Chicago 25 year study results

July 18th, 2011

At the retreat Ed spoke about the long term Chicago study that SCIENCE published in June 2011.  This study is probably the first that legitimizes with hard data the fact that Pre-School has a long term positive impact on the lives of students as they continue in school and life.   Here are two links to the data:

1.  Reprints from two articles reporting the results of the the long-term study that  followed 1,539 children born in 1979-80.

2. Actual study as reported in SCIENCE.

Minutes June 24th Meeting

July 11th, 2011


Please select June 24 Meeting Minutes for a copy of the minutes.  They will be voted on at the August 18th meeting.

The Proof Is Here

April 27th, 2011

From the development director’s desk:

To stay current on the state of early childhood education I rely on two very important websites.  Pre-K Now and National Institute for Early Education Research.  Pre-K Now is a project of the Pew Center on the States and NIEER is the research program of  Rutgers Graduate School of Education.  Together they disseminate, educate, and elevate the importance to support high quality, effective early childhood education for all young children. 

Here at our foundation it is the published research data and resources that both of these organizations provide that help us continue to promote our mission. Subscribing to their newsletters and email updates are very useful tools for me.

I know that when I write a fund-raising letter, or a proposal to the Board of Directors, and list benefits for awarding PRE-K scholarships and ask our patrons for more money and directors for more time that the facts are there.  That there is a large community of support that I can rely on.   As Hillary coined…"It’s takes a community to raise a child".

Thanks for your continued support.




Azalea Festival 2011

April 12th, 2011

Ed at Azalea Festival 2011 2

Azalea Festival 2011  April 9-10th, Wilmington, NC

Here in our backyard was the perfect opportunity to build awareness for the foundation.  Ed Kaczynski, foundation founder, worked diligently to talk to as many of the 30,000 or more people that stroll the festival as he could.

We raised some Dollars for Small Scholars along the way!


Feile 2011 Fundraiser is a Success

March 29th, 2011

March 11th, 2011

The 2nd annual Feile gathering and celebration proved once again to be a wonderful fundraiser for the foundation.  Held at St. Thomas Preservation Hall in historic downtown Wilmington, NC, the event raised over $10,000 for scholarship funds.  Each year this event gets stronger and will continue to be an annual event.  Save the Date for March 16th, 2012 to let your IRISH shine.  Thank you to everyone who donated Silent and Live Auction items, Sally’s volunteers, and our Emcees Paul Lawler and Randy Shackleford.  Most of all thank you to our wonderful friends and family of the foundation for contributing your Dollars to Small Scholars!  Enjoy the photos…

Blarney Broughs Craig ThompsonTable of Party GoersEd and SallyEd and Dan

Randy and DanWine Pull TableSilent Auction tableSallyEd and Scott