Laptop Recipients 2016

This year we were able to award 4 laptops to deserving seniors heading off to college. Congratulations to Carlos Hernandez, Austin Damisi, Mariama Bah and Maya DelCid (pictured left to right) all heading off with MacBook Pros!


Laptop Winners 2015: Congratulations, Taqueria & Emmanuel!

Two laptops were awarded to these deserving recipients, Taqueria Grant & Emmanuel Suarez during College Signing Night for Golder College Prep, Mariel's school. Jason (right) and Nathan (left) were in attendance as well! Taqueria will be attending Western Illinois University and Emmanuel will be headed to UIC. Congratulations!


2014 Recipients: Jazmin & Eli

Congratulations to these two young women: Jazmin Sanchez and Elizabeth Ayala. These two young scholars are extremely deserving and driven. We are very confident that they will use their new laptops to the fullest potential!



Congrats Allany and Emilio!

Terri's father Jim, Mariel, Emilio, Allany, and Tasia at Golder's College Signing Night
These two outstanding seniors topped 21 competing entries to be our first recipients of MacBook Pro's via the fund. TRETF conducted an anonymous essay contest at Mariel's school Golder College Prep in Chicago. This Noble Network high school is committed to helping students get admitted to college and providing the tools to succeed in their educational careers. Allany and Emilio impressed the TRETF committee with their abilities to face life's hardships with resilience and determination to succeed on their own as they begin their college experience.



A SmartBoard for Irving Elementary

The TRTF's latest donation was to Terri's Elementary School Alma Mater, Irving School in Oak Park, Illinois. Mariel was able to attend the District 97 School Board meeting on September 11th to present the donation of a SmartBoard to the school's library where every student in the building is able to benefit from it.  A common thread with all of the donations thus far has been the connections between our fund and the recipients on several levels.  In Irving's case, the librarian, Katie Noonan, who will benefit most from the SmartBoard is the sister of Mariel's colleague at Golder College Prep.  Having these connections make each donation that much more meaningful. 


Pictured from left to right: Mr. Barber (President of the School Board), Mariel Race, Katie Noonan (Irving's librarian) and John Hodge (Irving's principal)