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Columbia College and Eugene Field Elementary School commemorate partnership
Friday, December 18, 2009

After more than 22 years as partners in education, Columbia College and Eugene Field Elementary School are saying good-bye at a farewell event scheduled during halftime of the Cougar men's basketball game at noon on Friday, Dec. 18. The event will take place at Southwell Complex on the Columbia College campus. President Gerald Brouder will present a plaque to a representative from Columbia Public Schools.

The students and teachers of Field Elementary will be relocating to the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in January.

"Over the past 22 years, Eugene Field Elementary School has really become an extension of the Columbia College family," said Faye Burchard, dean for Campus Life at Columbia College and partnership liaison for the Partners In Education program. "But due to the increased size and distance from our campus, we feel we would not be able to maintain the partnership at the high level that currently exists. The move will leave a void for us at Columbia College, but it's a wonderful and deserved opportunity for our friends at Field Elementary."

Columbia Public Schools started the Partners In Education program in 1984, which joins a local business or community organization with a school, providing them additional educational resources. Since 1987, Columbia College has provided an academically focused partnership for the students at Field Elementary through individualized reading and pen-pal programs as well as job shadow and college day opportunities, among other things.

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