In 2017, we re-established EdisonLearning’s presence in one of our industry’s top markets – Florida, doubled the size of our Alternative Education portfolio, welcomed a talented and passionate team of dedicated education professionals, and took on the responsibility of guiding nearly 2,500 young people on their educational journey. Throughout our school network, more than 1,100 students earned their high school diplomas.
Internationally, our colleagues in the UK continued to grow and enhance their work. Due to their efforts, more than 500 schools across England have benefitted from their support and school improvement resources. They have made EdisonLearning UK the chosen school improvement partner and, most importantly, the NAHT’s delivery partner for the Aspire school improvement initiative.
The commitment to our mission is clearly displayed by these outcomes; and is verified by the words of Carl Velez, a Chicago Brainerd Bridgescape graduate, “All my teachers pushed me every day to work hard. When they showed me that they cared, it made me want to come to school every day, and graduate.”
As much as we can be proud of the success of the students we help to educate, even more so we can be inspired by our students’ and staff’s desire to be contributing members of society.
Over the past few months, we have seen:
- Students at Theodore Roosevelt in Gary collect food and clothing for those in need, as well as raise funds for the United Negro College Fund;
- Our team in Pittsburgh solicit donations and food for the local Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank;
- The Komen Foundation recognize C.G. Bethel High School in North Miami Beach for supporting breast cancer awareness in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale region;
- Our Bridgescape Academies in Chicago and Ohio be good neighbors by hosting Community Information Fairs;
- Aya Takidin, a student at Bethel High, establish a “GoFundMe” account to benefit Syrian refugees; and,
- Countless students in Florida, and EdisonLearning staff members throughout the company, donate their time and money to the recovery efforts for the hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico.
This is who we are as a company and as individuals; and since I took over ownership of the company three years ago, I could not be more proud.
I know that 2017 has presented us, both individually and collectively, with a number of challenges – many that we have already overcome. I also know that without question, 2018 will continue to challenge us – it is the nature of the business we are engaged in. Yet, I am confident that the coming year will show that we have no limits to further enrich the lives and futures of young people we are honored to help educate.