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This spring The Chad School Foundation was honored to bestow the Chad Legacy Award to Brother Pat Green for his extraordinary service to Chad. This fall, in keeping with the example of Brother Pat Green as a Black man taking responsibility to teach in his own community, the Foundation was honored to partner with My Brother’s Keeper Newark and the Newark Trust for Education to invite “Men of Color Who Teach in Newark” to celebrate the start of the new school year and commitment shown by these men to teach Newark’s children.
Our special guests for the evening were Newark Mayor, Ras Baraka, and newly appointed Newark Public Schools Superintendent, Roger Léon, veteran educators, respectively.
"I, Eric Stevenson, Executive Director of The Chad School Foundation, in partnership with My Brother’s Keeper Newark and the Newark Trust for Education, stand with Men of Color Who Teach in Newark. Thank you Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Superintendent Roger León for your examples of leadership as educators in Newark". #MyChadLegacy
2018 also marked the second year that Chad held Summer Engagement for the Chad Scholars. Building on our success from last year, this year's event affirmed our commitment to provide our scholars the necessary skills and resources they need to become community change agents. The Foundation chose Farm to Table at the Vineyard Baptist Church in Newark as the first summer engagement activity for the scholars. Farm to Table allows volunteers to plant and harvest vegetables in the outdoors garden, as well as prepare hot meals indoors to be distributed to community members who may need it. They also engaged in a clothing drive at the Farm as well. This activity was chosen because it taught the scholars to be patient, to learn how to take charge, as well as have a get-it-done attitude. These are skills they will need to have during their time in college as well as in their adult lives.
The Chad School Foundation hosted its 2018 Chad Scholars Awards at Crystal Room in the Robert Treat Hotel on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Equally important to the Foundation’s legacy today are the 6 recipients of the Chad Scholarship Award, five of whom received $10,000 each toward their college education, with the latter receiving a $1000 books & supplies scholarship.
The Chad School Foundation, in partnership with Programs for Parents and Newark Public Schools, awarded 18 recipients, in three different categories: (1) Incentives that Work; (2) Going Above and Beyond for Good Attendance; and (3) Outside of the Box Attendance Strategies, for their work to reduce chronic absenteeism in early childhood education in Newark and in Essex County
The 2018 STEM Fair hosted by Newark Public Schools and co-sponsored by The Chad School Foundation, was held on Friday April 13th at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers Newark.
Programs for Parents, in partnership with Newark Public Schools and Chad, convened several Family Success Workers and community members at the annual Family Engagement Conference. The goal of this conference was to educate family success workers across the Newark Public School system on best practices and ways to deal with the growing issue of chronic absenteeism among Pre-K students.
The Chad School Foundation celebrates the life, legacy, and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On March 8, 1965 in Selma, Alabama, Dr. King said, "A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true." Dr. King would travel to Newark days later in March 1968 to promote the Poor People’s Campaign, a movement to bring about economic justice for all Americans.
The Chad School Foundation is honored to partner with Eagle Academy for Young Men of Newark to encourage academic success, community responsibility, and a positive sense of self.
Science Park High School
Abdulbasit Ajeigbe is a senior at Science Park High School. At Science Park, he is the captain of the Track & Field team, Cross Country team, and Basketball team. On his free weekends, he volunteers at his mosque where he teaches children Arabic and Quran. In the fall, he will be attending Pomona College in Claremont, California. There, he hopes to major in Political Science and/or Computer Science. In the future, Abdulbasit hopes to work in politics and eventually hold office in Newark.
University High School
Inasia Belton is a senior at University High School where she was co-captain of the tennis team, treasurer of her senior class, a member of french club, and vice president of Students Learning About Medicine( SLAM). She also volunteered as a peer mentor at NJ Regional Day School. In the fall she will be attending Denison University majoring in Psychology with the goal of becoming a Child Psychologist.
**Inasia is receiving a $1000 scholarship for books and supplies
Peoples Prep Charter High School
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jerome Carter is a senior at Peoples Prep Charter High School. He plans to pursue a career as a computer engineer with the hope of making a lasting impact on the computer science and engineering communities. However, he also dreams of becoming a business owner, investor, and educator. Jerome plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall, majoring in Computer Engineering. He plans to fulfill his dream of becoming an operating system developer and making an impact on the computer science and computer engineering communities.
East Side High School
Janet Cazares is a senior at East Side High School. She is the secretary of the National Honor Society, member of the tennis team, member of the yearbook committee, and a literature mentor to her fellow freshman class. Janet has participated in numerous community service activities such as organizing a scholarship fundraiser for high achieving women and feminists in her school, raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, and volunteering at her local library. She has actively been participating in the Rutgers Future Scholars Program where she unearthed a profound passion for social justice which propelled self-exploration about how her personal story can fit into the larger tapestry of a national and global story. After receiving her high school diploma and associate arts degree upon graduation, she will study international studies and environmental policy or cognitive science at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Science Park High School
Bryanna Gabriel is a proud citizen of Newark, NJ. She has been a student at Science Park for 6 years and will be attending Howard University for a bachelor’s degree in finance. In high school, she has been a member of the National Honors Society along with being on the Class of 2018 Student Council. She was the Dance Captain in the Legion of Boom, her school’s award winning marching band. She has volunteered with Newark’s Beth Israel Hospital. She was also the Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team statistician. She plans on getting a master’s degree and implementing new programs for the students of Newark to help them graduate high school at a higher rate and pursue higher educations.
Montclair High School
Christine Malcolm Lynsung is a senior at Montclair Public High School where she is the co-president of the Kpop club and president of the Kpop club dance group, Rainbow042. She is a member of her high school’s National Honor Society and small learning community, Center of Social Justice. She volunteers at Montclair Public Library and as a tutor with Succeed2gether, as well as at a variety of events in her area including the annual Red Cross blood donation drive at her high school, Montclair Public Library’s “Senior Maker Space”, and KinderSmile’s “Give Kids a Smile” day. Through her interactions with STEM fields and their intersection with social issues, she aspires to become a physician in order to one day open a clinic and give free quality healthcare to those in need. In the Fall of 2018, she will be attending Rutgers University-New Brunswick as an undergraduate biology major.
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