By Karen Hall
A local foundation that helps students go on to post-secondary education has come up with a unique and beautiful way to raise funds this holiday season.
The Marshall Education Foundation is selling high quality Christmas cards, featuring a reproduction of the painting "Blessed Winter" by David Bruce McLeod. Each card costs $25, and states, "A gift to the Marshall Education Foundation has been made in your honor this Christmas season." The gift is tax deductible.
The MEF, Columbia State Community College, and the artist have been working since last spring to get the card ready. The inscription was written by Beverly Mitchell, a member of the English faculty at Columbia State. It says,
the gift of a snow fall
the stillness of the moment
a moment to pause, reflect,
accept God's gift to us...
Wishing you a joyous
McLeod graduated from Vanderbilt with degrees in engineering and art, and apprenticed with artist Michael Shane Neal. He describes his style as "painterly realism." The connection to the artist was made by Elizabeth McDow, site director at CSCC's Lewisburg campus, through neighbors in the hometown she shares with McLeod - Birmingham, Ala. The woman portrayed in "Blessed Winter" is McLeod's wife Blair. In 2010, McLeod was voted "Best Local Visual Artist" by the Nashville Scene, and received an Honorable Mention in the Southwest Art "21 Under 31" competition
Since 2005 the MEF has worked diligently to ensure that Marshall County students who wanted to pursue post-secondary education are allowed the opportunity to so. The Marshall Scholars Program has helped many hundreds of students find millions of dollars in financial aid through grants and scholarships.
Dual enrollment tuition subsidies have allowed high school juniors and seniors to take college classes at Columbia State and receive both high school and college credit.
Local scholarships are administered by the MEF and are awarded each year to Marshall County students.
The MEF also administers annual teacher classroom grants given in memory of Kathryn and Raymond Adams, and Linda Bussart.
When you buy one or more of these beautiful cards, you are doing nothing less than investing in the future of Marshall County.
To buy cards, see Barbara Capps, branch manager at First Farmers Bank, 260 North Ellington Parkway, Lewisburg, or call McDow at 359-0351.