9/23/15 S.W.I.F.T. Foundation makes donation to benefit at-risk youth

S.W.I.F.T. Foundation makes donation to benefit at-risk youth
By Charlie Pogacar, Staff Writer, The Mebane Enterprise 9/23/15  
Reprinted with permission.

Woodlawn Middle School assistant principal Wendy Nelms accepted the donation from S.W.I.F.T Foundation representative Alan Hall.  

Photo courtesy of Teresa Dallas

Woodlawn Middle School assistant principal Wendy Nelms accepted the donation from S.W.I.F.T Foundation representative Alan Hall.

 

The Sue Windsor Initiative for Teens (or S.W.I.F.T. foundation) was created to honor the late Mebane educator Sue Windsor and continue her proud and charitable legacy.

On Sunday, Sept. 13, the foundation presented a check to Woodlawn Middle School for $1,564.

The S.W.I.F.T. Foundation was formed shortly after Windsor died by surviving family members and community volunteers from the Hebron United Methodist Church in Mebane. They have since been trying to raise money for the things Windsor fought so passionately for when she was alive.

“Her family wanted to create a program that would relect Sue’s love for her students,” Wendy Nelms said, an original member of the foundation.

Nelms, who is also the assistant principal at Woodlawn Middle School, accepted the check, saying the funds would go toward financial and academic support for at-risk youth.

Services covered by the program include tutoring, school supplies and proctors for test, according to Nelms.

“Her philosophy was that ‘no child should be left behind,’” local business owner and S.W.I.F.T. Foundation board member Teresa Dallas said. “And that was many, many years before [a congressional act of the same name]. It actually wouldn’t surprise me if they got the idea from her.”

Windsor was known in the community for lending a helping hand to any and all kids that needed the support.

“Teaching was not just a job of being an educator [for Windsor], but included being a passionate mentor, tutor, and role model who really cared and was always there for her students, not just in the classroom but for years to come in everyday life,” Dallas said. “She would take children home and feed them at the dinner table.”

Windsor served Woodlawn Middle School for over 33 years, according to Dallas.