Through College Connection, Brian’s legacy continues.
Along with Duke University, the BKB Foundation sponsored the College Connection for students from Shaw and Hart Middle Schools in Washington, DC.
Beginning in 2004, the College Connection is an initiative offering opportunities for middle school students whose parents did not attend college to visit and experience a college campus. Visitors shadow student athletes as they attend classes, walk around the campus, dine in the cafeteria and study in the library. Middle school students also meet with an admissions representative, tour the campus, and attend athletic events.
In Feburary, students from Shaw and Hart middle schools participated in College Connection, visiting Duke University. Read more here.
We are very pleased to report that the net proceeds from the BKB Annual 5K Run/Walk totaled $13,922.75. We would like to again thank all of the participants and our wonderful supporters who helped us achieve this goal.
All race results can be found on runwashington.com.
1st place – Anna Holt-Gosselin
Second Place – Ashley Palmer
Third Place – Janet Whittaker
1st Place – Corey Robinson
2nd Place – Colin Fishwick
3rd Place – Blake Whitney
West Potomac Park was a perfect venue to hold the first BKB Annual 5K Run/Walk. The Washington Monument in the background was a beautiful sight in the early morning hours on the day of the race, May 19, 2012.
There were 313 registrants and 241 finishers for the race. The success of the race can be attributed to a great number of people. Thanks to our committee members for their dedication and hard work. It takes a great team to make something like this come together and be successful. Also, a special thanks to all our volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to come out and work for such a great cause. Of course, without our great sponsors and donors we couldn’t have had a race at all. Thanks for your contributions.
It was such a pleasure to see some of Brian’s former students participating in the race and working as volunteers. He would be so proud.
All proceeds from the race will benefit the Brian K. Betts foundation and will be used for scholarships, grants and educational activities for those students and faculty who wish to continue their education. Proceeds will be posted when everything is finalized.
Thanks again to all of you for your support of the race and of the BKB Foundation.
One sad footnote to the FY 2012 budget is the nearly 50 percent cut in spending for Shaw Middle School@Garnet-Patterson. The Ward 1 school became one of the feel-good stories of the Michelle Rhee era when a group of eighth graders approached the former chancellor in 2009 and asked if she would add a ninth grade to Shaw. They wanted more of principal Brian Betts, who they said had changed the culture at the newly-merged middle school. About 100 students signed on. In the winter of 2010 Rhee granted another extension allowing them to stay for their sophomore year.
But Betts was murdered last April, and now school officials have decided to disperse the ninth and 10th grade classes formed on his watch. The school’s projected enrollment for the fall is down almost 50 percent, from 318 to 152, and with it the available funding. Shaw will also lose staff positions along with the 29 other “receiving schools” that were bulked up when they took on students from shuttered buildings in 2008.
All told, Shaw’s 2012 budget is down 43.5 percent, from $4.4 million to $2.5 million.