Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

November / December 2011



Important Dates to Remember

Dec. 6: Elmo’s Diner 10% of ALL First Tuesday Sales Benefits ESL and Teacher Awards

Jan. 12: Grant Writing Workshop, 4 pm

Jan. 25: Strowd Roses Grant Applications Due by 5 pm

Feb. 22: Student Enrichment Grant Applications Due by 5 pm

Jan. 3: Elmo’s Diner 10% of ALL First Tuesday Sales Benefits ESL and Teacher Awards


School and Class Projects With Foundation Grants Underway

Projects funded through Strowd Roses and as Student Enrichment Grants are being implemented across the district. These include six projects funded through Strowd Roses:

  • “Intervention and Enrichment Through Applied Technology,” grades 3-5, Dawn McLendon, Estes Hills Elementary
  • “Click It!”; Karen Bell, pre-calculus, CHHS
  • “Lego Serious Play,” grade 2, Meg Johnson, Rashkis Elementary
  • “Supporting Families Through the Parent Resource Center,” Marjorie Moe, Rashkis Elementary
  • “ iPads—Moving Learning into the 21st Century,” grades 1-3, Ephesus Elementary, Ruth Morgan
  • “Nothing but Net (books),” Rhonda Coleman, grade 1, Seawell Elementary

Student Enrichment Grants are funded by Elmo’s Diner, the Margaret Kepner Fund, GSK, Reichhold, Inc., and Strowd Roses. They include these 13 projects:

  • “Using Differentiation to Improve Higher Level Thinking Skills in Math,” Kate Kennedy, Seawell Elementary
  • “Zumba to a Healthy Lifestyle,” Lorie Clark and Sofia Pitts, CHS/CHHS
  • “Senior Portrait Garden,” Tom Stanfa, CHHS
  • “Phoenix Academy Arts Program,” Rachel Kares
  • “Through My Eyes: Exploring Family Traditions Through Photographs,” Jennifer Allred, Ephesus Elem.
  • “Spanish Literacy,” Ana Bernaud, Morris Grove Elementary
  • “International Teacher Study in Costa Rica,” Mike Harris, Phillips Middle
  • ‘Enhancing First Grade Writing Instruction Through Common Texts,” Carolyn Walker, Mary Scroggs Elementary
  • “Outdoor Classroom,” Redmond Grigg, McDougle Middle
  • “I Can See Clearly Now,” Karen Bell, CHHS
  • ‘Let’s Hear What the Scholars Have to Say,” Ruth Morgan, Ephesus Elementary
  • “Statistical Data Analysis Using Minitab,” Alina Castillo, CHS
  • “Outdoor Classroom Spruce Up!” Danae Whitaker, McDougle Middle


Foundation Awards 14 Achievers Fund Grants to 5 Schools for Spring Projects    

A total of 37 projects are being funded through the Achievers’ Fund for programs in the summer, fall and spring. The Foundation approved 14 new grants for schools during its fall cycle. Those grants will be implemented for students who are struggling academically or need enrichment opportunities at CHHS, McDougle Middle, Ephesus Elem., Carrboro Elem., and Estes Hills Elem.


Strowd Roses Grant Deadline is Jan. 25; SEG Deadline Feb. 22

The 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. 22. Those projects typically range from $200 to $2000.

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

  • GSK grants in science, math or literacy;
  • 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 or 2011-12.

The last Grant-Writing Workshop of the year is set for Jan. 12. Registration is required by calling 968-8819 or emailing


Annual Appeal Begins in Early December

The Foundation has launched its annual appeal to support classroom and school grants, tutoring and enrichment, classroom supplies, schools support and teacher development and recognition. For more information on Foundation projects, go to


Foundation Offers Scholarships for National Certification

At total of 91 teachers from CHCCS schools have received scholarships from the foundation to help offset the fee for national certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

National certification is a voluntary, rigorous process of self-reflection and growth that identifies teachers who have met national professional standards for accomplished teaching and integrates those teachers into educational reform efforts.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has one of the highest percentages of teachers with national certification in the state.

To apply for a $1,000 scholarship for initial certification or a $300 scholarship for re-certification, contact the foundation at or call 968-8819.


Grants Workshop Set - January 12

The Foundation will conduct a grantwriting workshop on January 12th at Lincoln Center. Please email or call the Foundation office to register for the workshop. These are grant deadlines for the 2011-12 school year:

  • Achiever’s Grants Deadline: Nov. 2 and April 25
  • Strowd Roses Grants Deadline: Jan. 25
  • Student Enrichment Grants Deadline: Feb. 22

Achiever’s Grants target students or small groups of students who need additional academic or enrichment support. Strowd Roses grants are designed largely for grade level, schoolwide or district proposals from Professional Learning Communities. Student Enrichment Grants (SEGs) generally support classroom or grade level projects.

Support PSF Through United Way, Harris Teeter and SECC

Parents, staff and community members can support the Foundation through several other channels. Here are three:

  • Harris Teeter number: 6062 PLEASE RE-LINK by clicking here:
  • SECC (State Employees Combined Campaign) No.: 1505
  • United Way Giving No.: 4130


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” 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


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