Nonprofit Spotlight: On graduation day, proud to be a Golden Eagle

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Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation

This column was written by Gretchen Sharp, Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation executive director.

Being a Golden Eagle means different things to everyone. To some, it means the pride of accomplishments in sports, fine arts or in the academic arena. To some, it brings back the pain of lessons learned the hard way. To some, it means memories of past achievements, and hopes for future successes. The Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation is there to support all of our Golden Eagles, each step of the way.

Today is graduation day for the Aberdeen Central High School class of 2013. Congratulations to these Golden Eagles that are about to take flight into the world. To them, being a Golden Eagle means the start of new opportunities, having been equipped with the ability to make a difference in the world. Members of this class will go on to accomplish great things, and one day may return for induction into the CHS Hall of Fame!

Our current students in the Aberdeen Public School District are Golden Eagles that are learning to spread their wings. They carry on the proud tradition as they learn and grow in knowledge and experience through their classroom lessons and co-curricular activities. They will have the opportunity to earn scholarships endowed or provided by generous donors and administered through the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation.

CHS alumni are proud to be Golden Eagles. They cherish the memories of their time at Central. There are seven class reunions this summer and fall. Many Golden Eagle alumni will return to Aberdeen to see old friends and make new memories. Most will tour “old” and “new” Central, as well as visit the CHS Alumni Room. The Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation strives to keep our alumni informed and connected through the

biannual Blue & Gold Alumni & Friends newsletter.

Aberdeen Public School District staff are essential Golden Eagles. They provide the proverbial “wind beneath the wings” of all of our students, and truly empower them to succeed in a changing world. Their influence impacts lives and inspires achievement.

The Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation is pleased to support teachers and staff through grants for innovative classroom activities and equipment that enhance excellence in education. Parents and guardians of present and past students are welcomed as Golden Eagles by association. To them, being a Golden Eagle means involvement in school activities as they support and encourage their children. Student success is critical, and the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation forges a partnership among our schools, community, businesses and alumni.

Foundation donors and volunteers are Golden Eagles, too. Support of the school district through the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation enhances programs and provides opportunities for our students and staff not otherwise available through the district annual budget. Their contributions help foster enthusiasm in the classroom and rekindle the joy of learning.

Being a Golden Eagle means something different to each one of us. What does being a Golden Eagle mean to you?