Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

2016-17 Accomplishments

  • Awarded 32 classroom, school, and district-wide grants to support innovative and creative instructional ideas
  • Awarded 35 Achievers Fund grants for out-of-school learning and enrichment for low income or low borderline proficient K-12 students
  • Awarded 34 student scholarships for higher education.  Students enrolled in such schools as Appalachian State University, Central Carolina Community College, Coastal Carolina University, Durham Tech, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Howard University, NC A&T State University, NC Central University, Spellman College, Shaw University, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Virginia Union University.
  • Selected 10 recipients for endowed teaching chairs; a total of 81 awards were presented to teachers and staff who demonstrate outstanding performance
  • Awarded 15 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 221 teachers
  • Awarded 3 International Teacher Travel Grants to support educational experiences in Spain, Belgium, and the Dominican Republic
  • Funded 19 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 $50,000 to 620 teachers in 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 3 Grant Writing Workshops to provide professional development and guidance on grants and funding resources to teachers and community members
  • Managed over $700,000 in restricted and pass-through funds for individual school or district programs, including Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate
  • Sponsored the 20th annual Walk for Education with 4,000 walkers, raising over $93,500 in direct support and over $100,000 in total support for schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district
  • Held the 6th annual 5K for Education in the spring with more than 800 participants, raising $18,924.
  • Hosted the 9th annual Novice Teacher Tea at which 52 novice teachers received cash a small grant and gift boxes of school supplies to start off their new careers
  • Held the 14th annual “Teachers First Breakfast and Roses” benefit, raising over $100,000 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 Mel and Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Health and Physical Education, was established

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