Cabarrus County Education Foundation Luncheon Set for September 16
Posted: September 11, 2015
CONCORD, N.C. — Rachel Wilkes has seen the impact of the Cabarrus County Education Foundation and the mini-grants that are offered to classrooms through the organization.
Wilkes, the first full-time executive director of Cabarrus County Education Foundation, came on board in January 2014 and has just gone through her first fiscal year with the organization. During that time, she has seen the launch of the foundation’s scholarship program, as well the support provided to area classrooms with 43 mini-grants totaling more than $18,000.
The mini-grants range from $250 to $500. Here’s some of what the funding provided:
Robotics software for students at Wolf Meadow Elementary School
A pottery wheel at Harrisburg Elementary School
Bluegrass musicians brought in for students at C.C. Griffin Middle School
The design of a bridge-building program for drafting and architecture students at Hickory Ridge High School
Wilkes has guided the organization during that time, but she remembers how she felt when she first took over.“I was scared to death there wouldn’t be anything to look back at and be able to say, ‘We did this,’” Wilkes said. “And we did so much in that first year.”
Wilkes and others will celebrate that year during the annual luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The event is sold out and Wilkes said they’ve already raised more than $30,000 through sales and sponsors.
During the event, patrons will hear from two teachers who benefited from the mini-grants, including Jessica Enlow, with Cox Mill High School, who received funding for a program to study chemistry molecules. The other speaker will include Cary Gluf, who is the drafting and architecture teacher who offered the bridge-building program at Hickory Ridge High School.
The event will also include Wilkes talking about the new scholarship program that gave out scholarships to seven students, with three receiving $1,000 each and for receiving $500 each. Those scholarships are for students who are the first in their family to attend college.
“And all of them are attending universities in North Carolina,” Wilkes said. Wilkes said Wednesday’s event will also include orchestra students from Central Cabarrus High School performing, along with the speakers talking about the support of the Cabarrus County Education Foundation. “It’s a celebration and a way for us to tell our story,” Wilkes said.
Visit http://www.cabarruscountyeducationfoundation.org/ for more information on the Cabarrus County Education Foundation. The deadline for applying for a classroom mini-grant is Oct. 13.
Contact reporter Michael Knox at 704-789-9133.