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May 2013:  MCSF & LongHorn Steakhouse Partner to advance ACE (Acheiving Connections through Education) Program

Medina, Ohio  – The Medina City Schools Foundation, a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced it has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.  The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs.  The donation will enable the ACE program to continue to help at risk students in middle school who need support to improve achievement and behavior to put them on a successful future path. 

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille & Eddie V’s brands participated in the program.  The restaurants will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada.  Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas:  access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger. 

“We would like to thank the Darden Foundation for their interest and support of our afterschool ACE program.  The ACE program helps middle school students who are at-risk academically, socially, and behaviorally.  The program has been in operation for six years and students who have been supported by the program have graduated from high school and experienced marked improvement in grades, behavior, Ohio Achievement Test Scores, and social skills.  We appreciate that the Darden Foundation recognizes the need for afterschool programming for middle school students and value their continued partnership in this endeavor.”, Carol Andregg, ACE Co-Founder. 

“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities,” said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer.  “We’re all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.”

A 13 year old ACE student said, “I like the help I get at ACE.  It is good help.  I like Miss Michelle and Mrs. Andregg.  Medina is a lot different from where I came from and I disrespected the teachers and didn’t do my work.  Last year I did the same thing here.  ACE helped me control my behavior and this year I have not been in the same kind of trouble.  I have been getting my work done and try to show respect to teachers and other students.” 

For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com  For additional information on the Medina City Schools Foundation or the ACE program, please visit www.MedinaCitySchoolsFoundation.org or info@medinacityschoolsfoundation.org 

 

March 2013:    What’s the Buzz Medina public art project

Medina, Ohio – Medina City Schools Foundation is pleased to announce a collaboration on an exciting new project to encourage pride, tourism and commerce throughout the community.  Joining the Medina City School district, the City of Medina, Main Street Medina and local businesses and organizations we are following up on the success of the “Proud to be a Medina Bee” campaign last fall with a public art project of community bees. 

This project is title sponsored by Medina Hospital, Root Candles and Bee Culture Magazine.  There are a limited number of bees available which can be sponsored to highlight local businesses and organizations.  The project is similar in concept to “Guitar Mania” and will be designed by local artists and sponsors.  Once designed the 5′ tall x 3′ wide x 40″ deep, 65 pound bees will be on display around the community from July through the end of October.  During the exhibit, a variety of fun activities will be centered around the bees, including a scavenger hunt to find the bees and visit their sponsors.  At the end of the display, the bees will be up for auction at the Medina City Schools Foundation’s Signature Dinner Dessert Auction, November 8 at Weymouth Country Club. 

All proceeds from the project and auction will benefit the Medina City Schools Foundation.  We are excited to be a part of this project.  We look forward to the enrichment opportunities we will be able to support, free tutoring through the Joyce B. Ebner Tutoring Center, mentoring programs like Huddle/Shuddle and Link Crew, music enrichment and more. 

For more information on getting involved with the What’s the Buzz Medina bee project, please contact 330-636-3122.