Archive for Thursday, March 6, 2008

State of District breakfast set for Thursday

Supt. Paul Dorathy, left, and Baldwin Board of Education President Alison Bauer share a laugh at last year's State of the District Breakfast. This year's event will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday and the proceeds will help fund Baldwin Education Foundation grants.

Supt. Paul Dorathy, left, and Baldwin Board of Education President Alison Bauer share a laugh at last year's State of the District Breakfast. This year's event will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday and the proceeds will help fund Baldwin Education Foundation grants.

March 6, 2008

Another round of breakfast, singing and an update on the Baldwin School District will be happening Thursday morning.

Throw into the mix that the event is also the primary fundraiser for the Baldwin Education Foundation and you've got the second-annual State of the District Breakfast. The event will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday at Baker University's Harter Union cafeteria.

"I'm very excited for the breakfast," said Kathy Gerstner, BEF executive director. "Last year was such a great event. We're hoping for a great turnout again. It should be a lot of fun."

Along with the Baker University breakfast, the Baldwin High School choir will perform at the event. There will also be a video about the BEF's Innovative Grants that were awarded last fall. The video was created by one of BHS teacher Patty Lenning's class.

Of course, the main part of the breakfast is the keynote address by Supt. Paul Dorathy. Although he is still working on his speech, Dorathy is ready for the event.

"I am really looking forward to the breakfast," Dorathy said. "It will be a good morning to celebrate some things in the district. I am going to highlight some accomplishments and some challenges in the district."

The video will highlight all of the innovative grants that were given out by the education foundation in the fall. Those grants totaled $4,650 and were given to 14 educators. The funds from this year's breakfast will go directly toward next fall's innovative grants.

"It just highlights all of the work that teachers do and the progress of the district," Gerstner said. "It really is a great breakfast, too."

Just like last year, the event will be taking place when Baker University students will be on spring break. Next Thursday will also be the first day of spring break for Baldwin School District students.

However, staff members have a teacher workday that day. Gerstner is happy the teachers and students don't have to be at school by a certain time next Thursday, because some of them were unable to attend last year for that reason.

"Part of the reason for the date is because Baker is on spring break," Gerstner said. "We are not conflicting with any of their students. We also hope more teachers can attend because they don't have to get back to school. It would be great if some students would come, too. We would love to have them there."

Tickets for the event cost $25. They can be purchased at the District Office, Baldwin Junior High School office or the Mid America Bank. Approximately 90 tickets have been sold as of Monday, but Gerstner is hoping to sell more than 115, which would beat last year's total.

The event begins at 7 a.m., but she said the food will begin to be served shortly before 7 if guests want to get a head start.

"It's a celebration of education and a benefit for the Baldwin Education Foundation," Gerstner said.

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