it be great if there were a single organization in Dare County
that worked to bring the shared needs of our schools
to the forefront and really do something positive to help - outside
of the political arena. Imagine the impact this group
could make if there were representation from all nine schools in the county
on its board and if the board worked together with the recognized
mission of making
unity a priority. Imagine if this group were directly connected with teachers,
parents and administrators who understood, first hand, what was needed and
what would help. And finally, imagine the impact this group could
make if it were
well funded and could focus resources directly where needed.
group we've just described has recently been formed. It's
called the Dare County Education Foundation and its success is
now up to all of us.
If you've ever wished for a positive change for Dare County Schools, now is your chance to help make a positive impact.
Many of us in Dare County are passionate about assuring a superior
education for our children. We participate in many ways: through
volunteering, through PTA, through the positive attention we give
our children and in a hundred other ways.
We now have an opportunity to impact the school system on a whole
new level. If all of us - the business community, parents,
grandparents, people working in the schools, our retired community,
our students, even people who live elsewhere but are invested in
this community in one way or another - do a small part we will
What is the Foundation?
mission as stated in its charter is "to enhance the education and
educational experiences and opportunities
for students and staff of Dare County Public Schools through active
partnership with the community."
The Dare County Education Foundation,
incorporated in January 2002, has filed for a 501 (c)(3) status
as a tax-exempt organization from
the Internal Revenue Service, which allows donors to claim contributions
to the Foundation as a tax deduction.
How will the funds be used?
The money raised by the Dare County Education Foundation will:
• Provide scholarships to students for higher education, for academic
competitions, for special projects and for expenses associated with
• Promote staff development for school personnel, such as mini-grants
for classroom projects, tuition assistance for higher education,
distance learning, sponsorship of
special programs and workshops to assist teachers in classroom instruction
• Support the purchase of technology, educational
materials and equipment to enhance classroom instruction
• Support enrichment programs and activities in the schools
How will the money be raised?
The Dare County Education Foundation will raise money in a variety
of ways. Memberships, donations and other forms of support by businesses,
civic groups, churches, school personnel, students, parents and other
residents will be sought. The Foundation will also seek funds through
major gifts and trust funds. Fundraising events will be scheduled
on a yearly basis.
Why give to the foundation?
A contribution to the Foundation is a gift to ourselves to improve
our home, Dare County. We can work together to support our students,
teachers and other school personnel.
The residents of Dare County can take pride in the outstanding accomplishments
of our schools, and a gift to the Foundation will promote a bright
future for our schools and our community.
How can I receive
more information about the foundation?
If you have a child in a Dare County School you may contact the
Dare County Education Foundation representative associated with the
school. Call your school office or principal for more information.
If you want to schedule a presentation to your organization or discuss
additional details about the Foundation, please call one of the following:
Director at Large
P.O. Box 127
53556 NC Highway 12
Frisco, NC 27936
Rep, Manteo Elementary
PO Box 308, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (h) 473-5548
3309 S. Wrightsville Ave.
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
Phone: (h) 441-8777
OK. So what can I do to help?
Each membership is a contribution that enables
funding for important projects and supports the work of the Foundation.
also sends a message to policy makers in Dare County that the people
of this community believe that high-quality education is important.
Our voices joined make a difference.
volunteer your time if you are able.
There are many ways
you can help, large and small, and our volunteer coordinator
can find just the right role for you that matches your skills, your schedule
and your interests.
up and be heard.
Attend our fundraisers, speak your opinions
to policy makers and ask your friends to participate. Share your
view that top-quality
education needs to be a priority.