Educators and friends of Friends Council on Education gathered for the Spring 2018 Luncheon and Annual Meeting, experiencing several powerful, poignant and historic moments.
It was history in the making during the Annual Meeting as Executive Director Drew Smith (above) announced the launch of the National Friends Education Fund, a tuition aid fund supporting Quaker children in Quaker schools across the country. The fund unites two preexisting tuition aid funds into one fund with national reach and impact. The presentation was followed by a video
wherein heads and students spoke of the impact on their school communities.
Ari Betof, longtime member of FCE’s tuition aid work group and former FCE Board member (shown here at right), read a minute of appreciation for Carolyn M. and Joseph N. Evans for their contributions to Friends Council’s growth of tuition aid efforts. Carolyn (shown here at left) and Joe have issued a challenge where they will match all gifts to NFEF dollar for dollar.
about NFEF and Friends Council’s efforts to support tuition aid for Quaker children here
Friends Council and guests also recognized the service of three outgoing Board members who collectively have given over 85 years of service to Friends Council! Darryl J. Ford, head of William Penn Charter School (left(, was thanked for his two terms on the Board, part of which involved serving as clerk twice. Craig Sellers, head of Friends’ Central School (right), was honored for his recent five years of service (he served 12 total) to the Board. Finally, Eleanor Elkinton (center), affectionately known as Ellie, was honored for her fifty-two years of dedication and association with Friends Council and the broad universe of Quaker Schools. “Seven Executive Directors and even more Board Clerks, including Ellie herself, have rotated through during Ellie’s service to Friends the Council, and through it all her advice and wisdom have been delivered with humility, grace, and humor” stated the minute in her honor. Ellie received a standing ovation (below) from attendees at the annual meeting for her dedication to Quaker education.
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