EDUCATION GRANTS: HOW YOU CAN HELP
BY CHRIS COMER
Kernersville is a place to call home, a place where everyone supports each other and a place where Education Grants are very important to our teachers and students. Education Grants have been a staple in our community since 2004. Since then there have been 492 grants given totaling $186,000. This year will be no different, the need is real for our teachers to provide additional opportunities for our students to learn.
Teachers write grants to the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, due September 19. A group of volunteers led by Kim Herman and Pam Link read the grants that are written for $500 or less and choose based on five areas:
Did the application meet the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools Mission: to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access?
Is this a one-time shot or will this grant fund materials that will have a long-lasting impact? While this is a debatable category (i.e. some science labs have one-time use materials), it is something to consider as you choose which grant gets your vote. In other words, if it is a one-time use and that bothers you, score low. If it is a crazy, creative, unbelievable experience with materials that only have one use and you love it, it is okay to score how you view it with comments and ranking to help.
Basically, your overall impression.
NUMBER OF STUDENTS IMPACTED
Same deal as long-term use. Do you want the money to go to a lot of students (i.e. a computer teacher who sees the entire student body) or a specialized teacher who may only have a few?
Is this lesson truly a creative one? Or, is this something that should be funded by the county in a regular budget? Does this lesson demonstrate initiative by the teacher to better the classroom learning experience being offered to his/her students? Or, is this something mundane, like paper/ink cartridges for daily work (not to be confused with a request for a highly creative lesson that includes ink/paper as part of the overall experience).
Our teachers are dedicated and want the absolute best for their students. Each year there is usually at least one additional learning opportunity they would like their students to take advantage of. That is where Education Grants come in.
One hundred percent of the dollars given to this program are granted right back to the teachers for the grants they write. Local business and private donors are supporters as well. Up to 10% of your shopping trip and Eating Out will come right back to Education Grants and will be granted to our teachers who were chosen by the Education Grants Committee.
On August 10, you can support downtown shops by shopping at participating locations. In addition to Shopping for Education, Eating for Education will occur on August 14 and September 11 at participating locations.
All 13 schools served: Elementary: Cash, Caleb’s Creek, Smith Farm, Kernersville, Piney Grove, Sedge Garden and Union Cross Middle: East Forsyth, Kernersville and Southeast High: East Forsyth, Glenn, and North Carolina Leadership Academy (NCLA).
Many thanks to a community that supports all things Kernersville. Teachers can find the application online at www.KernersvilleNC.com.
Eating for Education Participants: August 14 & September 11
- Captain Tom’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
- East Coast Wings & Grill
- Fitz on Main
- Gypsy Road Brewing Co.
- Low Price Mart & The Grill
- Mad Greek Grill
- OutWest Steakhouse & Saddle Room
- Smitty’s Grille
- Sixty-Six Pizzeria Grill & Taphouse
- Subway Piney Grove
- Subway South Main Street
- Subway Walmart
- The Loop
- The Prescott
- Whit’s Frozen Custard
Shopping for Education Participants: August 10
- Junktique Alleyway
- Tiquers Alley
- Goin’ Postal
- The Traveling Bean
- MisMatch Boutique
- Fitz on Main
- The Prescott
- Pawlee’s Doggie Bakery & Natural Pet Store
- Southwinds Gallery
- The Collegiate Shop
- The Street Boutique
- Fusion Salon
- Better in Colour Teeth Whitening
- Salon 111
- Richard Hedgecock’s Framing Studio
- Choppers Barber Shop
- Larry Redfearn: Edward Jones Office
- Nationwide: Stephanie Elmore
- Why Knot? Boutique
- Ellington Jeweler’s
- C&J Coin and Pawn
- Kernersville Museum
- Lexie Marie Boutique
- John J Barrow Law Office
- Trendsetters Hair Salon
- Studio Eleve
- Deli on Main
- Patriot Pretzel
- CAKE & All Things Yummy
- Waffles & Whiskers
- PBM Fitness
- Ramey Dawn Wellness
- Local Roots Coffee Bar & General Store
- Kernersville Brewing Co.
- O’Brien Architecture
- West Mountain Pawn
- The Magnolia Bride