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Ed’s 50-Day Birthday Challenge

IMG_0098THANK YOU for supporting my big 5-0 challenge!

As I reflect on my own life, I am still amazed that a kid from NE Philly would have the opportunity to attend St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and obtain an undergraduate and graduate degree from LaSalle University. I am so appreciative of my opportunity to learn the life skills that has gotten me to where I am today and encouraged that if I just believed in myself that I could become whatever I wanted to be in life.

This is something I have tried to pass on to the 100s of children I have come across through my volunteerism. I want to make sure that all children have the opportunity to know that their life can be more than just the five-block radius in their neighborhood.

Craig Trainor

Ed and Maj. Gen Wes Craig (Ret) at the MELC Mission Readiness Press Event

This is why I joined Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC) Board of Directors in 2007 and I am privileged to be elected as President last year. Through its 19 locations, which a majority of them are state and federal funded programs in low income neighborhoods, MELC provides a high quality education and care program that begins a young child’s process to learn the life skills needed to fulfill their dreams.

I am a member of an organization that is recognized as a leader at the local, state and federal levels for high quality programs, and by military and philanthropic organizations.  MELC is also a United Way Impact Fund partner and has entered into a partnership with Temple University’s School of Education to open an early childhood center to serve the low income North Philadelphia community surrounding their main campus, and also serve as a research facility for ways to further improve high quality childhood education.

Help me celebrate my big milestone and raise $25,000 by March 31, 2017. Please consider a donation of at least $50 ($1 per year for my 50 years). Don’t forget, your donation is 100% tax deductible and could even be matched by your employers matching gift program.

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