August Turak

Author Consultant Speaker

The Educating Miss Emily Fund

The Educating Miss Emily Fund was created in 2017 as a spiritual and educational support program. Emily A. is the first recipient of this fund – which we hope will be able to help many to come. The Educating Miss Emily Fund is not a scholarship. This Fund was created to provide holistic support for the educational, spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing of disadvantaged children facing despair in the public-school system. This fund helps with things like private school tuition, after-school programs, summer educational programs, physiological testing, tutoring, uniforms, and other needs. We not only work with the child but work directly with the parents/guardians, school staff/teachers, doctors/counselors, and others to encourage partnership and collaboration with the idea of communities working together: “it takes a village.”

Additional guidelines to be established by the SKSF Board of Directors and published here in 2020

How the Educating Miss Emily Fund Began: Service and Selflessness in Action

Years ago, I met a 7-year-old girl named Emily: The little girl who magically changed my life.

The story begins when I hired Emily’s father to do odd jobs on my farm.  A divorced father, he brought Emily along on weekends. Emily and I were soon great friends, but I gradually learned a terrible secret: This remarkable little girl was being bullied and failing miserably at her dysfunctional public school.

I decided to provide the financial assistance that Emily needed for a private school. Coincidentally, I began sharing the story on social media. The positive reaction was amazing and deeply moving. Not only have people been supportive, but many have asked how they could contribute as well.

This groundswell also got us thinking: Why not start an Educating Miss Emily Fund through the SKSF? We could continue to help Emily and others like her. Those who want to donate would get a tax deduction as well. It was well received by the SKSF Board of Directors, who quickly and unanimously voted in favor of making our idea a reality. We have since established the fund and a process for continuing our efforts to practice what we preach – service and selflessness. We are looking to expand on our ongoing efforts and help others.

Emily just started her third year at Crossroads Christian School, and her grades have gone from Ds and Fs, to As and Bs. Emily began the fourth grade at CCS with below average reading and comprehension – in the sixth grade this year, she is now an avid reader who carries two or three books “just to read for fun” in her backpack. And perhaps more importantly, a very depressed little girl, now eagerly looks forward to going to school.

Yes, miracles can happen. Please help us keep them coming!

This is your chance to help Emily and other children like her get a better life by donating to the Educating Miss Emily Fund.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. 

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

― Marianne Williamson