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The Kym Coleman Education Foundation - known for its hugely successful Honor Roll Bicycle Program at Ketelsen Elementary School - is gearing up for its upcoming "Thanks for Giving Banquet and Charity Gala," and the public is invited. Everyone with a desire to help children or education is welcome. The ninth annual event will be held on October 6, 2007, at the Hotel Derek in the Bravo Ballroom. Featuring dining, dancing, musical entertainment from local band Infinite Groove, and a live and silent auction, the gala will raise funds for the Kym Coleman Education Foundation.

This celebration will honor the generous participants and donors who have helped the foundation enjoy another successful year of giving. It will also mark the kickoff of a new year of fundraising as a new school year starts up.

The Kym Coleman Education Foundation supports inventive and whimsical incentive programs at the Ketelsen Elementary School, where the foundation's founder, Cookie Michael, has been donating her time, care, and gifts since the school was opened in 2002. Cookie had been working with Robert E. Lee Elementary for over ten years when the entire school was replaced by Ketelsen Elementary in 2002, and Cookie followed her beloved students to their new school.

Each year, KCEF funds a variety of programs at Ketelsen. The most popular and most successful is the Honor Roll Bicycle Program. Students who achieve exemplary grades in the first semester of the year receive a bicycle, helmet, and lock at the end of the term. Since this program was started six years ago, the school has seen a 72% increase in the number of students on the Honor Roll. Each year, Max Movers donates its time and a truck, delivering the bikes to the crowd of thrilled students.

"It's a wonderful program because more of our students try to get on Honor Roll every year so they can receive a bicycle," says Jacqueline Green, assistant principal at Ketelsen. KCEF is making a lasting contribution to the students' lives, not just by presenting them with bicycles, but by inspiring them to work hard in school.

The Foundation and its friends and supporters continue to support the students of the school throughout the year. "I formed the Kym Coleman Education Foundation in the memory of my daughter, Kym Coleman, who perished in a plane crash in 1993. Kym had a mission to assist school children who were not as fortunate as others to help improve their quality of education," says Cookie.

Through the work of the Kym Coleman Education Foundation, Kym's spirit lives on, and young children's lives are touched by a group of passionate, caring Houstonians who are dedicated to improving the quality of their education. Other programs offered by KCEF include scholarships, additional incentive programs, and, each Christmas, a special visit from Santa to the school. The Shriners donate gifts to the 1st and 2nd grade students.

Contact Cookie Michael at 713-784-8877 for more information about the Kym Coleman Education Foundation. Tickets for the October 6 Thanks for Giving Charity Banquet and Gala are on sale now and can be purchased through Cookie Michael or any member of the Kym Coleman Education Foundation.



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MEGHAN WHITMORE
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