Over 160 people attended The Goochland Education Foundation’s Annual Gala, a celebratory dinner dance and live auction, on March 11th at Dover Hall to celebrate the work of the GEF. It was a fun evening for neighbors and friends – new and old – to support the mission of the GEF.
The funds raised support the growing number of projects funded by the GEF. Thanks to those in attendance and the 43 individuals and businesses that sponsored the event, the GEF can continue the critical work of providing innovative experiences inside and outside the classroom. The GEF is committed to ensuring GCPS students are prepared for the future.
We want to give a special thank you to Ground Force IT, HH Hunt and Luck Companies for their extraordinary support as the event’s Marquee sponsors.
During the party, Mrs. Renee Ferrell, school counselor, gave a compelling presentation about the many ways the schools are meeting the emotional and behavioral health needs of the students, and Ms. Kelly Taylor, Randolph Elementary School teacher, spoke enthusiastically about the reading initiative the GEF funded this year to address reading loss. These presentations were a reminder that the projects the GEF funds are important to giving students all abilities an opportunity to find strengths they didn’t know they have.
Cyndy Brown, Executive Director of the Goochland Education Foundation, states that she and the Board of Directors are very thankful to the community for supporting GEF’s mission. “Without this encouraging community support, we would not be able to do what we do for our children. As we continue to offer a variety of programming that offers new ways to learn and ensuring equity in education, we are taking a holistic approach of “mind, body and spirit”. It is critical as we recognize how the pandemic affected our children. We are amazed by the GCPS teachers and staff as they selflessly put their hearts, energy and resources into projects that go above and beyond the normal classroom curriculum, much of which is done on their own time. We want to do all we can to support them.”
Please mark your calendars for the 2023 event on March 10th at Dover Hall. We hope to see everyone in the community come out next year!