MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

April 30, 2012

Foundation helps students with future

— A good educational system is a major key in solving many of Muskogee’s economic issues and concerns from attracting jobs to poverty.

So it is extremely encouraging to hear the good news that the Education Foundation of Muskogee continues to provide.

The Foundation recently presented 14 grants totaling $12,150.04 to teachers at nine Muskogee schools.

And, with the help of Yaffe Iron & Metal, the annual grant program had a record year, says Foundation President Frank Medearis.

“Yaffe matched our grants, allowing us to announce a major grant in the fall affecting the entire public school system,” Medearis said.

Many of the grant-winning ideas deal with the coming Common Core Curriculum, a state-mandated curriculum considered more rigorous and writing-oriented than the current curriculum. It takes effect in the 2014 school year.

It is very heartening to see dedicated teachers receive assistance for ideas that many would have tried to fund themselves.

When the public — including businesses such as Yaffe — come together with the private organizations to fund such projects, we all win.

But students win the most.

The Foundation will help many more students get a better educational experience than would have happened without the Foundation’s generosity and determination.

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