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Running for Renaissance - The Two Cuffee Sisters Fund

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THE STORY:

Yes! I ran the marathon. It was awesome! I'm running the Brooklyn Half in May to keep on rolling!

My Aunt Phyllis passed on Sunday. She inspired me to become an educator and someone devoted to social justice. She was stunned and humbled by having an award named for both her and her sister Vanya.

She was so excited to help Springfield students attend college!

Check out the college bound students at my school!

http://wwlp.com/news/local/hampden/students-step-toward-college-together

http://www.wggb.com/2013/09/26/mass-students-performing-better-on-the-sat/

The Two Cuffee Sisters College Fund—The Springfield Renaissance School

The Springfield Renaissance School (www.spsrenaissance.com) is a public school and an Expeditionary Learning school (www.elschools.org) in Springfield, Massachusetts, with a mission to ensure that all of its graduates are college bound. Renaissance provides its students with rigorous instruction and the tools to become excellent community members. School-wide expectations and meaningful coursework impel students to take real ownership of their learning. With preparation and support 100% of the past four graduating classes have been accepted to college!

The real barrier for Renaissance students is not getting accepted to college or being academically prepared; it’s paying for college without incurring unmanageable debt. Despite the nearly $11 million in financial aid and scholarships that Renaissance graduates have earned over the last four years, the gap between these awards and the realities of the costs that face them when they get to campus continues to stymie them.. Renaissance alumni report a typical gap of anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000 per year. This gap proves insurmountable for many students. One of the most heartbreaking moments in the school community is when graduates come back to the school seeking help during the summer before freshman year because they have realized they won’t be able to pay their college bill.

How can you help?
 
As the chair of the College Bound Counseling office at Renaissance, I have decided to help raise money to mitigate this funding issue for Renaissance students. My goal is create seed money for an endowed scholarship. The scholarship will provide two students with the money to address a $2,000 to $5,000 gap in their financial aid award. This endowed scholarship will honor my two aunts, Vanya and Phyllis Cuffee. These two great women are natives of Springfield who devoted their lives to the betterment and education of young people. I can only hope to make one tiny portion of the contribution that Vanya and Phyllis made in their respective careers as a social worker and educator. My cousin Lisa D. Gray recently reflected on our aunts’ accomplishments: "Again, two sisters dedicated their lives to ensuring that kids of color can succeed. Phyllis taught high school for thirty years or more and Vanya placed more black children in adoptive homes than any other black social worker in Connecticut.” .
 
I invite your pledges. I did run the NYC Marathon on November 3rd (day after my 50th —Help me help Renaissance students attend college.

$2,717

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Jenn B

    $25

  • laura d

    $100

  • Janine Gomez

    $50

  • Hilary Ducharme

    $50

  • Kevin Jennings. & Jeff Davis

    $100

  • Cami & John Foley

    $100

  • Tiffany Griffin

    $25

  • Beth Chandler & Jill Seaman

    $100

  • Aurora Kushner

    $50

  • Lise Krieger

    $50

  • Renaissance 9th Grade Team

    $25

  • Maureen and Tony Gomez

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Carla Lambert

    $25

  • John and Martha Spear

    $50

  • James Anderson

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Frank Colandrea

    $100

  • Lisa D. Gray

    $25

  • Team Engebretson/Soycher

    $27

  • Tike, Sonya and TJ

    $100

  • Grant F Peterson

    $25

  • Denise Young Chappell

    $25

  • Anne Keller

    $25

  • Beth Bellavance-Grace

    $20

  • Todd, Jan and Anna Gomez

    $100

  • Jinky de Rivera

    $25

  • Cathy

    $25

  • Alison Ryan and Jane Stephenson

    $200

  • Friends of Freddie

    $100

  • Verba Fanolis

    $25

  • Stephen and Ruth Mahoney

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Shonda Pettiford

    $50

  • Asha Leong

    $20

  • Team Mahoney

    $100

  • Donna Woodfin

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $60

  • Liza Eaton

    $50

  • Scott and Patty Mengel

    $100

  • nutty

    $50

  • Harold Garner

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jo Glading-DiLorenzo

    $25

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39% Raised of $7,000 Goal

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The Team: $2,717 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Deidre Cuffee-Gray

Amount Raised

$2,342

 

33% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Deidre Cuffee-Gray

Amount Raised

$375

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Jo Glading-DiLorenzo

Jo Glading-DiLorenzo

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Harold  Garner

Harold Garner

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

nutty

nutty

DONATION: $50

For Aunt Phyllis who inspired one of the most inspiring people I know! 3 years ago

Scott and Patty Mengel

Scott and Patty Mengel

DONATION: $100

In thanksgiving for those who inspire others to do great things! 3 years ago

Liza Eaton

Liza Eaton

DONATION: $50

Yay! Go FFT partner! You are an inspiration! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $60

3 years ago

Donna Woodfin

Donna Woodfin

DONATION: $50

In memory of Aunt Phyllis 3 years ago

Team Mahoney

Team Mahoney

DONATION: $100

Standing on the shoulders of Aunt Phyllis 3 years ago