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EL Education 25th Anniversary Gala Celebrates Our History and Future

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More than 300 EL Education friends gathered at our 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City on April 10th to celebrate our history and future of transforming teaching and learning.

We proudly recognized our visionary founding president, Greg Farrell, for his leadership and dedication to improving public education. In his honor, we unveiled the “Greg Farrell Spirit of Service Award” that will be given every year to an EL Education school that exemplifies our principles and motto: “We are Crew, not Passengers.” Each year, an honorary paddle will be passed along to the winning school.

Students were at the center of the evening. Ameerah Rollins, a graduate of Polaris Charter Academy in Chicago who is attending the University of Arizona in the fall, and Elena Fulton, a graduate of the Odyssey School in Denver who is attending the University of Puget Sound, hosted the program. Seniors from WHEELS, a NYC Outward Bound School, shared their academic project that explores a range of crucial social issues that adversely affect their urban community, such as poverty, homelessness, drug use, abuse, and immigration status. Providing grants to local organizations that address these issues is a major focus of their work. You can watch the video they shared below.

National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee, a 9th grade Humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, capped off the evening with inspiring comments.

“If you believe, like I do, that what our country needs right now are people who can listen with empathy, write with evidence, speak with clarity, and act with conviction and love—then you believe in EL Education.”

We thank our supporters who are helping us build great schools where they are needed most, where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world. 

Experience the Gala by visiting our Facebook photo album.