Strokes for Spokes Golf Tournament

1st Annual Strokes for Spokes Golf Tournament
The 1st Annual Strokes for Spokes Golf Tournament will be held Monday, August 20 at the Texas Star Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the students and teachers of the Maude I. Logan Elementary School.
A new bicycle will be awarded to all students with perfect attendance. 65 students reached this goal in 2011! Additionally, this event will provide the teachers needed supplies and other resources currently unavailable to them.
All of this is made possible by the support and sponsorship of WPF members, friends and colleagues. Your help in promoting this exciting event will ensure its success. Whether you’re a golfer or not, your circle of influence does include those who do play golf and others who are financially inspired to help great causes. The tournament flyer can be found



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Contact: Susan Schoolfield     

May 1, 2012                                                         Balcom Agency                                   (817) 877-9933


Center will open in Fall 2012

            FORT WORTH, Texas – This fall, Lena Pope Home will open an Early Learning Center to provide all-day care and learning for up to 48 children, ages 2-1/2 to 5 years old. Students will benefit from the evidenced-based curriculum, low student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1, and certified teachers with degrees.

            Located near Interstate 30 and Hulen Street (4812 Diaz Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107), the Early Learning Center will open in an existing building on the main campus of Lena Pope Home, and will be open 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The weekly rate will be competitive and childcare subsidies will be accepted for qualifying families.

            “The Early Learning Center is Lena Pope’s first educational program for preschool-aged children, but it’s the next natural step in continuing our mission of helping create hope, happiness and success for children and families,” said Todd Landry, Lena Pope executive director.

The Early Learning Center will pursue accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)* and/or the National Accreditation Commission, and will follow their required standards — student-to-teacher ratio, teacher education and training, and curriculum — from day one. The goal for Lena Pope is to offer the first early learning center that has national accreditation and accepts childcare subsidies within the 76107, 76109, 76110, 76114, and 76116 zip codes surrounding its campus.



“When we considered how we wanted to grow at Lena Pope, research identified the great need for quality early childhood learning in our area and showed the long-term impact it can have in our community,” Landry said.  

According to the Texas Education Agency or TEA (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/), children who attend a quality pre-kindergarten program are better prepared for kindergarten, have better reading and writing skills, and have better social skills, behavior and conduct in and out of the classroom. Studies have shown that early childhood intervention promotes savings to the individual, and eventually to the community in many ways, by creating:

·         Better school retention

·         Improved quality of the workforce

·         More productive schools

·         Strengthened social attachment

·         Reduced crime, teenage pregnancy and welfare dependency

·         Increased lifetime earnings

            “The Early Learning Center continues the mission of our founder – Lena Pope – to give children the best possible foundation and support for future success,” explained Don Cosby, board president for Lena Pope Home. “The board fully supports this initiative as we help meet the demand for high-quality, accredited early learning – especially among lower-income, higher-risk populations.”

            The Lena Pope Early Learning Center will offer an evidence-based curriculum incorporating best practices for teaching children of this age. The curriculum was chosen because research shows children develop and learn best when early learning is based on the individual strengths and needs of that child. Teacher recruitment will begin in May, following the hiring of the Center’s director. Renovations to the Early Learning Center building are scheduled to be complete in June, for parents to tour the facilities prior to opening. For more information, families may call (817) 255-2562 or visit www.LenaPopeEarlyLearning.org.




            Since its founding more than 80 years ago, Lena Pope Home has evolved from its origin as an orphanage to today’s focus on counseling and education for children and families. Chapel

Hill Academy, a TEA-accredited charter school for children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, located at 4640 Sycamore School Road in southwest Fort Worth, was Lena Pope Home’s first endeavor into primary education. Additionally, Lena Pope’s collaboration with the Tarrant County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program serves older students with severe academic, social and/or behavioral problems in traditional classroom settings. Learn more at www.LenaPopeHome.org.

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*According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), its national, voluntary accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs since 1985, and helped families identify high-quality programs for their young children. Based in Washington, D.C., NAEYC (http://www.naeyc.org/) addresses the daily quality of children’s education through its accreditation program. Programs must meet 10 established standards focused on: advancement of children’s learning and development; the qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment of teaching staff; relevant partnerships established with both families and the community; and the physical environment and leadership and management provided by the program administration.

Lena Pope Early Learning Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Contact: Susan Schoolfield     

May 1, 2012                                                                            Balcom Agency                                   (817) 877-9933


Fact Sheet

WHAT:          The Lena Pope Early Learning Center

WHEN:          Fall 2012 planned opening

WHERE:        4812 Diaz Ave., Fort Worth 76107 (near I-30 and Hulen St.)

HOW:            Through its Early Learning Center, Lena Pope will provide children with a strong academic foundation based on its well-known high standards and ongoing commitment to quality programs supporting children and their families. 

WHY:             Lena Pope has provided improved lives for many young children. In keeping with the original actions of the organization, Lena Pope Home will open its first pre-school education program, serving children ages 2-1/2 to 5 years old.

COST:            Affordable, competitive tuition rates will be offered. In addition, childcare subsidies will be accepted for qualifying families

DETAIL:         Open weekdays, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

                        Eight to one student/teacher ratio

                        All teachers to have post-secondary degrees and early-childhood teaching certification

                        Evidence-based curriculum

DATES:          May, center director hired and teacher recruitment/hiring begins

                        June, renovation of existing building completed

                        July, tours of school available/possible media event

                        Fall, classes begin