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.
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.
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
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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.
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)
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.
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.
Congratulations to a couple of our NC Teacher Cadets! Allison Powers was a 2012 recipient of the Teacher Cadet Scholarship and Adam Moore was a 2014 Teacher Cadet Scholarship winner. Now education majors and leaders at Appalachian State University, they were both named James Scholars at Appalachian State.
The Steve and Judy James Scholarship for Education is awarded to one incoming freshman each year who plans to pursue a career in teaching in North Carolina. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership, community service, and financial need. The Steve and Judy James Scholarship is $5,000 each year and is renewable for four years.
Pictured here with Chancellor Sheri Everts, Allison (far left) and Adam (far right) will be North Carolina home-grown teachers! Allison and Adam, you make us very proud!
“Kevin” has not had an eye examine for many years. Due to an unstable family situation, he has been shuffled around quite a bit in his life and is currently living with guardians. Kevin is a gifted athlete at his high school and does well, but has shared with teachers that he has a hard time seeing. He has even borrowed eyeglasses from others to try to help his situation. Because of this Foundation, Kevin has his own pair of prescribed eyeglasses now. Your gifts are making a difference!