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“Celebrity athlete” and 1995 THS grad J.J. Putz will be at this year’s Signature Event.

Trenton Educational Foundation Holds Second Annual SIGNATURE EVENT Fundraiser featuring Arizona Diamondback closing pitcher J.J. Putz.

JJ Putz
JJ Putz
Sept. 6, 2012 - PRLog -- The second Annual SIGNATURE EVENT Fundraiser is sponsored by the Trenton Educational Foundation and will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Fratello’s Restaurant.

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching ace will have his high school jersey retired among family and friends. The announcement was made by Event Co-Chairs Mike McCullough and Tom Dickman. “We are excited and proud to have the opportunity to feature one of our own for his significant athletic achievements,” said Dickman. “J.J. is a product of the THS system and deserves to be recognized,” said McCullough. “We expect a sellout and tickets will be limited!” Both indicated that there would be several other ”unexpected” surprises!

Tickets are $50 a person and can be obtained at The Board of Education office, M&M Printing Inc. and Trenton City Hall, or by contacting Mike McCullough at 734-671-0100 or mcculloughmik@aol.com .

The TEF was founded three years ago by a group of residents who wanted to help raise money to fund special projects and programs not covered by traditional school funding. The Signature Event is seen as a way to enhance those efforts, perhaps on an annual basis.

Another exciting facet will be the naming of up to three new Inductees to the TEF “Wall of Fame” that was dedicated at Trenton High School last year. “Candidates can be an educator, administrator or Trenton graduate,” said TEF Wall of Fame Chair Tom Dickman. Applications are available online and are being accepted until October 1.
Partner Sponsorships are an important feature of this year’s Event. Prospective sponsors are encouraged to call Sponsor Chair Paul Frost at (734) 692-6400 for sponsorship information and packages. Donations of items for the Live and Silent Auction are being solicited by Auction Chairs Joyce Brown-Gillespie, Marie Conflitti and Kellee Howey. Unique works of art are also welcome. You may contact Marie at 734-552-9787.

The Master of Ceremony and the Meister of Fun is Council person Bill LeFevre. Bill will serve as the MC and Auctioneer extroadinaire and provide ongoing commentary to this action-packed evening. Along with auctions, the evening will include food, entertainment, prize drawings and other activities. McCullough said it will be an exciting evening where people “can have a great time and support a great cause.”
The event’s tagline is “Expect the Unexpected” and Tom Dickman promises even more surprises. “Our goal is to raise some funds to help raise the bar of educational excellence here in Trenton,” said Significant Event Co-Chair Tom Dickman “Bottom line: we’re establishing a coalition of caring citizens, who want to make a difference and have some fun at the same time.”

Established in 2008 by a partnership of community leaders from various organizations, the TEF is now known as a source of “mini-grants” that teachers can seek to help fund special projects and activities not within the budget. All levels of Trenton public education are helped by the TEF.

For instance, Andrea Thorn and Kasey Harhold were granted two televisions for the THS the cafeteria and an RF modulator (which will, in the future, help connect all and any TV’s set up in different rooms of the high school). The TV’s were used to broadcast upcoming events and student video programming during student lunch times. They also received 6 iPod touches and an audio recorder.  The iPod touches allow special education students to take read-aloud tests at their own pace, create sentences using apps on the devices, and listen to stories.

Middle School Math Teachers were granted their submission for a Big 10 Challenge.  For each grade level (6-8) there are 10 big topics addressed throughout the year.  Every 2 weeks, a "Big 10 Challenge" (10 question quiz) is given, starting at the beginning of the year.  Students are introduced to topics before they are fully covered in the units taught through the school year.  Near the end of the year, the students became competitive and the scores have improved.  The teachers are also using the test scores to plot and keep track of progress of each individual student, as well as class average.  

First Grade Social Studies Teacher received a grant for their submission of "It's a Small World" Project. They purchased books, maps, markers, posters and other materials to introduce students to the fact that everyone is connected, through family, community, and state.

The Foundation funds six integral areas of education — cultural enrichment, scholastic enrichment, arts and education, technology and learning, continuing education and professional development.
“The Trenton Educational Foundation is committed to support innovative and fresh ideas in education,” Dickman said. “Our primary focus is to support that area of teaching that the traditional funding methods do not support. This can bring a broader experience of learning to the students in Trenton schools.”

Event Fine Points:
-Come see JJ Putz!
-Trenton Wall of Fame will Induct individual(s) who have contributed to education within the community
-Art Auction showcasing many local artist and students hand-crafted works of art
-Silent Auction comprising the generous donations of local businesses and professionals Live Auction featuring ----  Significant items conducted by Auctioneer extraodinaire Bill LeFevre
-The Signature Drink giving tongue-in-cheek homage to a Trenton Education icon  Celebrity Bartenders serving liquid cheer and good tidings
-Many more surprises!

The Trenton Educational Foundation (TEF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation created for the purpose of enhancing the educational opportunities for teachers and students within the Trenton Public Schools system. The Foundation’s mission is to help achieve and maintain an extra margin of excellence. The TEF is an independent entity, not affiliated with the Trenton Board of Education.

For more information visit the web site http://trentonedfoundation.org  or Facebook page facebook.com/TrentonEducationFoundation .

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