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QUEST Foundation takes steps to develop ways to make a difference in county schools

Even though the Washington County School system’s newly-revitalized foundation will make a number of changes, one thing will not change – it’s mission to encourage and reward innovative ideas at the classroom level.
The board of the Quality Education Support for Tomorrow foundation met Wednesday, at the school system’s central office in Jonesborough to begin organizing and developing plans that members say can make a real difference in the lives of local students.
Director of Schools Ron Dykes assured the group that “there is no larger ‘bang for the buck’ than getting financial resources directly into the classroom.”
QUEST board member, James L. Harlan II, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Eastman Chemical, expressed his optimism for the organization’s success.
“If you can explain to people exactly what the needs are and how they can make a difference in a young person’s life, they are more likely to help,” he said. “We need to be able to look someone in the eye and say to them that ‘for each $1 you spend, you are giving a child a chance at a better future.’”
The group discussed hosting several different events and made a decision to have a new QUEST logo created by the winner of a student competition.
QUEST board of directors members attending the meeting included Bob Rutherford, Dr. Ted Beach, Ed Street, Dr. Keith Turkett, Lynn Richardson, Tony Street, Dennis Powell, and James Harlan.
Others who have accepted a seat on the QUEST board but were unable to attend were Joe Wilson, Dr. Bill Greer, Dan Eldridge, Larry Estepp and Kelvin Smalley.