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Welcome to the Edison Community & Sports Foundation
Established in 1983, the Edison Community & Sports Foundation consists of Edison High School alumni, and community who originally organized to honor coaches and past athletes while building scholarship funds for Edison High School students. Today's Foundation has expanded to support Edison High School in a broader spectrum while keeping the past connected to the future. To learn more, please visit the About Us page. If you are interested in a membership, complete the form on the Register to Receive News & Information page and select "yes" at the bottom of the form.
Edison High School Parking Lot
Picture of the unveiling of Phase 1 of the NE Green Light Project. Check out the SE corner of the Edison Parking lot. While you are there, you should note a portion of the alley was vacated and turned into a rain garden.
Dream With Me by Niles Schulz
I came to Edison and Northeast in 1966 and found myself in a school and community that was like a hidden gem. The luster of the school and of the community shone to those who lived in Northeast and those who wanted to live in Northeast. The community took great pride and supported its school, and the school mirrored Northeast’s belief that honest effort would lead to future success. Pride of neighborhood and school ran deep.
It is no mystery that the gem of Northeast/Edison motivated the formation of the ECSF. Twenty-six years ago a group of former student/athletes wanted to memorialize the legacy of Pete Guzy; their teacher, coach, and mentor. On February 7, 1984, the founders established as the foundation’s mission three specific goals: 1. to strengthen and expand our scholarship and scholastic efforts, 2. to consider proposals which enrich the athletic experience for Edison Community Students, 3. to support other educational, and school-related activities in the Edison community as the Board deems appropriate and financially feasible.
Since its beginnings the ECSF has given over $1,000,000 in scholarships, facility enhancements, and community building. Just in the year 2012, ECSF has sponsored or been deeply involved in events like the 90th Year Reunion week, the neighborhood BBQ (attended by over 2000 people), support for the Alumni Band and Eastside Parade. We continue to sponsor the Annual Spring Dinner, the Hall of Fame Ceremony, and the Art Solz Golf Tournament. And obviously we shall continue to award scholarships to deserving Edison grads.
At the recent 90th reunion, Ruben Wenzel—the legendary English teacher—told me that when he was asked why he drove by 6 schools to get to Edison; he stated, “It is Northeast and Edison, and I cannot imagine a better place.” At the 90th Reunion’s Saturday evening gathering, many of his former students lined up to visit with Mr. Wenzel, now 87 years old and retired for 27 years. It was a joy for him and his former students.
My years on the Foundation Board have provided me with some great experiences. Among the greatest is participating in the interviewing of candidates for our scholarship awards. It is an experience that I wish for everyone who may read this article. These are great young people. Many have overcome incredible obstacles and prevailed. I wish that we could give them more support—in their school experiences and with their financial needs. While we will continue to do what we can, we are always looking for help, from involvement in our activities to financial support to simply participating in the Northeast/Edison community.
The support needs at Edison High School have gone beyond the extras. In my opinion, Edison (and all Northeast schools) are burdened with providing triple the level of support as was expected twenty years ago. Unfortunately, available funding has not risen at the same rate as costs. The ECSF works hard to provide support for all programs at Edison that challenge
students to grow and prosper as community members. We promote the school whenever possible and provide assistance to maintain and enhance the Edison tradition and story of success.
One of our goals is to establish an endowment fund which would create an assurance that support for Edison High School, and all the schools that serve the Northeast community, would continue and grow far into the future. Likewise, the ECSF will continue to support the Northeast community, which has always welcomed and nurtured diversity in the belief that honest effort would lead to future success.
While we welcome your financial support, giving is not only a money thing. We can all support Edison High by attending any of the many events and programs sponsored by the school and the ECSF. We request your help. Edison and Northeast deserve our support and payback. Let us-- Edison graduates, friends of Edison, former and current residents of Northeast—together set the standard. Dream with me. It is our future. We need everyone to help.
1978 Edison High School Band
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