"What we want to do is see our children live up to their potential and for us success is being happy in life" said Eric Kaye, Chairmen of the Greenwich Education Group's School Foundation.
The Greenwich Education Group's School Foundation hosted an evening of shopping at VINCE in Greenwich, to raise funds for prospective and current students at Beacon, The Spire School and Pinnacle on Thursday evening.
Victoria Newman, Founder and Executive Director of the Greenwich Education Group said, “Kids today and kids general, it’s not a one size fits all model. Schools have to meet the needs to each child and look at what is the best fit for each child. Our school grew out of a need in the community.”
Beacon, The Spire School and Pinnacle help students who may have difficulty learning in a traditional public school setting reach their potential through individualize attention and a variety of learning techniques.
Meredith Hafer, Head of the Beacon school said, “I see a lot of kids who are bored in school, who have lost interest, who are starting to believe that education is not for them. I also see some kids who feel like no one cares and feel like they have all these gifts to give and yet no one really gets it and no one really is drawing that out of them.”
Kaye added, “For example, my son went to Beacon and in the normal high school, he couldn’t study what he was really interested in. He wanted to become an Emergency Medical Technician, he wanted to be a fireman and he had a really big interest in theater lighting and aerodynamics, just really non-traditional areas. So he really wasn’t going to be able to excel in the public school setting so we put him in Beacon and he went from having a really difficult time to graduating with really good grades and getting into the college that he really wanted to go to.”
20% of the proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships for students
Newman said, “We have a number of families who apply every year who cannot afford the full price of tuition. This enables us to be able to accept kids but off-set some of the price of tuition.”