Monday, June 4, 2012

Newark Charter School Honors “Outstanding Men of Character,” Raises Scholarship Funds for Students

Honorees Thomas O. Johnston, Byron Pitts, Guest and Rahfeal Gordon attend the “Fathers for Our Children” Awards Ceremony at the Newark Museum in New Jersey.

Newark, N.J. – Continuing its commitment to spotlight men who serve as role models to Newark youth, the Marion P. Thomas Charter School (MPTCS) honored men of outstanding character at their annual “Fathers for Our Children” Awards Ceremony at the Newark Museum on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. The distinguished list of honorees included: Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent CBS Evening News and Contributor, 60 Minutes; Thomas O. Johnston, Principal, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.; Adrian Council, Publisher, The Positive Community Magazine and Rahfeal Gordon, CEO, RahGor Motivations & Publishing. Additionally, the contributions of the late Congressman Donald Payne, Sr. were spotlighted.

“I have attended this event for the past several years and have very much enjoyed learning from the dignitaries who have been honored. I am humbled to be among them. I first became a part of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School community several years ago. I know firsthand that there’s power in its credo–it takes a village,” said Thomas O. Johnston, Principal, Porzio, Bromberg, and Newman, PC in his acceptance remarks.

The event was sponsored by Wells Fargo and supported in part by PSE&G, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and City National Bank. Additional support was received by other companies and individual donors. Proceeds from “Fathers for Our Children” will benefit the Marion P. Thomas Charter School Foundation. The Foundation was established to provide support to MPTCS graduates.

Honoree Rahfeal Gordon with a student presenter.

The awards program featured inspiring performances and presentations from MPTCS students, ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade, in honor of the esteemed honorees.

MPTCS Foundation President with honorees.

Since its inception, the MPTCS Foundation has awarded more than 100 scholarships totaling more than $150,000. MPTCS is the only charter school in the state of New Jersey, and one of the few nationally, that offers this extent of support to its alumni. By awarding scholarships, the Foundation ensures that tuition does not become a barrier to students who wish to continue their education at high quality high schools and colleges. MPTCS alumni are currently attending: Taft, Marist, St. Benedict’s, St. Vincent’s, Christ the King, The Peddie School, as well as Rutgers, Quinnipiac, Spelman and Montclair State Universities.

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