Grove City Record

Concert to aid educational foundation, celebrate 25th year

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation will hold its annual honors concert fundraising event Nov. 21.

The concert will start at 7 p.m. at Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road, Grove City.

"Music is such a big part of South-Western schools, and the honors concert is an important event for us," said Kelli Milligan Stammen, SWCSEF communications and development director. "It's one of our main fundraising efforts."

The concert will include performances by the South-Western City Schools District Honor Band and Choir and the Grove City Community Winds, led by Jim Swearingen, professor of music at Capital University.

It's a special year for the SWCSEF.

"We're celebrating our 25th year, so we're asking everyone in the community who supports us to give an additional $25 this year so we can give out as many grants and scholarships as we can in our anniversary year," Stammen said.

Teachers apply for grants "to enhance learning in their classroom," she said. "Typically, we give out about $20,000 in grants each year."

This year's list of grant recipients is being finalized this month and teachers are being notified about their grant requests, Stammen said.

The latest round of awards will include funds to pay for a high school physics carnival that will help teach students the importance of physics in a fun way and an outreach program by an intermediate school literacy coach that will help buy books for families who cannot afford them, she said.

"Once all the grants have been announced, the actual awards will have to be spent by April 2014," Stammen said.

The foundation also awards scholarships to graduating students. Students with a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher who are in the top 25 percent of their class are invited to apply.

In addition to the music, the honors concert will include a raffle and silent auction, appetizers and beverages, Stammen said.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Ticket requests can be made by contacting the foundation at info@swcsef.org or calling 614-801-3028. Tickets can also be purchased through Pay Pal at www.swcsef.org.

"We really rely on the community to help support us in their mission, and they've been so generous over the years," Stammen said.

One of the most touching and meaningful displays of support was the decision of the family of Shawn Hannon, who was killed in action last year in Afghanistan, to donate the proceeds from a memorial golf tournament to the SWCSEF, she said.

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