b'genuine, gentle soul (except on the court!). A friend to all and will never be forgotten.Leslie Valentine 92, wanted to do something to memorialize her niece, Mekia. Through her nonprofit, the L&M Valentine Foundation, Inc., Leslie has established a student award endowment fund in memory of Mekia and the impact of Mekias educational and athletic experience at Greensboro Day School. Leslie stated, Mekia attending Greensboro Day School in the 4th grade was the best decision our family made regarding her education. Mekias time at GDS was great. She was exposed to so many opportunities that may not have happened had she not attended GDS. While at GDS Mekia was a girl scout, participated in several school plays in elementary school, a cheerleader, a track runner and a phenomenal basketball player. She met and became a part of so many families. She excelled in academics as an avid reader and writer. Because of whatThe Mekia S. Valentine 06 Award will Greensboro Day School provided to Mekia, Irecognize a female student of color in the feel it is only appropriate to honor her legacyUpper School who makes outstanding efforts by helping to ensure that a minority studentin several of the following areas: academics, and their family experience the opportunitiesextra-curricular activities, leadership, and and exposure our family saw at Greensborocommunity involvement. The award will be Day School. presented in the spring at the End of Year Athletic Awards Ceremony. If you would like to contribute to this endowment fund, please visit www.greensboroday.org/giving and enter Mekia Valentine Award into the comment field on the giving page. Greensboro Day Schools endowment adds to the stability and financial maturity of the school. Donors to permanent endowment funds show their belief that an investment in the school will continue to make a difference beyond their own lifetime. Additions to the endowment come from direct gifts and planned gifts in the form of cash, securities, property, or other tangible items.nIf you would like more information about endowments, please contact Director of Advancement, Ian Patrick at 336-288-8590 ext. 235 or by email at ianpatrick@greensboroday.org. GDS Magazine | 43'