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SCSD Educational Foundation to Present Annual Recognition Awards

By Staff


SCSD Education Foundation logoThe Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation will hold its 13th Annual Recognition Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Liverpool, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, March 19.

Each year, the foundation has recognized individuals, businesses, and organizations which have gone above and beyond in providing support to teachers, students and programs in the Syracuse City School District, according to officials.

The foundation will present the awards at its annual fundraising breakfast.

Officials said, this year, the organization will recognize the following award recipients:

  • Marjorie Carter: Marjorie w ill receive the award for her many years as a dedicated educator in SCSD, and for her volunteer service to the community, officials from the foundation stated. Marjorie has been an educator for more than 60 years. She was born and raised in Syracuse, and attended city schools. She began her teaching career with SCSD in 1950. After teaching first and second grades, Marjorie had become an instructional specialist through federal government funding targeted to help inner-city children. She served as the first president of the Syracuse Teachers Association, and also holds the distinction of being the Syracuse City School District’s first African-American teacher. In 1990, Marjorie retired from the city schools as an instructional specialist, but has continued to volunteer her time throughout the community.
  • Syracuse 20/20: Since 2000, Syracuse 20/20, and its Education Task Force, have been advocates for policies and programs which have aimed to improve the quality of education in Syracuse, according to officials. Syracuse 20/20 has also been involved with the Early Childhood Alliance, focusing on children and families.  They have also coordinated a Book Buddies program at Seymour Dual Language Academy, which is a volunteer reading program that provides support to students in 1st and 2nd grades. The goal of Book Buddies is to increase student reading fluency, and comprehension, through the use of community volunteers providing one-on-one reading support to targeted students. Syracuse 20/20 has also been a proud partner of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading in Syracuse. An overarching theme of their work has been mobilizing community resources, and assets, to better support SCSD in an effort to improve educational outcomes.
  • On Point for College: Under the leadership of executive director Virginia Donohue, and support from hundreds of volunteers, On Point for College has been committed to helping low-income students from Syracuse’s inner-city regions enroll in college, as well as removing barriers to their success. On Point supports students from college application through graduation, and helps graduates transition to meaningful careers, according to foundation officials. Throughout On Point’s history, more than 6,100 Syracuse City School District students have enrolled in the program. On Point has also helped 4,700 young people from the district enroll in 150 colleges and universities, and has provided a complete suite of services to help them succeed, including: pre-college orientation, dorm room bedding, backpacks, clothing, college supplies, and transportation to, and from, college. To date, On Point for College has helped approximately 1,000 students from the Syracuse City School District earn college degrees, and 95 percent of those young people were the first person in their families to go to college.

According to the SCSD Educational Foundation, the organization will be also be recognizing four “Educators of the Year” from the district who’ve helped to ensure educational excellence. Each year, the organization said it recognizes one elementary teacher, one secondary teacher, one administrator and one support staff member. Eligible Educator of the Year candidates must be full-time staff members, and may be nominated by colleagues, students, parents or community organizations, officials from the foundation stated.

Interested individuals may call Jan Quitzau at (315) 391-0259, or email, to reserve seats at the event until Feb. 26. Visit for additional information regarding the breakfast.