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Happy Birthday to the Newark Charter School Fund. Making a wish for greater access to high-quality schools for Newark’s 55,000 students. L–R: NCSF Executive Director Michele Mason, Shaylah Counts, Verndrey Elliot, and former NCSF CEO Mashea Aston.

NCSF Executive Director Michele Mason speaking to nearly 200 attendees who gathered for NCSF’s 10th anniversary celebration at the Newark Museum.

Keynote Speaker Kinyette Henderson, Interim Newark Public Schools Superintendent Robert Gregory, NCSF Executive Director Michele Mason, and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.

NCSF Executive Director Michele Mason Michele and State Senator Teresa Ruiz

Newark Charter School Fund Celebrates 10 Years

BY MICHELE MASON

With Pledge to Act Bolder for the Future of Newark Families

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hey say when the stars and planets line up just right in the night sky, it’s one of those rare celestial events that stops you in your tracks as you take in the majesty of the heavens at work. I experienced one of those majestic moments last month when I looked out into a room filled with educators, students, philanthropists, local leaders and friends at the Newark Museum who came together to mark Newark Charter School Fund’s (NCSF) first decade of service. And what an occasion it was. The “Back to the Future!” themed event celebrated an accomplishment-filled past and challenged the charter school commu-

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nity to dream bigger and act bolder for the future of Newark’s students and families. There were speeches from Mayor Ras Baraka, State Sen. Teresa Ruiz and other distinguished speakers who reflected on the state of educational reform in Newark and the role NSCF has been playing since it was created to address the serious demand for high-quality school options. Mayor Baraka set the tone for the night when he said, “Focusing on young people is always the best option.” State Senator Ruiz echoed those sentiments: “It’s not about the adults in the room, it’s about that one child; that one student. It’s about where they are today and where we

can take them in the future.” Then there was our keynote speaker, Kinyette Henderson, who shared her inspiring experience from a charter school student to teacher. “Attending a charter school wasn’t just a daily obligation for me. It was four years full of valuable moments. Valuable opportunities. Valuable individuals and valuable lessons.”    Kinyette is right. That’s why for the past 10 years NSCF has made it a priority to improve collaboration between charter and Newark Public Schools because I know that working together is the only way we can ensure all students in our city received “valuable opportunities” and “lessons” at a great school where they live.   www.thepositivecommunity.com

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