Grants Help Support CEF Initiatives

Chatham Education Foundation receives grant funding from organizations to help continue initiatives in Chatham County Schools.

Freshly sharpened pencils, big pink erasers, and crisply lined notebook paper fill shelves of stores throughout Chatham county. Teachers are preparing classrooms and lessons for the many faces of students that will soon fill the hallways. August 27th offers a fresh beginning as the 2018-19 school year begins.

Chatham Education Foundation has been hard at work to continue to support Chatham County Schools (CCS). Not only do individuals and businesses provide valuable support through donations but grants also make it possible to provide support for public education in Chatham county.

Recently, Duke Energy, Dollar General Foundation, and the Women of Fearrington granted funds to support various CEF initiatives. One program that was allotted support was Books on Break. This free book fair enabled low-income students to select books to keep. Having access to these books can help prevent summer learning loss. Another program that the grants helped was SOAR. This free tutoring program provides one-to-one specialized tutoring for students who have not met literacy benchmarks. Students and tutors have built relationships and even more exciting student growth and success. Finally, CCS’ Bookmobile received funds for popular children’s books, bilingual books and supplies for literacy enrichment activities. The Bookmobile is a library on wheels that visits communities in Siler City where children are unable to attend enrichment programs or check out books from the local library.

With exciting plans for the new school year and continuing support for current initiatives CEF will work to ensure traditional public schools across Chatham county have support and resources to best serve our students.

Chatham Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to open doors to education and personal growth for all students in Chatham County Schools. By partnering with community residents, businesses, and foundations, CEF is improving education opportunities for Chatham County Schools students. Programming is made possible by generous donations from local residents, businesses and sponsors. Visit for more information or follow CEF on Facebook and Twitter.

Article by: Jaime Detzi

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