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The Woodward Trust Awards Grant to iSPACE
iSPACE, the  premier provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and
math) learning in the Greater Cincinnati Region, has been awarded a $15,000
grant  by The Woodward Trust to support iSPACE’s IGNITE Engineering
program as well as iSPACE’s collaboration with FIRST Robotics.  

Established in 1827, by William Woodward, The Woodward Trust is a non-
profit organization created and maintained to administer donated and
endowed funds for the benefit of students in need in the City of Cincinnati.

iSPACE, piloted the IGNITE Engineering program at Roselawn Condon and
Hartwell elementary schools in the 2014-2015 school year. Weekly iSPACE
staff or volunteers visit classrooms and use LEGO to teach the students
about physics and engineering. iSPACE will follow the same cohort of 130
students through the end of sixth grade to determine if students introduced
to STEM-related LEGO programs – science, technology, engineering, math –
early and consistently, develop skills and interest in STEM and pursue
those avenues in high school and beyond.

The Woodward Trust has invested in IGNITE Engineering, to fund the
continued long-term longitudinal study of the impact of early LEGO-STEM
curriculum exposure on underserved urban children.

The Woodward Trust has also provided a gift to subsidize FIRST Robotics
teams from underserved Cincinnati communities and schools, and to
subsidize FIRST Robotics events.

To learn more about iSPACE, visit

High-fives to iSPACE and the Woodard Trust!
Date posted:  September 1, 2015

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Envision Children Holds Record Breaking Event
More than 100 people attended Envision Children’s recent “Tenth Annual
Lighting the Way Scholarship Gala ” at Art Design Consultants. The
fundraiser brought in $19,500 -  the most ever raised at this annual
benefit -- to provide scholarships for the organization’s innovative
educational enrichment programs.

The recipient of the “Lighting the Way Award”, Jessica Gassett, accepted
the award via video presentation. Ms. Gassett, who was the first former
Envision Children student to receive the award, is a sophomore majoring
in public relations who was completing a semester as an exchange student
in London, England.

The major sponsors for the April 12 fundraiser included: the Cincinnati
Herald, the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Premier Mail & Fulfillment,
Game Time Budgeting, the Strive Foundation and Hightowers Petroleum.

Envision Children is a 501c3 nonprofit, founded in 1999 by Sheryl
McClung McConney, offering cutting edge educational enrichment
programs for children in preschool through the Freshman year of college.
Envision’s interactive programs include: Extended Day Tutoring, ACT
boot camps, Power Saturdays and Academic Summer Enrichment.

For more information, visit

Highfives Envision Children!

Envision Children Board Members and Staff

Photo Provided by Envision Children

IGNITE Engineering Grant volunteers and teachers get ready to
spark kindergarten imaginations.

Photo Provided by iSPACE
Serena and Roger Repeat as W&S Open Champions
Another great year of tennis in the Midwest is a wrap.  The W&S Open,
played August 15-23, 2015 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason
(OH), drew a record 199, 217 fans (14 of 16 sessions sold out!) to the nine
day tournament to see the best in professional tennis compete for over $6.1
million in prize money and the Women’s and Men’s Champion titles.  In
addition to the fans - who not only came from across Greater Cincinnati but
also across the U.S. and 62 countries -  at the Tennis Center, more than 67  
million people watch the event televised worldwide.

Defending Women’s Title holder, World No. 1 Serena Williams successfully
defended her 2014 title and hoisted the W&S Open 2015 Women’s Champion
trophy.  Williams defeated Simona Halep (at the time World No. 3) in straight
sets in the finals.  The last time a female tennis player won back to back
titles in Cincinnati was Peaches Barkowitz in 1966-67.  After her Cincinnati
win, Williams plays the US Open in the hopes of completing the Calendar-
Year Slam, having already won the 2015 Australian Open, French Open, and
Wimbledon and  would be the first to do so since Steffi Graf in 1988.

“I got to say I don’t get support everywhere I play but I get so much love and
support here in Mason.” Serena told the crowd during the trophy ceremony.  
“I want to come back forever and ever.  So, thank you so much and I love

Defending Men’s Champion Roger Federer hoisted the W&S Open Men’s 2015
Champion trophy for a record seventh time after winning the finals in
straight sets over World No.1 Novak Djokovic.  Federer remains a perfect 7-0
in Cincinnati finals. This is the first time in his career that he has defeated
the World No.1 (Djokovic) and World No.2 (Andy Murray) in the same
tournament.  This is also the fourth time in his career that Federer has won
an ATP title without dropping a service game (also did so en route to
claiming 2012 W&S Open title).

“… you fans make it unbelieveable for us to come out and compete and fight
hard for every single point …” said Federer at the awards cceremony.  “See
you again here next year!”

Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $9 million directly
to its beneficiaries: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the
Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth.

The tournament, played in the Cincinnati area since 1899, returns to Mason
August 13-21, 2016.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

High-fives to the Champions, all the players, the 1,400 volunteers, event
sponsors, tournament staff, and the fans for a great 2015 tournament!

Serena Williams and Roger Federer
hoisting W&S Open Champions Trophy

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