Life School News and Notes
Golf Tourney Raises Over $10k
In a swinging success, the Life School Education Foundation (LSEF) raised over $10,000 in student scholarships and educational grants during its Fairway for Leaders Golf Tournament on Sept. 21st.
“Through our efforts, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships for students as they graduate from Life School and pursue higher education, technical training, or service in the military,” explained Eddie Davis, Life School’s Chief Development Officer. “The foundation also supports our teachers through grants that help them be more innovative in the classroom.”
Fulfilling the LSEF’s education initiative through the Dr. Tom Wilson scholarship and the Legacy Club scholarship, Jessica Pruneda, Life School’s Development Specialist, also adds that six graduates from Life High School Waxahachie (LHSW) and Life High School Oak Cliff (LHSOC) received funds to offset technical school and college tuition this year.
“The Foundation’s mission is to support Life School and give back to the students and teachers we serve,” Pruneda stated, noting past grants encompassed everything from elementary library upgrades to equipment for Health programs, student scholarships, and more (dependent on campus needs).
“My experience with Life School has been amazing,” expressed Mikenzi Lowe, LHSW graduate and 2020 Legacy Club scholarship winner. “I’ve gotten to go to the ‘Ready, Set, Teach’ program and get a lot more experience for my resume.”
“I’m happy we got to have this opportunity,” added Dulce Rosales, LHSOC graduate, about receiving the 2020 Legacy Club Scholarship. “Thank you so much, Life School, for everything you’ve done for me.”
Though Life School receives funding from the state at a lower rate than traditional ISD’s, LSEF supplements funds through educational and technology grants from supportive organizations in order to better assist its students.
“Through our work, Life School campuses are able to operate at a high-level and meet the needs of our students, many of which come from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds,” Davis explained.
LSEF is bridging the gap of financial hardships with academic opportunities by partnering with both Life School parents and the community.
“We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, and Life School’s role is to come alongside the parents or guardians and support their child’s education,” Davis added. “We also believe it's important that schools are a part of, and supported by, the community. We can do more together as we work to educate the children in our communities.”
More than 30 local sponsors, over 100 players, and a dedicated crew of volunteers championed the LSEF for a day of networking, golf, and hearing from scholarship students, via video messages.
“From the moment you pull into the parking lot, until after the awards banquet is complete, everything is run with excellence, energy, and purpose,” commended Chris Ransbottom, an FFL Tournament player and Student Pastor at FBC Midlothian.
“Playing golf with great people, that is a ton of fun. Getting to support an organization that does so much to impact students and families, that is a privilege,” he emphasized.
Finishing in first place, the winning team included: Chris Ransbottom, Chandler Mints, Chad Cole, and Randy Crews.
Pruneda also thanked this year’s sponsors for donating, listing them as followed:
Superior Construction Services, Strategic Janitorial Services, Datamax of Texas, Hotchkiss Insurance, Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Paul Colwell, Southwest Network, Allyn Media, Featherston Media, The Oaks Church, Covenant Church, The Lighthouse Church, Larry Eon, Ed's Media Photography, InterBank, DeSoto Janitorial Supply, Dan Pickett, Pete's Tire, John Houston Custom Homes, CNB of Texas, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Sharon Lee, Featherston Auto, Bryon Ding, Snowflake Donuts, Juniors BBQ, Farmers - Mark McMullin, Sodexo, OVOL, CMC Network Solutions, CDW-G, and Dell EMC.
The tournament additionally welcomed two special guests; retired NBA player and SMU Athletics Hall-of-Famer, Ira Terrell, and former Cowboys player, Kenny “The Shark” Gant.
“Thank you all for giving your time and resources to support Life School and the Life School Education Foundation,” Davis said. “Your contribution directly impacts our ability to improve students’ lives in North Texas. Your support of Life School is making the difference for so many deserving students. You are changing lives.”
As the day came to an end, Ransbottom emphasized that it not only takes education, but also community effort, to help raise the next generation.
“It is easy to understand that an organization such as Life School would be doing good things in the lives of students and families,” Ransbottom observed.
“When you get to hear the personal testimony of a life changed, that is not something you can ignore. It is an objective fact that Life School is making a difference in someone’s life. That’s what it is all about [...] The Life School Education Foundation changes lives,” he concluded.
To help fund student scholarships and teacher classroom grants, become a Life School G.E.M. (Give Every Month) member at -- lifeschool.net/gem.
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