Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

2014-15 Accomplishments

  • Awarded 32 Strowd Roses and Classroom and Student Enrichment grants to teacher teams or teacher/parent collaborative teams.
  • Awarded 19 Achievers Fund grants for out-of-school learning and enrichment for low income or low borderline proficient K-12 students.
  • Awarded 19 student scholarships for higher education.
  • Selected 10 recipients for endowed teaching chairs and 47 other awards to teachers and staff who demonstrate outstanding performance.
  • Awarded 11 scholarships for teachers pursuing initial certification and recertification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. National board certification is a self-initiated, rigorous certification standard beyond the required state certification. To date, PSF has awarded national board certification scholarships to 192 teachers.
  • Awarded 7 International Teacher Travel Grants to support educational experiences in Thailand, Iceland, China, Guatemala and Cuba. 
  • Funded 11 Professional Development Impact Grants to address high need areas for improvement at each school. 
  • Partnered with the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club to provide free school supplies valued at over $30,000 to Grades 2-5 classroom teachers, all middle school teachers, CTE, AVID, Phoenix, Novice and self-contained classroom teachers, Hospital School and school social workers. Obtained funding for the project from the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and the Staples Foundation for Learning. 
  • Hosted two Grant Writing Workshops to provide guidance on grants and funding resources to teachers and community members.
  • Managed $474,343 in restricted and pass-through funds for individual school or district programs, including Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate.
  • Sponsored the 18th annual Walk for Education with 8,000 walkers raising over $108,940 in direct support and $128,164 in total support for schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district. 
  • Held the 4th annual 5K for Fitness in April with more than 500 participants raising nearly $8,500. Incorporated a 6-week training program in conjunction with Fleet Feet Sports.
  • Hosted the 7th annual Novice Teacher Tea at which 51 novice teachers received cash gifts and gift bags of school supplies to start off their new careers.
  • Held the 11th annual “Teachers First Breakfast” benefit raising nearly $83,500 to support the Teachers First Initiative. The proceeds provide grants for national board certification fees for teachers and Student Enrichment Grants, as well as support for novice teachers, the PSF-East Chapel Hill Rotary Teacher Supply Store, the Educator Extra Credit Card and other programs designed to attract and retain outstanding teachers.




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