(MS)² First Annual Benefit Auction Dinner

Two years ago, Howard University established the first charter school created by any university in the Washington metropolitan area – Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)². (MS)² now has an enrollment of 300 students in grades six through eight, who come from all 8 Wards in the District of Columbia. It is our belief that the Middle School will play a pivotal role in addressing the critical need to improve science and mathematics education in the District of Columbia.


(MS)² hosted its First Annual Auction and Dinner on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Howard University Blackburn Center Ballroom. The event featured a memorable donated performance by celebrated Comedian/Activist Dick Gregory, as well as a both live and silent auctions. The event was coordinated by Diane Blount,(MS)² Board member and parent of an 8th grader at (MS) ². She was assisted by several parents and staff at Howard University. The event was hosted by Marie Johns, Chair of the Board of Directors of (MS) ². The guest auctioneer was Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs at WHUR-FM. Several (MS)² 8th graders served as ambassadors for the auction, some of whom also participated in “Call to Chapel” at Howard University's Rankin Chapel three weeks prior to the auction to promote the event and solicit support.


The live auction generated spirited bidding for an iPod Touch, getaways to Orlando and the Dominican Republic, a bowling party with 6th grade teacher Mr. Kofi Handon, a day as the Head of School of (MS)², a high definition radio, hat worn and donated by civil rights activist Dorothy Height, and many other exciting items. Silent auction items included homemade delights, artwork, gift baskets, personal services, home décor items, and in-home catered meals. There was something for everyone! Proceeds from this profitable and well-attended event will benefit (MS)² academic program development initiatives.



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