Stephen Michael Kellat

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I wrote a post talking about a fundraising need for church (see: ). In that post there was a lack of more concrete examples of what would be done with funding. Such examples include but are not limited to:

  • Provide assistance to students taking self-study courses from Saylor Academy and potentially elsewhere to ensure they succeed. I watched my sister Courtney bomb such an item from Excelsior College. Providing the tutorial help within the range of deployable expertise would be a useful thing to ensure student success.
  • Provide a calmer, less high-stakes setting than Ohio's "College Credit Plus" program where students can try the idea of what a college course might be like without also damaging their high school grades too. Nothing says it has to be a Bible study. With Open Educational Resources I would more likely be working on US History and Civics/PoliSci. I could also use the resources from FEMA's Emergency Management Institute to run through Incident Command System basic training to help provide practical certification & training.
  • Provide reading groups to help improve student reading. As bad as it sounds, getting Kindergarten through 12th grade students to read in Ohio isn't easy. Helping give them an opportunity to read to enjoy with the request that they share with the group is a way to help build skills not just in reading but also interpersonal relations.
  • Be able to show that people care after K-12 about development and growth as not all learning is purely vocational.

Now, there is of course the mission aspect of simply getting people in the building. Would that be pushed hard? No, not really. In the scoping document the design for any classes taught in the fellowship hall, which is equipped with seating plus blackboards, would include the opportunity for cookies & punch. With church members to give out cookies & punch as well as sit in on the class, they can be good examples as it is. Just having people seeing us working in the community is enough.

Where does the $10,000 come from? That's the rounded-up pre-tax cost to put me on half-pay for the remainder of the year compared to what I make at work right now plus a small amount to cover facility utilities. My current hourly rate as a GS-8 bureaucrat can be found at under Cleveland-area locality pay and I only work 32 hours per week as it is now. That means the "book" annual salary is something I've never seen at my grade as I've been subject to release, furlough, and recall which has resulted in unemployment for up to 6 months of the year at times. I will say that the full amount is not needed up front. 2-3 months worth would probably be enough to get started. Cost-recovery measures had to be included in the scoping plan.

Everybody is worried about resisting Mr. Trump at the federal level. In my case, I want to try to work around the crappy educational outcomes of the local school district if I can. I previously held licensure as a long-term substitute teacher for Social Studies & Librarianship in Ohio. With the clique-ish leadership of the district, I want to provide some opportunities so that students from here don't wind up like the new graduates I end up dealing with on the AM Phones at my current job. We can and should do better. If I end up adding numbers to the church body frankly that would be a beautiful side benefit but not something expected in the short term.

I'm not a rich man by any means. I'm not dirt poor either. I just need help to be able to help others.

As to the limited missionary-preacher work...yeah that's the other 12 hours to go with the 20 hours to spend on the education project. I've been at that for over a year now. That has been a good work.