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Horizons Savannah Passes 2019 Giving Day Goal

Horizons Savannah Surpasses 2019 Giving Day Goal

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Horizons Savannah Giving Day on May 15 raised more than $85,910 to benefit the Horizons Savannah program. The original goal for the one-day fundraising event was set at $75,000. These funds will go directly to help close the opportunity gap for low-income kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Chatham County and the greater Savannah area.

Christy Edwards, Executive Director of Horizons Savannah, is thrilled with the level of participation and enthusiasm from the entire community. “We are so thankful for the support we received. Savannah is such a wonderful community, and I’m excited for the opportunities this Giving Day will provide to local students,” Edwards said.

Horizons Savannah offers a special thank you to Cutter’s Point Coffee, Cotton & Rye, The Collins Quarter, The Fitzroy, Jason’s Deli, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa for their generous participation in the annual day of giving.

Horizons is a transformational, community-centered education program that includes six weeks of academics, arts, swim lessons, field trips and more each summer through partnerships with Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School and Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Horizons students gain 8 – 12 weeks of reading and math skills each summer.

At Horizons Savannah, nearly 300 K-12 students from the local public school system participate in project-based learning curriculum, STEAM, literacy and swimming each year. This number is expected to exceed 400 students by 2024. 97 percent of Horizons high school students graduate on time, and 91 percent go on to attend college or other post-secondary education

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory School currently serves over 300 low-income students. Horizons is a transformative experience for young people in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or info@horizonssavannah.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/ or check out our Facebook page.

ABOUT HORIZONS NATIONAL
Horizons National is a growing, community-centered network of more than 60 affiliate sites nationwide that provide high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizons programs offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
info@horizonssavannah.org

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Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.665.0005
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Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy’s 2019 Scholarship Gala was held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on Friday, May 10, at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The Bethesdaclass of 2019 will graduate the following day.

The speaker for the scholarship gala was Robert L. Brown, principal/owner of R.L. Brown and Associates, an Atlanta architectural firm. Brown is a native of Dublin, Georgia, who worked on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airportin the late 1970s.

He later founded his own firm. Its portfolio includes such projects as the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academics Building at Morehouse Collegeand the Birmingham Civil Rights Institutein Birmingham, Alabama, along with numerous other scholastic and public structures.

“We are excited to be able to bring a speaker of such accomplishment as Robert Brown,” said Bethesdapresident Michael Hughes. “He can demonstrate to our students that privilege is not a requirement when you have hard work, focus and leadership skills on your side. That’s not just how you build a career, but, as Brown has demonstrated, how you build a legacy.”

Bethesda’s class of 2019 has 15 members. Eleven plan to attend college and were accepted by 14 different colleges and universities. One future graduate plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Forceand another will attend an EMT course to enter the medical field. Two others hope to enroll in Georgia Ports Authority’s Y.E.S. program, a mentor-based program that transitions graduates into careers at the port.

Bethesda Academy Class of 2019

Bethesda Academy Class of 2019

Thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program with Point University, many of the college-bound graduates will start their college careers as near sophomores.

“In our junior and senior classes, one in three students is dual enrolled, meaning they are completing high school and at the same time taking college courses for college credit,” said Hughes. “This is not only a testament to the quality of our academic program, but in this day of staggering student-loan debt, it represents fiscal responsibility, leading to solid savings for students and their families.”

Twelve juniors and seniors are involved in joint enrollment classes.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala to Set Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala to Set Stage for Graduation

(Savannah, GA) Bethesda Academy’s 2019 Scholarship Gala will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on Friday, May 10, at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The Bethesdaclass of 2019 will graduate the following day.

The speaker for the scholarship gala will be Robert L. Brown, principal/owner of R.L. Brown and Associates, an Atlanta architectural firm. Brown is a native of Dublin, Georgia, who worked on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airportin the late 1970s.

He later founded his own firm. Its portfolio includes such projects as the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academics Building at Morehouse Collegeand the Birmingham Civil Rights Institutein Birmingham, Alabama, along with numerous other scholastic and public structures.

“We are excited to be able to bring a speaker of such accomplishment as Robert Brown,” said Bethesdapresident Michael Hughes. “He can demonstrate to our students that privilege is not a requirement when you have hard work, focus and leadership skills on your side. That’s not just how you build a career, but, as Brown has demonstrated, how you build a legacy.”

Bethesda’s class of 2019 has 15 members. Eleven plan to attend college and were accepted by 14 different colleges and universities. One future graduate plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Forceand another will attend an EMT course to enter the medical field. Two others hope to enroll in Georgia Ports Authority’s Y.E.S. program, a mentor-based program that transitions graduates into careers at the port.

Thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program with Point University, many of the college-bound graduates will start their college careers as near sophomores.

“In our junior and senior classes, one in three students is dual enrolled, meaning they are completing high school and at the same time taking college courses for college credit,” said Hughes. “This is not only a testament to the quality of our academic program, but in this day of staggering student-loan debt, it represents fiscal responsibility, leading to solid savings for students and their families.”

Twelve juniors and seniors are involved in joint enrollment classes.

Tickets to the scholarship gala are $150 and are available at http://www.bethesdaacademy.org/giving/special-events/scholarship-gala/.

Bethesda Academy Logo

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Horizons Savannah Announces Participation in Horizons Giving Day on May 15

Horizons Savannah Announces Participation in Horizons Giving Day on May 15
Local campaign seeks to raise $75,000 to expand the transformational education program

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannahannounced today its participation in Horizons Giving Day, a national effort on May 15 with a single goal: to raise money to expand existing Horizonsprograms and bring Horizons to more students and their families. Horizons Savannahwill engage in a competitive, yet friendly, race to raise funds online and in-person with more than 50 Horizonsprograms nationwide. All funds raised in support of Horizons Savannahwill stay in the local community.

Horizonsis a transformational, community-centered education program working to close the opportunity gap for low-income children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Horizonsincludes six weeks of academics, arts, swim lessons, field trips, and more each summer through partnerships with Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Horizonsstudents gain 8 – 12 weeks’ of reading and math skills each summer. Additionally, 97 percent of Horizonshigh school students graduate on time, and 91 percent go on to attend college or other post-secondary education.

Horizonsmakes a long-term commitment to each student, providing critical summer programming and school year supports,” says Christy Edwards, Executive Director of Horizons Savannah. “Our high quality project-based learning is led by an incredible faculty, and our swim lessons and positive learning environments impact students’ self-confidence and provide the skills needed to reach their goals.”

Ninety percent of Horizonsstudents return to the program each year.

At Horizons Savannah, nearly 300 K-12 students from the local public school system participate in project-based learning curriculum, STEAM, literacy, and swimming each year. This number is expected to exceed 400 students by 2024.

Demand for Horizonsis strong, and the success of Horizons Giving Daydepends on the support of our community.

To contribute to Horizons Savannah, visit www.HorizonsGivingDay.org/organizations/horizons-savannah.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy, and St. Andrew’s School, and Savannah Christian Preparatory Schoolserves over 300 low-income students each summer. Horizonsis a transformative experience for young people in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low-income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.

ABOUT HORIZONS NATIONAL
Horizons Nationalis a growing, community-centered network of more than 50 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizonsprograms offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.

Bethesda Academy and Georgia Southern University Partner for Agricultural Research

Bethesda Academy and Georgia Southern University Partner for Agricultural Research

(SAVANNAH, GA) Students at Bethesda Academy, a residential and day school for boys in grades six through 12, are joining forces with chemistry students from Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campusto try to answer questions on how gardening methods impact the nutritional value of produce.

The research will focus on determining the antioxidant levels in food grown by three different methods: conventional soil-based cultivation using conventional fertilizers and pesticides, organic cultivation using sustainable, non-toxic processes and aquaponics, growing plants in fish tanks with a water-based system.

Bethesdawill offer the local organic testing ground and, in exchange, students will get the opportunity to engage with chemists in hands-on learning activities.

Bethesda Academy

(Left to right) Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Suzanne Carpenter, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University; Merrin Slocombe, Director of Farm and Garden at Bethesda Academy; Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy; Richard Wallace, Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University

Bethesda Academy


(Left to Right) Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy

Bethesda Academy

Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University (left) and Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University (right), work on the farm at Bethesda Academy.

Bethesda Academy

Merrin Slocombe, Director of Farm and Garden at Bethesda Academy (left) and Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy (right) work on the farm at Bethesda Academy.

“The question of how growing method affects nutrient quality is currently one of the most hotly discussed and least studied topics in agricultural science,” said Marrin Slocombe, director of farm and garden at Bethesda. “The findings could have an enormous impact on informing consumer preferences and determining government policy.”

The Bethesdacampus is home to five-acres of organic gardens, including a large greenhouse. The school uses the facilities, as well as a cattle herd and pasture land, to teach vocational agriculture. The school sells its produce at a farm stand open from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.

Bethesdais committed to using community resources to the greatest extent possible in preparing our students for the future,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “We relish this opportunity to have Bethesda’s young men work alongside scientists and students from a major research university.”

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075
www.crussomarketing.com

Horizons Savannah Announces Fifth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons to be Held March 30

Horizons Savannah Announces Fifth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons to be Held March 30

(SAVANNAH, GA) The fifth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons“three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Drive.

Horizons Savannah

The tournament is named for former Horizonsteacher Louise Lauretti, who died of melanoma in 2014. It’s designed to bring together players of all ages and abilities along with Savannah basketball legends and Horizonssupporters to celebrate Lauretti’s love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.

“This annual tournament is a great way for us to raise funds and awareness for a program that serves more than 280 students each summer,” said executive director Christy Edwards.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to teams of boys and girls from grade five through adults. Teams of as many as five players may register to play. The tournament will be “three vs three” with refereed games. Teams will play in age divisions for trophies. Local basketball legends Larry “Gator” Rivers and Dale Parker will be honorary co-chairs of this year’s event.

At the halftime break at noon, there will be a free throw and basketball skills challenge open to all players. For youth teams, which includes fifth through 12th graders, registration is $50. It’s $100 for teams with members 18 and over.

For more information, to register a team, sponsor a youth team or sponsor the event visit www.horizonssavannah.orgor call 912-961-8854. All proceeds benefit Horizons Savannah.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academyand St. Andrew’s Schoolserves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizonsis a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

National Study Confirms Horizons Savannah’s Long-Term Approach to Student Success

National Study Confirms Horizons Savannah’s Long-Term Approach to Student Success

(SAVANNAH, GA) A recent national study confirms that students who participate in Horizonsprograms have better school attendance, higher academic outcomes, fewer disciplinary referrals and fewer grade retentions.

Horizons Savannah

The new study, conducted by Concentric Research & Evaluation (CRE) and funded by The New York Life Foundation and the Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, validates that Horizonsprograms that focus on long-term engagement with children from low-income families produce strong academic outcomes.

“We know the impact this program has on Savannah’s youth. We see it each summer, as we watch our kids progress year after year,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “To have a national study confirm that this program makes tangible differences in the lives of our program’s children is awe inspiring. Over the long term, Horizonsis having a positive impact in our city and I praise the vision and leadership of our host schools, board of directors and donors that have always believed in our mission.”

When compared to their peers, students who have participated in the Horizonsprogram for at least four summers had the following in common:

Higher attendance rates and lower rates of chronic absenteeism
Higher scores on standardized assessments of elementary math and science
Higher GPAs in 9th grade, a critical transition year
More course credit earned in 9th and 10th grades
Fewer times repeating a grade
Fewer disciplinary referrals
Most research on summer learning has found that students from low-income families fall behind their wealthier peers over the course of the summer, either because they are losing knowledge and skills or gaining them at a slower pace.

“These summer learning student outcomes reflect Horizons’ long-standing commitment to quality data collection and offer a significant contribution to the growing body of evidence on the long-term effects of summer learning,” said Matthew Boulay, founder and CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. “Horizons’ exemplary standards in programming not only inspire a joy of learning during the critical summer months but, most importantly, set students up to thrive in the school year ahead.”

The study looked at fifteen Horizonsprogram sites in seven states, and, because it focused on long-term participants in the program, included only sites in operation for at least four years. Horizons Savannahhas been in operation since 2002. Each Horizonsstudent in the study was paired with a student who did not participate in Horizonsbut attended the same school or a school with similar demographics and achievement scores. Researchers used a variety of characteristics to match students, including gender, race and ethnicity.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 250 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or info@horizonssavannah.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.

ABOUT HORIZONSNATIONAL
HorizonsNational is a growing, community-centered network of more than 50 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizonsprograms offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.

Contact:
Christy Edwards, Executive Director
912-961-8854
info@horizonssavannah.org

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Poole
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.695.4791.
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Bethesda Academy 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament Raises Over $90,000 for Student Scholarships

Bethesda Academy 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament Raises Over $90,000 for Student Scholarships
10th Annual Benefit held at Forest City Gun Club

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy raised $93,650 at their 10th annual Sporting Clays Tournament held at the Forest City Gun Club. All sponsorship and event proceeds benefit Bethesda’s scholarship program for young men in grades six through twelve.

The tournament included a wild game lunch and wild game hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception, both prepared by chef Kirk Blaine. In addition, participants attended a safety and shooting clinic.

The live auction, award ceremony and wild game cocktail reception was held after the tournament. Auction and raffle items included a hunting trip with Whiddon Wingshooting in Argentina, a condo on Cudjoe Key, a Ford Plantation discovery trip, a pheasant tower shoot, a Pig Pickin’ Party for 30, an oyster roast for 20 and much more.

“We are so grateful for the community’s support of the sporting clays tournament, which has grown in both scope and appeal over the past decade,” said Bethesda Academy president Dr. Michael Hughes. “Proceeds from this event provide critical funds which allow us to ensure that cost is never a hindrance to a family’s ability to send their son to Bethesda Academy.”

For more information about the event, please visit www.bethesdaacademy.org

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075
www.crussomarketing.com

Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction

Horizons Savannah Announces Grab a Bag for Kids Event, Charity Luncheon and Purse Auction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons Savannahannounces the 6th annual charity luncheon and purse auction called, Grab a Bag for Kids, will take place on Friday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Golf Club, located at 1661 E President St.

Horizons Savannah Grab a Bag for Kids

New for 2018, the event will host pop-up shops from Kendra Scott and Charleston Shoe Company with a portion of the sales benefiting Horizons. Featured bags includes gently-used vintage and new designer handbags, bags from new local designer Garland Bags, clutches, evening bags, totes, beach bags and leather backpacks.

A silent auction will kick off the event at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. The tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10.

“This is the must-attend event of the Fall season,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons SavannahExecutive Director. “It’s a fun lunch that brings together our community to support Horizons Savannah, shop for some beautiful handbags, and new this year even purchase some great shoes and jewelry to match!”

Grab a Bag for Kids offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses as well. The different levels include Prada at $250, Dior at $500 and Chanel at $1,000. Donations are also still being accepted for the bag auction. For more information on sponsorship or donations, contact Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854.

For more information on the Grab a Bag for Kids charity luncheon and purse auction, visit http://www.horizonssavannah.orgor call 912-961-8854.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannahat Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School welcomes over 250 low-income students each summer to a six-week summer enrichment program that helps prevent “summer slide”: the loss-of-learning that occurs during the summer. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction, we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. During the program, students gain an average of two months’ growth in reading and three months’ growth in math. For more information, please contact Horizons SavannahExecutive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854or info@horizonssavannah.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/horizonssav/.

Contact:
Christy Edwards, Executive Director
912-961-8854
info@horizonssavannah.org

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Poole
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.695.4791
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

Bethesda Academy Hosts 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament

Bethesda Academy Hosts 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament
10th Annual Benefit to be held at Forest City Gun Club

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy will hold the 10th annual Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Forest City Gun Club, located at 9203 Ferguson Ave. All sponsorship and event proceeds will benefit Bethesda’s scholarship program for young men in grades six through twelve.

The tournament includes a wild game lunch and wild game hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception, both prepared by chef Kirk Blaine. In addition, participants may attend a safety and shooting clinic.

Registration opens at 11 a.m.; lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The safety and shooting clinic will take place at 12:45 p.m. and the tournament will begin at 1 p.m.

The live auction, award ceremony and wild game cocktail reception will be held after the tournament at 5 p.m. Auction and raffle items include a hunting trip with Whiddon Wingshooting in Argentina, a condo on Cudjoe Key, a Ford Plantation discovery trip, a pheasant tower shoot, a Pig Pickin’ Party for 30, an oyster roast for 20 and much more.

“We are so grateful for the community’s support of the sporting clays tournament, which has grown in both scope and appeal over the past decade,” said Bethesda Academy president Dr. Michael Hughes. “Proceeds from this event provide critical funds which allow us to ensure that cost is never a hindrance to a family’s ability to send their son to Bethesda Academy.”

Registration is open for teams of four to participate in the tournament. Team registration is $1,000 before Friday, September 21 and will be raised to $1,250 after that date.

Area businesses are also invited to consider sponsorships for the fundraiser with sponsor levels ranging from $7,500 to $500.

For sponsorship and registration information, please visit https://app.etapestry.com/cart/BethesdaAcademy/default/category.php?ref=587.0.199317577

For more information about the event, please visit http://www.bethesdaacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-Bethesda-Sporting-Clays-Sponsorship-Registration.pdf

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912-856-9075
www.crussomarketing.com

Bethesda Academy Hires New Learning Specialist and Creates Specialized Success Program on Campus

Bethesda Academy Hires New Learning Specialist and Creates Specialized Success Program on Campus

Susan Boatright New Learning Specialist at Bethesda Academy

Susan Boatright, Bethesda Academy’s New Learning Specialist

(SAVANNAH, GA) Susan Boatright, a credentialed educator and learning specialist is developing a student success program for Bethesda Academy that will include an individualized learning plan for each student, particularly those with recognized learning issues.

Boatright is designing the Bethesda Learning Plan to focus on meeting the individual needs of students by providing academic, organizational and motivational support. The program includes benchmarks to monitor the progress of each student’s grades and academic status and to help them develop soft and executive skills.

“When I was at West Point, I led a program similar to this one and witnessed the real difference it made in the lives of those cadets,” said Bethesda Academy president Michael Hughes. “I am very encouraged about introducing the Bethesda Learning Plan here as we’ll be better able to evaluate and identify the academic and social needs of those students with documentation of diagnosed learning differences.”

The Bethesda Learning Plan includes collaboration with Bethesda’s teachers to develop relevant assignments and tests and is structured to maintain consistent quality communication with teachers, parents and students. It also evaluates learning styles outside the classroom to create a well-rounded program designed to help each individual student succeed.

“I consider finding a student’s style of learning to be like unlocking a door to a world of possibilities,” said Boatright. “I love the challenge of determining what works best for each class or student. This program requires patience but also creativity and passion.”

Boatright, who had taught at Chatham Academy in Savannah since 2014, received a bachelor of science in education and a master of special education from Liberty University. She left Chatham Academy to join the educational team at Bethesda for the 2018-19 school year.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way”initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Bethesda Academy Welcomes Leopold and Pressly to Board of Governors

Bethesda Academy Welcomes Leopold and Pressly to Board of Governors

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academyis pleased to welcome Hollywood movie producer and Savannah businessman Stratton Leopold and educator Paul Pressly to the institution’s board of governors.

Leopold, a Savannah native who has been in the film business for more than 40 years, has nearly 60 film and television credits to his name ranging from executive producer and producer to casting director and actor.

In Savannah, Leopold is active in a number of civic activities and operates Leopold’s Ice Creamat 212 E. Broughton St. as well as his most recent locations in the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, a Savannah business founded by three Leopold brothers, including his Greek immigrant father, in 1919.

Stratton Leopold, Bethesda Academy Board

Stratton Leopold

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome this icon of entrepreneurship and leadership to the Bethesda board,” said Mike Hughes, Bethesda Academypresident. “Stratton brings a fresh perspective from the film industry that I know will boost our business model for the better.”

Paul Pressly, Bethesda Academy Board

Paul Pressly

Paul Pressly, a historian, educator and author, previously served on Bethesda’s board of governors and its executive committee from 2011-2017.

Pressly is director emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance at theOssabaw Island Foundation and is a past headmaster of the Savannah Country Day School. He holds a doctorate in history from Oxford Universityin England, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard Universityand a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University.

“He brings more than 30-plus years in independent school education,” Hughes said. “Dr. Pressly is also the previous board chair for the National Association of Independent Schools, and his expertise in leading that organization will be a great asset to us.”

The two new board members will join officers Cliff McCurry, chair; William T. Moore, vice chair; Quentin Marlin, secretary; Jim Trolinger, treasurer; and fellow members Linda Bleicken, Ellen Bolch, J. Ryan Chandler, Brian Harlander, John C. Helmken, H. Michael Hughes, Diane Ingram, R. Kevin Jackson, Leslie Littlejohn, Joe Marinelli and Donna Stafford.

The mission of the 278-year-old institution is to prepare tomorrow’s leaders and entrepreneurs by inspiring young men to discover their academic, social and spiritual potential.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. It is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.

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Horizons Savannah Giving Day Passes Goal

Horizons Savannah Giving Day Passes Goal

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Horizons Savannah Giving Day, held Wednesday, May 16, raised more than $77,000 to benefit the Horizons Savannah program resulting in their largest Giving Day ever. This one-day event was a national day of giving with the goal of raising more than one million dollars to bring Horizons to more communities and families nationwide. Horizons Savannah’s raised funds will go to directly to help close the opportunity gap for low-income Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Chatham County and the greater Savannah area.

Christy Edwards, Executive Director of Horizons Savannah is thrilled with the level of participation and enthusiasm from the business community, “We are so thankful for the support of our community. It took everyone coming together to make Horizons Giving Day such a success. We can’t wait to get started on next year and look forward to this being an annual event to benefit Horizons Savannah,” Edwards said.

Horizons Savannah offers a special thank you to the sponsors of this year’s event, including: Cutters Point Coffee, Kendra Scott Jewelry and El Coyote Restaurant.

The Horizons Savannah program includes six weeks of academics, project-based learning and swimming lessons each summer through partnerships with independent schools, colleges and universities. Horizons Savannah serves over 200 students each summer at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School. This summer, the program will be expanding to the campus of Savannah Christian Preparatory School.

Horizons students typically gain 8-12 weeks of reading and math skills each summer. 97 percent of Horizons high school students graduate on time, and 91 percent go on to attend college.

Horizons Savannah Giving Day 2018

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizons is a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low-income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

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912.665.0005
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Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Announced on May 18

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Announced on May 18
Keynote Address from Bob Jepson Jr.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy will host its Fifth Annual Scholarship Gala on Friday, May 18, to support the Gateway Scholarship Fund and celebrate the graduating class of 2018.

The gala will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The gala is open to the public, and tickets are $150.00. All proceeds from the gala provide assistance through scholarship funds for Bethesda students who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition.

Bob Jepson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Jepson Associates Inc., will be the keynote speaker. Jepson Jr. founded the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and is the current chair of the Georgia Ports Authority. He is the chair and chief executive officer of Jepson Associates Inc., a private-equity firm (SBIC) and was the founding chair and CEO of The Jepson Corporation. Jepson Jr. currently serves as chairman of the Board of Curators for the Georgia Historical Society.

There are 14 students participating in the graduation ceremony, 6 of whom were dual enrolled and will be graduating with college credits.

Overall, 95 percent of Bethesda’s students graduate on time and 85 percent attend college.

“We are so proud to have witnessed these 14 young men grow so much in friendship and in character,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “It will be exciting to see the impact each will have on their communities as they leave Bethesda.”

Sponsors supporting this year’s Scholarship Gala include Mr. & Mrs. R. Kevin Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. James Trolinger, Dr. & Mrs. Jeff Bolch, Mr. & Mrs. Angus Littlejohn, South State Bank, Sterling Seacrest Partners, THA Group, Enmarket, MacAljon, Dr. & Mrs. Ted Moore, Gavilon Fertilizer, West Construction, Georgia Power, Dr. Linda Bleicken, Holland, Bromley, Barnhill & Brett LLP, Georgia Ports Authority, Savannah Airport Commission, Rubnitz Thompson Ziblut, Visit Savannah and Blue Force Gear.

The gala calls for business formal attire. To buy tickets, visit https://app.etapestry.com/cart/BethesdaAcademy/default/item.php?ref=1229.0.185029681

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

CONTACT:
John Reddan
Director of Institutional Advancement
912.644.4376
john.reddan@bethesdaacademy.org

Bethesda Academy and The BarnBuilders Cut the Ribbon on a New Pavilion.

Bethesda Academy Cuts Ribbon for Newly Renovated Pavilion by the Barnbuilders

Bethesda Academy Cuts Ribbon for Newly Renovated Pavilion by the Barnbuilders

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Barnbuilders, a local volunteer group, have finished work on newly renovated pavilion for students and guests at Bethesda Academy. The school hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed structure. The event was open to the public and a light lunch was served.

The Barnbuilders doubled the size of the pavilion and added a screened-in area. The group built the picnic pavilion in 2000 and have been expanding and improving it since.

The pavilion will be used for school functions and will be available for guests to rent for events.

The Barnbuilders have a special place on Bethesda’s campus,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “Our students and faculty have watched this group dedicate Monday mornings to our school for the last 20 years, and these men are a true example of hard work and genuine character for our young men.”

The Bethesda Barnbuilders have met at Bethesda Academy every Monday since 1998. On average, 12 men work on various projects at the school each Monday between 8 a.m. and noon. The group consists primarily of retired men who live on Skidaway Island. This year, the group received a grant from the Landings Landlovers to offset costs of the pavilion renovations.

As Bethesda’s Maintenance Director, Beau Lynah did an analysis a few years ago to value the work completed annually by the Barnbuilders and believes a conservative estimate is right around $200,000 each year. Projects completed by the Barnbuilders include, among others, a repair of the alumni cottage, an athletic trainer suite and new football lockers for the JV team.

Bethesda Academy and The Barnbuilders Cut the Ribbon on a New Pavilion.

Bethesda Academy and The Barnbuilders Cut the Ribbon on a New Pavilion.

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ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
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912.856.9075

Bethesda Academy Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newly Renovated Pavilion

Bethesda Academy Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newly Renovated Pavilion by the Barnbuilders

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Barnbuilders, a local volunteer group, will finish work in March on a newly renovated pavilion for students and guests at Bethesda Academy. The school will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed structure on Monday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public and a light lunch will be served.

The Barnbuilders are doubling the size of the pavilion and adding a screened-in area. The group built the picnic pavilion in 2000 and have been expanding and improving it since.

The pavilion will be used for school functions and will be available for guests to rent for events.

“The Barnbuilders have a special place on Bethesda’s campus,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “Our students and faculty have watched this group dedicate Monday mornings to our school for the last 20 years, and these men are a true example of hard work and genuine character for our young men.”

The Bethesda Barnbuilders have met at Bethesda Academy every Monday since 1998. On average, 12 men work on various projects at the school each Monday between 8 a.m. and noon. The group consists primarily of retired men who live on Skidaway Island. This year, the group received a grant from the Landings Landlovers to offset costs of the pavilion renovations.

As Bethesda’s Maintenance Director, Beau Lynah did an analysis a few years ago to value the work completed annually by the Barnbuilders and believes a conservative estimate is right around $200,000 each year. Projects completed by the Barnbuilders include, among others, a repair of the alumni cottage, an athletic trainer suite and new football lockers for the JV team.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, GA) Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick, Houston Astros’ Right-Fielder, presented “Pitching Success” to Bethesda Academy Students on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Reddick was born in Savannah and attended South Effingham High School in Guyton. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. Reddick won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012 while playing for the Oakland Athletics.

He spoke to students during Bethesda’s Chapel time. Reddick spoke about hard work and dedication being his key to success, in spite of people telling him he could not make it as a pro-baseball athlete. For more information on Bethesda Academy, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Signs Autographs at Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick with Bethesda Staff

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Speaks to Bethesda Students

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Speaks to Bethesda Students

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Presents “Pitching Success”

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Bethesda Academy Hosts Savannah’s 2017 State of Small Business

Bethesda Academy Hosts Savannah’s 2017 State of Small Business

Savannah’s 2017 State of Small Business to be Livestreamed on Dec. 1

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Fifth Annual State of Small Business will be livestreamed Friday, Dec. 1, at noon from the campus of Bethesda Academy.

Reports will be issued by 11 area experts who will have three minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to Savannah’s small business community. A panel of small business owners will then discuss the implications of the data.

The livestream will be broadcast from the William H. Ford, SR. Museum at Bethesda Academy. The webstreaming services are provided by Stage Front – a better plan for AV.
This presentation will only be available to the public online at https://stagefront.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx

2017 State of Small Business subjects and presenters include:

> Small Business Employment Statistics
Michael Toma, Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong State University

> Tourism
Michael Owens, CEO of Tourism Leadership Council

> Commercial Real Estate Trends
Rhett Mouchet, Associate Broker, Colliers International Savannah

> Internet Speeds and Their Effect on Business Growth
Susan Speros, CEO at Speros

> Local Growth in Construction
Peter Ghilarducci, Development Services Liaison, city of Savannah

> Film Industry in Savannah
Charles Bowen, Corporate/Entertainment Attorney at The Bowen Law Group

> Freight Shipping Trends
Lee Beckman, Georgia Ports Authority, Garden City Terminal

> Education Statistics
Catalina Garcia-Quick, Executive Director of Communities in Schools

> Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region
Tony O’Reilly, President of the Small Business Assistance Corporation

> Labor Statistics
Faith Copeland-Pittman, Business Services Recruiter for the Georgia Department of Labor

> Economic Development in Chatham County
Brandt Herndon, Vice President of Business Development for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA)

A PDF of all reports will be available on the Savannah SCORE website in mid-December.

The event is free to watch online and will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at: https://stagefront.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx.

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SmallBizSav17.

ABOUT SCORE: 
SCORE, part of the Small Business Administration (SBA), is the largest provider of free small business mentoring services and educational business programs in the United States. Since its inception in 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners successfully start and grow their businesses. SCORE now has 320 chapters nationwide with over 11,000 volunteers donating over 2 million hours of their time each year. In 2016, Savannah SCORE helped start 135 new businesses and create 329 new non-owner jobs. Because of its contributions to Savannah’s small business community, the chapter has been ranked in the top 30 SCORE chapters in the country and has been nominated as Chapter of the Year. If you are interested in speaking with a SCORE mentor about your business ideas or needs, or if you are interested in becoming a SCORE mentor, please call (912)-652-4335 or visit our website at www.savannah.score.org

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Q&A: Please Meet Mike Hughes

Q&A: Please Meet Mike Hughes

Please Meet H. Michael Hughes Ph.D.
President
Bethesda Academy

Q: When did you join Bethesda?
A: I started my service as President of Bethesda Academy in the summer of 2016.

Q: What is your experience in education and how long have you been an educator?
A: Prior to accepting the position at Bethesda, I served as headmaster for 5 years at Antilles School in St. Thomas, which is considered to be one of the finest independent schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I also led Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville as its superintendent (president) during a six-year comprehensive rebranding period from 1999 to 2005. I taught college for eight years at West Point, and also served as Director of the Center there. I have been a teacher for 31 years and earned graduate degrees at the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Q: What motivated you to get into education?
A: I was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision for his final years to establish an institution of learning for those who follow us. I thought that becoming a school leader to inspire and develop young people would be a very meaningful, intrinsically satisfying way to end my working career. And it has.

Q: What did you do before becoming an educator?
A: After graduation from West Point, I proudly served our nation as an Infantry officer in the United States Army during a 22-year career. My service included assignments in California and at Ft. Benning, GA; as well as with the U.S. European Command in Germany and in the Middle East. I also served as an infantry rifle company commander along the DMZ in Korea and culminated my military career as a tenured associate professor at West Point.

Q: What is your most meaningful contribution as a teacher/mentor?
A: As a teacher of leadership and counseling for eight years at West Point, I taught hundreds of cadets and had a life-changing impact on an entire generation of young men and women who would become superb Army officers. I take pride in celebrating the successes of my former students, whether they become community leaders or represent our Country in leading the global war on terror.

Q: What sets your leadership style apart?
A: My leadership style is very intense, focused, hands-on and engaged. During my numerous experiences as a leadership instructor at West Point, MIT, and the Army, I learned the key lesson that leadership skills can be learned if taught in several modes including theory and practical skills combined with an opportunity to learn from other successful leaders from many areas of life.

Q: What are your most memorable awards?
A: Truly, my “most memorable” award was the privilege of working with America’s finest young men and women at West Point, the United States Army, and in fine schools like Bethesda Academy. When I retired from active duty in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel, I was humbled to receive the Legion of Merit for my contributions to the United States Army and West Point. Also, during my doctoral studies and formal training at the University of Virginia, I was selected as a lifetime member of the prestigious Raven Society for my contributions to the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville community in leadership and community service.

Q: What is your vision for Bethesda Academy?
A: I believe Bethesda will become a transformative leadership academy that provides a superb academic and preparatory experience, both college and vocational, to help each boy reach his potential. To achieve this, we have renewed and strengthened our mission to teach meaningful leadership skills to each Bethesda boy and created a new curriculum to support it.

Q: What are three things you want the community to know about Bethesda Academy?
1) Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. That being said, we are no longer an orphanage. Now we are a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
2) Bethesda Academy is an all-male school, and as such, we are fiercely proud that 95 percent of our students graduate on time, and 85 percent of our students go on to college.
3) Bethesda Academy is formalizing an organizational structure to build an effective leadership team and beginning the transformation to a leadership academy.

Q: What are the benefits of an all male school?
A: Founded on a belief in God, Bethesda nurtures boys through competency-based, flexible instructional programs and work preparation so they will grow into responsible citizens. Bethesda offers an education in a smaller, supervised, supportive environment. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum.

Q: Does Bethesda offer any special programs?
A: Students in grades 9–12 spend one class period of their schedule each day in one of our Campus internships. While the experiences are all unique, students are taught and expected to demonstrate solid work ethic skills. Student interns are currently managed by peer mentors in the following areas: athletics, athletic training, wildlife sanctuary and preserve, dining services, office assistants, development marketing and hospitality, introduction to digital media, teacher’s aide, cattle and beef program, farm and gardens and maintenance.

Q: How can the community get involved?
A: The community can help by providing funding support and opportunities for internships, as well as externship experiences.

Q: How many employees do you have?
A: We have 40 staff members.

Q: Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?
A: I first read “Once an Eagle” by Anton Myrer in 1976 when I was an infantry commander stationed in Korea. It is both a military book and a leadership book and a great study in character, contrasting the lives of two officers. One takes care of his soldiers and serves his country. The other man serves himself only, always seeking a higher rank. A valuable lesson I learned from reading the book is always to get on the ground and see what’s really happening with the people you lead.

Q: Tell us about your family and what you enjoy doing when you aren’t working.
A: My wife Donna and I love it here in Savannah. During my military career, I spent time at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield and developed an appreciation and love for the Savannah area, so it felt like coming home when we came to Bethesda and Savannah. Donna and I have three grown children, two daughters and a son, two of whom are teachers, and one who is an attorney. I like working out by weight lifting and exercising on a tread-climber. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, along with outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and exploring.

Bethesda Academy President H. Michael Hughes, Ph.D.

Bethesda Academy President H. Michael Hughes, Ph.D.

Contact information:
Location: 9520 Ferguson Road, Savannah, GA 31406.
Call: 912.644.4376
Email: mike.hughes@bethesdaacademy.org. 
Website: www.bethesdaacademy.org

9th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament to Benefit Bethesda Academy

9th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament to Benefit Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy announces plans for the 9th annual Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, November 10 at the Forest City Gun Club. All sponsorship and event proceeds benefit Bethesda’s scholarship program for young men in grades six through twelve.

Bethesda Clays 2017

Bethesda Academy 9th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament

The tournament includes a wild game lunch and wild game hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception both prepared by Chef Kirk Blaine. In addition, participants may attend a safety and shooting clinic prior to the 1 p.m. tournament start time.

Bethesda Academy is currently seeking area businesses to consider sponsorship opportunities for the fundraiser. There are sponsor levels ranging from $7,500 to $250. Registration is also open for teams of four to participate in the tournament.

For sponsorship and registration information, please visit http://www.bethesdaacademy.org/giving/special-events/sporting-clays/

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075