Thursday, December 2, 2010

Former Richland One Schools leader to be honored at fundraising dinner

Dr. John R. Stevenson
Dr. John R. Stevenson, former superintendent of Richland School District One, will be the honoree at the 2010 Elder of the Year Dinner staged by Africa’s Future-Umbuntu.  The event takes place on Friday, December 3rd.

Dr. Stevenson was the first African-American superintendent in Richland School District One history.  He served in that capacity from 1986 until his retirement in 1994.  He was later named superintendent emeritus in honor of his many years of outstanding service and distinguished leadership to the district.  The Richland Street administration building bears his name.

Africa’s Future-Umbuntu is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Jerome Hanley of Columbia.  The mission of the organization is to improve secondary educational opportunities in Zambia, Cameroon and Ghana by providing school fees to children.

“American children have access to a free education,” said Hanley.  “That is not the case in many African nations.”  According to Hanley, who has visited West Africa several times, tuition for one child is often more than a family earns in a year.  Families with more than one child face difficult choices.  “Africa’s Future works to make education more affordable for the children who desperately want it,” Hanley said.

The Elder of the Year Dinner will be held at the Margarette H. Miller Center on Fontaine Road in Columbia.  Tickets are $30 and tax deductible.  For purchase information, call 803-216-0083.
The money raised at the Elder of the Year dinner will be used to further the organization’s mission.

Who: Africa’s Future-Umbuntu
What: Elder of the Year Dinner honoring Dr. John R. Stevenson
When: December 3, 2010
Where: Margarette H. Hiller Center
1509 Fontaine Road
Columbia, South Carolina
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $30 (Tax Deductible)

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