Posted Date: 10/12/2021
On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, current and former CMS staff, students and parents as well as local dignitaries gathered in the CMS Courtyard in celebration of this year's successful fundraising effort benefiting the Arthur J. Perschino Scholarship Fund. The Ceremony included a welcome by CMS K-8 principal Medard Thomas; a brief history of the Arthur J. Perschino Scholarship Fund by Marilyn Liberatore, former CMS principal and Delores Scott, former CMS Classroom Assistant; “Thoughts on CMS” by Helen Eidt, former CMS parent; Special Memories of Mr. Perschino by Katy Kerschner Ghadiyali, former CMS student and teacher and Elise Grant Lake, former CMS student and current teacher; and words by Mayor Harry Rilling and State Senator Bob Duff. A special presentation was made to Sandy and Tom Kretsch for their generous matching funds donation to the AJP Scholarship Fund. Tom, former CMS physical education teacher, shared his thoughts on Mr. Perschino and CMS. Our Ceremony concluded with Tom leading the audience in the CMS School Song “Our School’s a Rainbow.”
The Arthur J. Perschino Scholarship Fund, a non-profit 501(c) (3), was created while Mr. P, as he was so lovingly called, was principal of Columbus Magnet School. This honor was bestowed upon him because of his dedication, enthusiasm and love for his students, community and nation. As the principal of Columbus for 18 years, Mr. P. supported, encouraged and inspired all students to be the best they could be through a variety of experiential learning. Learning by doing was his mantra and the nationally acclaimed Young Astronaut Program was just one example of the educational experiences that he established where students developed skills that prepared them for the future.
The scholarship was developed to support former Columbus students upon graduation with their future endeavors. Recipients are chosen from both Brien McMahon and Norwalk High Schools. To obtain this scholarship, students must demonstrate need, leadership skills, community service and a love for learning.
In the past, monies for the AJP Scholarships have relied on fundraising events. Due to the challenges this year presented, the committee decided to create a GoFundMe page. Tom Kretsch (former CMS gym teacher) and his wife Sandy posed a challenge -- if the GoFundMe campaign raised $5,000, the Kretsch's would match it. Tuesday's ceremony was both a celebration of the spirit of Arthur Perschino and acknowledgement of Tom and Sandy's generous donation.