GCPS Teets Foundation Receives Gift from Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust

Last Updated on May 17, 2019 at 3:54pm

The Garrett County Public Schools Dr. Wendell Teets Foundation is the recipient of a gift of over $617,000 from the Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust. The funds have been specially allocated to the Garrett County Public Schools Special Education Department. The Special Education Department will be implementing the Daniel Offutt III Links to Literacy Program, which will link the current focus of literacy in the elementary schools to the secondary schools to help support struggling readers, particularly those with dyslexia.
 
“Garrett County Public Schools is grateful to the Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust for this very generous donation to our Foundation. These funds will allow our school system to implement strategies and best practices in order to reach our most needy students who struggle with reading difficulties. Our teachers and students will greatly benefit from this contribution. I cannot think of a better way to honor Mr. Offutt,” said Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools, Barbara Baker.
 
Heather Raybold, Director of Special Education said, “We are incredibly thankful for this donation to better support our struggling readers. We wish to express our sincere thanks to Mr. Richard Orenstein for reaching out and providing us the means to make the new Daniel Offutt III Links to Literacy Program possible.” Mr. Orenstein is the executor of Mr. Offutt’s estate and has worked closely with Ms. Raybold to ensure that Mr. Offutt’s vision is carried out in Garrett County Public Schools.
 
Born in Oakland, Maryland, in 1931, Mr. Offutt was described as a “farmer,” but he was much more than that. Those who knew him would remember him as a tennis player, traveler, sailor, metal sculptor, woodworker, fixer of anything, collector of everything, lover of projects, stock market investor and a good friend. He graduated from the University of Maryland and received an MBA from Columbia University in 1965. Mr. Offutt passed away November 24, 2016 in Weston, Connecticut.
 
School System receiving Gift from Offutt Charitable Trust
Front Row (l-r): Alison Sweitzer, Director of Finance; Cindy Downton, GCPS Foundation; Heather Raybold, Director of Special Education; Richard Orenstein of the Offutt Trust; and Stephanie Wesolowski, Supervisor of College and Career Readiness.
Back Row (l-r): Penny Proudfoot, Director of Early Childhood/Elementary Education; Tom Carr, GCPS Foundation; and Barbara Baker, Superintendent.
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