Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

September 2011




Important Dates to Remember

Sept. 1-22: Pick up Walk donation envelopes and information at schools

Sept. 23: Turn in walk contributions at your school or online to  and click on “Donate”


Welcome Supt. Tom Forcella Sept. 11 at Carrboro High, 3-5 pm

The Foundation will host a community reception on Sunday for new superintendent Dr. Tom Forcella. He has been at the helm of the district since July 1. He came from the Guilford, Connecticut Public Schools where he was superintendent for five years and was also superintendent in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He has additional experience as a principal and special education teacher and has received honors as both a principal and superintendent. 


Support Your School with the “Funky 15th” Walk for Education on October 1st 

Walk Targets Needs at Each School; Deadline Sept. 23

Students, parents, staff and community members are supporting technology, books, science, special needs, playgrounds and more with their participation in the campaign for the 2011 Walk for Education. Each school has identified the projects that Walk funds will support.

In a year with declining state support, additional sources of funds are even more important to the schools.

The post-walk carnival at Lincoln Center will feature twice the number of huge inflatable rides, an earlier start time, new raffle items, and a new donation level for a t-shirt with unlimited rides and 10 raffle tickets for $100. 

A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the school that most creatively demonstrates their fabulous features, and a $200 prize will go to the school with the highest percentage of walkers.

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 fitness 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 East Chapel Hill High and Carrboro High School.


Teacher Store Provides Free Supplies to Resource and Specials Teachers

Dear Public School Foundation,

   Thank you very much for the $75 voucher to shop at the Teacher Supply Store. My 5th grade PLC visited the store this afternoon and found many useful things for our classrooms. Your generous support will help our students have a successful school year.

   Thanks again!

   -Craig Walker, Ephesus Elem. 

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 books, staplers, pencil sharpeners, thumb drives, card stock, and a huge range of supplies to classroom teachers in all of the elementary schools and novice teachers in all of the schools, K-12. A total of about 300 teachers shopped at the store.

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 Flyleaf bookstore 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 2010-11 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.


Educator Extra Credit Card Features New Businesses

More than 2000 local teachers and staff received their 2011-12 Educator Extra Credit cards, and 14 new businesses joined the ranks of those who are providing discounts for school personnel.

The new businesses are: Anna’s Tailor and Alterations, Bagels on the Hill, JJill, Jahan International Market, Kildaire’s Irish Pub, Kinetix Health Club/GPS Personal Training, Medi-Weightloss Clinics, Piola, Streets Deli Restaurant & Market, Women’s Only Workout, Tres Amigos Restaurant & Cantina, Anne Aylin Realtor®, Prudential York Simpson Underwood, the Framer’s Corner and more.

 The complete listing of participating merchants and details of the discount offers are posted on the district site for staff and on the foundation’s website:


Teaching Chairs and Award Recipients Selected

Harrington Bank again joined the Foundation in sponsoring the Teacher of the Year Awards at the district level. Harrington president Larry Loeser announced the winners: Patty Berge, East Chapel Hill High School, districtwide Teacher of the Year, and Holly Loranger, Chapel Hill High School, and Stephon Goode, Estes Hills Elementary School, Honor Teachers of the Year.

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

  • Daniel Murphy, East Chapel Hill High, Burton Stuart Promising New Teacher in Math or Science
  • Kelly Sears, Smith Middle School, GlaxoSmithKline Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Science
  • Elizabeth Meunier, Carrboro Elementary School, Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation
  • Thomas Drago, CHHS PTSA Chair for Excellence in Teaching the Humanities
  • Julie Dermody, McDougle Elem., Elmo’s Diner Award for Excellence in Teaching English Language Learners
  • Donna Gates, Culbreth Middle School, Mary Scroggs Award for Excellence in Support Services, with finalists Yvonne Ware, East Chapel Hill High School, Marie Jo Saunders, Smith Middle School, and Lin Headen, McDougle Elementary
  • Linda Jens, FPG Elem., Exceptional Children’s Award for Outstanding Contributions as a Teacher of Exceptional Children
  • Kennan Eaddy, McDougle Elementary, Public School Foundation Award for Promising New Teachers
  • Katherine Andrews, Morris Grove Elementary, the Jeanette Blackwell Mentoring Award
  • Robbie Brown, McDougle Elementary, Chamber of Commerce Student Services Staff of the Year Award

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


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


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