Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

October 2011



Important Dates to Remember

Nov. 1: Elmo’s Diner 10% First Tuesday Benefits Mary Scroggs Elementary and the Foundation

Nov. 2: Achievers Fund Grant Applications Due by 5 pm

Nov. 10: Smart Board Training of Champions, Rashkis Elementary

Dec. 6: Elmo’s Diner 10% First Tuesday Benefits Multicultural Programs


Walk for Education Generates Record Numbers

Chapel Hill Police estimate that 6,000 people participated in the 2011 Walk for Education on Oct. 1 from UNC’s McCorkle Place to Lincoln Center, school system central offices. About 3,400 were transported on the free shuttles that operated from McDougle Middle School and East Chapel Hill High School.

 The Walk generated more than $100,000 and clubs and organizations at the carnival raised another $11,000 to support their projects during the year. Each school identified the projects that Walk funds would support. For many schools, technology was designated for the funds, but other needs included books, playground equipment, and supplies and materials.

Schools that were designated for specific honors included Seawell Elementary School for the highest participation in the event and Estes Hills Elementary School for the Spirit Award. Each school will be awarded $200.

Foundation president Suki Newton and vice president Ashley Wilson will present checks to each school at the November televised meeting of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education.


Businesses Support Education

These businesses supported all of the schools by sponsoring the Walk. Valedictorian corporate partners for the event were: Wachovia/Wells Fargo, Jim; Knott, Thomason, DaSilva, Tapley, Wells Fargo Private Bank; and UNC Health Care.

Salutatorian sponsors were: Bank of America, Duke Energy Carolinas and VIF International Education.

Platinum sponsors were: Clifton & Mauney Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Corley Redfoot Zack Inc., Frederick G. Lehmann, DDS, PA, Harrington Bank, innovation Management, Morgan Creek Foundation, and Sonitrol Security Systems.

Gold sponsors were: 35 Chinese Restaurant, AICPA, Bell Leadership/Preston Hill, BB&T, Carolina Ophthalmology Associates, Coleman, Huntoon & Brown, Elmo's Diner, Glen Raven Inc., Hibernian Restaurant & Pub, Holmes Oil Company/Cruizers, LabCorp, Mama Dip's Kitchen,  Maxine Mills Graphic Design, Measurement Incorporated, Moseley Architects, Northen Blue LLP, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Performance Automall, Phoenix Financial, Pierce Group Benefits LLC, Quick Color Solutions, Silverback Foundation, Sorgi Insurance Agency, Sports Endeavors, Subway Eat Fresh, Tammy R. Severt, DDS, PA, The Home Team Realtors, Tim and Paula Godsey,  Triangle Office Equipment, Triangle Pool & Spa, Wells Fargo Advisors Chapel Hill, and Worthy Ventures.

Silver sponsors were: Ballet School of Chapel Hill, Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, P.A., Chapel Hill Pediatric Dentistry, Hamilton Point Investment Advisors, Hoke/New Vision Architects, Inc., Kennon Craver PLLC, Attorneys at Law, Piedmont EMC, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Progress Energy, Sounds and Colors, LLC, State Construction, and The UPS Store on Fordham Blvd.


Achievers’ Fund Grants Due Nov. 2

Applications for the first cycle of Achievers' Fund Grants for students who need additional academic or enrichment support or in order to participate in national competitions are due Nov. 2. Student Enrichment Grants for classroom projects and Strowd Roses grants for district, school or grade level grants are due in January and February.

The grant deadlines for the three foundation-sponsored grant programs for this school year are:

Achievers Grants for Winter/Spring 2012: Nov. 2

Strowd Roses Grants for 2012-13: Jan. 25

Student Enrichment Grants for 2012-13: Feb. 22

Achievers Grants for Summer/Fall 2012: March 8


Foundation Welcomes Novice Teachers With Tea and Gifts

Two of many notes of appreciation from new teachers:

Dear PSF Board Members, 

I wanted to thank you so much for the generous gifts you gave me and the other novice teachers today, as well as for such wonderful food that was provided.  What a special treat! Thank you to you and the Public School Foundation for your kindness in welcoming us to CHCCS.  Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated! 

Dear CHC Foundation,
I wanted to thank you, and the rest of the Public School Foundation for putting on the New Teacher Tea yesterday. It was such a lovely event and I enjoyed it so much. I consider myself so fortunate to be working in a school district that has such wonderful support networks in place, I know that it will help me to become a more successful teacher. 

The Foundation continued its support of teachers who are entering their first year in the profession with a tea at the Weathervane Restaurant in A Southern Season on Oct. 11. Foundation officers presented each teacher with a check for $100 and supplies and materials for their classrooms. The Weathervane contributed beverages for the tea. Funds for the event came from the annual Teachers/Staff Breakfast, held each spring in conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Week.


Smart Board Pilot Project Champions Selected

Two Smart Board Champions at each elementary school are underway providing school-based professional development with their colleagues on the use of Smart Boards. Teachers requested the additional training during focus groups conducted by the foundation for elementary, middle and high school teachers.

These are the champions designated at each school:

Laura Godlewski-Faltynski and Candace White, Glenwood; Courtney Sears and Audrey Poindexter, FPG; Gabriela Segura and Tate Little, Carrboro; Courtney Morgan and Denise Cowan, Seawell; Kennan Eaddy and Danielle Sullivan, McDougle Elem.; Lady Gonzalez and Jessica Thompson, Mary Scroggs; Anna Holleman and Lauren Boening, Morris Grove; Courtney Clapp and Tammy Finch, Estes Hills; Jaimie Stojanovski and Jandra Alston, Ephesus; and Jamison Cauthren and Joycelyn Bryant, Rashkis.

Laura Godlewski-Fltynski, grades K-2, and Jaimie Stojanovski, grades 3-5, are serving as program coordinators.

The Champions are assisting each grade level PLC in developing a model Smart Board lesson that will be posted on an internal site and then uploaded for posting on the official Smart Board website.

This pilot program provides accelerated Smart Board training to the Champions so that they can share their understanding of how Smart Boards can provide deeper, more integrated and exciting learning opportunities, said board member Margaret Conrad.  

PSF allocates some of the funds raised through the annual Teacher's First breakfast for this project.  

 “PSF is grateful for the support of Chapel Hill-Carrboro parents and the opportunity to make teaching, learning, and technology more effective,” she added.


Grants Workshop set for January 12th

The Foundation will conduct a grantwriting workshop on Thursday, 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: November 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 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 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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