Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Friedland Foundation awards three scholarships

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Some people talk (a lot) about what needs to be done to give area students a boost. Others — like Dr. Michael Friedland — stop talking and start doing.

With Qcity billionaire C.D Spangler handing out millions of dollars last week to various education-related causes, the efforts of Dr. Michael Friedland may have gone unnoticed.

So, for those who missed it, here’s a recap:

Friedland is a doctor of internal medicine who lives in Charlotte. He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y, attended public schools and graduated from Vassar College.

Of all the things his parents instilled in him, he said, what he appreciates most is a love for learning. Friedland said he wants all children to have that thirst.

A few years ago he started brainstorming ways to encourage learning in some of Charlotte’s poorest and lowest-performing schools. That’s how the Friedland Foundation was born.

Last week at a CMS media briefing, Friedland introduced three middle school students who will receive the first round of college scholarships from the foundation. All attend Title 1 schools – schools that receive extra federal funding because of high rates of poverty and low test scores.

Read the rest of this article, by Glenn Burkins, see a photo and learn more about the students here.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." — Mahatma Gandi

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