OSWEGO, NY – The awarding of the “Friends of Education” honor has become a tradition in the Oswego City School District.
This year, Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist presented the award to SUNY Oswego Executive Assistant to the President Howard Gordon during the opening day faculty and staff assembly at the Oswego High School.
The award was created several years ago to recognize businesses and community organizations that do “great things” for Oswego’s students. It celebrates and honors those who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the district and its children.
Businesses and organizations continually support and encourage education through leadership, service, volunteerism and donations.
Crist expressed appreciation to SUNY Oswego for the partnership that has been developed between to two education entities.
One of the newest cooperative ventures was the creation of the “Possibilities” Scholarship which was presented for the second consecutive year to an Oswego High School graduating senior.
The Possibility Scholarship program provides students with a high-qualify college education in some of the world’s most promising fields of study.
The scholarship expands the social mobility in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines and gives students the chance to gain a global perspective before they enter the workforce.
This is a fully paid four-year scholarship that includes a Summer Research Institute that allows traveling abroad.
SUNY Oswego is also involved in a new mentoring effort (Mentor Scholar Program) for at-risk students at Oswego Middle School. This will provide one-on-one interaction between SUNY Oswego educational.
OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro said, “SUNY Oswego has made tremendous investment in this effort. If we target students early on this program can provide more success as they work together on academics and social skills. We know that success in this program will result in a lower dropout rate and therefore increase graduation for our students.
New projects are under way that will allow for Oswego High School students who have completed graduation requirements to received a ‘jump start’ by taking courses on the SUNY Oswego campus.”
During the last school year, SUNY Oswego has contributed substantially to the well-being of the Oswego City School District with a variety of projects and partnerships.
Crist noted, “This is an extremely valuable and beneficial relationship that will provide nothing, but positive results. It is essential that the two largest educational entities locally work side-by-side and hand-in-hand to create the best learning environment possible for students.”
The Oswego City School District appreciates the cooperative efforts from businesses, civic organizations, families and individuals. The teamwork displayed throughout the school year is very important to the students and community.
There are numerous “Friends of Education” and they are saluted and thanked by the Oswego City School District Board of Education, administrators, teachers, staff and students.