Meyer and Burke—Caring about Kids

Meyer and Burke—Caring about Kids

Dick Meyer and Marlene Burke (Dewey Griffin Subaru) were honored by Ferndale School Board with its Business of the Year Award for their generous support of our students and staff.

The story began about a year and a half ago when Meyer walked into Eagleridge Elementary School Principal Mischa Burnett's office and asked how he could help support the school's students and staff. Meyer wanted to know about students' safety and well-being. He wanted to support the learning environment. "Being the owner of Dewey Griffin Subaru, he understood the value of innovation and technology. Our conversations led to the donation by Meyer and Burke of 64 Chromebook computing devices to Eagleridge," said Burnett.

The Chromebooks debuted at Eagleridge on January 9, 2018. Each student in Ms. Darnell's first grade class was given a device and earbuds. It didn't take long for the students to figure out how to operate the devices. And, for the next 30 minutes the classroom was practically silent as students went to work tapping on screens and using keyboards to navigate through their lesson.

But, the support of Meyer and Burke didn't stop there. It turned into an ongoing partnership. You see, they have a special connection to the school—their granddaughter, Serenity Feliciano, was a first grader last year in Ms. Jaimie Darnell's classroom. Every Tuesday, Marlene volunteered in Ms. Darnell's classroom to support and help students with their learning activities. Also, they have contributed funds to provide additional materials for the school's library and contributions for classroom materials.

"It's so important that we provide opportunities for students. If we don't take care of kids, we won't have a future," said Meyer.

The district cannot begin to thank Meyer and Burke enough for their generous contribution to Eagleridge Elementary. And, more importantly, for their care and support of our students. Thank you!

With the addition of the 64 Chromebooks, access to technology doubled for Eagleridge students. The school now has five carts full of computers that travel from classroom to classroom where teachers utilize them as one more tool to connect students to the act of learning.

Check out our video from our visit to the classroom in January at Chromebooks connect students to the world

Photo (l to r): Alan Meyer, Marlene Burke, Mischa Burnett and Dick Meyer

For more information:
Eagleridge Elementary School Principal Mischa Burnett, 360.383.9704, mischa.burnett@ferndalesd.org
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 360.383.9207, tammy.bengen@ferndalesd.org