May 3, 2016 @ 7PM – Spring Fundraiser Featuring Educator James E. Ford

Date: April 16, 2016 Author: Eileen Davis Categories: Events

Join the Shalom Park Freedom School for its fifth annual spring fundraiser featuring James E. Ford, 2014-15 N.C. Teacher of the Year and program director at the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Ford will discuss the role education can play in young people’s lives and his experiences as a teacher and mentor.

Ford’s passion for making a difference is evident when he talks about his profession. “I was always told how difficult the students were to teach, but never told just how much they would teach me,” he says. “If my students have learned nothing else from me, my hope is that they now understand the value they all carry and the life-changing potential of a quality education.” Ford is a perfect speaker for SPFS’ fundraiser, as the mission of the program is to educate and empower children to succeed in school and life.

Shalom Park Freedom School is a collaboration of eight Shalom Park agencies working together to help close the academic achievement gap by providing a six-week literacy, character-building summer program to 80 economically disadvantaged children attending Sterling Elementary and Huntingtowne Farms Elementary schools, the two schools in faith-based partnerships with Temple Beth El and Temple Israel.

The fundraiser will be held at the Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the LJCC front desk. For more information or to get involved, visit or contact Event chairs Katrina Nichols at or Camille Kanofsky at