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The eagle Fund Celebrates Fifteen Years of Educational Giving on Friday, March 14th

SHEFFIELD_ The Board of Governors of the eagle Fund, a pioneering educational enrichment foundation in the Berkshire region, invites the public to a free celebration of the fund's 15th anniversary on Friday, March 14th. The event takes place from 6:30-8pm in the auditorium and lobby of the Consolati Performing Arts Center at Mt. Everett Regional School in Sheffield, and will include performances by grantees, a showcase of programs that have benefited from the fund, refreshments and an anniversary poster contest awards presentation. 

"We are celebrating a proud record of providing grants for quality educational enrichment for students at all grade levels, and in all five schools of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District," says Lesliann Furcht, chairman of the Fund's Board of Governors. 

Adds Catherine Miller, current member of the Board and the Fund's founder and first chairman, "Over its 15-year history, the eagle Fund has awarded approximately $500,000 for programs in all disciplines, and has actively engaged students, teachers and community members alike. That's a huge achievement for a small organization serving a tiny school district like SBRSD."

The evening will include performances by the FLEAgles, an elementary school ukelele club; the high school's Madrigal Ensemble singers; and Mt. Everett's fall participants with Music in Common, performing an original song they wrote and recorded. The lobby will be filled with demonstrations and exhibits from a myriad of school clubs and extracurricular groups including Future Farmers of America, Flying Cloud Institute, the Life Skills Program and the school's 2013 State Championship Robotics Team.

The eagle Fund, founded in 1998, raises money to provide grants for programs in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District for educational opportunities in the arts, sciences and technology. The fund is a grassroots organization that is primarily funded through an annual student-led phoneathon each November. The 2013 phoneathon raised more than $18,000. Supporters include residents and businesses in the five towns that make up the Southern Berkshire district -- Alford, Egremont, Monterey, New Marlborough and Sheffield -- as well as from nearby towns that also send students to the district. 

In 2013, $34,214 in grants for 20 enrichment programs were awarded by the Fund (in partnership with our sister endowment, Janet's Fund, both under aegis of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation). Grant applications for the 2014-2015 awards cycle are due by April 1. Full details about the eagle Fund, application criteria, and previous grant recipients are available at our website, www.eagle-fund.net. You can also find us on Facebook. 

For additional information:
Catherine Miller, Chair of the eagle Fund Anniversary Committee: 413-229-8668, or cbmiller1941@gmail.com

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The vision of The Eagle Fund is simple.
We want to ensure that the schools of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District remain on the cutting edge of public education. This means assuming a leadership role in providing the educational challenges and initiatives to all students and teachers to stretch beyond the standard curriculum; and more importantly it means providing the resources necessary to fund that vision.

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