Chatham Education Foundation – Our Community Supports our Schools

The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) is thrilled to announce the winners of its 2105 Grants. At this year’s grant ceremony we not only awarded our Creative Teaching Grants but two other opportunities. Thanks to the Duke Energy Foundation, this year we were able to add one additional grant for teachers, Literacy Professional Development grants. Each of these chosen projects exemplifies the creativity, professionalism and dedication of Chatham County Schools’ teachers.

This year the Chatham Education Foundation awarded over $16,000 that supported 21 projects in 10 schools reaching over 3,000 students. The Chatham Education Foundation Grants Committee was impressed with the number and quality of the applications and we are excited to see these projects in action.

Projects this year again varied greatly in scope and a few examples include: coding/programming resources, a 3D printer to teach the production process from planning to retail sales, microscope cameras so students and teachers can share sights of microscopic organisms, wildlife tracking cameras, a STEM outdoor classroom, a traveling mobile laboratory STEM bus visit, lighting for the dramatic arts, resources for video broadcasting and much more.

In addition to these grants, CEF, through an endowment started by Chatham County residents Karen and Fred Shectman, awarded Jordan-Matthews High School partial funding for their annual National Holocaust Museum field trip to Washington, DC. It is the hope of these dedicated donors that the students of Jordan-Matthews can continue to learn about the Holocaust and be forever educated about it’s impact on today’s society.

These grants were made possible by the generous donations of individuals, foundations and businesses in our community. CEF is grateful for the support of Chatham County residents, and we look forward to providing additional resources to the schools throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

2015 CEF Grant Winners__smaller

The Grant Awardees are:

(School, Project Title, Lead Applicant, Team Members)

Bennett School

  • 3D Technology Project/ John Shaner/Dan Barnwell, Hannah Carriker, Emily Collins, Derrick Scott & Allison Gaines

Bonlee School

  • Stem’ing into Greatness/Cari Ann Brick
  • O-G That is Great!/ Sherry Thurman

Chatham Middle

  • Ringing Rams Color Choir/ Ethan Luke/ Salita Callicutt & Jennifer Stickney
  • Building Better ‘Bots/Ethan Luke/ Carolina Vix
  • HillRAP Certification/Molly Upchurch

Horton Middle School

  • Using iPods to Build Literacy in Sixth Grade ELA/Melissa Zerbs
  • STEM for All: Can you see what I see?/ Melissa Key
  • Horton Wildlife Tracking/Edward Walgate/Rose Wignall, Melissa Key & Rebecca Delk
  • STEM Outdoor Classroom/Mattie Smith/Edward Walgate, Melissa Key, Rebecca Delk, Rose Wignall & Tracy Miller

Jordan-Matthews High School

  • Printing for Success/Rahma Mateen-Mason/Amy Williams
  • National Holocaust Museum Field Trip/Tripp Crayton

Moncure School/Horton MS Collaborative

  • Centers in Middle School Math/ Tracy Miller/ Mr. Hall, Mr. Chutz, Mr. Darnell, Ms. Spell, Ms. Shoup, Mr. Winston & Ms. Brooks

Moncure School

  • What’s in My Soil?/Rebecca Culberson

Perry Harrison Elementary

  • Hello Literacy/Freda Hicks

SAGE Academy

  • SAGE’s Destiny/Beth Vaughn
  • HillRAP Certification/Sam Spencer

Silk Hope School

  •  Library Learning Lab: STEM/STEAM MakerSpace/Kimberly Johnson
  • Students on Stage/Regina Decristofaro
  • WSHS Eagles Broadcasting/Amy Rogers

Virginia Cross Elementary

  • Writing For Success in the 21st Century/Allison Buckner/Jenna Moody, JoAnna Massoth & the VCE Curriculum Team



Article by: Jaime Detzi

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