Dr. Everett Williams Announces Gift to Rochester Education Foundation

October 1, 2014
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Laurie Buckley, Rochester City School District
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Gift to Benefit Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10
Staff and students of School No. 10
Camaron Clyburn, Principal of School No. 10
Dr. Walter Cooper
Dr. Everett Williams
Jonathan Schecter, Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan, P.C., Attorneys at Law
Pat Braus, Executive Director, Rochester Education Foundation
Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, Ed.D
Dr. Everett Williams Education Endowment Announces Gift to REF for Dr. Walter Cooper Academy
Thursday, October 2, 2014 – Press Event 10:30 - 11:00 am
(School celebration 10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10
School Library
353 Congress Avenue
Rochester, NY 14619
Dr. Everett Williams, a retired educator from Buffalo, will be providing $20,000 per year in a multi-year gift to the Rochester Education Foundation Dr.Walter Cooper Fund. This gift – intended to support innovative literacy initiatives at the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10 – is from the Dr. Everett S. and Goldie Williams Educational Endowment Fund. Dr. William’ support stems from his deep commitment to literacy and education.

Dr. Williams will support a summer reading program at School No. 10 to prevent summer reading loss as well as other literacy initiatives at the school. Support from Dr.Williams will be matched by the District to expand to serve more students and grade levels in the summer.

For several years, Dr. Cooper has worked with Rochester Education Foundation to provide various types of support for the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy. The school has benefited from several donations through REF’s Dr. Walter Cooper Fund, including micro-libraries for students and their families during the summer, support for the school’s Math Club, support for field trips, and more.

In addition to a successful career at Eastman Kodak Company, Dr. Cooper is a founding member of the Rochester Urban League and Action for a Better Community. He also served on the Board of Regents for the state of New York. Dr. Cooper is deeply involved
in activities at the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10, visiting weekly, meeting with students and parents, and personally delivering books to students in need of reading support over the summer.

Longtime friends, Dr. Williams and Dr. Cooper grew up together in Clairton, Pennsylvania, and have maintained their friendship for more than 70 years.

Rochester Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which supplies resources and programs with the support of the
community to encourage Rochester city student success (