By Chris Comer
Kernersville is where everyone knows your name. The place where we call home is also a place that shows community support like no other. So why would we be surprised that over 30 shops and businesses have decided they are committed to help make a difference in our schools?
On September 8, during Sidewalk Saturday, a portion of your purchase from participating shops and businesses will go directly back into our 13 schools in the form of education grants. The Kernersville Chamber of Commerce collaborates with local restaurants, shops, businesses, and private donors to fulfill grants that our local teachers write.
The grants are for additional opportunities for our children to learn. Teachers are very creative and strive for their students to receive the absolute best learning experiences available. Those experiences can be anything that will benefit the classroom.
This is how it works: A committee of volunteers meet monthly to ensure that the teachers have an application that will highlight all the things the teacher will be able to do to benefit the students. The local restaurants, businesses, and private donors ensure there is support in dollars to fulfill the requests of grants awarded. The committee reads and scores the grants of up to $500. Once the grants are chosen, there is a top-secret date that the group visits the teachers called the Surprise Patrol. During Surprise Patrol visits there is a lot of cheering, high fives, and smiles. The students are ready to use the opportunity as soon as they are awarded it.
The grant may include new books to read, an eLearning opportunity, the resources required to learn about nature, the ability to use objects to learn, and many others extra learning opportunities that are not part of the standard curriculum. The grant requests are endless. learn about nature, the ability to use objects to learn, and many others extra learning opportunities that are not part of the standard curriculum. The grant requests are endless.
Things to remember:
• Saturday, September 8: 10AM-2PM
• Shopping for Education takes place at more than 30 Downtown merchants during Downtown Sidewalk Saturday! We encourage everyone to shop local!
• Education Grants benefit all 13 Kernersville schools that include:
◦ Elementary: Caleb’s Creek, Cash, Kernersville, Smith Farm, Sedge Garden, Piney Grove, Union Cross
◦ Middle: Kernersville, East Forsyth, Southeast,
◦ High: East Forsyth, Glenn, and North Carolina Leadership Academy
• A portion of your purchase will go directly back into our schools in the form of Education Grants.
Don’t forget to check out all of our Downtown Sidewalk Saturdays; the second Saturday of the month from June to October! See you September 8 in support of our local schools!
Thank you for supporting your community. Please do not hesitate to contact the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce at 336.993.4521 or log on to the website, www.KernersvilleNC.com.