Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

September 2010



Important Dates to Remember

Sept.22-Oct. 15: Pick up Walk donation envelopes and information at schools

Oct. 15: Turn in walk contributions at your school or online to and click on “Donate Now”


Teacher Store Provides Free Supplies to Resource and Specials Teachers

Notes From Teachers:

Thank you so much for providing the teacher store this year!  I am a high school resource room teacher at CHHS and it was a great help.  Thank you also for listening to us and having the supplies we WANTED and NEEDED.  This is a huge help to the students that I specifically work with; especially in our current economy.

I wanted to thank the Public School Foundation for the wonderful supplies.  It was so thoughtful and timely to have these as a resource as we start the new school year.  Thanks to the many volunteers who make this possible.  The Teacher Supply Store is a huge endeavor with so many positive outcomes.  The teachers truly appreciate your continued support.

The East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation and Staples Foundation, sponsored another free teacher store in August.  The store provided staplers, pencil sharpeners, thumb drives, dictionaries, and a huge range of office supplies to about 340 resource and specials teachers, ESL teachers, counselors, media specialists and more. About $26,000 in supplies and materials were distributed. All teachers in the district have been provided with free school supplies over the past three years.

Items in the store were purchased using a $10,000 grant from Staples Foundation, funds from East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and gifts from other individuals and businesses.  Staples on Franklin St. and A Sea of Learning near Southpoint Mall provided discounts for the items purchased from their stores.

Teachers had identified the items that would be most useful to them in a survey distributed before the end of the 2009-10 school year. It is estimated that nationwide teachers spend approximately $500 each year out of their own pockets to provide items for their classrooms and students.

Celebrate “Fabulous 14th" Walk for Education on Oct. 23 - Walk Raises School Spirit and Funds for Each School

            Students, parents, staff and community members will walk in support of their schools during the 14th  annual Walk for Education set for Oct. 23 at McCorkle Place on the UNC campus. The walk and subsequent carnival at Lincoln Center will feature some new items: an earlier start time of 2:30 pm, additional inflatable rides, expanded raffle items, and a new donation level for a t-shirt and unlimited rides for $50.

            In addition to funds from the walk, students can earn an hour of credit for their schools from the PTA Thrift Shops for participating in the walk.

            A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the school that most creatively demonstrates their fabulous features.

            The walk route goes down Franklin Street from UNC to the school system’s headquarters at Lincoln Center. When they arrive at Lincoln, a variety of booths with activities, food and entertainment will be underway. School clubs and organizations offer entertaining activities or sell food and other items to support their programs during the year. Shuttles to and from the Walk for Education will be available from CHHS and Carrboro High School.


7th Annual Race for Education

   The 7th Annual Race for Education will take place at 9am on October 23rd.  Register online at

Educator Extra Credit Card Features New Businesses

           More than 2000 local teachers and staff received their 2010-11 Educator Extra Credit cards, and 14 new businesses joined the ranks of those who are providing discounts for school personnel.

           The new businesses are: Dish Systems, Torero’s Mexican Restaurant, Balloons and Tunes, Cameron’s, Mielbonbons Patisserie, L’Incontro Italian Restaurant, Vimala’s Curry Blossom Café, Ali Cat, Deep Dish Theater Company, The Bead Store, Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics, Cool Cookies, Creativity Matters, The Studio Supply, and First Moments Online.

           Additional businesses have requested to be added, and will be announced soon. The complete listing of participating merchants and details of the discount offers are posted on the district site for staff.


Teaching Chairs and Award Recipients Selected

         Harrington Bank joined the foundation for the first time this year in sponsoring the Teacher of the Year Awards at the district level. Harrington president Larry Loeser announced the winners: Districtwide Teacher of the Year - Takiyah Baptist, Ephesus Elementary and Honor Teachers - Hans Heimstra, East Chapel Hill High and Denise Shaw, FPG Elementary.

         Below are the recipients of the Teaching Chairs and other awards presented through the foundation:

  • Elmo's Foreign Language Teaching Award: L.J. Randolph, Carrboro High
  • Elmo’s Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School Math and Science: Kelly Allen, East Chapel Hill High
  • Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation: Claire Nelson, Rashkis Elementary
  • Sockwell Chair for Excellence in Teaching the Primary Grades: Toni DeMarco, Morris Grove Elementary
  • Pedersen Chair for Excellence in Teaching Technology: Amanda Galvin, East Chapel Hill
  • CHHS PTSA Chair for Excellence in Teaching the Humanities: Angela Kileff, CHHS
  • Sullivan Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School English: Amanda Galvin, East Chapel Hill High
  • Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts: Jessica Benninger, Culbreth Middle
  • Glaxo Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Science: Fiona Rae, Culbreth Middle
  • Mary Scroggs Chair for Excellence in Support Services: Jim Ellis, Transportation Services, Lavern Manzano, IT, Finalist; Bruce Manning, TA, Ephesus, Finalist                       
  • Exceptional Children’s Award for Outstanding Contributions as a Teacher of Exceptional Children: Caroline Carlson, Estes Hills
  • CHC Foundation Award for Promising New Teachers: Sean Grier, CHHS
  • Jeanette Blackwell Mentoring Award: Kim Fearrington, Carrboro Elem.
  • Chamber of Commerce Student Services Staff of the Year Award in Memory of Valeria Daniels-Paddock: Ruth Morgan, Ephesus Elem.

 In addition, the Public School Foundation provided cash gifts to each school’s Teacher of the Year.


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

            Again on Tuesday, Sept. 7, Elmo's Restaurant at Carr Mill Mall will designate 10 percent of its sales to local education. Funds from Elmo’s go to support teaching awards in math, science and foreign language and teacher grants, including projects for English language learners.

            The restaurant has identified the first Tuesday of each month to benefit local schools.

            Then on Sept. 14, TCBY will again designate 10 percent of sales to the foundation and Ephesus Elementary School.


Donate Directly Online to Support Local Schools

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro 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


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