Make a Motion to say “Thank You”

—Laura Siegel departing Foundation Board

Laura Siegel “retired” from the Board of Directors of the Winston Churchill High School Educational Foundation on June 30, 2017. She was the Foundation’s chairperson for the past 5 years and served on the board of the WCHS Ed Foundation from 2010-2017.

Laura, a native New Yorker, has been a Montgomery County resident for 35 years. For the last 25 years, she has used her talents and education to advocate on behalf of children as a dedicated volunteer. All three of her children attended Bells Mill, Cabin John, and Churchill. Her youngest child graduated from Churchill in 2010. We are thankful that Laura continued her volunteer service with the Educational Foundation even after her children completed their education in the Churchill Cluster.

Prior to joining the WCHS Educational Foundation, she served for over 20 years in various leadership roles with the PTSA and MCCPTA. In 1997–98 Laura advocated getting air–conditioning installed in the all the MCPS schools. Laura has also served on MCPS policy committees on pertinent issues such as bell times, personal communication devices, and grading and reporting.

I feel comfortable knowing that I am leaving the Foundation in good hands, and the new leadership will continue to make the Foundation an even larger presence in the community and beyond.

The Foundation started 15 years ago and has evolved to fulfill needs at Churchill and/or within the Cluster. During Laura’s tenure, the Foundation has moved into the 21st century.  We started a website, developed an email listserve with over 4000 names, and established a presence on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

During Laura’s last year as chairperson, the foundation surpassed the projected fundraising budget by over $10K by raising $23K and the prior year the Foundation raised $31.5K. The support to Churchill, which includes supplies and equipment as wells as grants to staff and students, has increased quite a bit over the past few years. Last year with the addition of the three Promethean Boards and autoclave, the Foundation will have spent just under $24000.  In total, the Educational Foundation provided almost $30K to Churchill for technology, equipment, and grants during the 2016-2017 school year.

“Thank you to ALL who have served on the board over the past 15 years and currently. I know the current leadership will continue to keep moving the Foundation forward on the road to success, which in turn benefits our staff, students, school, and community,” Laura said at her last Board meeting.

Laura’s next journey will be as a new grandmother. Her son and daughter-in-law had a baby girl in August. Fortunately for her and her husband, her children and granddaughter live nearby. They met at Churchill and started dating as sophomores!!

Laura congratulates the 2017-2018 officers and board members. “I feel comfortable knowing that I am leaving the Foundation in good hands, and the new leadership will continue to make the Foundation an even larger presence in the community and beyond.”