Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

June 2011



Smart Board Professional Development Project Begins in August

The Public School Foundation will fund a two-year professional development project integrating Smart Board technology into lesson planning at the elementary level. The pilot project will begin in August 2011 and continue through 2012-13. 

 The Foundation conducted focus groups last year of representatives from each school. The greatest need voiced by teachers at every level was for additional resources for professional development, and many requested additional training in the use of Smart Board technology.

As a result, the Foundation has offered funding to provide for two Smart Board Champions at each elementary school: one for grades K-2 and another for grades 3-5 for the next two years.

These champions each will receive a $1,000 annual stipend for their leadership. They will attend training and then work with grade level/PLC teams to develop model lesson plans using Smart Board technology.

 A Smart Board is an interactive white board that enables the teacher or students to use touch control to manipulate information displayed on the board, to access Internet resources and to integrate audio and video into lessons.

 Teachers can expose students to virtual trips to museums and zoos, use online resources, videoconference with other schools around the world or connect with experts from various fields.

The district has a total of 312 Smart Boards, and most are located in the elementary schools.


Breakfasts and Roses Honor Teachers and Staff

 Thousands of roses were distributed on April 27 to all staff, and hundreds of teachers enjoyed breakfast at Squid’s Restaurant on April 29 to kick-off Teacher Appreciation Week. Foundation board members and volunteers delivered more than 4,000 roses donated directly to specific individuals or from general donations to apply as needed.

 Squid’s Restaurant and the partners of The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group donated the Breakfast, and Whole Foods contributed a portion of the roses so that the donations could be applied to the Teachers First Fund to support professional development, national teacher re-certification, novice teachers, classroom grants, supplies and materials, awards to excellent teachers, and materials for the Educator Extra Credit Card program of discounts at area businesses.

The annual Teachers First Breakfast generated more than $56,000 for these projects as well as conveyed parents’ and students’ appreciation for the work of teachers and staff.


Scholarships for Graduating Seniors Awarded

The Foundation awarded New American Scholarships to these students: Lutha Naw, Carrboro High School; Erika Cervantes, CHHS; and Juan S. Dimate, East Chapel Hill High School.

R.D. Smith Scholarships went to these students: Teon Dolby, Carrboro High School; Chao Li, Chapel Hill High School; and Alice Keith, East Chapel Hill High School.

In addition, the Elizabeth Raney Vincent Scholarship for language study was presented to Karl Kopczynski, Chapel Hill High School.

The Foundation funded two scholarships for AVID students at each high school.


New Third Achievers’ Fund Grant Supports Summer School Enrichment

The Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the school system to support summer school enrichment. The grant also will target summer transition programs for incoming middle school students and incoming high school students. Most Achievers Fund grants target struggling students who need additional academic support.

The Foundation has allocated more than $65,000 this year to support Achievers’ Fund projects involving more than 375 students.   


First Tuesdays at Elmo's Diner

Eat at Elmo's Diner at Carr Mill anytime on July 5th and 10% of your check will be donated to the Public School Foundation to support programs for students and teachers.

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 Awards in Teaching
  • Student Awards and Scholarships
  • Curriculum enhancements


For more information call 968-8819 or email


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