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Cuba Gooding, Meet T.C. Williams

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Nov 23,2010
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Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Dr. Ben Carson shares a moment with Cuba Gooding during the filming of ‘Gifted Hands.
Courtesy Photo
Dr. Ben Carson shares a moment with Cuba Gooding during the
filming of ‘Gifted Hands.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Even though Dr. Roy Heron, the founder of Old Town's Doctor’s Weight Loss Center, has no children at T.C. Williams High School, he knew that he had to help when he read an article in the Washington Post earlier this year which cited that T.C. was among the "lowest achieving" high schools in the nation.
 

Courtesy Photo<br />TV newsman Sam Donaldson with Barbara Heron and Dr. Roy Heron at the 2010 Awards Ceremony for the Carson Scholars Fund.
Courtesy Photo
TV newsman Sam Donaldson with Barbara
Heron and Dr. Roy Heron at the 2010 Awards
Ceremony for the Carson Scholars Fund.

After reading the article, Heron decided that he wanted to help these students and others strive to become their very best.

A founding member of the Carson Scholars Fund, Heron formed the DC Metro chapter of Carson Scholars, which provides scholarships to T.C. students.
 
A nationwide initiative, the Carson Scholars Fund was originally founded by Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon who was featured in the film "Gifted Hands" with actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.
 
In addition, Heron is helping to fund a Ben Carson Reading Room at T.C. The room is to expected to be furnished with books and graphics in an age-appropriate seating. Most importantly, the room promotes Carson's think BIG'' philosophy.
 
As of this year, Carson Scholars Fund has established 50 reading rooms in seven states.

Heron said that he strongly feels that one of the reasons for the poor performance of minority students at T.C. is most due to a lack of a positive role model in their lives. Many of these students come from a single-parent home where the parent is working hard to take care of the family and is not home to actively motivate their children.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Ben Carson and Roy Heron at the 2010 Awards Ceremony for the Carson Scholars Fund.
Courtesy Photo
Ben Carson and Roy Heron at the 2010 Awards
Ceremony for the Carson Scholars Fund.

This is the same situation that Ben Carson experienced as a child in a single-parent home where his mother only had a third-grade education. Heron hopes that Dr. Carson's success story in overcoming his childhood problems from being last in his class to becoming a world famous pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore will motivate students to become the very best they can be.

The Carson Scholars Fund currently operates two programs, Carson Scholarships and The Ben Carson Reading Project. The Carson Scholars Fund scholarship program awards students who strive for academic excellence and demonstrate a strong commitment to their community with $1,000 college scholarships. The Ben Carson Reading Project creates friendly and inviting reading rooms in schools for students to discover the joy of reading.

The first event for the newly formed DC Metro Chapter of Carson Scholars Fund is a fundraising Gala at that will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9 from 7-10 pm at the Embassy of New Zealand at 37 Observatory Circle in Northwest D.C. The dress is business attire. Tickets are $75 per person or $150 for the VIP Reception.

Special guests will include Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy Carson, the co-chair of Carson’s Scholars Fund and Dignitaries.

Heron is soliciting sponsors and donations for the event. He has captured the support and endorsement of Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Alexandria Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sherman Morton, as well as T.C.'s principal, Suzanna Maxey.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Ben Carson with Barbara Heron and Roy Heron at the 2010 Awards Ceremony for the Carson Scholars Fund.
Courtesy Photo
Ben Carson with Barbara Heron and Roy Heron
at the 2010 Awards Ceremony for the Carson
Scholars Fund.

Heron also gained the support of Verizon of Virginia, which agreed to donate $10,000 to the initiative($5,000 immediately to help cover some of the costs of the gala, and $5,000 in February).

Heron, who understands the importance and difficulties in raising money, continues to seek additional sponsors and hopes that those who can’t attend the gala will be interested in donating to the fund. All proceeds benefit the Carson Scholars Fund, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Heron first met Carson during their first year at the University of Michigan Medical School in 1972. Heron became one of the founding Carson Scholars Board Members which started in Baltimore in 1996.

Through the years, Carson has proven to be a tremendous role model to children, and placing a Ben Carson Reading Room and offering several Carson Scholarships to well-deserving students can only help to put T.C. on the fast road to improvement.
 
 If You're Going

For more information about the gala, call 703-629-8996 or email DCMetroCarsonScholars@gmail.com. For tickets, send check or money order to: The DC Metro Carson Scholars Fund, c/o Dr. Roy Heron, PO Box 26357, Alexandria, VA 22313.



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