The Madeira Schools Foundation welcomed two incredible year-end donations this past December that will reap benefits for years to come.
Phil Santoro, Madeira High School Class of 2008, remembered his alma mater and wanted to find a way to give back to a school that helped him to grow. Thankful to his teachers and in particular, his business teacher Jennifer Jordan, Phil generously donated $100,000 back to the Madeira High School Entrepreneurial and Video Productions courses for new equipment, classroom furnishings and scholarship opportunities. "Madeira was supportive of my ambitions, allowing me to build my business while being a high school student,” Santoro stated. “My hope is to provide support to more entrepreneurial students and also to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship as a core strength at Madeira High School."
But the story got even better when long time Madeira parents and school supporters Jay and Mary Ann Adrick also felt led to give to a school district they have been involved in for decades. Their incredible $100,000 donation will support STEM related improvements at all three of Madeira’s schools. In addition to providing ways for teachers to inspire a love of science, technology, engineering and math, the Adrick’s have created a scholarship opportunity for a graduating MHS student who is pursuing a college degree in a STEM or an electronic media-related field. The Adrick’s have strong ties with the Madeira Schools Foundation and Madeira City Schools, and have two daughters and a son in law teaching at Madeira. “Our daughters went through the Madeira school system and did very well. Mary Ann and I are former educators, Melissa teaches math and science, Suzy teaches physics and environmental science, and Jon teaches math,“ Jay Adrick said. “This is a way for us to give back and help other Madeira students enjoy the same success.”
The donations were received by the Madeira Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness and securing resources that enhance the education of students in the Madeira City Schools. This volunteer organization comprised of parents, alumni and members of our local education and business communities works diligently with the administration of Madeira City Schools to provide excellent opportunities, facilities, technology, faculty and experiences to the students of Madeira City Schools. Each year, the Foundation contributes $30,000 to the district to be used directly toward enhancing the classroom experience for students and staff. It’s most recent partnership was in helping the district to move to a 1 to 1 laptop device for every student in grades 4-12. In addition, MSF provides nearly $25,000 to graduating MHS seniors and alumni through scholarships.
Board President Pat Shea added, “As a parent and Board member, I am amazed and especially thankful for the generous donations the district receives. This is a school family and community that cares about making Madeira the best it can be. We’re extremely thankful and blessed to receive these tremendous donations.”