Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

September 2012


  • Walk Targets Needs at Each School; Envelope Deadline Sept. 23
  • Walk for Education Set Oct. 13; Triple Activities at Carnival
  • Teacher Store Provides Free Supplies to Secondary Classroom Teachers
  • Foundation Grant Deadlines Announced
  • Educator Extra Credit Card Features New Businesses
  • Teaching Chairs and Award Recipients Selected
  • Donate Directly Online to Support Schools

Important Dates to Remember

  • Sept. 11: Elmo's Diner continues 10 percent donation for education on First Tuesdays, all day; proceeds go to PSF teacher awards and multi-cultural education
  • 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”
  • Oct. 2: Elmo's Diner donates 10 percent of all sales to PSF and Glenwood Elem.
  • Oct. 13: Walk for Education, McCorkle Place, UNC, 2pm; Carnival, Lincoln Center, 2:30-6pm

Support Your School with the “Super 16th” Walk for Education on Oct. 13
Walk Targets Needs at Each School; Envelope Deadline Sept. 23
Students, parents, staff and community members are supporting technology, teaching materials, cultural arts, books, playgrounds and more with their participation in the campaign for the 2012 Walk for Education. Each school has identified the projects that Walk funds will support for their students.

Carnival Activities Increased Three-Fold. 
The post-walk carnival at Lincoln Center will feature three times the number of rides, activities, and huge inflatables. In addition, the carnival will take over the northwest parking area so even more space is available for all activities.

Donors who contribute $50 will receive the unique Super 16 t-shirt and one wristband for unlimited activities. Donors who contribute $100 also will receive 16 raffle tickets and donors of$250 also will receive 25 raffle tickets.

Raffle prizes include an iPad, a Nook reader, an iPod and an autographed UNC basketball and football.

A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the school that most creatively demonstrates their super 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 Chapel Hill High and Carrboro High School.

Teacher Store Provides Free Supplies to Secondary Classroom Teachers

I just wanted to say thank you so very much for the voucher and the opportunity to shop at the teacher store this year. . . What a wonderful positive way to start the 2012-13 school year. My students and I are grateful. – Jane Cutchin, Phillips Middle

Thank you for the store. It was a great opportunity to pick up some items that I needed. . . Thanks for taking care of us. I appreciate it. –Peggy Dreher, McDougle Middle

The East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, Staples Foundation, and Sunrise Rotary Club sponsored another free teacher store in August. The store provided supplies, staplers, pencil sharpeners, thumb drives, cardstock, and a huge range of materials to classroom teachers in all of the middle and high schools and novice teachers and family specialists in all of the schools, K-12. A total of about 425 teachers shopped at the store. Items in the store were purchased using a $15,000 grant from Staples Foundation, funds from East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and Sunrise Rotary Club and gifts from other individuals and businesses. It is estimated that nationwide teachers spend approximately $500 each year out of their own pockets to provide items for their classrooms and students.

Grants Workshop Set Oct. 16 Foundation Grant Deadlines Announced
The CHC PSF offers three grant programs and the first grant-seeking workshop of the year is set for Oct. 16. Contact the foundation office to register at or call 919-968-8819. Obtaining information from the workshop will greatly assist grant seekers, said Kim Hoke,Foundation Exec. Dir. Achievers Grants target individual and small groups who need academic support and are low income or teams of students who advance to national competitions. The deadlines are Nov. 1 and April 25, 2013.

Strowd Roses grants, ranging from $2,000-$8000, are expected to make district-wide, school or grade level impact and the deadlines is Jan. 24, 2013. Student Enrichment Grants or SEGs target individual classrooms and range from $200 to$2,000. The deadline is Feb. 21, 2013.


Educator Extra Credit Card Features New Businesses

More than 2000 local teachers and staff received their 2012-13 Educator Extra Credit cards, and 14 new businesses joined the ranks of those who are providing discounts for school personnel. The new businesses are: 518 West Restaurant in Raleigh, Barbara Richter-Norton, Architect,Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, 4805 Hope Valley Rd. Durham (next to Woodcroft Shopping Ctr.), From You Flowers, Law Office of Daniel A. Hatley, MEZ Contemporary Mexican Restuarant, Harrington Bank, The UPS Store at Meadowmont Village, Munchies Mexican Bar and Grill 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

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: Kim Mellor, McDougle Elem. and Honor Teachers Amy Sasscer, Morris Grove Elem. and Courtney Sears, FPG Elem. Below are the recipients of the Teaching Chairs and other awards presented through the foundation:

  • Mary Beth Braker, Carrboro High, Sullivan Chair for Excellence in Teaching English
  • Tom Brown, Carrboro High, Elmo’s Diner Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School Science or Math
  • Tracey Hartman, Morris Grove Elem., Neil Pederson Chair for Excellence in Technology
  • Suzanne Stokes, FPG Elem., Sockwell Chair for Excellence in Teaching in the Primary Grades
  • Tina Atak, McDougle Middle, Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Language Arts
  • Karen Galassi-Ferrer, East Chapel Hill High, Elmo’s Diner Award for Excellence in Teaching English Language Learners
  • Melodie Kelly, Rashkis Elem. School, Mary Scroggs Award for Excellence in Support Services, with finalists Cheryl Edwards, Carrboro Elem. and Elizabeth Whortan, Morris Grove Elem.
  • Hannah Goodwin-Brown, Carrboro Elem.., Exceptional Children’s Award for Outstanding Contributions as a Teacher of Exceptional Children
  • Kalie Norton, Seawell Elem., CHC Foundation Award for Promising New Teachers
  • Louise Peters, McDougle Middle, the Jeanette Blackwell Mentoring Award
  • Jessica Harris, East Chapel Hill High, Exceptional Education and Student Support Services of the Year Award
  • Andrew Lathren, Smith Middle, and July Jones, East Chapel Hill, PSF/BRMA Equity in Teaching Award

Continuing awards that are multi-year went to:

  • 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

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


Support CHCPSF 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

    The CHC 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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