Friday, April 29, 2016

Three Great Samford University Moments for GranFran

     Recently, GranFran had the opportunity to spend three special days with her beloved School of Education at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. This is the school where she taught Elementary and Early Childhood Education for 28 years, and where my dad, Dr. John Carter, taught Secondary Education for 31 years, retiring as Dean of the School.
GranFran with students from Samford University and Miles College,
teaming up to host the John and Frances Carter
Young Authors Day for third-grade students

Book activities for Esperanza Rising
So it's not surprising that several years ago Mother and Dad set up the John and Frances Carter Young Authors Day -- a day in which SU Education majors in their Junior year team up with students from Miles College, also in Birmingham, to host third-graders from Trace Crossings Elementary School for a day of book-related activities, reading, and authors.
     What fun!
GranFran with three recipients of the
John and Frances Carter
Award Scholarship
     Then it was time for the School of Education Awards Night, and GranFran got to be present for the awarding of the John and Frances Carter Award Scholarships. These honor the top student in each of the Education majors. And what an impressive bunch of teachers is headed to the field!

The John and Fran Endowed Scholarship
for Teacher Education is now
a reality!
    And this year, another special day: GranFran was able to complete and sign into effect the John and Fran Carter Endowed Scholarship for Teacher Education. This brand new scholarship was started with generous gifts that friends gave in memory of my dad, and now Mother has completed the endowment to provide scholarships for years to come. My brother, Wayne, was in town for the signing, and it was a precious day.
     We're so proud of you, GranFran!

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