President of the CCEF board Billy Hasty said the foundation is able to offer $10,000 in grants to schools, teachers and staff because of successful fundraising and generous donations from the community.
“The foundation has really been successful this year,” Hasty said. “We’re so proud to be part of the education system in Cherokee County.”
The IMPACT grants will be awarded to innovative schools, teachers and staff Feb. 14.
The Woodstock Innovation Zone donated $1,590 to the foundation at its meeting, raised from T-shirt sales, and Hasty said that the donation was part of the reason the foundation was able to increase the amount for IMPACT grants in 2014.
Woodstock Middle School Principal Mark Smith, Woodstock High School Principal Dr. Paul Weir and Woodstock Elementary School Principal Kim Montalbano presented Hasty with the donation at the foundation’s meeting.
The board also awarded three special grants, in response to specific needs outlined by the district that were not fully funded by the regular school program.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said the CCEF grants go hand-in-hand with the school district’s accountability policy, beliefs and vision for the future. He said the CCEF donations to schools and staff provided resources for the different needs in the district.
“On behalf of the school board and the staff we want to thank all the members of the foundation, and Billy Hasty,” Petruzielo said. “The board recognizes that it takes unequal resources to meet unequal needs, and the donations that they just made, and will continue to make over time, are absolutely point-on for that goal.”
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower accepted a $3,000 grant for the CCSD Office of School Operations, to fund scholarships for high school credit recovery classes for students who could not otherwise afford them.
“This funding will provide 20 scholarships,” Hasty said.
Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy was awarded a $2,000 grant, accepted by Principal Izell McGruder, to fund extra-curricular activities and field trip scholarships for students who cannot afford the activities.
Finally, Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy received a $1,000 grant to purchase mobile electronic devices for students to use at school. Principal Les Conley accepted the grant, which will help students participate in the “Bring Your Own Learning Device” initiative.
Petruzielo said the CCEF grants helped children who were from less fortunate families have the same chance to succeed in public schools.
“These contributions are so much appreciated,” Petruzielo said. “It’s so important to level the playing field for kids so regardless of the economic circumstances of their families, in the public education system they all have a fair shot to be everything they can become.”