The Foundation has been working over the last year and a half, mostly through the generosity of the Roselaind M. Richards Educational Fund to get the Christian A. Richards Elementary School in Clay-Ashland up and running. The City of Clay-Ashland and its environs demographically have a very high young population, as is the case all over Liberia. Pre-K through Kindergarten had about 240 children enrolled last school year not taking into consideration children in First through Sixth Grades.
In our quest to assist the school system in Clay-Ashland, we contacted the Ministry of Education and were given the go ahead to renovate the Christian A. Richards Memorial Center for the purpose of moving the elementary school aged children from overcrowding at the William D. Coleman High School. As agreed by both parties, the Ministry of Education would provide the Administrative Staff and Teachers for the school and the Richards & Coleman Family Foundation would provide oversight and support to the school, designating it as a Public School. With the Elementary School's facilities now completed, due to some unforeseen events the Ministry of Education was not ready to work with us in the interest of the children of Clay-Ashland leaving us with no choice but to designate the Christian A. Richards Elementary School as a Private School.
As a Private School, the parents will have to pay tuition fees for their children to attend the school, an option the parents chose after experiencing three weeks of instructional teaching since the school's reopening in March 2015. Although the parents who attended the PTA meeting opted to pay tuition fees, we know that there will be a number of those who cannot afford it.
The fee as of May 2015 is $500 Liberian Dollars (about $7.00 USD) monthly per household. This is the minimal amount we believe would be needed to manage the school properly, taking into account staff salaries, school lunches and all other administrative costs to run the school.
Providing support for one child would cost $10.00 USD (Ten United States Dollars) per month; $120.00 annually. We are kindly asking you to consider supporting one or more of these children. If you are only able to provide assistance for a few months instead of a full year, that would also be appreciated. Donations can be made through the Richards & Coleman Family Foundation's website or by mail. Your help will bless these children in ways you cannot imagine and you too will be blessed in your giving.
Sincerely in Your Service,
Rhonda Richards von Ballmoos
Deputy Executive Director RCFF
The Richards & Coleman Family Foundation's (RCFF) 2015 Annual General Meeting and family reunion is being held from July 17th through July 19th in the tri-city areas of Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton, Virginia. Two years ago, the young adults of the family suggested this location, and it was approved by the general membership. The activities on Saturday, July 18th, are scheduled to be held at the Busch Gardens Park. More details and a schedule of the RCFF's 2015 Annual General Meeting weekend activities, can be viewed on the 2015 annual meeting link or the calendar page link in the menu section.
This is an important year for the Foundation's future, as we will be electing new officers to run the Foundation for the next two years. Please use the Foundation's website link to pay your 2015 annual Membership Assessment, or mail it to the RCFF at P.O. Box 2293, Montgomery Village, MD 20886.
The RCFF's Facebook page is another tool being used by the Foundation, which will enable our family to communicate important announcements about the family and the Foundation's activities. Through this medium, members are able to communicate openly with the Foundation about its functions. We want to remind everyone who uses this page that when posting; please communicate responsibly to have a positive impact on our family. The page can be accessed at facebook.com/pages/Richards-and-Coleman-Family-Foundation-Inc
The Foundation is currently also engaged in establishing rules or guidelines which will produce meaningful benefits for the Foundation's members. Membership requirements can be found at:www.rcff1.org/about/Amended_Constitution_7_19_2014.pdf. More information on member's benefits, the General Meeting projects, and future events, will be announced before the General Meeting.
Additionally, a new website is being developed for the Foundation, and will enable members to login to a database and vote on future elections, as well as other issues when they arise. Included on the new website will be some membership benefits as well. We look forward to seeing you in July.
The honorees will be honored on November 29, 2014 at an official ceremony between the hours of 8 pm to 11 pm in Silver Spring, Maryland USA. The schedule, address and directions of the event can be found on the calendar page of the Foundation's website at www.rcff1.org. Admission is free for full family members, associate members and friends of the honorees. Please review the Foundation's constitution in reference to its membership classification on the about us link of the Foundation's website.
The list of honorees are: Joseph G. Richards, Anna Sherman Richards, Eva Coleman George, Claudia Coleman Nelson, Olivia Coleman Banks, Paulita Coleman Padmore, Genevieve Coleman Garnett, Melvina Bendu Coleman, Moses O. Coleman, Vyrle Richards, Rev. Walter D. Richards, Louise Richards Morris, Robertetta Craig Burroughs, Ora Simpson Titus, Olive Simpson Akinsanya, Comfort Simpson Neal, Isabel Karnga Coleman, Mary Wesley Coleman, Joseph. K. L. Moulton, Rev. Mark Richards, Josephine Richards, Patience Matilda Railey and Violet Coleman Taylor.
The official program on November 29th, two days after Thanksgiving, will feature the presentation of plaques, dinning, music, and other forms of entertainment. A silent auction and raffle in support of the Schools and the City of Clay Ashland's Health Care Center will also be held. For more information on this and other activities go to rcff1.org.
The Richards and Coleman Family Foundation, Inc. is hosting its first honor program on November 29, 2014. It will be held at the Argyle Community Center, located at 1603 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The officers of the foundation decided to first honor family members whose names are to be published on September 15, 2014. The honorees are currently being selected by the officers and members of the foundation.
The honorees will be informed in writing by September 1, 2014. Each honoree will be presented a plaque and a gift from the foundation. Music, food and drinks will be provided free of charge. Since this is the weekend of Thanksgiving, the foundation is proud to give thanks to the honorees for their years of service to family and society.
Before the conclusion of the program, three of the honorees will draw the prizes being raffled by the foundation. The prizes range from a $100.00 Visa gift card to $1000.00 cash. Proceeds from the raffle goes to funding the Christian A. Richards Elementary School in Liberia.
The officers of the foundation have approved the creation of awards in honor of deceased family members to be presented bi-annually. Honorees for future awards will be people in society who best exemplify the various categories of the awards. The categories and naming of awards are still a work in progress.
More details on these and other activities of the foundation will be distributed by email and on this website soon.