TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN GRADUATION CEREMONY / Award-winning columnist Eugene Robinson dazzles 37 Take Stock in Children Graduates


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Thirty-seven Monroe County high school graduates received their commemorative medallions at the Take Stock in Children (TSiC) graduation, Marathon High School this past Saturday, May 31st.

The Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF) welcomed Eugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post, honored guest and commencement speaker, at the 14th annual TSiC graduation ceremony. Robinson emphasized the responsibility the grads have to their Monroe County TSiC donors and mentors, as well as to the state of Florida,” noting, Success stories like these are a credit not only to the students and their families, but to the wonderful mentors who guided them during these past few years.” 

The MCEF, established in 1996, is a Florida not-for-profit organization that sponsors several programs dedicated to enhancing and improving the educational experiences of students within Monroe County.

The MCEF flagship program,TSiC, is designed to encourage and assist qualified Monroe County students in their quest to complete their high school education and prepare for college.

TSiC serves 250 worthy students within the Monroe County School system and is generally regarded as the leading chapter in the state of Florida.

Joining Eugene Robinson on the dais were Madeline Pumariega, President and CEO of Take Stock in Children, Florida, Mark Porter, Superintendent of Monroe County schools and John Padget, President Emeritus of MCEF and VP of the Florida department of a Education.  Also in attendance were members of the Monroe County School Board and MCEF Board of Directors.

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