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TEF Scholarship Established Beloved Labrador Retriever Inspires Children's Book

TEF Scholarship Established

2014-2015 was an exciting year for the Tewksbury Education Foundation (TEF).  In addition to celebrating its 20th anniversary of fundraising with the sold-out Barn Dance & Auction, the Tewksbury Education Foundation will continue in its tradition of supporting the educational aspirations of Tewksbury students by offering a new scholarship.  Jean Frankel, who founded the TEF, has agreed to extend her generous support of Tewksbury students with the creation of the TEF’s Jean Frankel Founders Award.  The TEF has established the following criteria for the scholarship:

• This yearly scholarship will be awarded to one graduating 8th grader, in the amount of $2500.

• The scholarship will be awarded to that student who is dedicated to their growth as a whole person, including dedication to academics, devotion to volunteerism, and participation in extra-curricular activities, such as the arts, sports, scouts, or other interests.

• This scholarship will be awarded to the student upon graduation from high school, to help with their post-secondary education.

The TEF is pleased to announce that Jean and Gregg Frankel have generously committed to funding this scholarship for the next 20 years.

With the foundation of the Jean Frankel Founders Award and the hugely successful 20th anniversary celebration, it’s been a landmark year for the TEF.  The TEF would like to extend a big thank you to the community for their generous support during the annual campaign and the Barn Dance and Auction.  For more information about the TEF, e-mail the TEF, or visit their website.
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Beloved Labrador Retriever Inspires Children’s Book

Biscuit, a beloved yellow Labrador Retriever, inspired his person to pen a new children’s book entitled, Sir Pillsbury: The Canine Communicator, A Biscuit Tale of Learning.   A work of fiction, intended for third and fourth graders, Sir Pillsbury was written by Tewksbury resident Barbara L. Clark.

The story revolves around Biscuit’s family, Adam Tristan, his wife Megan, and their son, Christopher.  Very devoted to his people, Biscuit senses discord in the household and devises ingenious canine means to bring the family back into harmony.  “In a world overflowing with technology and devices, we must not lose sight of the importance of the human element and face-to-face communication,” the author said, hinting at the moral of the story.

The book closes with a lengthy glossary and a photo of the real Sir Pillsbury of Kensington “Biscuit.”  Although Biscuit passed away over a decade ago, his memory lives on in this new soft-cover book, which emphasizes the importance of good verbal communication.

The pencil smudge drawings throughout the story were created by illustrator Christina M. Maniet of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  They help bring Biscuit’s message to life.

A devoted animal lover, Clark has been a freelance writer for over twenty years.  She’s written horse show columns, business profiles, and public relations pieces, as well as newsletter articles.   She began riding at the age of 14, and has spent many years of her life in the equine community as an equestrian, both for recreation and competition.   She also has experience as a breeder of show horses, as well as Labrador Retrievers, and has been a guest speaker in the Equine Studies Department at Centenary College, in Hackettstown, NJ.

Sir Pillsbury: The Canine Communicator was recently approved for inclusion in the Children’s Collection at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Madison, New Jersey.

To order an autographed copy of Sir Pillsbury send a check for $20 (includes tax/shipping) to Barbara L. Clark at PO Box 496, Bedminster, NJ 07921.
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