Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

December 2010


 Important Dates to Remember

Dec. 7:     Elmo’s Diner in Carrboro continues with First Tuesday and donates 10 percent of all receipts throughout the day to Carrboro Elem. And CHC Public School Foundation

Dec. 14:   TCBY continues with Second Tuesday and donates 10 percent of all receipts throughout the day to CHC Public School Foundation

Jan. 4:     Elmo’s Diner’s First Tuesday 10 Percent Day will benefit Seawell Elementary School.

Jan. 11:   TCBY in Eastgate Second Tuesday 10 Percent Day will benefit East Chapel Hill High School.

Jan. 24:  Deadline at 5 pm for Strowd Roses Grant Applications

Feb. 25:  Deadline at 5 pm for SEG applications

Next Grantwriting Session Set Jan. 11

Strowd Roses Grant Applications Due Jan. 24 and Student Enrichment Grants Due Feb. 25

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation seeks applications from Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for its Strowd Roses Grants. The Strowd Roses grants are generally the largest grants awarded through the foundation. The grants are geared toward projects that move the schools, grade levels or the school system as a whole toward accomplishing academic district-wide goals. Priority is also assigned to projects that can be used as a pilot or model for other schools or programs.

Applications for the grants, which generally range from $2000 to $10,000, are available by contacting the Foundation office via email at or by calling 968-8819.

The deadline for Student Enrichment Grants or SEGs, which generally impact a classroom or program area, is Feb. 25. Those projects typically range from $200 to $2,000.

Individual grants that are a part of SEGs are available in these areas:

  • GSK grants in science, math or literacy;
  • Chapel Hill Historical Society grants for projects in history, particularly those that incorporate local historical elements;  
  • Elmo’s grants for English Language Learners or multicultural education;
  • Margaret Kepner Fund for Science and/or Technology;
  • Orange County Arts Commission Fund; and
  • The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group International Teacher Travel Fund.

Other funds are available to support additional subject areas. All grant applications are reviewed for specific funding sources or for general funding.

Notification of the grant awards occurs in the spring. Both Strowd Roses and SEG grants are generally implemented during the following school year, 2010-11.

 Achievers’ Fund Grants Received; Second Cycle Due March 24

The Foundation has received 13 applications in the first cycle of Achievers’ Fund grant applications that benefit economically disadvantaged students who need academic or enrichment support. The grants request more than $35,000 in funding for projects at several elementary and middle schools for winter/spring projects.

The second cycle of Achievers’ Fund applications will target interventions for summer and fall.

   Fabulous 14th Walk for Education

Over $76,000 was presented to local schools at the November Board of Education Meeting.  The Walk for Education is the Foundation's major fundraiser for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools. This year's Walk took place on October 23 with the theme of "Fabulous 14" commemorating our 14th year.

 Scholarships Awarded to Teachers Who Pursue National Accreditation

The Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 13 Chapel Hill-Carrboro teachers who are pursuing initial certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching and $500 scholarships to 20 teachers who are renewing their national certification.

A total of 40 teachers in the district have already been awarded grants to pursue the renewal of their national certification. Re-certification costs $1150; initial certification costs $2500.

 Teachers who are eligible to apply for either initial certification or renewal should contact the Foundation at 968-8819 or via email to psf for additional information about the grants.

 First Tuesday of Each Month Set Aside for Local Education Projects at Elmo’s and TCBY; Dec. 7 at Elmo’s and Dec. 14 at TCBY

Again on Tuesday, Dec. 7, Elmo's Diner at Carr Mill Mall will designate 10 percent of its sales to local education. Funds from Elmo’s will go to Carrboro Elementary and to support teaching awards in math, science and foreign language and teacher grants, including projects for English language learners.

The diner has identified the first Tuesday of each month to benefit local schools. The sale of food throughout the day will be used to calculate the proceeds. Elmo’s January 4 First Tuesday will benefit Seawell Elementary School.

TCBY also targets schools and the foundation on Dec. 14. Again 10 percent of sales go to local education. On January 11, TCBY will benefit East Chapel Hill High School.

 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 in Teaching
  • Student Awards and Scholarships
  • Curriculum enhancements

For more information call 968-8819 or email

Sponsors of the Walk and Race for Education





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