November 22, 2010

Dear Friend of the Winchester Public School System,

The Winchester Education Foundation (WEF) is very excited to update you on our activities.  In just 12 months we have made great strides in building a foundation whose mission is to raise funds to benefit the students and teachers of the Winchester Public School (WPS) System.  The member groups of the WEF are:

Handley Board of Trustees
Winchester Public School Board
Handley High School Museum and Archive
Judges Athletic Association

The WEF was established to facilitate a public-private partnership between the Winchester Public Schools and private citizens and businesses that recognize the value of public education in general and the Winchester Public Schools in particular.

Since September of 2009, we have sponsored the following events:

1) September 2009 – the dedication of the Patsy Cline Theatre at Handley High School in honor of Winchester native and country music great Patsy Cline.

2) October 29, 2009 – the first event in the Patsy Cline Theatre featuring country music legend Willie Nelson.

3) August 27, 2010 – the “Free Admission” program for Winchester Public School students attending athletic events at Handley High School and Daniel Morgan Middle School

4) October 5, 2010 – the concert by the Beach Boys in the Patsy Cline Theatre, and we hope to have at least one “Patsy Cline Classic” event each year.

5) November 11, 2010, Veterans Day – the dedication of a plaque honoring those former students in the Winchester Public School System who have given the ultimate  sacrifice while serving in the United States Military.

The long-term goal of the WEF is to raise enough funds to be able to make annual distributions to the member groups so that they can continue to support the students and teachers in the Winchester Public School System.  Please help us to grow this foundation by sending your donation of $200, $100, $50 or whatever amount you can afford to the WEF in the enclosed self-addressed return envelope.

We are proud to follow the tradition of Judge John Handley, who in 1895, generously bequeathed part of his estate to Winchester to be used “for a public library” and “the creation of school houses for the education of the poor”.

We thank you for your generosity.

Russ Potts
Executive Director

Denny Bromley

Winchester Education Foundation