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 May 2014 eNewsletter



Welcome to the May issue of the Mobile Area Education Foundation e-newsletter. The school year is almost over and it will be summer break for Mobile County Public School students before we know it. However, we are still busy at MAEF bridging the gap and providing our public school students every chance to succeed. Read on to see what we have been up to, and how we continue to work to make our public schools better for all students and teachers.



 What's Going On at MAEF? 


Extended Learning Experience 


The RAMP UP/ Extended Learning Experience (ELE) program held a Learning Symposium on Saturday, April 26 for their program participant parents at Pillans Middle School. The symposium was an interactive workshop which focused on education and career choices, getting ready for high school, the art of personal responsibility, leadership, law enforcement, and health. 

Special guest and program participants included Dr. Joaquin Holloway, Jr., Terrance Smith, Kristi July, Savannah Gillman, Corporal David Dallas, Vandalyn Pieere. Also in attendance were District 1 Mobile County Commissioner, Merceria Ludgood, MAEF CEO, Carolyn Akers, MCPSS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lynda Carroll, and Dr. Katherine Whiteley. 


Five ELE Leadership students who attend Pillans Middle School also participated in the symposium. These students shared with other attendees their college and career goals for after they graduate high school.  

AT&T Vital Link

AT&T Vital Link

MAEF has accepted 8 middle schools to participate in the AT&T Vital Link career awareness program. Congratulations to Burns Middle, Clark-Shaw Magnet School, Hankins Middle, Lott Middle, Mobile County Training School, Phillips Preparatory School, Pillans Middle and Semmes Middle!


Teachers are currently selecting their students who will spend half-days in local businesses during the week of June 9th. Students will gain exposure and gather a greater understanding of critical occupational skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving. 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Ilka Porter at the Mobile Area Education Foundation: 476-0002 or


Evening Education Options Program


Jamaris Etheridge, a 2012-2013 graduate of EEOP, was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society for his outstanding academic performance at Bishop State Southwest campus.  


Congratulations Jamaris! 


Engaging Youth through Engineering Travels to D.C. for the 3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival

  Engaging Youth Through Engineering
The USA Science & Engineering Festival, held April 25-27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., is the largest STEM education event of its kind in the United States. This year, the National Science Foundation sponsored exhibit space to showcase its top STEM programs. Engaging Youth through Engineering (EYE) was among the elite group of NSF programs featured at the festival.

EYE team members and MCPSS middle grades math and science teachers, participating in the Toyota USA Foundation's Teacher Leadership Program, represented MAEF at the event. An estimated 250,000 visitors attended the festival, many of whom were "engaged" in solving EYE engineering challenges.

"We were proud to represent the Mobile Area Education Foundation and Mobile County Public Schools at the event," said Melissa Dean, MAEF's Elementary & Middle Grades Program Director. "It was a great opportunity to share our innovative curriculum with so many people and to allow the Toyota Foundation's Teacher Leaders an opportunity to advocate for STEM at a national level." 

What to do?
Progress is being made, but there is much work to be done and we need YOU! The Mobile Area Education Foundation provides various volunteer opportunities to fit any schedule.


CLICK HERE or call today to make a difference in a child's academic journey and ensure they Graduate Ready!


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The Mobile Area Education Foundation is a non-profit, local education foundation dedicated to creating higher expectations for our public schools and our community.