Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

March 2012




Important Dates to Remember

March 6: Elmo’s Diner 10% of ALL First Tuesday Sales benefits Seawell Elementary and PSF

April 10: Elmo’s Diner 10% of ALL First Tuesday Sales benefits PSF

April 25: Achievers’ Fund Grant Applications due by 5 pm

April 28: 5K for Fitness, McCorkle Place, UNC campus

May 1: Elmo’s Diner 10% of ALL First Tuesday Sales benefits Carrboro Elementary and PSF

May 2: Teacher Appreciation Week Rose Distribution

May 4: Teachers’ First Breakfast, Squid’s Restaurant


Breakfast and Roses Will Honor Teachers and Staff for Teacher Appreciation Week

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation invites parents/guardians to honor their child’s teachers and school staff to kick off 2012 Teacher Appreciation Week at the 9th Annual Teachers/Staff Breakfast.  Treat your teachers, counselors, media specialists, administrators, specials teachers, teaching assistants, clerical and other staff to a wonderful breakfast and/or a rose.

Just fill out the form online or download the form from the website and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation will take care of the details. Orders are requested by April 16.

The breakfast, scheduled for May 4, is $20 and each rose is $5. The roses will be delivered on May 2. Each person honored with a breakfast and/or rose will receive a printed invitation and card with the name(s) of the donor honoring them. Note: If teachers receive more than one breakfast ticket, they often share them with their colleagues.

The breakfast is sponsored by The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, the owner of Squid's Restaurant; and many of the roses are donated by Whole Foods Market so proceeds go back into a fund to support teachers and staff. The fund provides: grants for teachers pursuing national certification, professional development, classroom grants for student enrichment, support for the teacher supply store, grants to first-year novice teachers, and awards for exemplary staff performance. 

For questions or to order by telephone, call 968-8819 or fax the order to 968-7884. 


Achievers’ Fund Applications Due April 25

Believing that all students are achievers, the Foundation seeks applications to support students who are low income and struggling academically or who need enrichment opportunities. The spring cycle of grants targets projects for the summer and fall. The fund also will support low income students who have advanced to state or national competitions in academic areas.

Contact the Foundation at for an application.


Drawing for Free Fitness Item Among Registrants by March 11
More than 50 Staff at 13 Schools Already Signed Up for Training 

Teachers and staff who sign up for the 5K for Fitness Training Program by March 11 will be entered into a drawing for a free sports bra from Fleet Feet. If a male wins, another item of comparable value will be awarded.  Teachers and staff can sign up at

Mentors at each school are organizing training sessions for staff that lead up to the 5K for Fitness on April 28. Each week has a focus and training for walking or running. The themes include equipment, safety, injury prevention, form and goal setting, hydration, lifestyle changes and race preparation

This program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. The program is structured to help teachers and staff cross the finish line of the 5K for Fitness. Along the way, mentors at each school will support participants, offer guidance and advice, organize weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics. 

There will be weekly runs/walks at each school, plus a group run/walk at Fleet Feet.

A $10 fee includes both the training program and 5K registration.

The 5K for Fitness replaces the Race for Education that has been held in conjunction with the fall Walk for Education.


Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter to Designate a Free Breakfast and Rose or Staples Gift Card

Log onto the Foundation’s Facebook page and Like us and Follow us on Twitter and you will be entered into drawings for a Staples gift card for staff or a free breakfast and rose for the teacher or staff member of your choice for parents. A drawing will be held among the people who Like and Follow the Foundation in March. 

To Like us on Facebook:

To Follow Us on Twitter:!/PublicSchoolFND 

For parents:  the first 50 parents to “Like” us on Facebook will be entered into a drawing for a free breakfast and rose for the teacher of their choice.  

For teachers: the first 50 teachers to “Like” us on Facebook will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Staples.


Harrington Bank Joins Educator Extra Credit    

Harrington Bank offers staff members free online banking and bill payment, a $250 discount on the origination fee for a mortgage loan, no origination fee for an equity line up to $100,000, and a .10 percent bonus on a CD. Certain conditions apply to all offers. Harrington branches are open on MLK Boulevard, on highway 54 at the I-40 exchange and in Southern Village.  


Selection Underway for Teaching Awards

The selection process is underway for seven teaching chairs or major awards funded through the Foundation. These include:

  • Elmo’s Diner Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School Math or Science
  • Elmo's Diner Award for Excellence in Teaching World Language
  • Pedersen Chair for Excellence in Technology (Technology Specialist cycle)
  • Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts
  • Sullivan Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School English
  • Mary Scroggs Award for Excellence in Providing Support Services
  • Sockwell Chair for Excellence in Teaching First Grade

The selection process is coordinated through the Superintendent's Office by Stephanie Knott. The awards will be announced in May and presented at the annual recognition reception.


Foundation Receives Grant Requests

Responding to opportunities to enhance instruction, teachers requested grants of more than $200,000 this spring through the Strowd Roses foundation and the Student Enrichment Grant (SEG) program. The 47 proposals cover all grade levels with an emphasis on technology requests and nonfiction books to support the new common core curriculum.

The Foundation expects to announce new grant awardees in April.


Support the Public School Foundation 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 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” 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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