Leadership Group Donates to Lincoln High School

Leadership Group Donates to Lincoln High School

After hosting a series of charitable events and activities, the Ashford University Future Leaders Program (FLP) has donated $800 to the Clinton Education Foundation, earmarked for Lincoln High School. The leadership program is designed for Ashford employees.

“The philanthropic element of the Future Leaders Program serves as the key component in bridging the program members to the Ashford and Clinton community,” said Dan Gerber, FLP participant. “Promoting a healthy relationship with local businesses, people, schools, charities and organizations is an important piece of the Ashford mission. Deciding how to spend our time and resources in the philanthropic endeavor was an exciting challenge. Group members brainstormed potential organizations and charities to support.”

The group’s decision to work with Lincoln High School was inspired by Bridgepoint Education's philanthropic focus areas, specifically education and youth, according to Jerry Ford, FLP participant. “When we visited with the staff at Lincoln for the first time, we were moved by their efforts and wanted to be a part of providing hope and encouragement to their students.”

Mandy Aldridge, program participant added, “When we toured the school, we noticed that their library seemed to be fairly empty. Both teachers and students at Lincoln described a need and a want for their library to be upgraded.”

Seeing this as an opportunity, the group organized book drives both on campus and at Ashford’s Online Center and collected several boxes of books for the school’s library. The collected books were delivered to Lincoln High School.

In addition, the FLP team worked with the high school on several events, including sponsoring the recent “Letters by Lincoln” art exhibit in Ashford’s Cortona Art Gallery, providing tickets to an Ashford basketball game to Lincoln students, and organizing a college prep day with Clinton Community College. The FLP team will also host Lincoln High School’s graduation ceremony.

In March, the FLP group hosted a trivia night and bake sale as a fundraiser for the high school. “Organizing and planning this event was a multifold exercise for the team,” explained FLP participant Lynne Trevisan. “Our goal was to raise funds for Lincoln High School and create a fun event that would be enjoyed by the participants.”

“Gaining community support was an important aspect in making our College Prep Day and our Trivia Night successful,” added Erin Wagoner, another FLP team member. “By visiting local businesses, we not only raised awareness about the financial difficulties of Lincoln High School, but also garnered support for Future Leaders Program’s ongoing partnership with the high school.”

Later this spring, the FLP will assist with Lincoln’s annual graduation activities. “Ashford University understands the significance of a graduation ceremony to fully embrace attainment of educational goals, so when Lincoln High School informed us they were having difficulties in finding a location for their graduation ceremony, the Future Leaders Program team was quick to assist,” FLP member Bryan Nelson said. “The FLP team felt that Ashford University was a perfect location to host the graduation, given Ashford’s rich tradition and beautiful campus.” Lincoln’s 2011 graduation will be held on Ashford’s campus on May 27.

“The Future Leaders Program is a select group within Ashford University and Bridgepoint Education,” Gerber said. “The members recognized early on that we were an extension of the leadership group at Ashford; they granted us the privilege of participating in the program and we strived to create a cohesive, collaborative, fun and rewarding experience. We not only upheld the Ashford mission statement, we positively impacted the Clinton community, and in particular, the young people who attend school at Lincoln High School, creating a strong relationship with another academic institution in our area that will hopefully continue to grow in the future.”

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

After hosting a series of charitable events and activities, the Ashford University Future Leaders Program (FLP) has donated $800 to the Clinton Education Foundation, earmarked for Lincoln High School. The leadership program is designed for Ashford employees.

“The philanthropic element of the Future Leaders Program serves as the key component in bridging the program members to the Ashford and Clinton community,” said Dan Gerber, FLP participant. “Promoting a healthy relationship with local businesses, people, schools, charities and organizations is an important piece of the Ashford mission. Deciding how to spend our time and resources in the philanthropic endeavor was an exciting challenge. Group members brainstormed potential organizations and charities to support.”

The group’s decision to work with Lincoln High School was inspired by Bridgepoint Education's philanthropic focus areas, specifically education and youth, according to Jerry Ford, FLP participant. “When we visited with the staff at Lincoln for the first time, we were moved by their efforts and wanted to be a part of providing hope and encouragement to their students.”

Mandy Aldridge, program participant added, “When we toured the school, we noticed that their library seemed to be fairly empty. Both teachers and students at Lincoln described a need and a want for their library to be upgraded.”

Seeing this as an opportunity, the group organized book drives both on campus and at Ashford’s Online Center and collected several boxes of books for the school’s library. The collected books were delivered to Lincoln High School.

In addition, the FLP team worked with the high school on several events, including sponsoring the recent “Letters by Lincoln” art exhibit in Ashford’s Cortona Art Gallery, providing tickets to an Ashford basketball game to Lincoln students, and organizing a college prep day with Clinton Community College. The FLP team will also host Lincoln High School’s graduation ceremony.

In March, the FLP group hosted a trivia night and bake sale as a fundraiser for the high school. “Organizing and planning this event was a multifold exercise for the team,” explained FLP participant Lynne Trevisan. “Our goal was to raise funds for Lincoln High School and create a fun event that would be enjoyed by the participants.”

“Gaining community support was an important aspect in making our College Prep Day and our Trivia Night successful,” added Erin Wagoner, another FLP team member. “By visiting local businesses, we not only raised awareness about the financial difficulties of Lincoln High School, but also garnered support for Future Leaders Program’s ongoing partnership with the high school.”

Later this spring, the FLP will assist with Lincoln’s annual graduation activities. “Ashford University understands the significance of a graduation ceremony to fully embrace attainment of educational goals, so when Lincoln High School informed us they were having difficulties in finding a location for their graduation ceremony, the Future Leaders Program team was quick to assist,” FLP member Bryan Nelson said. “The FLP team felt that Ashford University was a perfect location to host the graduation, given Ashford’s rich tradition and beautiful campus.” Lincoln’s 2011 graduation will be held on Ashford’s campus on May 27.

“The Future Leaders Program is a select group within Ashford University and Bridgepoint Education,” Gerber said. “The members recognized early on that we were an extension of the leadership group at Ashford; they granted us the privilege of participating in the program and we strived to create a cohesive, collaborative, fun and rewarding experience. We not only upheld the Ashford mission statement, we positively impacted the Clinton community, and in particular, the young people who attend school at Lincoln High School, creating a strong relationship with another academic institution in our area that will hopefully continue to grow in the future.”

About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.