Cabarrus County Education Foundation


CCEF Awards 21K in Mini-Grants to Cabarrus County TeachersDonia web

Posted: November 20, 2015

Last night, the Cabarrus County Education Foundation funded 56 classroom grant projects submitted by Cabarrus County School teachers for the 2015-16 school year! Over 100 people attended the event held at the Cabarrus County School Education Center.

"It was a fun evening full of food, fellowship and a chance to celebrate and support directly the individuals who are the reason why we do what we do...the educators. Our mission statement specifically challenges us to provide the resources that our teachers need in order to foster student excellence. This program directly supports teachers in the classroom working to challenge, inspire and inform the children who are the future of our community,” said Rachel Wilkes, CCEF Executive Director.

Projects are cross-curricular and include everything from robots, coding and student broadcast software to drop-out prevention programs, art therapy units and butterfly gardens. As a result, this year’s projects will impact 18,000 students in Cabarrus County Schools! (Complete listing of 2015-16 classroom grants). Grants range in value from $250-$500 each.

As always, we could not have this significant of an impact without the help of our individual and corporate sponsors.

Doug Donia, Commercial Real Estate Advisor, and our newest valedictorian level sponsor of the classroom mini-grant initiative, said the following about why he chose to become a corporate supporter of the program: “I am hopeful that in some small way my donation will help bridge a financial gap, energize a teacher, inspire a young student or maybe bring more positive awareness of our public schools’ successes in general. Maybe, by partnering with the Foundation, we can achieve all four!”

A big thank you goes out to our teachers for their dedication and creativity in reaching and challenging the students in this school district!

Educators like Danielle Gaimari who teaches art at Cox Mill High School will be able to implement her project, Portraits of Hope, which will connect students to children around the world. “Thank you so much for providing me with this wonderful opportunity! I personally can't wait to get started on this project and start introducing it to my students next semester," said Gaimari.

We hope to grow awareness about the Cabarrus County Education Foundation and these mini-grant classroom stories within the community, and we appreciate the continued support of those businesses and individuals who have helped us grow and sustain the program.

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