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Dominique Velociter Founder’s Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 21, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
“We build globally aware citizens who are fluent in two languages and many cultures,” states Jean-Yves Carpanèse, head of the French-American School of Rhode Island (FASRI), the organization that established this endowment to honor its founder, Dominique Velociter.

Founded in 1994, FASRI currently serves 200 students in preschool through eighth grade. Of its founder and former head of school, Jennifer Tomasik, chair of the board of trustees, says, “I think of Dominique as someone who had this vision and made it happen. She always did whatever it took to grow and develop this school. FASRI has families, staff, and students who come from every continent, so there’s a richness of community and cultural exchange on a daily basis.”

FASRI is one of almost 500 schools – 46 in North America – that are part of a global network of French bilingual schools outside of France. Of the network, Jean-Yves says, “France promoted it and has a duty to cultivate the language and culture. The magic of the network is that we share our mission and our expertise.”

Like many schools in the network, FASRI offers programs for older students who are not already fluent in another language. “It’s never too late to learn a second language, or even a third,” says Jean-Yves.

“This endowment represents a major milestone for our school and a commitment to the people who advance our mission: our teachers,” Jennifer states, adding, “This fund, designed for faculty professional development, will ensure that our instructors from around the globe have access to innovation in the world of education.”

In announcing the endowment, FASRI noted, “FASRI’s history stands as a remarkable testimony to the determination and vision of Madame Velociter. Thanks to her, children in Rhode Island benefit from an innovative, culturally diverse and rigorous dual-language program.”

Jennifer shares that from the onset the FASRI board of trustees saw the Rhode Island Foundation as the perfect partner in philanthropy. “The Foundation is a pretty remarkable place because of the knowledge and connections it offers to Rhode Island nonprofit institutions and to the visionaries who support them,” she concludes.
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