The first teacher award from the Margaret S. Ferrell Fund established at the Scioto Foundation has been given to Amanda Colley, Notre Dame High School history teacher, to provide supplemental materials for her AP United States History classes, as well as other history classes.
The Margaret S. Ferrell Fund was created in 2015 by the Ferrell family for the benefit of a number of Catholic charities in Portsmouth and elsewhere. Ferrell, who died on April 2, 2015, was a prominent local businesswoman involved in numerous business and professional organizations, along with many church activities.
“Through the generosity of the Margaret S. Ferrell Fund, we were able to purchase a full set of ‘Documenting United States History,’ a supplemental text to accompany our AP History text,” said Colley.
“Initially I intended the use of this text to develop critical thinking and writing skills for Notre Dame’s AP United States History students and to provide them with multiple sources of historical documentation,” Conley explained. “However, this text integrates reading, writing and thinking skills that are critical for the development of historical analysis, and I have used the text in a variety of ways with all levels of my history students. The text is a collection of primary and secondary source readings that couple with our regular text. It is helping students develop historical arguments, and they seem to be adding more details to their writing.”
“Notre Dame would like to officially thank the Scioto Foundation and the Ferrell Fund for their contribution to the advancement of critical thinkers and effective writers in our pursuit to educate our youth,” concluded Colley.
Notre Dame School System teachers are invited to submit grant applications for funding by the Ferrell Fund on an annual basis.
“We are so glad that we can keep Aunt Margie’s memory alive through the various distributions from the Scioto Foundation,” said Joe Donini, speaking on behalf of Ferrell’s nephews and nieces. “Marg thought highly of the Notre Dame Schools and their athletic programs. This teacher’s award for the purchase of American History research books will help history students in all grades develop critical thinking and writing skills. These books will benefit students for many years.”
In addition to annual awards for deserving teachers or volunteers in the local Catholic School System for projects or endeavors approved by the Donini family, beneficiaries of the Ferrell Fund include the Congregation of the Lady of Lourdes, Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester, Minnesota; the Sisters of Charity in Nazareth, Kentucky; charities determined by the children of Ferrell’s sister Miriam Donini; special projects or specific purposes for the benefit of St. Mary’s Church in Portsmouth, as well as scholarship assistance for worthy students matriculating from the Catholic School System of Portsmouth.
Additional information about the Ferrell Fund, other endowment funds established at the Scioto Foundation, or a variety of planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Patty Tennant, Program Officer for Donor Services, at (740) 354-4612 or [email protected]