Those who attended wondered how the event committee would ever top the baseball motif. Well, this year the creative subcommittee — made up of Rick Williams, Noel Jackson and Michael Doyle — came up with “Reelin’ in the Years,” which will feature a retrospective of four different decades during Trenton schools history.
The organizers hope the results will help them reel in their ambitious goal of raising $100,000 toward educational grants for special projects within the district that are not provided via standard school funding means. Last year’s event raised more than $50,000.
Trenton High School teachers Denise Paczewitz and Mike Kurilko have stepped in to head up the scripting and musical composition team to showcase the Trenton talent. Paczewitz plans to pair the right students with their decade, including a 1950s-era of “greasers,”
The acting team plan to do short skits in four sections of the restaurant during the arrival of guests from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. They will switch every few minutes so each group of tables will be able to see all four performances through the decades. For added ambiance, a select student band will perform a medley of background songs reminiscent of those eras.
The theme stemmed from an idea by Co-Chair Noel Jackson who said he “thought it would be neat to tie in entertainment using students from Trenton High School while capturing moments in history.”
Chairman Rick Williams agreed: “It is such a pleasure working with the drama club talents of Denise Paczewitz as well as musical direction of Mike Kurilko. The TEF is sure to have a HIT!” This will be the event of the year to attend for parents, community and educators for a great time and for a great cause, education.
The fun will be followed by a buffet dinner, live auction and limited premium silent auction featuring only high end, unique items. The Wall of Fame committee also will induct new members that evening as well. Those honorees are expected to be announced sometime after Oct. 2.
Tickets are $50 a person or included with sponsorship packages (with premium seating). They are available at the School Board office, Trenton City Hall, and M&M Printing. Sponsorships are still available by calling chairman Rick Williams, (734) 626-7778.
Established in 2008 by a partnership of community leaders from various organizations, the TEF is now known as a source of “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. 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,” Williams 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.”
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/