The Dallas Foundation Invests in BOMLA Teachers

Thanks to the generosity of the Lucile W. and George R. Pattullo Fund at The Dallas Foundation, FRIENDS secured a $15,522 grant for professional development for select faculty at “The” Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.

“We’re honored to be able to advocate on behalf of  the young leaders, as well as the exceptional faculty at BOMLA. Professional Development is the second most requested grant assistance from the school, so we’re always looking for partners to invest in the teachers who make such a big difference in the lives of students. We were elated that The Dallas Foundation grants team was so engaged on their site visit, and ultimately chose to honor our teachers in such a phenomenal way.” Kezia Stegemoeller, FRIENDS Executive Director.

According to Principal Michael Bland, this grant aligns with his goal to encourage teachers and students to be life-long learners.  “Supporting our faculty is a vital part of what we do at BOMLA, but we recognize that district funding is only part of the story.  Our teachers often pay their own professional development expenses. Thanks to FRIENDS of BOMLA and grantors like The Dallas Foundation, our faculty is able to have their professional development expenses underwritten.  With this support we are able to dream big and meaningfully contribute to the national dialogue about educating young men.”

The Pattullo Fund at the Dallas Foundation supports African American citizens in the Dallas community. The story about The Dallas Foundation Grant Field of Interest Fund was featured in the Philanthropy News Digest in Summer 2017.

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