Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

March 2011



Important Dates to Remember

March 1:   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

March 8:   TCBY continues with Second Tuesday and donates 10 percent of all receipts throughout the day to Rashkis Elementary and CHC Public School Foundation

March 24: Deadline for spring Achievers’ Fund grant applications

April 16:    Gala to honor retiring supt. Neil Pedersen

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

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


Parents Invited to Honor Teachers and Staff to Kick-Off Teacher Appreciation Week

     The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation invites parents/guardians 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:


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

     Retiring superintendent 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 superintendent and assistant superintendent. 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 Now.

     Proceeds from the event will benefit Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate and CHC Public School Foundation programs. Pedersen is the longest-serving superintendent in the district’s 101-year history.  The gala is the first of three events honoring his contributions to local education.


Andrews Wins State Literacy Award

     Mary Andrews of Estes Hills Elementary will receive the James B. Hunt Jr. Celebrate Literacy Award on March 15.

     Andrews was selected for the project “READ2ME: Tailgate Stories.” She created the project during the summer of 2009 at Mary Scroggs Elem. and expanded it to include three schools in the summer of 2010. The program has been funded with grants from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation. For the summer of 2010 students at Frank Porter Graham, Estes Hills and McDougle Elementary participated in the program.

     The program's purpose is to reach out to low-income neighborhoods with literacy activities during the summer months. Last summer, nearly 500 children, almost 100 parents and 100 volunteer readers took part in the program. Children who attended the sessions received take-home books.

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. Contact the foundation office for an application, 968-8819 or at

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


Teaching Chairs to be Awarded to Outstanding Faculty

     The foundation will award six new outstanding teachers with teaching chairs or major awards this spring. Those who are interested in learning more about the awards or expressing interest in them should contact Stephanie Knott, Superintendent’s Office. Recipients are selected by committee composed of previous recipients, teachers, subject area specialists, and foundation representatives.

     These are the awards that are scheduled to be presented:

  • GSK Chair in Middle School Science
  • Upper Elementary Chair  Grade 4
  • Elmo’s Diner Chair for English Language Learner Teachers:
  • CHHS Excellence in Teaching the Humanities (Social Studies, World Language, Art History)
  • Burton Stuart Chair for Promising New Teachers in Math and Science (East in 2011):
  • Mary Scroggs Award for Support Services

First Tuesday of Each Month Set Aside for Local Education Projects at Elmo’s and TCBY; March 1 at Elmo’s and March 8 at TCBY

       Again on Tuesday, March 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 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.

        TCBY also targets schools and the foundation on March 8. Again 10 percent of sales go to local education—Rashkis Elementary and the foundation.

Donate Directly Online to Support Local Schools

       The CHC 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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