Freedom Education Association pulls off virtual fundraiser for student scholarships
A pandemic could not stop the Freedom Education Association from caring about their students, and so the local union took to YouTube to raise money for student scholarships.
Spearheaded by President Mike Fogarty, the annual Higher Education Day went forward featuring dozens of teachers dressed in gear from their own alma maters. “The educators who belong to the Freedom Education Association have provided scholarships to deserving students for more than three decades,” Fogarty said.
One of the favorites is Higher Education Day, an idea the FEA got from the New London EA, in which staff make donations to the scholarship fund and wear clothing or the colors from their alma mater or from the school that a child or grandchild attends. “It’s been a great way to foster conversations about students’ plans for when their education in the FASD comes to an end. Conversations about universities, technical colleges, and apprenticeships all flow out of this day.”
“We’ve gotten creative and pulled off a virtual version of Higher Education Day and raised some money for this year’s scholarship in the process,” Fogarty said. “Enjoy this video of some of the FASD’s finest educators.”
In posting the union’s shout-out to students, Fogarty said educators are missing the culmination of the combined dedication of students, families and educators. “I know that we all miss our students, and our hearts go out to the class of 2020,” he said. “We wish each of you nothing but the best in your futures; we know that you’re going to do great things.”