Friends of Educational Excellence News

April 2014:
Annual meeting with Keynote Speaker Van White, President of the School Board; Special Honoree Mayor Lovely Warren.

May 2013:   Speaking Out essay published in D&C online – May 14
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130515/OPINION02/130514010/Web-Essay-Wanted-10-000-Volunteers

April 2013:  The 2013 Friends of Educational Excellence Annual Meeting was a great success with Keynote Speaker, Superintendent Bolgen Vargas; Special Honoree, Sandy Parker, President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance; and Presenting Sponsor, Jennifer Leonard, President & CEO of the Community Foundation.

During April, the 10 FREE schools had 349 volunteer providing 1020 hours of support for students.  At the Friends of Educational Excellence Annual Meeting we recognized the 570 volunteers that supported students in the FREE schools during the 2012-2013 school year.

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) was signed by the RCSD, Children’s Institute, and Friends of Educational Excellence to enable the first program evaluation for Friends of Educational Excellence.

March 2013:  Jane Sutter, D&C Editor of Community Partnerships, publishes an article in the Unite Rochester blog about Friends of Educational Excellence “Do One Thing”.
http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2013/03/02/do-one-thing/

February 2013:  Democrat & Chronicle Speaking Out essay was published on February 22.
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130223/OPINION02/302230025/Guest-essay-Help-brighten-futures

January 2013:  Volunteer support at 230 volunteers providing 580 hours per week.  This will increase as college students begin their spring semester fieldwork assignments.

The Pittsford – Brighton Post published an article on January 11 about Bruce Pollock, Executive Director of Friends of Educational Excellence.
http://www.brightonpittsfordpost.com/MarleneCaroselli

December 2012:  Lawrence Forte joined the Friends of Educational Excellence Board.

November 2012:  Friends of Educational Excellence schools have 326 volunteers who are providing 987 hours of support per week to help students succeed in school.

The Democrat & Chronicle published Bruce Pollock’s Speaking Out essay about Rochester education, entitled “Longer School Days, Longer Year, and You”

The Friends of Educational Excellence event with Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, President of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, was a huge success.  His talk was entitled:  “Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime” Reaching Out When the Ones in Need Are Our Children The Federick Douglass Club from School 12 performed.  Rachel Barnhart was the MC of the event.   Coffee and dessert was served.  Watch segments of Dr. McMickle’s presentation.

October 2012:  Sherill Anderson joined the Friends of Educational Excellence Board.

Friends of Educational Excellence wins $5,000 in the Marigold Ideas for Good contest.

The 10 FREE schools are off to a good start with 258 volunteers who are providing 827 hours of support for students per week.

September 2012:  Rochester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Friends of Educational Excellence that includes 10 schools for the 2012-2013 school year, as follows:

    • School 4 – St. Monica Church
    • School 7 – First Universalist Church
    • School 10 – Community Christian Church
    • School 12 – Highland Park Neighborhood Association
    • School 15 – First Unitarian Church
    • School 22 – First Unitarian Church
    • School 34 – Saint Catherine of Siena Church
    • School 39 – Church of the Transfiguration
    • School 50 – St. Joseph Church
    • School 52 – Temple B’rith Kodesh

Friends of Educational Excellence has recruited 70 new volunteers for FREE schools:

  • 42 SUNY Brockport students
  • 7 St John Fisher College students
  • 3 MCC students
  • 18 adult volunteers

Friends of Educational Excellence signed a contract with Children’s Institute to do a program evaluation of three schools (#22, #50, and #52) to determine to what extent the volunteers in these schools helped improved student academic performance.  This program evaluation will be funded by the American Society for Quality – Rochester Section.

August 2012:  Regenail Thomas joined the Friends of Educational Excellence Board.

July 2012:  The State released the results for the 2012 NYS English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams.  Rochester elementary schools supported by Friends of Educational Excellence did well relative to other Rochester schools.  On the ELA exam, 7 of the 10 FREE schools held or improved their ranking versus the 38 Rochester elementary schools.  On the math exam, 8 of the 10 FREE schools improved their ranking.

School 52 now ranks #2 in English and #3 in math based on the percentage of students that passed the exam.  During July School 52 held its summer reading program for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders supported by its community partner, Temple B’rith Kodesh.  This school has held its own summer reading program for seven years now.  School 52’s rankings have improved steadily since 2006 and the summer reading program is one reason this school has been more successful. 

June 2012: The Forward Movement concert for Friends of Educational Excellence at Boulder Coffee on Saturday June 16 was a successful fundraising event.  The band was great and everyone had a good time.

The following Friends of Educational Excellence summary was provided to Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez, RCSD Director of Strategic Partnerships, for the RCSD fiscal year-end report:

Friends of Educational Excellence supported 10 community - school partnerships during the 2011-2012 school year at Schools 7, 10, 12, 15, 20, 22, 34, 39, 50, and 52.

During this school year there were over 500 volunteers in these schools supporting students.  Friends of Educational Excellence keeps track of the number of volunteers and volunteer hours in each school each month (see chart below).  The month with the greatest number of volunteers was April 2012 when these 10 schools had 366 active, regular volunteers contributing 1167 hours of volunteer time per week.

table showing volunteer hours

These volunteer stats do not include ad hoc volunteers who came in on an irregular basis to do special projects or field trips.  These stats may also exclude volunteers from other organizations that support these schools.  These stats do not include volunteers that supported 2011 summer programs at these schools.

The volunteers in FREE schools are recruited by the community partners at each school, by teachers and staff at each school, and by Friends of Educational Excellence.  During the 2011 - 2012 school year, Friends of Educational Excellence recruited and placed 113 volunteers in the 10 FREE schools, or over 22% of the 500 volunteers working there.  Many of the volunteers recruited by Friends of Educational Excellence were college students doing fieldwork hours in RCSD schools and they represent over 1/3 of the volunteer hours at these schools.

Friends of Educational Excellence works with each school partnership to help it implement successful practices so it can support their school in the most effective manner.  One of our key successful practices is to target volunteers to work with students where they can be most beneficial.  Our practice is to target volunteers mainly to Level 2 students that need a helping hand to get to grade level reading, writing, and math skills.  This allows the teacher to focus more time on Level 1 students who need a trained professional to address their learning gaps.

The success of each school partnership rests with the volunteer coordinators at each school.  They should get the recognition and appreciation for all of their hard work to manage and guide their community - school partnership programs.

May 2012:
May volunteer stats:  288 volunteers providing 735 hours of support per week in the 10 Friends of Educational Excellence schools.  This is a reduction from the April volunteer stats:  366 volunteers and 1,167 volunteer hours (our best coverage month yet).  Most of the college students doing fieldwork left at the end of April since their spring semester is over.
The Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust provided a donation of $1,500.

April 2012: Friends of Educational Excellence - Annual Meeting Update - April 24

2012 FREE Annual Meeting Awards

The Friends of Educational Excellence Annual Meeting held on April 24 was a wonderful event. Over 80 people attended the meeting in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Rochester Central Library. The program began with a welcome from Board Member, Kevin Loughran. Executive Director, Bruce Pollock, provided a review of the prior year. Here are the highlights of that review:

Who are the Friends of Educational Excellence?

We are:

  • Friends of Social and Economic Justice
  • Friends of Equality and Opportunity
  • Friends of Independence and Dignity
  • Friends of Family Harmony
  • Friends of Helping the Next Generation Achieve its Full Potential
  • Enemies of Poverty and Ignorance
  • Enemies of Hopelessness and Despair
  • Friends of the Beloved Community
  • Friends of Revitalizing Rochester

The achievements for the last year include:

  • Adding 3 Partnerships to the Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition (at Schools 10, 15, and 39)
  • Volunteer support in all 10 schools: 366 volunteers in April 2012
  • Over 500 volunteers participated in the 2011 - 2012 school year
  • Strong support from SUNY Brockport that provided 89 college students in FREE schools
  • Rochester Police Department (RPD) support where 30 officers signed up to read to students
  • Volunteer training: 4 training webinars have been provided
  • WAVE for Success article was published in the D&C online newspaper
  • Friends of Educational Excellence - PENCIL Partnerships collaboration to support students

Bruce Pollock showed a video filmed and produced by filmmaker Mara Ahmed about the Partnership programs in Schools 15 and 50.

The evidence of how well the Friends of Educational Excellence programs can work is demonstrated by the success of the School 52 Partnership where the school's rankings (out of 38 elementary schools) in the NYS English and Math tests have improved dramatically over the last six years (2006 to 2011):

  • The School 52 ranking for English has improved from 8th to 2nd
  • The School 52 ranking for Math has improved from 23rd to 4th

The success of each Friends of Educational Excellence programs is based on the wonderful support the school principals have provided.

Bruce concluded his remarks with recognition of the wonderful financial support that has been provided by all the Friends of Educational Excellence, especially the following Sustaining Donors that contributed $1,000 or more:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Klein Steel Service
  • MCPEARL
  • Marc Johnson
  • Vivian Pollock

After Bruce's remarks, there was a panel discussion about the new cradle-to-career initiative in Rochester called ROC the Future, which is based on the Strive framework developed in Cinncinati, Ohio. The panel included:

  • Clayton Jones, Asst to the VP of Academic Services, Monroe Community College
  • Dirk Hightower, Executive Director, Children's Institute

Originally, RCSD Interim Superintendent, Bolgen Vargas, was to be the Keynote Speaker of the Annual Meeting and participate on the ROC the Future panel. However, he was named the permanent RCSD Superintendent that morning and so he could not attend the Annual Meeting at the start. Dr. Vargas did arrive later in the meeting and came to the podium amongst a standing ovation to provide some remarks and take questions from the audience.

After Dr. Vargas's remarks, Bruce named the recipients of the Friends of Educational Excellence Leaders Awards at each school. These leaders came up to the podium and receive their Recognition Award handed to them by Dr. Vargas. The partnership leaders are:

Partnership Leaders Recognition

School 7 – Teacher: Beth Cross
First Universalist Church: Sarah Singal

School 10 – Teacher: Alva Vives
Community Christian Church: Lisa November

School 12 – Teachers: Susan Snyder, Laurie Murty
Highland Park Association: Vicki Robertson, Lori Bryce

School 15 – Teachers: Jennifer Benton, Jayne Alba
First Unitarian Church: Ann Bayley, Chris Farnum

School 20 – Volunteer Coordinator: Paula Hansen
Mt Olivet Baptist Church: Valerie Medley

School 22 – Teacher: Kim Mendelson
First Unitarian Church: Ann Bayley, Chris Farnum

School 34 – Teacher: Cindi Shear
St. Catherine of Siena Church: Terry Riordan

School 39 – AP: Rebecca Boyle; Parent Liaison: Yvetta Nelson
Church of the Transfiguration: Bob Flynn, Helen Konz, Charlie Newton

School 50 – Teachers: Janet Bird, Robin Valoris
St. Joseph’s Church: Patty Vermilion

School 52 – Jason Branner, Danielle Branner
Temple B’rith Kodesh: Bruce Pollock, Don Ginsberg, Judith Slade

Overall, the 2012 Annual Meeting was a glorious event which provided wonderful momentum for the work to be done in 2012 and beyond.

March 2012:   March volunteer stats:  358 volunteers providing 1,149 hours of support per week in the 10 Friends of Educational Excellence schools. 

February 2012:  February volunteer stats:  355 volunteers providing 1,111 hours of support per week in the 10 Friends of Educational Excellence schools.  This is an increase of 148 volunteers and 635 volunteer hours per week from January stats primarily due to the arrival of spring semester college students.

Randi Minetor, President of Minetor & Company, Inc., a public relations firm serving clients in the Greater Rochester area, became a member of the Friends of Educational Excellence Board of Directors.

January 2012:  The FREE Principals Advisory Council met on January 19 with Interim Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and discussed how Friends of Educational Excellence can support RCSD reading initiatives such as ROC Read.

RCSD and Friends of Educational Excellence hosted a volunteer training webinar on January 19 to provide volunteers with techniques they can use to promote learning with the students they support.

Anne Kress, MCC President, convened the next meeting of ROC the Future (Strive / Rochester) on January 17 to prioritize ROC the Future initiatives and select the initial focus area:  third grade reading proficiency.

January volunteer stats:  207 volunteers and 476 volunteer hours which is a reduction from December stats of 330 volunteers and 976 volunteer hours primarily due to the departure of fall semester college students.  A new group of students will begin at the end of January when their spring semester begins.

Al Mangiamele, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Klein Steel Service, became a member of the Friends of Educational Excellence Board of Directors.

December 2011:  Interim Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has agreed to be the Keynote Speaker at the Friends of Educational Excellence Annual Meeting on April 24, 2012.

The RCSD and Friends of Educational Excellence hosted the second volunteer training webinar on December 12.  Two more training webinars are planned for January 19 and February 29, 2012.

December volunteer stats:  330 volunteers providing 972 hours of support per week.

Friends of Educational Excellence participated in the ROC the Day fundraising event on December 8.

November 2011:  The RCSD – FREE MOA amendment to include the School 39 – Church of the Transfiguration Partnership has been approved by Superintendent Vargas.  The FREE Coalition now has 10 schools.

The RCSD and Friends of Educational Excellence hosted a volunteer training webinar on November 14.  This on-line training gave FREE volunteers more insights into the fundamentals of learning and techniques they can use to promote learning with the students they support.

Friends of Educational Excellence held an orientation session for the Rochester Police Department (RPD) on November 17 and recruited 3 more officers to work with students in city schools.  Each partnership is reporting volunteer metrics each month.  In November there were 317 volunteers providing 948 hours of support per week for Rochester city students.

October 2011: RCSD Interim Superintendent Vargas approve the RCSD – FREE MOA amendment to include the School 15 – Unitarian Church Partnership. The FREE Coalition now has 9 schools.

Friends of Educational Excellence schools have 256 volunteers providing 791 hours of support per week.

October 2011 Stats

  Number of Vols. No. of Hrs/Wk
School 7 13 28.8
School 10 11 21.5
School 12 17 51.5
School 15 31 52.3
School 20 24 85.7
School 22 44 107.8
School 34 28 93.4
School 50 45 189.0
School 52 43 161.3
All FREE Schools 256 791.2

Friends of Educational Excellence attended the Strive / Rochester organizational meeting at MCC on October 28 hosted by Anne Kress, MCC President. Dr. Bolgen Vargas, RCSD Interim Superintendent, presented five objectives for the Strive initiative. Dr. Kress proposed that Strive / Rochester be called “ROC the Future”.

September 2011: Friends of Educational Excellence held an orientation session at SUNY Brockport on Sept. 1. Forty-seven college students have been recruited for the fall semester:

  • 40 SUNY Brockport fieldwork students

  • 2 MCC fieldwork students

  • 5 St John Fisher College community service students

This does not include 20 SUNY Geneseo students placed at School 34 that were recruited by Terry Riordan, SUNY Geneseo field placement coordinator and the School 34 volunteer coordinator.

Rochester police officers recruited in May returned to FREE schools to read with students.

Friends of Educational Excellence participated in the MCC Education Forum on September 6 sponsored Anne Kress, MCC President, and Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor, to engage the support of Rochester community leaders to launch a Strive / Rochester initiative to coordinate Rochester organizations that support children to succeed in school.

August 2011: Even in the summer, there was a lot of activity to get ready for the new school year - many meetings with community partners, school principals, and teachers.

SUNY Brockport students submitted applications for their fieldwork assignments in FREE schools.

July 2011:   The Friends of Educational Excellence WAVE for Success article is published in the D&C online.

The Rochester City School District (RCSD) - Friends of Educational Excellence Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was approved by RCSD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Bolgen Vargas, for the 2011 – 2012 school year. The renewed MOA includes School 10, a new Friends of Educational Excellence school that is partnering with the Community Christian Church. School 10 is the 8th Friends of Educational Excellence school.

The Friends of Educational Excellence Summer Dessert Party celebrated the individuals who have supported Friends of Educational Excellence over the past year.

June 2011:   Friends of Educational Excellence schools had 126 volunteers providing 342 volunteer hours of support per week.
The FREE Coalition meeting was held at Starry Nites Café to discuss how to have a bigger impact on overall student performance in the next school year.

The Rochester Police Department has recruited 15 officers to work in the seven Friends of Educational Excellence schools.  Friends of Educational Excellence has provided an orientation session for all of these RPD officers.

Friends of Educational Excellence is featured in this Inc. Magazine article:  How I Used Social Media to Raise $10,000

May 2011:   Friends of Educational Excellence hosted an exhibit at the ROC City Rising event in the George Eastman House.

Friends of Educational Excellence schools had 170 volunteers providing 536 volunteer hours of support per week.  This decrease in hours is due to the departure of college students who completed their fieldwork assignments.

Volunteer hours

The Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition met at School 52 to discuss how to measure partnership impacts and how to recognize volunteers with year-end celebrations.

Rochester Police Department (RPD) Chief Sheppard agreed to participate with Friends of Educational Excellence and RPD Commanders started recruiting officers who will work in FREE schools one day per week to help students improve their reading skills.
School 10 Principal, Camaron Clyburn, agreed to form a partnership with Community Christian Church.

April 2011:  The Friends of Educational Excellence Annual Meeting honored the following individuals for their outstanding personal commitment, dedication, and support for their community - school partnership:

School Partnership Volunteer Coordinator Appreciation Awards

  • School 7 – Principal:  David Lincoln
    Teacher:  Beth Cross
    First Universalist Church:  Sarah Singal

  • School 12 – Principal:  Michele Liguori-Alampi
    PTA:  Vicki Robertson, Ruth Inzinna
    Highland Park Neighborhood Association:  Ruth Danis

  • School 20 – Principal:  D’Onnarae (Dee) Johnson
    Assistant Principal:  Carla Roberts  
    Mt Olivet Baptist Church:  Paula Hansen, Val Medley

  • School 22 – Principal:  Clinton Bell
    Teacher:  Kim Mendelson
    First Unitarian Church:  Ann Bayley, Stuart Burke

  • School 34 – Principal:  Tracy DelGrego
    Teacher:  Cindi Shear
    St. Catherine of Siena Church:  Terry Riordan
    Grace Urban Ministries:  Jim Ryan

  • School 50 – Principal:  Tim Mains
    Teacher:  Janet Bird
    St. Joseph’s Church:  Patty Vermilion, Robin Valoris

  • School 52 – Principal:  Denise Rainey
    Teachers:  Tanya Homer, Rose Vercolen
    Temple B’rith Kodesh:  Don Ginsberg, Bruce Pollock, Michael Slade


March 2011:  The seven Friends of Educational Excellence schools had 289 volunteers providing 1031 volunteer hours of support per week.

The Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition meeting was held on March 14 at School 50 with a good discussion about Successful Practices.

Friends of Educational Excellence provided training to Volunteer Coordinators on the use of the FREE Volunteer Management Tool (VMT).

February 2011:  The Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition meeting was held on February 14 at The Harley School.  Luis Perez, Executive Director of Horizons at Harley, presented an overview of the Horizons summer program.

Friends of Educational Excellence has recruited and placed a total of 91 volunteers (89 college students and 2 community volunteers) in Friends of Educational Excellence schools, representing 4701 hours of volunteer time or an average of 56.5 hours per week per school.

Friends of Educational Excellence received funding of $10,500 from Ford Motor Company as part of the Ford Focus Global Test Drive marketing campaign.  Friends of Educational Excellence was mentioned in Ford’s press release announcing the Ford campaign to “Start More than a Car”.

As part of this marketing campaign, Bruce Pollock, Friends of Educational Excellence Executive Director, will be driving a 2012 Ford Focus around Rochester in March and April.  Friends of Educational Excellence will also host several joint marketing events in the Rochester area to promote the 2012 Ford Focus and Friends of Educational Excellence.

January 2011:  The Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition meeting was held on January 10 at School 12.

Friends of Educational Excellence recruited and screened 83 college students for Friends of Educational Excellence schools, representing 4460 hours of volunteer time or an average of 53 hours per week per school.

Friends of Educational Excellence was part of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches (GRCC) “Faith in Action Network” Community Ministries Fair on January 24.

December 2010: Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition meeting was on December 13 at School 20.

Friends of Educational Excellence supports three additional schools: School 3, School 12, and School 50. These schools were added to the Rochester City School District (RCSD) - Friends of Educational Excellence Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) by RCSD Superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard.  Friends of Educational Excellence now supports eight schools:  Schools 3, 7, 12, 20, 22, 34, 50, and 52.

A Friends of Educational Excellence Letter to the Editor is published in City Newspsper emphasizing that we support teachers:

http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/news/letters/2010/12/EDUCATION-Were-not-waiting-for-Superman/

Friends of Educational Excellence recruits 75 college students (50 at SUNY Brockport and 25 at MCC) to do their fieldwork in Friends of Educational Excellence schools in the Spring semester.  This represents 4200 hours of volunteer time or over 48 hours per week for each Friends of Educational Excellence school.

November 2010: Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition meeting was on November 9 at School 22.

Friends of Educational Excellence now supports two new schools: School 7 and School 34. These schools were added to the Rochester City School District (RCSD) - Friends of Educational Excellence Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) by RCSD Superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard.

Friends of Educational Excellence has been approved by the United Way of Rochester as a United Way donor agency (No. 2526) and will be part of the UW 2011 fundraising campaign.

October 2010: Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition guest speaker: Gladys Pedraza-Burgos, RCSD Chief of Youth Development and Family Services.

On October 14, Friends of Educational Excellence made a presentation to the Rochester Area Coordinators of Field Placement Experience Consortium (RACFEC) to facilitate more collaboration with Rochester area colleges and universities so more college students will do their fieldwork hours in Friends of Educational Excellence programs.

Friends of Educational Excellence Executive Director, Bruce Pollock, interview with Beth Adams is broadcast on Clear Channel Radio stations on Sunday October 17.

Friends of Educational Excellence begins fundraising.

September 2010:  Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition guest speaker:  Dr. Sam Walton, St. John Fisher College School of Education Professor and Program Director of the SJFC Ed. D. Executive Leadership Program.  Sam was the leader of the RCSD Principals Leadership Training Program in 2009-2010.

Thirty-five (35) SUNY Brockport students were recruited, screened, and placed in partnership programs in Schools 52, 22, and 20.

Friends of Educational Excellence is registered with the New York State (NYS) Charities Bureau.

August 25, 2010:  Melanie Lewis, Rochester Community Services Librarian, is elected to the Friends of Educational Excellence Board of Directors

August 16, 2010:  Friends of Educational Excellence meets with the new RCSD Chief of Schools, Shaun Nelms (NE Zone), Anne Brown Scott (NW Zone), and Deasure Matthews (South Zone) to review Friends of Educational Excellence pilot programs.

August 2010:  Friends of Educational Excellence is working with the Unitarian Church – School 22 Partnership and the Mt Olivet Baptist Church – School 20 Partnership to launch Friends of Educational Excellence pilots in September 2010.  Friends of Educational Excellence continues to work with the Temple B’rith Kodesh – School 52 Partnership to build on its 2009-2010 program experience as the basis for the FREE Partnership pilot beginning in September 2010.     

July 27, 2010:  IRS approves 501c3 non-profit status for Friends of Educational Excellence.

June 2010:  Mt. Olivet Baptist Church agrees to partner with School 20.

June 2010:  Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition guest speaker:  Dr. Walter Cooper, NYS Board of Regents, and namesake for the newest RCSD elementary school, Dr. Walter Cooper Academy, School 10.

April 28, 2010:  First Friends of Educational Excellence Annual Meeting.

April 15, 2010:  Rochester City School District (RCSD) approves Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Friends of Educational Excellence for pilot programs at Schools 20, 22, and 52 to begin in September 2010.

April 2010:  Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition guest speaker:  Dr. Michael Perlson, Organizational Psychologist and Klein Steel PENCIL partner consultant at School 52.

March 2010:  Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition guest speaker:  Bill Cala, former RCSD Interim Superintendent of School and former Fairport Superintendent of Schools.

February 2010:  Friends of Educational Excellence places 18 MCC students in 7 community – school partnerships:

Universalist Church – School 7 2 students
Rochester Rotary – School 8 3 students
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – School 9 2 students
Unitarian Church – School 22 3 students
Grace Urban Ministries – School 34 3 students
Third Presbyterian Church – School 35 2 students
Temple B’rith Kodesh – School 52 3 students

February 26, 2010:  First meeting of the Friends of Educational Excellence Board of Directors.

February 1, 2010:  Friends of Educational Excellence is incorporated as a New York State non-profit corporation.

January 2010: Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition guest speaker:  Al Simon, former RIT President and Chair of the Rochester City School District (RCSD) Blue Ribbon Task Force in2005

November 2009:  Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition guest speaker:  Daryl Dickson, Director of the Rochester Education and Literacy (R.E.A.L.) Commission and the Rochester Literacy Movement

September 2009:  First monthly Friends of Educational Excellence Coalition Meeting held.