DEF and the Blessings in a Backpack

The Dublin Education Foundation Board of Trustees congratulates Ms. Nicole Durant for successfully building a collaborative effort among various schools in addressing the food needs of the low-income family students in our school district through Blessings in a Backpack. Her Nov. 12, 2014 appearance on the Dr. Oz television show will bring the message of the “Dublin Difference” to the national spotlight, which will certainly inspire many more such efforts around the nation. We, at the DEF, are proud to be one of her first seed-funding sources in 2012. We deeply appreciate the dedication of the many teachers, like Ms. Durant, who often think outside of the box and go an extra mile to create a safe, wholesome and conducive learning environment for all of our students in Dublin.

Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2013 Dublin Education Foundation scholarships. Each of the following students will receive $500:

  • Paul Chao of Coffman High School
  • Jong Kim of Scioto High School
  • Cody Marshall of Jerome High School

Winners for the 2011-12 year were:

  • Jasmyn Atalla of Coffman High School
  • Meg Boothe of Jerome High School
  • Alexandria Bradstreet of Scioto High School

Race honors fallen soldier, Dublin grad

The Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation and Dublin Education Foundation will be the beneficiaries of the annual Dublin 5K hosted by the Dublin City Schools Alumni Association on Oct. 13 at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

Capt. Rozanski is a 1994 graduate of Dublin High School who was killed in the line of duty on April 4 while serving in Afghanistan as a member of the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Rozanski was a member of the varsity soccer team when he attended Coffman and as an adult,he coached area youth soccer programs for more than 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Jenny, and two children.

The 5K kicks off at 9 a.m., Oct. 13 at the north end of Glacier Ridge Park.  Registration is $30 although Dublin City Schools Staff (code is DublinStaff) and Dublin City Schools Alumni Association Members (code is DublinAlumniMembers) can register with a $5 discount.  Runners can pick up packets from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Oct. 11 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Columbus Running Company’s Dublin location, 6465 Perimeter Drive.

“We are deeply touched by and appreciative of the partnership the Dublin Alumni Association has offered to our Foundation,” Jenny Rozanski said. “The Dublin community was very important to my husband… it was a big part of his life.”

The Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation was established to benefit students and families within the local Dublin community through scholarships and other charitable foundations.

Proceeds of this year’s race will also go to the Dublin Education Foundation, which funds initiatives within Dublin City Schools. The foundation has provided nearly $90,000 in grants to teachers and advisors for activities in and out of classrooms.

The Dublin Alumni Association created the 5K memorial after the death of Kate Waldron in November of 2008. Waldron, a 1999 graduate of Dublin Coffman High School and long-time resident of the City, died as a result of a car accident. She is survived by three children. An award will be given in her honor at this year’s 5K.

The Oct. 13 race will also feature a quarter-mile fun run/walk for children 12 and under; registration is $5.

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Dublin Alumni Association Fundraiser

Support a good cause!
The Dublin Alumni Association is running an online auction to raise funds for the Dublin Education Foundation, providing grants to teachers within the Dublin City Schools for innovative practices. Auction items will include sports memorabilia from OSU Football, OSU Basketball, Bengals, Steelers and Browns. Whether you’re looking for something unique for yourself, or searching for a gift, you’re sure to find something in our auction, while supporting DEF!

Ready to buy?
The auction will run from 4/26/2012 to 5/11/12 at 5:00pm online. It then turns LIVE at our Dublin City Schools Alumni Association Hall of Fame & 106th Alumni Banquet on May 12th at the Marriott on Blazer Parkway.

Visit the auction page, then start bidding! If this is your first time bidding you will need to register – just follow the prompts once you find an item and click “bid now.”

Spread the word!
The success of this online auction depends on spreading the word to as many people as possible. Please forward this message on – the more people we reach, the more money we raise for DEF!

Thank you for your support of this worthy cause!

Mary Brothers
First Grade Teacher, Scottish Corners Elementary
Co-Director of Dublin City Schools Alumni Association
Dublin City Schools