Grant Opportunities

The NC Foundation for Public School Children has a limited number of Literacy Project or Professional Development Grants and Parent Involvement Grants in the amount of up to $1,000 each. The submission deadline has been extended to December 31, 2014. 

The Literacy Project or Professional Development Grants are designated for low-wealth schools or districts during the current school year. Named in honor of former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., any public school administrator or teacher is eligible to apply for a grant for his/her school or local.

The Parent Involvement Grants are designated for low-wealth schools or school districts to enhance parent involvement in their children’s education. Any public school administrator or teacher may request such assistance for a school or school district interested in working with improving the skills and/or knowledge of parents.

In the menu, click on Programs for the appropriate grant application.

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Happy American Education Week!

“A word as to the education of the heart. We don’t believe that this can be imparted through books; it can only be imparted through the loving touch of the teacher.”
—César Chávez

We celebrate the multitudes who make the American Public Education System the greatest opportunity for all!

 

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“Believe” Holiday Candle to Benefit the Foundation!

1415557618791241357537 We are excited to offer you a wonderful opportunity to support NCFPSC and a North Carolina company! Kerr Lake Candles has created a special edition candle to honor the Foundation this season. A percentage of all sales from this candle, named Believe, will go to the Foundation. We are so grateful for their generosity. The 10 oz. jar candles, priced at $10 each, have a cinnamon stick fragrance and are handpoured in Franklinton, NC. They make excellent Holiday and hostess gifts! You may purchase candles and order online here: Kerr Lake Believe Candle. 

If you purchase online, Kerr Lake has provided a special code just for you to get free shipping! Enter code: NCFFPSC (yes, an extra “F” was added). Thank you for your support!

 

 

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If you shop Amazon, shop at Amazon Smile and a donation will be made to NCFPSC!

We are delighted to share that the NC Foundation for Public School Children is now registered at Amazon Smile! Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know – same products, same prices, same service. Be sure to select “NC Foundation for Public School Children” as the charity of your choice and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchase to NCFPSC!

Start shopping now by clicking http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1957977

 

 

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Donors to the Foundation

We now have a new DONORS page on the website. All donations, memorials, and honorariums received by the Foundation as of October 21, 2014 will be posted here. Thank you to our wonderful supporters!

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Purchase a $5 Ticket for a Chance to Win $5,000 Cash!

Tickets are on sale now for the chance to win one of several cash prizes! Grand prize is $5,000. 2nd place wins $2,500. 3rd place wins $1,000, and ten prize spots for $100 each! Check out all the details HERE.

Proceeds benefit NCFPSC and specifically the Children’s Fund. The requests on our Children’s Fund this year will surpass our budget. Purchase at least one ticket and help us make sure public school children have what they need to be successful in school.

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We’re Making a Difference, One Student at a Time

iStock_000021942811Medium“Dylan”, a first grader, wore broken eyeglasses that had been glued and re-glued until they couldn’t be fixed anymore. Medicaid would not cover a new pair for at least another 6 months and his family had no money for a new pair. Without glasses, “Dylan” was struggling in school. His teacher contacted NCFPSC and the little boy had the funds for a new pair in less than a week.

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2014 Champions for Children Gala

The Second Annual Champions for Children Gala (click here for photos) was held April 24, 2014 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner. Mr. John I. Wilson served as gala chair. NCFPSC honored five individuals and organizations as 2014 Champions for Children: Dr. June Atkinson, Dr. Yevonne Brannon, Attorney Melanie Black Dubis, Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, and the State Employees’ Credit Union.

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Dr. June Atkinson

Dr. June Atkinson is the first woman elected State Superintendent of the Public Schools in North Carolina and has served in this position since August 2005. As State Superintendent, Dr. Atkinson understands the importance of improving teaching and learning, creating school environments that encourage student success, keeping education modern and relevant, and graduating every student career and college ready.

 

 

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Dr. Yevonne Brannon

Dr. Yevonne Brannon has been the Director of the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services at NC State University since 1991. A former Wake County Commissioner, Dr. Brannon is founder of several nonprofit organizations that advocate for an excellent public education system that include Public Schools First NC and Grate Schools in Wake.

 

 

Melanie Black Dubis, Esquire

Melanie Black Dubis, Esquire

Attorney Melanie Black Dubis is a partner at the law firm Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, LLP, where she began her law practice in 1995. Ms. Dubis has represented parents and school boards from Hoke, Halifax, Robeson, Cumberland, and Vance Counties in the case of Hoke County Board of Education, et al. v State of North Carolina, which is also known as the Leandro case, after the lead individual plaintiff. These districts – among the poorest in the State – alleged that the State Defendants had violated their constitional and statutory responsibilities to provide adequate and equal educational opportunities for the children in Plantiff counties and other low wealth counties. In what it later described as a “landmark decision,” the NC Supreme Court held in 1997 that the State Constitution entitles each child in the State to the opportunity to obtain a sound education. With her law partner, Robert W. Spearman, Ms. Dubis tried the Leandro case in 1999 and the trial court ultimately held that the State Defendants had failed to carry out their Constitutional duties, including those to at-risk preschool children, and ordered the State to remedy the deficiencies.

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Dr. T. Anthony Spearman

Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, an ordained minister with the AME Zion Church denomination, is pastor of Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church in Hickory, NC. A member of the City of Hickory Board of Education, Dr. Spearman is a plaintiff with the NC Association of Educators against the State of North Caroilna and North Carolina State Educational Assistance Authority. The civil action is a state consitutional challenge to the private school voucher program passed by the General Assembly in 2013.

 

 

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The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by nearly 1.9 million members and provides consumer financial services through 253 branch offices, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website www.ncsecu.org. Founded on a “People Helping People” philosophy, SECU and the member-funded SECU Foundation share an active role as ardent supporters of education and financial literacy for all North Carolinians. While SECU focuses on teaching financial literacy in a hands-on approach, the SECU Foundation funds large scale educational initiatives, producing high-impact benefits for students, their families, and communities.

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2014 Champions for Children Gala – Reserve Your Seat Today

The Second Annual Champions for Children Gala will be Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Grand Marquis Ballroom in Garner, North Carolina. Our 2014 Champions for Children Honorees are Dr. June Atkinson, the State Employees’ Credit Union, Dr. Yevonne Brannon, Attorney Melanie Black Dubis, and Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman. 

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2013 Champions for Children Gala

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2013 Champions for Children Gala A Great Success!   

The First Annual Champions for Children Gala Fundraiser was held on April 25 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner. Our Gala’s five honorees were The Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., Golden Corral, The National Inclusion Project, Rev. Dr. John Mendez, and Mr. Julius Chambers, Esquire. To view photos of the event, click here.

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