Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

February 2011



Important Dates to Remember

Feb. 1:  Elmo’s Diner in Carrboro continues with First Tuesday and donates 10 percent of all receipts throughout the day to McDougle Elem. And CHC Public School Foundation

Feb. 8: TCBY continues with Second Tuesday and donates 10 percent of all receipts throughout the day to McDougle Middle and CHC Public School Foundation

Feb. 25: Deadline at 5 pm for SEG applications


Student Enrichment Grants Due Feb. 24

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation seeks applications for Student Enrichment Grants or SEGs. SEGs generally impact a classroom or program area and 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
  • 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
  • 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.

 All applications must be received by the Foundation by 5 pm on Thursday, February 24. Late applications are not considered. Notification of the grant awards occurs in the spring. SEG grants are generally implemented during the following school year, 2010-11.


Achievers’ Fund Grants Due March 24

The Foundation welcomes applications for the second cycle of Achievers’ Fund grants that benefit economically disadvantaged students who need academic or enrichment support. The second cycle of Achievers’ Fund applications target interventions for summer and fall.

More than 600 View Race to Nowhere Jan. 25

The Foundation sponsored the first screening in the area of Race to Nowhere in conjunction with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. With interviews and real-life stories, the film depicts the pressure—both internal and external—for high test scores, the stress that engulfs some students, and questions whether real learning or enthusiasm for learning occurs in many school environments.

Participants were invited to register for the screening so that they could be contacted for follow-up discussions at the school level.


  Honor Superintendent Neil Pedersen at Gala on April 16 and Support BRMA, Teachers First and Achievers' Fund

Retiring superintendent Neil Pedersen will be honored April 16 by community members, colleagues and associates throughout the state. He has led the district for 23 years as superintentdent and asst. superintendent. Tickets to the gala, which are $75, are available from the foundation office or from and click on Donate Now.

He is the longest-serving superintendent in the district’s 101-year history. During that time, 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.


Scholarships Awarded to 42 Teachers Who Pursue National Accreditation

The Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 14 Chapel Hill-Carrboro teachers who are pursuing initial certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching and $500 scholarships to 28 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; Feb. 1 at Elmo’s and Feb. 8 at TCBY

Again on Tuesday, Feb. 1, Elmo's Diner at Carr Mill Mall will designate 10 percent of its sales to local education. Funds from Elmo’s will go to McDougle Elementary 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.

TCBY also targets schools and the Foundation on Feb. 8.  Again 10 percent of sales go to local education—McDougle Middle and the Foundation.


Donate Directly Online to Support Local Schools

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro 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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