Huntington Women Raise Thousands
of Dollars for Local Students

October 30,2013

HUNTINGTON- Nearly one hundred women (and a handful of men) gathered October 12thfundraising luncheon aimed at improving the educational opportunities available to the children
of southern West Virginia. The group, West Virginia’s Women for Education Forum (WE), is a fund at the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc. (FTSC). WE’s second annual luncheon kicked off the 2013-2014 school year project- funding “flipped” classrooms. The fundraising has continued throughout the month, and to date, $8,310 has been donated for this project.

Tamela White, a partner at the firm Farrell, White, and Legg, PLLC, is one of the leaders of the committee that selected this year’s fundraising project. “On behalf of WE, I am privileged to say our mission of investing into the future of education is well-represented by the Flipped Classroom concept. Great outcomes will be achieved with differences occurring in the lives of students and teachers. WE is proud to be a part of this project.”

Judge Dan O’Hanlon, Director of WVNET, was the keynote speaker at the fundraising kickoff. “Flipped classrooms across the United States have improved student grades and lowered dropout rates and misconduct dramatically.” Teachers record lessons and lectures by using video recording software. These videos are then uploaded to the Internet, allowing students to watch their teachers from home. The following day in class, students work on various assignments based on the information they received through the instructor’s videos. Video lectures free up time in class, allowing more time for students to interact with their teachers and providing a more in-depth learning experience without replacing traditional reading and writing skill development.

The pilot program has already been effective in improving student outcomes in a limited number of secondary classrooms in Mason, Wayne, and Cabell Counties. Judge O’Hanlon “was proud to
assist the effort to expand flipped classrooms in Cabell County from the five pioneer science and math teachers to more teachers in many areas. Flipped classrooms will transform K12 education and I am pleased that we have taken the lead to bring it to schools here.”

WE hopes to expand this successful program by raising money to purchase the technology necessary to flip additional classrooms in Cabell County. The estimated cost of “flipping” a classroom is $4,000-$6,000 per classroom. For more information, or to donate online, visit Make checks payable to FTSC, P.O. Box 7932, Huntington, WV 25779.

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Two Huntington Schools “Pepped”
by Donation of 15 Instruments

Beverly Hills and Huntington Middle Schools’ band teachers will start classes with a total of fifteen
additional instruments this year thanks to the work of Maggie Capehart, a 2013 graduate of Huntington High School, and the “Pep the Band Fund” of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc. (FTSC).

For many middle school students, the high cost of purchasing a band instrument prevents them from joining. Capehart saw some of her band friends struggle to afford the necessary expenses and worked to bring a solution. She solicited donations of used band instruments, many of which required repairs. “I don't want people to have to quit band or have to make compromises because they don't have the money. While I realize my project won't solve all money issues for band students, I hoped it could at least ease this problem,” Capehart said.

After the “Pep the Band Fund” was established at FTSC, monetary donations were collected to repair these instruments. FTSC’s President, Mary Witten Wiseman, said of the campaign, “FTSC is delighted to help Maggie achieve such a commendable goal.” The fifteen instruments collected this spring have been repaired and delivered to the two schools in time for the start of the school year.

Instruments will be accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information about how to donate instruments or money to refurbish donated instruments, please contact FTSC at (304) 942-0046 or All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law..

Downtown Blooms to Return Next Spring

Foundation’s Floral Fund will Beautify
Downtown Ashland for Years to Come

Winchester Avenue was awash with pink and purple flowers this summer, serving as a backdrop for the city’s many summer events such as First Friday celebrations, Summer Motion, and Poage Landing Days. The baskets have been taken down to be stored for the fall/winter season, but they will return each spring for years to come.

The downtown flowers were made possible by the combined support of area citizens, The Foundation for the Tri-State Community, and the City of Ashland. Through the efforts of an
ongoing floral beautification initiative, modeled after the award-winning success of Ironton, Ohio’s “Ironton in Bloom”, the City of Ashland displayed a series of hanging floral baskets along Winchester Avenue from 12th Ashland’s downtown.

Ashland businessman, Tom Wolf, first approached the Foundation a few years ago about establishing a fund to beautify downtown Ashland. He contributed to the project and suggested other local businesses that might also want to participate. Funding for the initial purchase of the large containers and hangers, as well as a portion of this year’s floral installation, was provided by the Ashland Inc. Advised Fund of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community. The City of Ashland installed the hanging baskets and provided vital watering and fertilization. Thanks to continued support from community members, the Foundation, and the City, these baskets will be replanted and cared for each year, becoming a permanent aspect of Ashland’s downtown landscape in the spring and summer seasons.

Mayor Chuck Charles has supported the project saying, “The flower baskets have been a tremendous asset to the beauty of downtown Ashland. We have gotten so many positive comments about the flowers. It lets people know we are a community that is proud of our town.”to 20th Streets, as part of a larger effort to beautify and enhance