More Than an Education: An Equal Chance at Success

  shutterstock_163024439Maria, a 3rd grader, sits in her classroom suffering from a severe case of eczema. Her single mom lost her job a month ago and can no longer afford the medicated cream Maria needs.

Carlos, an active 5th grader, has not been to school in 2 weeks. His dilapidated shoes finally came completely apart, and his parents just don’t have the money to buy him another pair right now.

Joshua squints from the back row, too embarrassed to tell his teacher that he fell at the bus stop last week and broke his only pair of eyeglasses. His Medicaid insurance won’t provide a new pair for another 8 months.

Alexis, now in her last year of high school, dreams of going to college. But she knows it is only a dream: she doesn’t even have the money for the SATs, and without those scores she cannot apply for schools or scholarships.

Do you read this and think these are made-up stories, designed to tug at your heart (and hopefully your wallet)? They’re not – these are real-life children, struggling to get through school the best way they can. Every year, thousands of children suddenly find themselves in a situation of need – with no one to turn to and no hope of change.

The North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children exists to serve these children. Every year the Foundation arranges for eyeglasses, clothing, medicine, supplies, and various other needs as the requests pour in. Please help us help the children: support the NCFPSC through your donations and service. We have various fundraising activities coming up this school year – help by volunteering to get the word out.

Help us also by identifying the need: if you know of a child who could use a helping hand, please make sure someone in the school system contacts the Foundation. We can respond quickly to address the issue and get the student back on the path to success.

No child deserves less than a level playing field. Please help the Foundation make that happen.

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2016 Champions for Children Gala

Our 2016 Champions for Children Gala on April 29, 2016 was a great success! We are grateful to all who supported this event and to the Angus Barn for providing a spectacular evening. The funds raised will enable us to help more public school children in North Carolina have the items, services, and programs needed to ensure their academic success. 

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Our 2016 honorees are pictured above: Rabbi Fred Guttman, Dean Debnam, Leslie Winner, Dereck Whittenburg, and Dennis Wicker. 

To view photos and learn more about our honorees, click here.

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2016 CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN GALA

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Friday, April 29, 2016 – The Pavilion at Angus Barn
Silent Auction at 6:00 pm ~ Dinner at 7:00 pm

Our 2016 Honorees:

Rabbi Fred Guttman ~
Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Greensboro

Mr. Dereck Whittenburg
Associate Athletic Director, NC State University &
Captain of NC State’s 1983 National Basketball Championship Team

Mr. Dennis Wicker, Esq. 
31st Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1993-2001)

Mrs. Leslie Winner
Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation 

Workplace Options ~ Mr. Dean Debnam, CEO
Serving more than 48 million employees in over 59,000 organizations
in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide

For details, seat purchases, and sponsorship opportunities click here.

Click here for a review and photos of last year’s Champions for Children Gala and the 2015 Honorees. 
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Thank You Notes…

We receive Thank You notes from some of the students your donations help. Here are two of them… 

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SAVE THE DATE!

Gala Save the Date 2016 CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN HONOREES:

Mrs. Leslie Winner, Executive Director, The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Mr. Dennis Wicker, 31st Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

Mr. Dereck Whittenburg, NC State Associate Athletic Director for Community Relations and Student Support / NC State Wolfpack Men’s Basketball – 1983 NCAA National Championship Team

Rabbi Fred Guttman – Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, North Carolina

Workplace Options – Dean Debnam, CEO

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Teacher Cadet and Future Teachers of America

2016 STATE CONFERENCE

“NC Teachers Cadet and Future Teachers of America … the Hope for NC Public Schools!

The 2016 State Conference for North Carolina Teacher Cadet and Future Teachers of America is scheduled for February 12-13, 2016 in Raleigh. Click here for details and the Teacher Registration Form.

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Shout Out to NC Public School Nurses!

We want to give a shout out to NC public SCHOOL NURSES! Many requests we receive to help students come from school nurses. Today our Executive Director spent a good part of the day working with a school nurse who was desperate to find help to purchase a young student’s medication for a severe case of eczema. The little girl’s mother was recently laid off from work, lost her insurance and is waiting for Medicaid approval. In the meantime, the student’s medication has run out and the mom has no means to purchase more. The school nurse has witnessed the little girl suffering physically and in much pain this week while continuing to attend school. After numerous phone calls with the drug store and others to work out the details, our director and the school nurse were able to secure the medication needed and the little girl will have a better experience in school as she physically improves… It’s what this foundation is about! Thank you to the wonderful school nurses who care enough to go the extra mile and then some!

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Holiday Giveaway 2015 Winners

Thank you to all who helped make our 2015 Holiday Giveaway a success! The winners are:

Mr. Mark Jewell of Raleigh, NC – Grand Prize $5,000 
Ms. Jennifer Laake of Wilmington, NC – Second Place $2,500
Dr. June Atkinson of Raleigh, NC – Third Place $1,000

Winner of the 100 Ticket Sellers:
Ms. Myra Best of Raleigh, NC – $1,000

$100 Winners:
Mr. Sid Baker of Raleigh, NC
Mrs. Mary Cowand of Wilmington, NC
Ms. Joyce Elliot of Asheville, NC
Mr. David Fuller of Raleigh, NC
Ms. Ronda Gordon of Rural Hall, NC
Ms. Tamara Lynn Hoffner of Timberlake, NC
Mr. Mortimer Leach of Raleigh, NC
Ms. Deb Shoemaker of Wilmington, NC
Ms. Brenda Smith of Leland, NC

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In just a few weeks, we’ll be giving away $5,000 in CASH! We’re also giving away $2,500, $1,000 or ten $100 cash prizes! Only $5 will get your name in the drawing. Even better $20 will get your name in the drawing 10 times. Purchase your tickets by credit card here and help North Carolina’s public school children!  Click here to see the details of our 2015 Holiday Giveaway!

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First Ever “Bring Your Parents to School Day!”

Made possible by a NCFPSC Parent Involvement Grant, Forest Hills High School Teacher Cadet and FTA students are hosting the first ever “Bring Your Parents To School Day!” All Forest Hills parents are invited to attend first block classes with their students followed by a reception and “Parents are Partners” forum in the school media center.”

“As a high priority school, we believe that partnering with parents is key to the success of our student population. High schools can seem intimidating to many parents when it comes to curriculum, technology, and teachers.” ~Jennifer Whitley, Teacher Cadet and FTA Instructor.

NCFPSC is committed to improving North Carolina’s public schools! We are proud that Forest Hills FTA and Teacher Cadets are committed to improving their school and community! … Check out their flyer! 

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** Forest Hills High School is located in Union County.

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