NCFPSC Grant News

Each year, the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children offers a limited number of grants for projects that strengthen students and teachers. Projects must focus on one of three areas: student literacy improvement, parent involvement, and professional development for teachers. In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting some of the projects that were funded during 2014-2015. 

An elementary teacher from Western North Carolina emailed to share a story from her literacy project funded by one of our grants. The school ranks low in reading test scores, many of their students are from families that struggle financially and are unable to provide books at home for their children. While summer reading camps are offered at the school, these same families lack transportation. An NCFPSC grant funded new reading books for a summer home book delivery program.

The teacher writes, “Yesterday at one of the home book deliveries, a little first grader ran out to the car jumping up and down about getting new books to read for the week. She wouldn’t leave until she gave each of us our fare share of hugs and thank you’s for bringing her new books. This is just one of the many joys that your generous grant has provided for our school and our community!”

Because of our generous supporters, NCFPSC is making a difference in the lives of North Carolina’s public school children!

 

 

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Board of Directors News

NCFPSC wishes to thank outgoing Board of Directors Chairman, Mr. Leonardo Q. Williams, for his service and leadership. Mr. Williams served a total of six years on the board while also a full-time educator and high school band director in Durham. 

Welcome to our new board members:

Mr. James E. Ford – North Carolina 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year and Programs Director for the Public School Forum of North Carolina, Mr. Ford lives in Charlotte.

Ms. Christine J. Greene – Former member of the North Carolina State Board of Education and former Chair of the American Association of State Counseling Board, Ms. Ms. Greene is a resident of High Point. 

Ms. Paula A. Wolf A political consultant, former lobbyist, and political science professor, Ms. Wolf owns and operates Paulatics. She is a resident of Raleigh. 

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We Salute Our Partners and Sponsors

Our services to North Carolina’s public school children wouldn’t be possible without the corporate underwriting and support of corporations. Because of their generosity toward our cause, we salute all of our corporate partners with our heartfelt thanks. Learn more about them here.

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2015 Champions for Children Gala


Meet the 2015 Champions for Children Honorees and view photos of our Third Annual Champions for Children’s Gala!

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Champions for Children

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The Rev. Dr. Nancy Petty was honored as a 2015 Champion for Children at our gala on April 23, 2015. Read Dr. Petty’s story …

In grade school, I had four best friends—Troy, Roy, Thomas, and Paul. The five of us had become close friends while attending kindergarten at the Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Shelby, NC. We were five members of the 1968 kindergarten class taught by Ms. Price. From those first days of kindergarten, the summer months that followed, and through our first grade experience we were inseparable. Not only did we spend time together in school but on most weekends we rotated going to each other’s homes for play dates. 

I’m not sure whose decision it was—the school or our parents—but as we started second grade we found ourselves split up into different classrooms. I like to think that all five of us were devastated by this decision but I can only speak for myself. I was devastated to not be with all my friends. As a result I remember very little about second grade. 

I tell you this story because it was at those weekend play dates that, even as a young child, I became aware that families have different resources. Thomas lived in a big house with lots of cool toys to play with. Paul and Roy’s home looked much like mine—nothing extravagant but there was more than enough to eat, plenty of toys to play with, clothes and shoes that fit, and we were safe. All of the things we needed to be successful learning and growing up were in place. 

But this was not the case at Troy’s house. Troy lived in a different neighborhood where the houses were smaller and less maintained than other neighborhoods close by. I was never sure who was in charge at Troy’s home—there was his grandmother that lived in the house, his mother was sometimes around, but his father was almost always missing from the picture. Troy’s pants were often too short for him, his shirts one size too small, his shoes well-worn, and I’m not sure there was always enough food in his home. Quite often at school he would fall asleep at his desk. 

Much later in my life, I would learn that my family along with Roy, Thomas, and Paul’s family had, at various times, helped out Troy’s family with school expenses. Together, all the families had made sure that Troy had the basics of what he needed at school and that he was never excluded from school outings or events.

I learned from a fairly young age that not everybody has equal resources—or even the basic resources needed to be successful in school. My parents taught me that part of our responsibility as good neighbors and responsible citizens is to make sure that all people, and especially children, have what they need to be safe and successful in life. 

I fully believe that how we care for the children and the poor in our communities and in the world says more about our moral character as a humanity than anything else we do. Children are not just our future.

They are the most precious and treasured gift we are given. And because of this, there is nothing more important than seeing them, really seeing them, and recognizing them as people—as individuals—who have much to teach us about the meaning and value of life.

We still have work to do to make sure every child in our state, our nation, our world has a chance at living into their full potential and we must, together, keep doing the work. It is our duty as citizens and it is our responsibility as good neighbors.

– Nancy Petty is the pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.

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Online Auction Live Now!

Check out our Online Auction happening now! Auction will close 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 6. Items for bid are:

– NASCAR Coca-Cola Package for 2 plus two nights lodging
– UNC Tarheel’s Autographed Basketball
– Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Autographed Die Cast Limited Edition
– Wilmington Movie Set Tour

To bid, you will need to Register:
– Click the Register link (to the right) and create a Username in lowercase letters;
– A link will be sent to your email account to confirm registration with a temporary password
– Return to Log In to enter your Username and temporary password.
TIP: Because temporary passwords are complicated, it is helpful to copy it in your email and paste it into the Log In space. 

If you wish to change your temporary password, click on Profile and look for the New Password fields then return to NCFPSC.org. Questions or assistance needed? Email marca.hamm@ncfpsc.org. 

We will never share your information with others.

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Success!

Our Third Annual Champions for Children Gala was a tremendous success thanks to our many sponsors, supporters, and friends! We’ll have photos posted from the event in a few days and more about our 2015 honorees: Mr. Jim Goodmon, Judge Howard Manning, The Dale Jr. Foundation, Senator Dan Blue, Rev. Nancy Petty, and the late Senator Martin Nesbitt. 

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Congratulations to our Raffle Winners!

Thank you to all who supported our Raffle at the NCAE Convention in Wilmington!

We are grateful for the NEA Executive Committee who donated seats to our upcoming Champions for Children Gala. The NEA Executive Committee members and the winners who will represent them at the gala are:

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia – Christine Dancy (Pitt County)
NEA Vice President Becky Pringle – Georgann Sapp (Kannapolis City Schools)
NEA Secretary/Treasurer Princess Moss – Leanne Kennedy (Cleveland County)

NEA Executive Committee Members:
Joyce Powell – Gordon Lampley (Stanly County – NCRSP)
Greg Johnson –  Sylvia Ludlun (Brunswick County)
Kevin Gilbert – Ruthann McComb (Elkin City Schools)
Earl Wiman – Kathy Goins ( Cumberland County)
Maury Koffman – Rena Sutton (Macon County)
George Sheridan – Margaret Campbell (Wake County)

Winners of our other prizes:

iPad Mini – Barbara Evans (Brunswick County)
$100 Ruth’s Chris Giftcard – Larry Nilles (Wake County)
Kindle Fire HD 6 – Melissa Albritton (Forsyth County)
$50 Amazon Giftcard – Ashley Johnson (Stokes County)
Teacher Cadet Gift Bag – Shirlyn Lane (Burgaw)

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We Are One Month Away ….

From our Champions for Children Gala! This year’s honorees are:

Capitol Broadcasting Company and Mr. Jim Goodmon
The Dale, Jr. Foundation
The Honorable Howard E. Manning, Jr.
Senator Dan Blue
Rev. Dr. Nancy Petty
Senator Martin Nesbitt, Posthumously

The honorees will be celebrated at the Third Annual Champions for Children Gala on April 23, 2015 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, North Carolina. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. A Silent Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For details, seat reservations, sponsorship information, donations, or to find out how you can honor one or all of our Champions, please visit our CFC Gala page by clicking here.

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2015 Champions for Children Gala

The North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children is pleased to announce that the Third Annual Champions for Children Gala will be April 23, 2015 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, North Carolina. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. View details, seat purchase, and sponsorship information here.

Enjoy a few highlights from last year’s gala.

 

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