Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

January 2012



Important Dates to Remember

Jan. 3: Elmo’s Diner 10% of ALL First Tuesday Sales Benefits ESL and Teacher Awards

Jan. 12: Grant Writing Workshop, 4 pm, registration required

Jan. 25: Strowd Roses Grant Applications due by 5 pm

Feb. 7: Elmo’s Diner 10% of ALL First Tuesday Sales Benefits Morris Grove Elem. and PSF

Feb. 22: Student Enrichment Grant Applications Due by 5 pm


Training Begins Soon for 5K for Fitness Set for April 28

The Foundation and Fleet Feet Sports are teaming up to offer a 5K for Fitness and a six-week training program that leads up to the event. The 5K for Fitness is open to all staff, parents, students and community members.

Key school staff and parent representatives will organize training for staff at their schools under the guidance of Fleet Feet. The 5K for Fitness will include opportunities for walkers and runners. The school health and wellness committee has endorsed the project, and members have volunteered to serve as training coordinators at their schools. Look for registration links soon.

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


Register for Grant Writing Workshop January 12

The winter Grant Writing Workshop will be held Jan. 12 from 4-6 pm. The workshop will cover foundation grant programs, a new rubric to review grant requests, area grant resources and online resources. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. For more information or to register, call the foundation office at 968-8819 or email


Strowd Roses Grant Deadline is Jan. 25; SEG Deadline Feb. 22

The Foundation seeks applications from Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for its Strowd Roses Grants. The Strowd Roses grants are generally the largest grants awarded through the foundation. The grants are geared toward projects that move the schools, grade levels or the school system as a whole toward accomplishing academic district-wide goals. Priority is also assigned to projects that can be used as a pilot or model for other schools or programs.

Applications for the grants, which generally range from $2,000 to $8,000, are available by contacting the Foundation office via email at or by calling 968-8819.

The deadline for Student Enrichment Grants or SEGs, which generally impact a classroom or program area, is Feb. 22. Those projects typically range from $200 to $2,000.

Individual grants that are a part of SEGs are available in these areas:

  • GSK grants in science, math or literacy;
  • Elmo’s grants for English Language Learners or multicultural education;
  • Margaret Kepner Fund for Science and/or Technology;
  • Orange County Arts Commission Fund; and
  • 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.

Notification of the grant awards occurs in the spring. Both Strowd Roses and SEG grants are generally implemented during the following school year or 2011-12.

The last Grant-Writing Workshop of the year is set for Jan. 12. Registration is required by calling 968-8819 or emailing


Foundation Offers Scholarships for National Certification

A total of 91 teachers from CHCCS schools have received scholarships from the Foundation to help offset the fee for national certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

National certification is a voluntary, rigorous process of self-reflection and growth that identifies teachers who have met national professional standards for accomplished teaching and integrates those teachers into educational reform efforts.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has one of the highest percentages of teachers with national certification in the state.

To apply for a $1,000 scholarship for initial certification or a $300 scholarship for re-certification, contact the foundation at or call 968-8819.


Support PSF 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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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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