Archive for July, 2009

$425,000 Gift

Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation

Today’s St. Louis Business Journal highlighted a gift from the Monsanto Co. to CSF partner program, the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation (TTEF) in St. Louis.  Monsanto generously awarded a $425,000 grant to TTEF to hold a summer science academy for participating elementary schools. Currently, through the TTEF and CSF partnership, 278 students are able to attend the school of their choice. Thank you Monsanto and TTEF for all your great work. Monsanto Co.

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Aubrey Visits NYC

Aubrey points to Anaheim, CA.

Aubrey points to Anaheim, CA.

Aubrey Mory, a 5th grade CSF student, is no stranger to city life, but she still made the 3,000 mile trip from Anaheim ready to appreciate the Big Apple. This CSF super star* visited us on part of her leg through NYC and as soon as she stepped through the door, her personality shone.  She is a bright, confident, and thoughtful young lady with big dreams.  She is taking karate lessons and actively learns about the criminal justice system in order to pursue her dream of becoming an FBI agent. Aubrey told us all about her visit, including an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. to hopefully visit the National Museum of Crime & Punishment. Whoa! Here is a quick snapshot of Aubrey’s visit to NYC.

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  • Empire State Building: Aubrey cleverly inquired about how fast a paper plane would fall if it dropped from the top of the building. Very fast! A penny would drop at about 200 mph!
  • Baseball: A huge sports fan, Aubrey and her family planned to watch a game while in town.  Aubrey plays several sports, including volleyball, tennis, soccer, and of course, karate.
  • Dog Park: A classic NYC entity, Aubrey paid a visit to her aunt’s local dog park in hopes of convincing her family that she herself can have a dog of her own. While at the park, she saw a “Missing Dog” sign, and briefly thought she had found the dog, although she was sadly mistaken. Good effort, Aubrey!bronx zoo
  • Bronx Zoo: Aubrey told us about all the animals she saw, especially the tropical birds – even one with a banana-like beak on its head! Her favorite were the camels, but she did admit to having multiple favorites.
  • Statue of Liberty: Although she couldn’t go all the way to the top of the crown (tickets have been sold for months – get ‘em soon!) Aubrey appreciated its grandeur and symbolism.
  • Chinatown & Koreatown: Aubrey has a passion for Asian culture and very much enjoyed visiting both cultural locations.  She made sure to take home some posters of famous pop stars!

Her trip covered so much: city landmarks, entertainment, educational, and cultural! Next time you are in NYC, make sure to take the Aubrey tour, and don’t forget about visiting us too!

Thanks for visiting, Aubrey!

*She and her family are close to Mayor Curt Pringle (a CSF supporter), and Aubrey had the honor of introducing him at the State of the City address this year. Read more here.

CSF Students Follow in Sotomayor’s Footsteps

Demetrius, CSF Student, Class of '16

Demetrius, CSF Student & Class of '16

Sonia Sotomayor, Class of '68

Sonia Sotomayor, Class of '68

See today’s New York Times story on Blessed Sacrament School in the Bronx, where Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor studied from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The Times article does a good job of showing how students are inspired by the idea that someone who sat in their classroom (maybe even shared their desk) can go on to achieve great things. But it also paints an accurate picture of the struggle and effort it takes for families to keep up with tuition payments.

A few weeks ago, we spoke with Maria M., who does clerical work through a temp agency. Her son, Demetrius, just finished first grade at Blessed Sacrament. “I didn’t feel comfortable sending him to the public schools,” she said. “I knew I couldn’t afford private school by myself so I did what I needed to do. I decided to make the sacrifice – to pay what I had to pay.”

Including Demetrius, a total of 55 of the school’s 280 students use CSF scholarships to go to Blessed Sacrament. Who can tell which of them will be the school’s next claim to fame?

Catching Up with Geanylyn

Last summer we introduced Geanylyn Romero, a CSF veteran who was graduating 8th grade from St. John Chrysostom School in the Bronx.  (See Volume V, Issue II of Required Reading for full article).  Geanylyn recently sent us an update of her first year of high school at Aquinas High.  As we all remember, high school was a tough time of transition and new beginnings.  Here’s what she has to say:

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CSF Gets Four Stars

4star234x60Children’s Scholarship Fund has been awarded a four-star rating by Charity Navigator for the third year in a row. Our top rating reflects the high percentage of our budget that goes directly to scholarships (97%), and indicates that CSF, in Charity Navigator’s words, “consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America.”

Notably, only 12% of more than 5,400 charities rated by Charity Navigator are awarded four-star ratings three years in a row.

Read Charity Navigator’s analysis here. (You will be asked to register.)