This is not just a project; it is an initiative that will ultimately enable our students to make a real difference in their leadership of our city or wherever they may choose to live.
New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) May 15, 2013
Metairie Park Country Day School has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the RosaMary Foundation, matching in full the Edward E. Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant that was awarded to the School in 2012 for the purpose of creating the New Orleans Scholars Program, a forward-thinking curriculum initiative designed to equip high school juniors and seniors with knowledge and skills to become future leaders in New Orleans.
Head of School Carolyn Chandler announced the news in an email last week to the Country Day community. “We are grateful to RosaMary for this extraordinary gift and plan to make both foundations extremely proud of their confidence in us by creating a signature program for our school and for our city.”
With the matching funds in place, a stipulation of the EE Ford Leadership Grant, Country Day is now developing the curriculum, which includes four areas of study: economic development, environment, politics, and culture. Country Day is presently working to finalize educational partnerships with the Idea Village, the University of New Orleans Disaster Resiliency Program, Loyola University’s Institute of Politics, and the Historic New Orleans Collection. Country Day has invited Benjamin Franklin High School students to participate in the program; a limited number of students from both schools will be selected each year.
"Through these partnerships, the New Orleans Scholars program will allow us to bring students into greater awareness of the culture, politics, environmental issues and business climate in New Orleans," Chandler said. "This is not just a project; it is an initiative that will ultimately enable our students to make a real difference in their leadership of our city or wherever they may choose to live."
Country Day was one of eight schools in the country invited to submit a proposal for the EE Ford Leadership Grant in April 2011. The application process involved a written proposal, a site visit to the school by the foundation's Executive Director and a presentation to the foundation’s Board of Directors in New York.
View Country Day’s New Orleans Scholars Program video submission here.