Entries in Scholarship (5)

Sunday
Mar212010

Wood Acres Scholarship 2010-2011

The beautiful bronze sculptures that welcome visitors and families to the school office on the Wood Acres campus were donated to the school in 2002 through the generosity of Wood Acres families in celebration of the lives of Brian and Isabelle.The Wood Acres Scholarship was established in memory and celebration of Isabelle and Brian Young, Jr. Applications for the annual scholarships are available in the school office. The deadline to submit applications will be at 4:00pm on Friday, May 14. Recipients will be announced by July 15th. 

Available only to current Wood Acres legacy families, this is a wonderful opportunity for families with rising Kindergarten through Eighth Grade students. Scholarship applications are reviewed by a panel of evaluators external to Wood Acres and awards are based on a combination of merit and need. This anonymously funded scholarship program will be celebrating its seventh year of assisting Wood Acres families to continue their child’s independent school education.

Please call Jenny Tischer for additional information at (770) 971-1880.

Saturday
Nov282009

How Your 2011 State Taxes Can Benefit the Wood Acres Scholarship Fund


Dear Wood Acres Friends and Families,

A new law has been passed that provides exciting possibilities for Wood Acres and its families. Under the new Georgia Private School Tax Credit, all tax payers are now eligible to receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit in exchange for their contribution to a state-approved Student Scholarship Organization, or SSO. This allows for every taxpayer to divert some or all of their state tax payment for 2009 to scholarships at no cost to you. This fund benefits families in need of scholarships. In addition to a state tax credit, your contribution can be utilized as a charitable contribution deduction on your federal return.

After careful research, we have opted to partner with the Apogee Georgia School Choice Scholarship Fund, a Georgia 501(c)3 Student Scholarship Organization, to administer the program on our behalf. Maximum contributions are $2,500 for married filing jointly and $1,000 for individuals. C-Corporations can contribute up to 75% of their corporate tax liability and receive that amount as a dollar-for-dollar credit on Georgia taxes.

These credits are not indefinitely available. The state has placed a cap on the maximum amount of funds that can be contributed during the 2009 tax year. We are now in a race to obtain contributions and receive pre-approval before that cap is reached and the December 15th deadline. We urgently need your participation.

We are looking to the Wood Acres community to support this program and help make it the success we know it can be. This program applies to all individuals or corporations paying GA state taxes, so you can also help by providing this information to others who might be interested in diverting some of their tax payments to Wood Acres.

Please visit our Georgia Private School Tax Credit page for details and step-by-step instructions to participate.

If you have any questions about this program, do not hesitate to contact John Thigpen, Wood Acres CFO, or our representative at Apogee, John Panessa, at 404.419.7123 or via email at jpanessa@apogeescholarships.org.

Thank you for your continued support of and commitment to The Wood Acres School.

Sincerely,

Judy T. ThigpenHead of School

Sunday
Sep202009

Woody & the Woods… A Worldwide Adventure

Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown

A perennial favorite in the genre of children’s literature is an engaging book, Flat Stanley, authored by Jeff Brown.

For 40 years the story of Flat Stanley and his suitcase and backpack adventures have transformed the armchair travels of children throughout the world. Presidents, rock stars, traveling parents, and doting grandparents have taken Flat Stanley on adventures as they travel and sent him home with stories, poems, and notes to the delight of readers of all ages.

Since it is Flat Stanley’s 40th anniversary as it is Wood Acres, it is fitting to share with you Wood Acres own version of Flat Stanley, his life history, and his amazing travels around the world- twice!

Woody travels to Acapulco, Mexico Woody travels to Barbados Woody rounding Cape Horn Woody meets Captain Perkins of the QE2 Woody travels to Colombia Woody travels to Easter Island Woody travels to the Florida Everglades Woody travels to Hawaii Woody travels to Ingrassu Falls, Brazil Woody travels to Jamaica Woody travels to Japan Woody travels to Los Angeles, California Woody travels to Melbourne, Australia Woody travels to New York City Woody travels to Auckland, New Zealand Woody traverses the Panama Canal Woody travels to Rio de Janeiro Woody travels to Shanghai, China Woody travels to Singapore Woody travels to Tahiti Woody travels to Tonga

When Jim and Joann Ryan, the dynamic couple who serve as Wood Acres benefactors to our annual Scholarship Fund, decided to travel around the world on the QE 2 and later on the new Queen Mary, they wanted to take the children of Wood Acres with them to bring world travel to the classroom door and to bring the love of reading to children everywhere.  Wood Acres third graders were reading Flat Stanley at the time, so the fit was a natural.  With the help of a talented Wood Acres parent, our very own version of Flat Stanley was born to travel, Woody!  Students decked him out in custom designed Velcro outfits for each port of call and every night aboard ship, right down to a dinner jacket and tuxedo for special events.  His monogrammed back pack was ready as were his passport and boarding documents.  Fed Ex lovingly delivered this mini-traveler to the Ryans and the journey of 140+ days around the world began.

You can follow Woody’s travels around the world at Woody.WoodAcresSchool.org

The Ryans established a Woody website specifically for the students to track Woody’s travels, post questions, blog, and learn about each country and people he met on his way.

What began as a simple way to share an incredible trip with Wood Acres students magically turned into something quite spectacular!  All who met Woody aboard the QE 2, from room attendants to the ship’s Captain, from the table mates of the Ryans to famous author, Mary Higgins Clark, were touched by the magic and charm of Woody.  He became quite a ship legend.  When he journeyed with the Ryans into their hundreds of ports of call, all they had to do was bring out Woody and children flocked to them with smiles, hugs, and wonder at this little guy.  He returned to the Woods to the surprise of the students in a package overflowing with treats and mementos of the trip for each of them.  Woody went on his second world trip with the Ryans two years later and it was even more spectacular- if that was possible.  He now resides back @ the Woods ready for adventure whenever he is invited!

The website the Ryans created and maintained is a timeless treasure and learning tool for families and classrooms. Learning should always strive to be an M & M experience - Memorable and Movable - meaning that it never leaves you.

Woody and the Woods is just that magical adventure. Enjoy, dream, and let your travels be grand!  Bon voyage! 

Saturday
Aug292009

Brian, Jr. and Isabelle Young Memorial Scholarship Program

The Brian, Jr. and Isabelle Young Memorial Scholarship program was borne out of tragedy but has brought such honor to both the memory of these two wonderful Wood Acres children and the families who annually become recipients of the scholarship awards through the program. 

The beautiful bronze sculptures that welcome visitors and families to the school office on the Wood Acres campus were donated to the school in 2002 through the generosity of Wood Acres families in celebration of the lives of Brian and Isabelle.Families with students in grades Kindergarten through Upper School may apply if they have matriculated at Wood Acres for at least one academic year prior to application.  Awards are based on a combination of financial need of the family and academic excellence of the student/s as reflected in submitted applications.  Families may reapply each year. 

Scholarship program evaluators from the community review anonymous applications and supporting documentation to suggest award rankings and amounts of scholarship money.  Awards are announced at the beginning of August each year.  While the Scholarship program has been generously funded through the loving donations of Wood Acres benefactors, Jim and Joann Ryan, families and relatives are encouraged to contribute to the program so that it might grow and continue to support deserving Wood Acres families for many decades to come. 

For further information, an application, or to make a donation, please contact Jenny Tischer, Accounts Manager, at jtischer@woodacresschool.org.

Wednesday
Apr012009

Wood Acres Scholarship 2009-2010

The Wood Acres Scholarship was established in memory and celebration of Isabelle and Brian Young, Jr. Applications for the annual scholarships are available in the school office. The deadline to submit applications will be at 4PM on Friday, May 15. Recipients will be announced by July 15th.

Available only to current Wood Acres legacy families, this is a wonderful opportunity for families with rising Kindergarten through Seventh Grade students . Scholarship applications are reviewed by a panel of evaluators external to Wood Acres and awards are based on a combination of merit and need. This anonymously funded scholarship program will be celebrating its seventh year of assisting Wood Acres families to continue their child’s independent school education. Please call Jenny Tischer for additional information