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We’re pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 BKB Foundation Scholarship Award. Congratulations!
Elida Vasquez Serrano
Our scholarship recipient from Watkins Mill High School this year is Elida Vasquez Serrano. Elida plans on pursing an education major and will be attending Montgomery College. She gives teachers credit for having a huge impact on her life. They taught her to reach her potential and to never give up. She wants to major in Education and become an Autism Spectrum Specialist.
Ashlyn Johns is the BKB Scholarship recipient from Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, VA. Ashlyn will be attending James Madison University in the fall and her anticipated major is Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies; Elementary Education. College was never in question for Ashlyn. She always knew she would go to college. She wants to teach to change someone’s life, like some of her teachers did for her.
2016 College Connection Trip to Duke University
DURHAM – On February 1, seven students from Hart Middle School in Washington, DC visited Duke’s campus via an educational enrichment program provided by the Brian K. Betts Foundation (BKB). The BKB Foundation continues the legacy of Brian K. Betts, a passionate advocate for children’s education, through its College Connection Program. BKB’s College Connection Program brings middle school students from underprivileged communities on university visits to campuses across the east coast. This program is designed to inspire students to strive for excellence and to better appreciate the importance of education. The 4th annual College Connections program included a campus visit to Duke.
The seven Hart Middle School students were Tone’ya Cheadle, Tyray Perkins, Helen Johnson, Marcus Vick, JaQuan Blake, Reynard Alexander, and Deonte McGriff. They traveled to Durham on Sunday and met with members of the BKB Board for dinner. Their visit continued on Monday, with the day beginning with a tour of the athletic facilities. This tour included watching an offseason workout of the Duke Women’s Volleyball team in the Murray Building, followed by tours of the Yoh Football Center, Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the Krzyzewski Center. Afterwards, each student was partnered with a current Duke student-athlete to shadow for part of the day. The student-athletes who volunteered their time as mentors include: Alyssa Chillano (Field Hockey), Track and Field’s Megan Clark, Urina Harrell, and Chaz Hawkins (Track & Field), and Duke Football’s Zavier Carmichael, Cody Robinson, and Chris Taylor (Football). The mentors took their mentees to a class, toured campus, as well as ate lunch before the middle school students departed for an Admissions and Leadership enrichment session.
During the Admissions and Leadership enrichment session, Sam Carpenter from the Duke University Admissions Office discussed what the admissions process is like for prospective students and what it would take to attend Duke University. Afterwards, each middle school student created a vision board. Their vision board focused on what makes them happy and what they want to achieve in life. Their visit concluded by cheering on the Duke Women’s Basketball Team as they took on #3 ranked Notre Dame. Helen Johnson, A Hart Middle School student, whose goals include attending an Ivy League School, stated BKB’s College Connections trip helped her understand that she “needs to work hard to achieve her goals and stay focused on being herself.”
After a phenomenal day of exploring the different aspects of life as a student at Duke University, the Hart Middle School students returned to their Washington, DC homes on Tuesday morning to work toward making their visions a reality.
COLLEGE CONNECTION TRIP 2016: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
On April 13, 2016, a group of students from A. Mario Loiederman Middle School participated in the second BKB Foundation sponsored College Connection Trip to Johns Hopkins University.
The day started with a DISC Leadership exercise that required the students to interact with each other and the host athletes. It worked as an excellent ice breaker, and was also a fun exercise for the students to learn a little bit about their characteristics and how they relate to leadership styles.
The students received a welcome and a message from Director of Athletics, Tom Calder, and then headed out to a Social Psychology class. The class was an excellent choice. The Professor was very engaging and the topic of the lecture (components of personal relationships) was one that the students could connect with, without being enrolled in the class for the entire semester. The lecture was in one of the larger lecture halls at the university and held a very large class. The professor even came by to see the group after the lecture to greet the students.
After the class, the students were treated to a tour of the university given by a student athlete who also was trained as a campus tour guide. She was very knowledgeable about the university and kept the group interested in all parts of the campus. They were able to tour a dorm room in one of Hopkins Freshman dorms. After the tour, they were taken to the dining hall for lunch with the student athletes. There was a good bit of interaction between the group of students and several of the athletes during lunch.
After lunch, they had a tour of the athletic facilities, including the recreational sports facilities and the pool. They then visited the turf fields at Homewood as well as the baseball field. After the tour, the group got some down time in the Student Athlete Lounge and made posters for the lacrosse game. The students attended the lacrosse game at Homewood field before having a pizza party and departing for home.
It was a full day, but a very good day. At the end, when asked about the highlight of the day, the answers were detailed and varied across most of the events of the day.
A special thanks to Kelsie Gory of Johns Hopkins University and Mr. Mike Cosgrove, the BKB Foundation for Educational Enrichment representative, for making this College Connection Trip so successful and informative for the students.
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A fun filled evening was had by all who attended the second BKB Bowling For Students Fundraiser in Manassas, VA on August 13, 2016. Stonewall Jackson High School was represented again this year, as well as Neelsville and Loiederman Middle Schools.
We want to thank Cathy and her staff at Bowl America Bull Run for the excellent service we received. It was a pleasure to work with them again.
A very special thank you to our lane sponsors – we appreciate your support so very much. Our sponsors were: Get Fit With Herve, The Rising Athletes, Dr. Chris Mesick, E&S Renovations, Maggie Altomare, Realtor, The Gill Girls, The Cullum Family, Julia Weaver, The Altomare Family and The Betts Family.
For all of you who joined us on August 13th, thank you very much. Also, thanks to all who made donations to the BKB Foundation for Educational Enrichment during this event. We appreciate your support!!
Two of Brian’s close friends, Doug Nelson and Vinny Cousineau, bowled “remotely” from Chicago on the day of the event. They raised more than $1,000 to support the initiatives of the BKB Foundation. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Doug and Vinny and everyone who sponsored them for the bowling fundraiser.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year! Let’s make the third BKB Bowling For Students Fundraiser the best ever. We will let you know when a date has been set for next year, so everyone will have sufficient time for planning purposes.
Brian K. Betts Foundation for Educational Enrichment Fundraiser
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 6:00P.M. – 9:00P.M.
Where: Bowl America Bull Run
10641 Balls Ford Road
Manassas, VA 20109
Cost: $25.00 (includes 2 games and shoe rental)
Get more information here!
One of Brian’s passions was taking his middle school students to his alma mater – UNC Greensboro. Read more now.
You can also read more news coverage of the trip and watch another video here.
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Inside this issue:
- College Connection Trip
- BKB Bowling Fundraiser
- Donation Process