National Geographic : 1989 Jan
FROM THE PRESIDENT A Good Beginning THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOIT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC $20 MILLION CENTENNIAL GIFT PLUS ANNUAL OPERATING FUNDS announce the creation of the National Geographic Society Education Foun dation-a unique institution to raise and distribute money for geography programs in grades K-12. We are excited about our first year's progress. More than 4,000 people have written to Lloyd H. Elliott, the foundation's president. Most are teachers or administrators de lighted to receive support in the classroom. As a start, the foundation orga nized a fund-raising campaign to pay for innovative geography in struction programs for teachers. Even before the formal campaign got under way, however, we re ceived gifts totaling more than $700,000. A Society member from Flor ida gave $21,000 worth of stock in memory of her husband, who had been a geography teacher. Another member, from Massa chusetts, made a bequest of $295,000. Third-grade students at the John Glenn Elementary School in St. Joseph, Missouri, contributed $86.41 from the sale of handmade geography pins. Every dollar has gone to sup port geography programs. Not one penny was used to run the foundation, whose expenses are NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY EDUCATION FOUNDATION 21 SUMMER GEOGRAPHY INSTITUTES IN 1988 TRAINING 643 TEACHERS IN 14 STATES TEACHERS GIVING 1,451 WORKSHOPS AT HOME SCHOOLS TO 43,530 OTHER TEACHERS 3,000,000 STUDENTS BEING TAUGHT GEOGRAPHY THIS YEAR entirely paid by the Society. What's more, every contribution was matched by the Geographic, adding $700,000 to the 20 million dollars that was the Society's ini tial centennial gift. Encouraged by this beginning, the foundation distributed more GIFTS FROM INDIVIDUALS, FOUNDATIONS, AND CORPORATIONS TO BE MATCHED BY NGS UP TO $20 MILLION than a million dollars in grants in 1988. The majority went to sup port 21 teacher-training institutes in 14 states. While it is too early to measure results, the immense value of re kindling a teacher's enthusiasm is clear. Joanne Flint of Dayton, Oregon, said she felt like a "missionary" after attending a summer institute at Society headquarters, which became the model for other institutes. "A highlight in my life," wrote Judy Ludovise of Santa Rosa, California, of her experience at a summer institute. "I feel excited about my own classes this fall, plus I feel an enthusiasm for my geographic mission beyond the classroom," said Patricia Bruder of Belle Plaine, Minnesota. "Teachers inspiring teachers works," wrote Gail Wallace of Midlothian, Virginia, "and the students will win." Teachers such as these deserve support from all Americans corporations, foundations, and individuals. If you would like to participate in this effort by mak ing a gift to the foundation or if you would like to receive a detailed update on the activities it funds, write to National Geo graphic Society Education Foun dation, Dept. P, Washington, D. C. 20036-3652.