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AAF Board Visits Madison Academy in Nashville, TN

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

aaf-april-meetings-166On April 7-8, the Alumni Awards Foundation(AAF) Board of Directors held a semi-annual meeting at the Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., home of Madison Academy(MA). Recently, it was decided to host board meetings near one of the Renaissance Network schools to encourage networking between the board members and the faculty and staff at the schools. Last May the board meeting was held in Scottsdale, AZ. Read more about the meeting here.

One way the AAF board got acquainted with the faculty and staff of MA was by hosting a reception in their honor. They joined the AAF board at the Union Station Hotel for refreshments, games, stories and celebration. It was exciting to see everyone come together and be inspired by the great things being done at MA.

We were honored to have Kentucky-Tennessee Conference President, Steve Haley, attend the event. “I really enjoyed an evening with the Alumni Awards Foundation for the aaf-april-meetings-275purpose of recognizing the valuable contribution of the Madison Academy faculty and staff in achieving the purpose and goals of the Network: to produce the best quality of secondary education possible for our youth in metro Nashville,” said Haley. “Particularly inspiring was to hear the personal “testimonies” of a number of individuals who recognize the priceless contribution Seventh-day Adventist education has made in their lives.”

Part of the evening included testimonies from AAF board members, MA teachers and MA board members. They shared personal stories of how Adventist education impacted their lives and has continued to influence them to this day. A feeling of camaraderie filled the room as the whole group related to the stories. It was inspiring to hear the shared passion for Adventist education throughout the group.

AAF also celebrated the achievements and commitment of the faculty and staff at MA. They were each presented with a medallion and gift of appreciation for their hard work.

aaf-april-meetings-291Another way the AAF board got know more about MA was through a tour of campus. Madison Academy Principal, Kris Fuentes, led the group through the beautiful campus showing them from classroom to classroom, to the gymnasium, and the MA’s Linen Services. The Linen Service is a full functioning industry that hires full-time employees and part-time student workers to provide laundry needs for local businesses, including hospitals and hotels. The AAF board was throughly impressed by MA, and they look forward to seeing continued growth and development. MA is finishing their first year as a Renaissance Network school, and already has seen great accomplishments including increased enrollment, revamped communication with alumni and the community, and improved student learning. Read more about Madison Academy here.

 

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