Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

2015-16 Accomplishments

  • Awarded 13 Strowd Roses and Classroom and Student Enrichment grants to teacher teams or teacher/parent collaborative teams
  • Awarded 27 Achievers Fund grants for out-of-school learning and enrichment for low income or low borderline proficient K-12 students
  • Awarded 22 student scholarships for higher education.  Students enrolled in such schools as Alamance Community College, Appalachian State University, Durham Tech, Guilford College, Howard University, Lewisburg College, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, and UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Selected 9 recipients for endowed teaching chairs and 68 other awards to teachers and staff who demonstrate outstanding performance
  • Awarded 14 scholarships for teachers pursuing initial certification (9) and recertification (5) 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 206 teachers
  • Awarded 7 International Teacher Travel Grants to support educational experiences in Nicaragua, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, and Dominican Republic 
  • Funded 15 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 $38,000 to all PreK through 5th Grade classroom teachers, AVID Coordinators, Novice teachers, International Faculty, and school Social Workers. Funding for the project was provided by the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, the Staples Foundation for Learning, and PSF’s Teachers First Fund
  • Hosted five Grant Writing Workshops to provide professional development and guidance on grants and funding resources to teachers and community members
  • Managed $649,904 in restricted and pass-through funds for individual school or district programs, including Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate
  • Sponsored the 19th annual Walk for Education with 3,000 walkers, raising over $70,000 in direct support and $99,794 in total support for schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district
  • Held the 5th annual 5K for Fitness in April with more than 700 participants, raising over $17,000. A 6-week training program for teachers and staff in conjunction with Fleet Feet Sports was part of the event
  • Hosted the 8th annual Novice Teacher Tea at which 36 novice teachers received cash gifts and gift boxes of school supplies to start off their new careers
  • Held the 13th annual “Teachers First Breakfast and Roses” benefit, raising over $96,000 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
  • A new endowed teaching chair, the Kim Hoke Chair for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children, was established



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