Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

April 2011



Important Dates to Remember

April 5: Elmo’s Diner in Carrboro continues with First Tuesday and donates 10 percent of all receipts throughout the day to McDougle Elementary and the Public         SchoolFoundation

April 8: Deadline to order tickets for Gala to honor Supt. Neil Pedersen

April 12: TCBY continues with Second Tuesday and donates 10 percent of all receipts throughout the day to McDougle Elem. and CHC Public School Foundation

April 16: Gala to honor retiring supt. Neil Pedersen, Carolina Club

April 27: Roses presented to Teachers and Staff for Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29: Teachers/Staff Breakfast, Squid’s Restaurant


Order Breakfast and Roses to Kick-Off Teacher Appreciation Week

     The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation invites parents/guardians and staff to honor their children’s teachers and school staff for Teacher Appreciation Week at the 8th Annual Teachers First Breakfast.  Parents can treat the teachers, counselors, media specialists, administrators, specials teachers, teaching assistants, clerical and other staff to a wonderful breakfast, provided by The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group at Squid’s Restaurant on April 29 and/or a rose on April 27.

     To order breakfasts and roses, please go to:


Order Tickets by April 8

Honor Supt. Neil Pedersen at Gala on April 16

     Retiring supt. Neil Pedersen will be honored April 16 by community members, colleagues and associates throughout the state. The Gala will be held at the Carolina Club. Pedersen has led the district for 24 years as supt. and assistant supt. The gala will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, the Nomads band and brief tributes. Tickets to the gala, which are $75, are available from the foundation office or from and click on Donate.

     Proceeds from the event will benefit Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate and the Achievers’ Fund and Teachers First Fund of the Foundation.

     Pedersen is the longest-serving superintendent in the district’s 101-year history. He has led the district through the enrollment of thousands of new students, the introduction of numerous programs, renewed emphasis on accelerated achievement for all students, enhanced use of technological applications, and the construction of about half of the district’s schools.

     The gala is the first event honoring his contributions to local education.


Scholarships for Graduating Seniors Available

   The Foundation will award scholarships to graduating seniors through four scholarship programs. Three of the scholarships are offered at each high school. The New American Scholarships support immigrant students, the R.D. Smith Scholarships are designated for students who pursue further education at four-year or two-year institutions, and AVID scholarship recipients are identified through the AVID program.

     In addition, the Foundation offers the Elizabeth Raney Vincent Scholarship at Chapel Hill High School for a student who excels in world language.

     For additional information about these scholarship awards, students or parents should contact their school’s career information center or counseling department.


New Third Grant Cycle Added for Achievers’ Fund

   The Foundation has added an additional cycle for Achievers’ Fund grants. The new grants will support enrichment for summer school programs operated by the school system. Achievers grants target low income students who need additional academic support. The deadline for those grants is mid-April.


Donate Directly Online to Support Local Schools

    The Public School Foundation is pleased to continue a service so that parents and others can make tax-deductible donations directly online at the website: 


Just click on the “Donate Now” button and follow the instructions for one-time or monthly giving.

At the website,, visitors can see more information about other Foundation programs. 


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About the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation


We have opportunities to fund:

  • Teacher Grants
  • Excellence Awards in Teaching
  • Student Awards and Scholarships
  • Curriculum enhancements


For more information call 968-8819 or email




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