Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation: History & Mission
The mission of the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation is to promote and enrich educational opportunities for all Fairhope public school students. Our vision is to create the best schools in the nation! The guiding principles of FEEF are that every child has the right to an excellent education and that an investment in the Fairhope public schools is an investment in the Fairhope community.
The Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF) was formed in 1996 to promote and enrich educational opportunities for all Fairhope public school students. Our vision is to create the best schools in the nation! The guiding principles are that every child has a right to an excellent education and that an investment in the Fairhope public schools is an investment in the Fairhope community.
The foundation was formed as a result of a request from the principal of the Fairhope K-1 Center to explore the possibility of building a marine science lab. This signature project grew from a $30,000 commitment to the $230,000 award-winning Pelican’s Nest Science Lab currently housed at the Fairhope K-1 Center. It provides environmental education to public and private school students from all over Baldwin County and consistently receives awards at the state and national level.
In 2002, Charlene Dindo, the Pelican’s Nest Director, received an Albert Einstein Fellowship. She was one of just 11 in the nation to be selected for this award and is the first from the State of Alabama. Charlene Dindo also serves on the Teacher Advisory Council for the National Academies to represent Baldwin County School System. Just as the Pelican’s Nest project grew, so also did the foundation. Community members quickly saw the benefit of a non-profit public school foundation.
Currently, there are 24 members on the Board of Directors comprised of business leaders, community members, former educators and two staff members. In addition, ex-officio members include the Baldwin County Public Schools superintendent, the mayor of Fairhope, the School Board representative, a City Council representative, principals, and teacher representatives from each school. The board members believe that a strong school system reflects a strong community.If you would like additional information on the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation please click this link.