children got the hang of skating and were soon zipping around the ice.

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Following a lunch of pizza and hot chocolate, the kids gathered around as Sequential Brands Group’s CEO Yehuda Shmidman presented CSF with a check to fund two new scholarships in New York to raucous applause. Even after so much excitement, there was still more to come! Next up, Santa arrived and distributed gifts with help from his elf. Each student received a pair of Heelys skate shoes.

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Our sincere thanks go out to event organizer and CSF Young Leader Julia Graham  and everyone at Sequential Brands Group and Heelys for giving more children the gift of education and providing this group of CSF Scholars with a holiday experience they will never forget.  As one young boy declared, “We should come here every day!”

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For more photos, visit CSF’s Facebook page.

More Than 5,000 Rally for Education in Westchester

More than 5,000 schoolchildren from 60 area schools turned out for the rally.

More than 5,000 schoolchildren from 60 area schools turned out for the rally.

Yesterday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, more than 5,000 schoolchildren (including many CSF Scholars), teachers, legislators, and others rallied to support the Education Investment Tax Credit legislation currently under consideration in the New York State Legislature. The bill would create an individual and corporate tax credit to help children attending both public and private schools across the state.

Illeannesis Menendez, a former CSF Scholar and current pre-law freshman at Iona College, spoke eloquently to the crowd gathered about how her CSF scholarship made it possible for her mother to send her to St. Philip Neri School and then to Aquinas High School, where she developed the skills she needs to succeed in college. Several other CSF families taped moving testimonial interviews that were shown at the rally.

CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, who spoke at the rally, with her sisters and mom, Illian.

CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez with her sisters and mom, Illian.

As well as CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, other speakers addressing the rally included: Senate Co-President Jeff Klein, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, George Latimer, David Carlucci, Assembly members Gary Pretlow and Steve Otis, and Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, Archdiocese of New York Superintendent of Schools.

As well as CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, other speakers addressing the rally included: Senate Co-President Jeff Klein; Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson; Senator George Latimer; Senator David Carlucci; Assembly members Gary Pretlow and Steve Otis, Rabbi Yehiel Mark Kalish of Agudath Israel of America, and Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, Archdiocese of New York Superintendent of Schools.

If enacted, this bill would potentially allow CSF and its Buffalo partner, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund, to serve significantly more children each year, meeting the demands of thousands more parents who want to send their children to private school but simply cannot afford to do so.  You can read more about the rally here: http://bit.ly/1aqvGVb.

The 5,000 strong crowd came together to support tax credit legislation that would benefit children attending public and private schools.

The 5,000 strong crowd came together to support tax credit legislation that would benefit children attending public and private schools.

New CSF Annual Report Available Now

CSF’s 2012-13 annual report is hot off the presses today and available for downloading at: http://bit.ly/FY1213AR.

Take a moment to read about some of the thousands of families nationwide who are using scholarships provided by CSF or CSF partner programs and find out how parental choice in education is making a difference in the lives of more and more families.

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WSJ Publishes Letter to the Editor from CSF’s Chair and President on Peter Flanigan’s Legacy

The Wall Street Journal just published a letter to the editor from CSF Chair Mike McCurry and CSF President Darla Romfo in response to the paper’s recent editorial about the late Peter Flanigan’s education reform legacy.

In their letter, McCurry and Romfo urge a new generation of leaders to “take up the mantle and make [Flanigan's] dream of a decent education for every American child a reality.”

You can read the full letter here: http://bit.ly/McCurryRomfoCSF

CSF Remembers Peter M. Flanigan

By Darla M. Romfo, CSF President

All of us at Children’s Scholarship Fund were deeply saddened to learn of Peter M. Flanigan’s death earlier this week.

The list of charitable and reform-minded educational endeavors that were either started by Peter or lucky enough to have his association is a long one. And who knows how many children’s lives were changed by his tireless efforts? Perhaps he knows that number now.

Peter was one of a kind and will never be replaced. I am grateful to have known him and had a chance to learn from both his example and the clarity of thought he brought to any discussion.

Our sincere condolences go to Peter’s wife, his children and their families. His memory will live on in the lives of thousands of children who received a better education through his efforts.

CSF Alum Joins Sports Heroes at Champions for Choice Event

On the eve of the ESPY awards, Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha alum Josh Jones was privileged to be one of several athletes discussing the value of parental choice in education at the Champions for Choice event in Los Angeles.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie and former NBA star and current ESPN/NBA analyst Jalen Rose were the evening’s co-hosts, and both spoke about how they got involved with education reform and came to believe that all parents should have the power to choose the school that best fits their children’s needs. Kevin P. Chavous of the American Federation for Children also addressed the star-studded crowd, which included Vince Young, Vivica A. Fox, and Lou Gossett Jr. among others. Josh met and posed for photos with many of the athletes and actors!

CSF Omaha alum Josh Jones with actress Regina King at last night's Champions for Choice event. (Photo: Josh Jones)

CSF Omaha alum Josh Jones with actress Regina King at last night’s Champions for Choice event. (Photo: Josh Jones)

As an athlete who benefited from school choice  himself, Josh was perfectly suited to participate in Champions for Choice. He first used a CSF Omaha scholarship to attend Jesuit Middle School as a fourth-grader, and it was there where he decided he wanted a future in basketball. Josh jokes that he learned to be a diligent and well-behaved student because the school rewarded good behavior with extra time on the basketball court!

After middle school, Josh played basketball at Omaha Central High School (winning three state championships and setting a record for scoring points) and then earned a scholarship to Creighton University, where he was a standout guard for the Bluejays.

Along the way, Josh has faced and overcome some serious setbacks. He was only a sophomore in high school when his father passed away. And last December, Josh was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition and had to undergo surgery and cut short the final year of his Creighton career. (You can read more on ESPN’s website here.)

Just last month, Josh wowed the audience at CSF Omaha’s annual luncheon with his story and his positivity. “Everyone has choices in life, but not everyone has a chance,” he said. “Where I grew up, I was surrounded by drugs and violence every day. I could choose to go left or choose to go right. The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha gave me the chance to make the right choice and change my family’s legacy.”

Tonight, Josh is a guest at the ESPY Awards, getting the chance to meet and mingle with many of his sports heroes. Thank you, Josh, for representing CSF so well, and thank you to the American Federation for Children for giving Josh this opportunity!  

On the red carpet were: Kevin P. Chavous; Lou Gossett Jr.; Lisa Leslie, and Jalen Rose. Event  co-sponsors included the American Federation for Children, the Alliance for School Choice, the Broad Foundation, and the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. (Photo: AFC)

On the red carpet were: Kevin P. Chavous; Lou Gossett Jr.; Lisa Leslie, and Jalen Rose. Event co-sponsors included the American Federation for Children, the Alliance for School Choice, the Broad Foundation, and the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. (Photo: AFC)



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