We were happy to be visited by the President (Lorie Howley) and Executive Director (Meg Mitkus) of the Howley Family Foundation. The mission of this foundation is to award academic scholarships and to provide tuition assistance to elementary, high school, and college students and support educational organizations primarily in Northeast Ohio and Philadelphia. Lorie and Meg stopped by our school on to meet with our nine Howley Scholars. The students (5th through 8th grade) introduced themselves and talked about what they did over the summer, what books they are reading, and what high schools and colleges they would consider attending. Lorie and Meg let the students know that they were chosen to be Howley Scholars because we know that they will make a difference in this world. They can be leaders in this community and to our nation.
Rick Auletta, President of Independence Mission Schools (IMS), was also present for the visit. He joined us in thanking the Howley Family for the wonderful work of the foundation. Rick encouraged students to become problem-solvers, to remember to help others whenever they can, and always ask God for help. He told our boys and girls that he hopes that someday one of them would become president of IMS and even president of the United States!
After light refreshments the Howley Scholars and the Howley Family representatives got together for a picture. From left to right: Jakar Frasier (4th grade), Lorie Howley, Angelique Swift (6th grade), Zoe Mackey (6th grade), Kaylin Vertreace (5th grade), Davin Barnett (8th grade), Shyla Stout (4th grade), Bryson Mitchell (5th grade), Marlow Baker (7th grade), Donovan Bradley (5th grade), and Meg Mitkus.