Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

2012-13 Accomplishments

  • Sponsored the 17th annual Walk for Education with 8,000 walkers raising over $120,000 in direct support for schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district. 
  • Held the 2nd annual 5K for Fitness in April with over 300 participants and incorporated a 6-week training program in conjunction with Fleet Feet Sports.
  • Hosted the 5th annual Novice Teacher Tea at which 50 novice teachers received cash gifts to start off their new careers.
  • Held the 9th annual “Teachers First Breakfast” benefit raising nearly $60,000 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.
  • Awarded 35 Strowd Roses and Classroom and Student Enrichment grants to teacher teams or teacher/parent collaborative teams benefitting 7,761 students.
  • Awarded 17 Achievers Fund grants for individual student needs or small groups of students impacting 3,500 pre-K through grade 12 students.
  • Awarded 21 student scholarships for higher education.
  • Awarded 10 teaching chairs and 45 other awards to teachers and staff who demonstrate outstanding performance.
  • Awarded 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 187 teachers.
  • Awarded International Teacher Travel Grants to enable selected teachers to travel outside the US to learn the language and culture of the students they teach. Travel has been supported to Latin America, Africa, Germany.
  • Funded SMART Board training lead by teachers known as "SMART Board Champions" whowith their colleagues, developed lessons tied to the new common core curriculum for use by K-12 teachers district-wide. 
  • Partnered with the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club to provide free school supplies valued at over $30,000 to specials, resource, novice teachers, family specialists, pre-K and Hospital School. 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 $385,000 in restricted and pass-through funds for individual school or district programs, including Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate.




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