Dear Friends, It is an honor for me to begin my second year as President of the Lanier Education Foundation. This will be my third year serving on the LEF Board. Prior to serving as President, I was Chair of the Auction Committee for the Blue Jean Ball for a year and have logged countless hours through the years as a PTA volunteer and President.
I have two daughters. One is a sophomore at LHS and one is in 8 th grade at LMS. We have been a part of the Lanier Cluster since its beginning. My girls started school as Huskies at Sycamore and moved over to become White Oak Owls when it opened. We are all Longhorns now and are proud to be a part of this community!
This is an exciting time for the Lanier Cluster. Last year, the Lanier Cluster received one of two Innovation and Transformation Grant Awards by Gwinnett County Public Schools for their unique approach to teaching and learning. For more info about the award, watch this video Our schools are being recognized locally and nationally for their successes in environmental initiatives, mentoring programs, student leadership, and STEM. The Lanier Education Foundation is here to support the schools as they continue to strive forward and make a difference in each student’s life.
As parents, teachers, administrators and community members we want the schools in the Lanier Cluster to be the best. Countless studies show that student achievement is highest when there are strong partnerships between families, schools and communities. The Lanier Education Foundation works to grow these partnerships. It is indisputable that good schools benefit everyone in the community whether or not they have children in the schools. Homeowners, business owners, municipalities all reap the rewards of successful schools.
Join me and the LEF Board in supporting these efforts! You can help by sharing our Cluster’s successes within the community, making a donation and attending our Hook’em and Hold’em Casino Night in the spring. Stay connected through our facebook page and check our website for updates on events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to contribute.
Amy Ballar President 2016-17
Dear Friends, My name is Amy Ballar. I am honored and excited to begin my term as President of the Lanier Education Foundation. I served on the LEF Board last year as Chair of the Auction Committee for the Blue Jean Ball and have logged countless hours through the years as a PTA volunteer and President.
My oldest daughter begins high school this year and my younger daughter will be in 7th grade. Beginning at Sycamore and then being zoned for White Oak when it opened, through the past nine years we have been enrolled in four of the five cluster schools. When your children are in elementary school, it can be hard to see beyond those years and beyond the school they are attending. However, when they move up to middle and high school, the connection is clear. Our principals have assembled a Vertical Team of teachers and administrators from all of our schools who collaborate to inspire academic success and consistency amongst the schools. The purpose of the Lanier Education Foundation is to support each school individually and the cluster as a whole.
As parents, teachers, administrators and community members we want the schools in the Lanier Cluster to be the best. Countless studies show that student achievement is highest when there are strong partnerships between families, schools, and communities. The Lanier Education Foundation works to grow these partnerships.
Join me and the LEF Board in supporting these efforts! We have a dedicated group of new and returning board members this year and we are working on some new ideas to get the Lanier Community involved. Stay connected through our Facebook page and check our website for updates on events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to contribute.
My name is Allen Smith and I’m honored to serve our community as the President of the Lanier Education Foundation. I have assembled a dedicated Board of Trustees who are working diligently with me to fulfill the Foundation’s mission to enhance, enrich, and extend the academic initiatives of our schools. Our purpose is simple. We want to be the primary organization providing financial support to the Buice School, Sugar Hill Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, White Oak Elementary, Lanier Middle School, and Lanier High School. Our continued success depends entirely upon the volunteers and donors who generously give their time and money to support our mission.
At the Cluster breakfast in August, I had the opportunity to address nearly 500 teachers and administrators from our area. The Lanier Education Foundation funded over $50,000 in teacher submitted grants, which is a 100% increase over last year’s funding. The expressions on the teachers’ faces when I announced the grant recipients can only be described as priceless. The grants we funded support programs designed by our teachers, which will feed directly back into the classrooms serving children in our schools.
We will host our fourth annual Blue Jean Ball on February 28, 2015, at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. I attended the first three Blue Jean Balls and it has been wonderful to watch the event grow. The Blue Jean Ball serves as the primary funding vehicle for the Foundation, and I am confident that we will see continued growth and support this year.
As I begin my second year as President of the Lanier Education Foundation, I want to offer my sincere thanks to other parents, teachers, and community leaders that have helped make the Foundation what it is today. We can only continue to grow with increased involvement from our community, and I hope that you will consider joining me in supporting our organization. I look forward to seeing you in February at the Blue Jean Ball.