The Cherokee County Educational Foundation issued more than $4,700 in grant funds to Cherokee County School District schools Tuesday in the nonprofit’s first check presentation since the organization was established in 2012.
The funds, called “rapid grants,” were awarded to schools in appreciation of their participation in the foundation’s initial awareness and fundraising campaign, “For the Love of Education.”
Thirty-five CCSD schools received the grants during a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Historic Canton High School/School Board Auditorium.
The grants were presented to the schools’ principals by CCEF board members Janet Read, chair of the Cherokee County Board of Education; and Mike Chapman, immediate past BOE chair. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo, an ex-officio member of the CCEF board, also was on hand to thank and congratulate the principals.
The foundation also announced Tuesday that initial fundraising efforts have been successful enough to begin the first round of its “impact grants” of up to $2,500 in the fall.
Cherokee County School District schools, teachers and staff, as well as teams of teachers and/or staff, will be able to apply for these grants for their “bright ideas” to improve academic achievement. The details of the impact grant program will be announced to CCSD staff at the start of the 2013-14 school year, and applications will be posted at that time on the foundation webpage and Facebook page.
The foundation’s communitywide fundraising campaign is under way, and local businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate.
Donors who give at least $100 will become a founding partner and receive a CCEF emblem to display in their business or on their car and be recognized on the CCEF website. Recognition levels are: platinum, $5,000 or more; gold, $2,500-$4,999; silver, $1,000-$2,499; bronze, $500-$999 and friend, $100-$499. Foundation T-shirts also are available for $10.
For more information, call (770) 704-4213 or email cceducationalfoundation @gmail.com.