Surry County Schools Educational Foundation Celebrates Supporters at Teacher Showcase and Endowments Recognition
The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation celebrated the wonderful support of its donors and Surry County Schools teachers at its Teacher Showcase and Endowments Recognition on October 24, 2017, at the Surry Community College Shelton-Badget NC Center for Viticulture and Enology.
Ten teachers who received an Enhanced Learning Mini-Grant displayed information about how their students are learning from the projects funded by the grants. “It is so interesting to see how the creativity of our teachers and the innovative projects they have planned bring students fun ways to learn,” said Sue Stone, Foundation Vice-Chairperson.
Guest speaker, Dana Draughn, Principal at Flat Rock Elementary School, presented information about the school’s summer literacy project. “Research data supports that children lose literacy proficiency during summer break,” said Draughn at the event. “Children who lack opportunities to have learning experiences over the summer have the Magic Book Bus travel to them during the summer. The program provides a new book to each student each week for six weeks, as well as a volunteer to read with and snacks to take home.” 2017 marks the fourth year that the Magic Book Bus has been an Enhanced Learning Mini-Grant project.
John Priddy, Board Chairperson, presented six new Educational Endowment Funds:
- Linda Brown Educational Endowment Fund, established by the Surry Central High School Class of 1966
- Phillip B. & Lorene S. Dockery Educational Endowment Fund, established by the Dockery family
- Sharon Smith Hardy Educational Endowment Fund, established by the Hardy family
- Renfro Corporation Educational Endowment Fund
- Ron & Mamie Sutphin Educational Endowment Fund
- The Family of Catherine Holyfield White Educational Endowment Fund
“The Educational Endowment Fund program helps provide educational opportunities for Surry County Schools students by creating a solid base from which all our programs are grown,” said Priddy. “We greatly appreciate the incredible support of the businesses and families who have entrusted the Foundation with these amazing gifts.”
Priddy also introduced new giving programs. “The 2011 Society” recognizes yearly contributions to the Foundation. “The Foundation Circle” asks for an annual donation of $1 for each year of the age of the high school the donor attended. “We are proud to serve each of the nineteen schools of Surry County Schools, and want to bring that pride to our annual giving campaign.”