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The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation proudly presents grant
recipients of the Ribbon of Hope program. Click on the years below:

2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 |
2017 | 2018 | 2019 |

Grant Recipients—2008

Allegro Foundation
Pat Farmer, Founder/Executive Director
3121 Providence Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211 (Mecklenburg)
  Allegro's free physical exercise classes at Carolinas Medical Center empowered medically fragile children with disabilities to reap the health and educational benefits of movement without the risk of serious medical complications.

Alliance for Children & Youth
Cathy Kenzig, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1695
Gastonia, NC 28053 (Gaston)
  Certified teachers led an afterschool enrichment program which used inquiry-based, hands-on activities to engage students in grades 6–8 who demonstrated an interest in science but were also at risk of dropping out of school.

Asheville City Schools Foundation
Leah Ferguson, Co-Executive Director
P.O. Box 3196
Asheville, NC 28802 (Buncombe)
  The Academic Mentoring program intensified its mentoring services by recruiting and training new mentors and expanding the program to include 50 students in grades
5–12. Students were matched with highly qualified mentors skilled in providing academic and emotional support.

Beulaville Youth Center
Renee Williams, Interim Executive Director
P.O. Box 895
Beaulaville, NC 28518 (Duplin)
  The Beulaville Youth Center provided an afterschool program for at-risk youth ages 5–16 during the school year, serving a minimum of 50 youth. Participants received education and health assistance.

Catawba Science Center
Erin Graves, Director of Programs
P.O. Box 4231
Hickory, NC 28603 (Catawba)
  The Catawba Science Center developed a teen volunteer program which trained participants to conduct hands-on science activities for center visitors.

Centro de Enlace
Emily Turner, Executive Director
P.O. Box 236
Burnsville, NC 28714 (Yancey)
  The College and Career Mentoring program linked at-risk Latino immigrant youth with academic and social mentoring to support them in achieving their educational and vocational goals.

Chatham Family Resource Center
William Lail, Director
225 Chatham Square
Siler City, NC 27344 (Chatham)
  The Lay Education Advisors project provided parenting education services to 75 families expecting a baby or with children under age three. Participants learned about early childhood activities to prepare for school.

Children First of Buncombe County
Patricia Harrison, Dir. of Communities
50 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 246
Asheville, NC 28801 (Buncombe)
  Adult literacy programs (Motheread and Plazas Comunitarios) served low-income parents of students in current programs, clients of the Family Resource Center, and the general public.

Communities in Schools of Cleveland Co., Inc.
Linda McKnight, Executive Director
502 S. Lafayette St.
Shelby, NC 28150 (Cleveland)
  Offered the Mad Science program to small groups of students in grades 3–8 to engage them in hands-on laboratory experiences to improve their science literacy
and increase interest in science careers.

Communities in Schools of Montgomery Co.
Heather Wallace, Executive Director
444 N. Main St.
Troy, NC 27371 (Montgomery)
  Expanded its Golden Opportunity One-to-One School-Based Mentoring program to reach 150 high-risk students in grades 4–8 through expansion into two county high schools.

Communities in Schools of Transylvania Co., Inc.
Betsey Langston, Executive Director
P.O. Box 669
Brevard, NC 28712 (Transylvania)
  The Children and Mentors program offered mentoring and family engagement activities to students in grades 4–8
who have one or more risk factors related to dropping out of school later in life. Training was provided to mentors in specific areas of career exploration related to math and science and hands-on science-based activities to engage their mentees.

Coordinating Council for Senior Citizens
Gail Souare, Executive Director
406 Rigsbee Ave., Ste. 202
Durham, NC 27701 (Durham)
  With the goal of promoting mental wellness, this organization focused on raising awareness about depression in older adults; increasing knowledge about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of depression; and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.

Cumberland County Education Foundation
Cindy Kowal, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2882
Fayetteville, NC 28302 (Cumberland)
  The Science Investigators program exposed students to hands-on learning activities that promoted academic growth and enthusiasm for science.

East Carolina University
Rhea Miles, Associate Professor
313 Flanagan Bldg.
Greenville, NC 27858 (Pitt)
  East Carolina University's Reach Up program addressed issues around science education for African-American middle school students. The science enrichment program was designed to improve student competence in science, connect science to student experiences, and encourage and motivate students to pursue careers in science.

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center
Robin Roberts, Project Director
3924 Browning Pl., Ste. 5
Raleigh, NC 27609 (Wake)
  The BlockFest pilot program promoted early science and math learning through an interactive exhibit using block play.

Food for Thought, Inc.
Ed Hazlett, President
P.O. Box 1167
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 (Dare)
  Food for Thought provided healthy breakfasts and lunches on the weekends and holidays during the school year to pre-school and elementary children in Dare County who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

Friends of the W. Kerr Scott Lake, Inc.
Teresa Ford, Executive Director
499 Reservoir Rd.
Wilkesboro, NC 28692 (Wilkes)
  Planned, designed, and built a hands-on learning exhibit on habitat conservation at the W. Kerr Scott Dam Visitor's Center.

Futures for Kids, Inc.
Susan Milliken, Executive Director
800 S. Mary's St., Ste. 304
Raleigh, NC 27605 (Wake)
  A technology-based career exploration program that encouraged kids to apply their interests and aptitudes in defining their career goals and creating a plan for success.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina
Molly Peeples, Executive Director
53 Okoboji Dr.
Fletcher, NC 28732 (Buncombe)
  This organization developed a prevention program for girls in grades 3–8 that combined training for a 5K run/walk event with exercises to build self-esteem and a community services project.

Great Oak Youth Development Centers, Inc.
Bobby Washington, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1465
Fayetteville, NC 28302 (Cumberland)
  The Great Oak Mentoring program targeted at-risk male youth ages 6–16 who live in socio-economically challenged areas of Fayetteville. Using mentors, the program aimed to prevent incarceration, improve school performance, and promote cultural enrichment.

HandMade in America
Norma Bradley, Education Director
125 S. Lexington Ave., Ste. 101
Asheville, NC 28801 (Buncombe)
  In the Science of Sound and Space program, students participated in a hands-on "artist residency" program designed to teach them math and science concepts experientially and allow them the opportunity to share their experiences in live performances and written documentation.

Housing for New Hope
Eric Breit, Development Director
18 West Colony Pl., Ste. 250
Durham, NC 27705 (Durham)
  This organization developed a public/private partnership that provided mental health intervention and support activities for homeless individuals in the community.

International House
Beverly Grant, Executive Director
322 Hawthorne Ln.
Charlotte, NC 28204 (Mecklenburg)
  The Newcomers Orientation pilot program, which served low-income immigrants experiencing cultural and language barriers, promoted adult literacy activities to increase self-sufficiency and English language competence and stimulate civic engagement.

Invent Now Kids (The National Inventors Hall of Fame)
Patricia Holmes, Fundraising Manager
221 S. Broadway St.
Akron, OH 44308 (Carteret)
  Over 100 partial or full scholarships were provided to underserved children in grades 1 through 6 to participate in the 2008 Camp Invention program.

Latino Advocacy Coalition
Carolina McCready, Development Director
505-B Brookside Camp Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792 (Henderson)
  Provided an adult literacy program for individuals to increase their knowledge and self-sufficiency by offering classes on digital, financial, and English literacy, and General Educational Development (GED) acquisition.

Literacy Council of Union County
Linda Moyer, Executive Director
105-A E. Jefferson St.
Monroe, NC 28112 (Union)
  The Compute to Literacy project provided one-on-one and small group tutoring to adults in the community with low literacy skills.

Neuse River Foundation, Inc.
MaryAnn Harrison, Director
220 S. Front St.
New Bern, NC 28560 (Craven)
  The RiverKids Floating Classroom program provided instruction to 8th grade students and their teachers on monitoring river health, collecting water quality data, and ways to take part in local community water quality programs, and provided information on careers in science.

Port Discover
LuAnne Pendergraft, Project Director
613 E. Main St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909 (Pasquotank)
  Port Discover's Science Fair 101 program provided approximately 1,000 4th and 5th graders with hands-on science activities and programs, as well as access to local scientists, which culminated in a science fair.

Scotland County Literacy Council
Mark Gretch, Executive Director
213 McLaurin Ave., P.O. Box 922
Laurinburg, NC 28352 (Scotland)
  Expanded the Empower To Achieve project to work with 50 additional adult learners as well as continue working with existing participants to improve their literacy skills in reading, writing, numeracy, problem solving, and speaking standard English.

Stokes County Mental Health Association
Doris Hill, Vice Chairperson
P.O. Box 1143
Walnut Cove, NC 27052 (Stokes)
  The Stokes County Mental Health Association advanced their mission to educate the public about mental illness, advocate for those who need assistance, and empower the public to seek help.

Student U
Daniel Kimberg, Executive Director
3601 Ridge Rd.
Durham, NC 27705 (Durham)
  Programs for both middle school and college students offered training and mentoring to help participants succeed in academic pursuits and careers in education.

UNC Charlotte Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
David Royster, Director
COED Building, Ste. 222, UNC Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223 (Mecklenburg)
  The Science Club program was a community-based outreach initiative that promoted the exploration of science and technology among at-risk children and youth ages 4–18.

Grant Recipients—2009

American Social Health Association
Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Research &
Health Communication

P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27312 (Chatham)
  A pilot project was developed to test innovative methods of disseminating information on cervical cancer detection and prevention to high-risk audiences who have low literacy levels and low rates of health services utilization.

Arthritis Patient Services
Cynthia Berrier, Executive Director
500 E. Morehead St., Ste. 320
Charlotte, NC 28202 (Mecklenburg)
  The comprehensive, evidence-based, professionally-facilitated Community Arthritis Project expanded its services by offering year-round health management activities and education to community members aged 60 and above.

Blue Ridge Community Health Services
Tammy Greenwell, Director of School Based Health Services
P.O. Box 5151
Hendersonville, NC 28793 (Henderson)
  A school-based health services program expanded to two additional schools in order to provide increased mental health care access to children in the community.

The Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project, Inc.
Lynne Keating, Chair of Fund-raising and
Grant Writing

P.O. Box 451
Cashiers, NC 28717 (Jackson)
  The Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project provided free dental services to low-income residents of Western North Carolina. The project established a client-services fund to assist patients with crowns and dentures.

Cape Fear Literacy Council
Linda Patton, Executive Director
1012 S. 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401 (New Hanover)
  The Real Life Literacy project provided computer-based and small-class instruction to 75 new or current adult learners from the low-income, immigrant, minority, under/unemployed, and low-level educated populations in New Hanover County.

Center for Child and Family Health
Robert Murphy, Executive Director
411 W. Chapel Hill St., Ste. 908
Durham, NC 27701 (Durham)
  The Center for Child and Family Health implemented Trauma Systems Therapy across three counties by providing intensive, in-home mental health care to children who the Department of Social Services identified as at risk for out-of-home care or who were returning to foster care from a residential mental health treatment program.

Communities in Schools Brunswick County
Kathy Smith, After School Director
P.O. Box 10087
Southport, NC 28461 (Brunswick)
  The hands-on collaborative science program, Expanding Horizons, served 100 students in grades 3–5 who were enrolled in CIS afterschool programs. Programming included diverse science activities and demonstrations on astronomy and ecology.

Communities in Schools of Forsyth
Renee Oglesby, Executive Director
530 N. Spring St., Ste. A
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (Forsyth)
  The Graduation Coach program served middle and high school students at risk of grade retention and/or dropping out. The program offered comprehensive prevention/intervention services in which coaches work to ensure the successful transition of students from middle to high school and into post-secondary education or work.

Communities in Schools of Rutherford
Chris Fuller, Executive Director
P.O. Box 602
Forest City, NC 28043 (Rutherford)
  Volunteer mentors were recruited, trained, and matched with at-risk youth in the community. The expansion of the mentoring program also served students who were struggling academically by increasing academic enhancement activities.

Gregory B. Davis Foundation
Brenda Bracey
P.O. Box 417
Garysburg, NC 27831 (Northampton)
  The People's Wellness Project, a strategic partnership to improve the short- and long-term health of residents of Garysburg and surrounding Northampton County, engaged and educated the community about prevention, treatment, and healthy lifestyles; facilitated follow-up with health professionals; and hosted community-wide health forums.

Haywood Community College Foundation, Inc.
Deborah Gaddy, Coordinator
185 Freedlander Dr.
Clyde, NC 28721 (Haywood)
  Health education and awareness classes were offered to underserved, low-literacy adults in Haywood county.

InterAct
Kathy Johnson, Associate Executive Director
612 Wade Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27605 (Wake)
  InterAct sought to increase access to mental health and substance abuse services by implementing a coordinated system of care that provided crisis counseling, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment for victims who have been traumatized by family violence.

Learning Assistance, Inc.
Jo-Ann Davis, Resident Services Director
P.O. Box 1726, 330 Main St.
Durham, NC 27701 (Durham)
  The Community Learning Center provided structured, on-site mentoring and academic assistance to at-risk youth residing in public housing to overcome barriers to education and healthy living. The program expanded existing services to include an additional 80 middle and high school students.

North Carolina Arts in Action
Lisa Van Deman, Executive Director
P.O. Box 51277
Durham, NC 27717 (Durham)
  In-school and afterschool performing arts residencies, offered to 4th and 5th grade students in designated Durham Public Schools, provided arts instruction and integration throughout the school year.

North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness
Susanna Birdsong, Program Director
P.O. Box 27692
Raleigh, NC 27611 (Wake)
  This organization provided training, support, and coordination to local caseworkers, communities, and governing agencies to facilitate service delivery to homeless and mentally ill residents of Buncombe, Forsyth, Guilford, and Pitt counties.

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
T. Brock Winslow, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement
P.O. Box 2733
Durham, NC 27715 (Durham)
  The Labs for Learning program provided summer workshops in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); field trips to corporate and university research labs; career seminars; and home- and online-based activities to rising students in grades 7–10 in northeastern North Carolina.

Stokes County Arts Council
Eddy McGee, Executive Director
P.O. Box 66
Danbury, NC 27016 (Stokes)
  The Stokes County Arts Council offered national and regional touring educational programs in the areas of history, social studies, literature, science, and the arts to students of Stokes County Schools, senior citizens, and disabled adults.

Grant Recipients—2010

Avery County Smart Start: Partnership for Children
Sara Yackey, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1455
Newland, NC 28657 (Avery)
  This project increased the number of Avery County families with children ages 0–5 who were able to participate in a nationally recognized and award-winning reading program. The program included weekly storytelling and reading sessions, story-themed crafting activities, and parent meetings at schools and libraries.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Beverly Jaynes, Department Chair, Basic Skills
2855 Hickory Blvd.
Hudson, NC 28638 (Caldwell)
  Adult Basic Education, General Educational Development (GED), and English as a Second Language (ESL) student retention and participation issues were addressed by pilot testing a curriculum that teaches students how to develop self-management behaviors for cognitive, emotional, and relationship wellness.

Craven County Partners in Education
Jennifer Wagner, Executive Director
3600 Trent Rd.
New Bern, NC 28562 (Craven)
  Elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers in Craven County Schools participated in the Wonders of the Word program, which featured hands-on science materials and activities related to physical science, weather, and ocean and marine life.

Craven Smart Start, Inc.
Maria Smith, ABCD Project Specialist
1917 Trent Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28560 (Craven)
  The Assuring Better Child Health and Development program was expanded to serve more children with developmental disabilites in eastern North Carolina. The evidence-based intervention program trained physicians and their staff to perform routine developmental and autism-specific screenings and connect patients to services.

Friends of the Parks Foundation, Inc.
Susan Daniels, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2671
Fayetteville, NC 28302 (Cumberland)
  This organization's children's museum, Fascinate-U, provided hands-on science programs to 5th grade students from five elementary schools. The series of 14 curriculum-based activities was designed to increase students' comprehension of the scientific skills outlined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Science.

Graham Revitalization Economics Action Team
Alicia Parham, Health Director
21 S. Main St.
Robbinsville, NC 28771 (Graham)
  This initiative improved and expanded access to mental health care for Robbinsville students in grades 4–6 by providing additional services including screening and referrals.

Literacy Council of Buncombe County
Amanda Edwards, Executive Director
31 College Pl., B-221
Asheville, NC 28801 (Buncombe)
  The Reading for Two program allowed women to enroll in English as a second language (ESL) courses and/or strengthen their basic adult literacy skills while simultaneously helping their children develop their own language ability and better prepare for school.

Marbles Kids Museum
Arinn Widmayer, Director of Development
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601 (Wake)
  Marbles Kids Museum implemented a project to increase children's exposure to science concepts through comprehensive, play-based programming at the elementary level, featuring lab equipment, take-home science projects, and visits from scientists.

Mayland Community College Foundation
Laura Laughridge, Executive Director
P.O. Box 547
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 (Mitchell)
  Training opportunities were provided to Mayland Community College students and faculty, as well as students and staff from nearby schools and hospitals, on the use of state-of-the-art simulator mannequins for healthcare simulations.

MemoryCare
Margaret Noel, Director
100 Far Horizons Ln.
Asheville, NC 28803 (Buncombe)
  The MemoryCaregivers Network addressed the rapidly growing need for appropriate assessment, treatment, and support for memory-impaired individuals and their families in western North Carolina. The program expanded its volunteer caregiver base, communication strategies, and clients' connections to resources and services.

Mountain Projects, Inc.
Yvonne Gold, Project Coordinator
2251 Old Balsam Rd.
Waynesville, NC 28786 (Haywood)
  Mountain Projects established a "Brain Gym" which provided seniors the opportunity to learn about brain nutrition and to engage in regular mental workouts, emphasizing quantitative, visual, spatial, reasoning, memory, and language skills.

Grant Recipients—2011

The Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, Inc.
Cynthia Satterfield, Development Director
4404 Guess Rd.
Durham, NC 27712 (Durham)
  The iWalk the Eno Science and Nature Camp program offered a science and nature summer camp opportunity for all rising 6th graders residing in the Eno River Basin. The program, whose activities were based on North Carolina statewide curriculum, was expanded from one week to three weeks.

Cabarrus County 4-H
Debbie Bost, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
715 Cabarrus Ave. W.
Concord, NC 28027 (Cabarrus)
  The Cabarrus County 4-H provided approximately 300 students in grades 6–8 and their teachers with curriculum, material resources, and training opportunities for use in classrooms, afterschool programs, and summer camps.

Carteret County Public School Foundation
Jeanne Huntley, Chairman
107 Safrit Dr.
Beaufort, NC 28516 (Carteret)
  Summer science and math enrichment activities were offered to groups of students who were traditionally underrepresented in STEM-related fields, struggled academically, and were from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Catawba College
Cynthia Osterhus, Director of the Academy
for Teaching

2300 W. Innes St.
Salisbury, NC 28144 (Rowan)
  Sixty middle school girls were provided the opportunity to participate in a one-week residential Catawba Conservation Summer Camp which focused on math and science. The camp provided an experiential learning environment led by teams of science and math teachers and college faculty.

Catawba County Champions of Education, Inc.
Lamar Mitchell, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1828, Hickory, NC 28603
Hickory, NC 28603 (Catawba)
  Elementary and middle school students were provided the opportunity to attend a three-week-long engineering camp in an effort to expose them to potential engineering careers and provide hands-on learning activities in math and science.

Children at Play, Inc.
Alyssa Hannon, Executive Director
3809 N. Croatan Hwy., Unit G
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 (Dare)
  Children at Play partnered with the Department of Social Services to provide supplemental services to children in their care, serve more low income families, provide neutral space for sensitive family meetings, and other services to which families might not otherwise have access.

Durham County Library Foundation
Gina Rozier, Marketing & Development
P.O. Box 3809
Durham, NC 27702 (Durham)
  Durham County Library's Science Madness project developed and delivered a free, hands-on, out-of-school time science curriculum for 1,400 children ages 3–14 over the course of one year.

Family Services of the Piedmont, Inc.
Lauren Doyle, Grants Administrator
902 Bonner Dr.
Jamestown, NC 27282 (Guilford)
  The Community Garden Project of the Southside Neighborhood in High Point created a community garden and provided education workshops relative to healthy eating, cooking, dieting, and nutrition.

Guilford Adult Health, Inc.
Lisa Duck, Director
1046 E. Wendover Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27405 (Guilford)
  The Guilford Dental Access program improved dissemination of primary and specialty dental care to under- and uninsured adults and their families.

Iredell County Partnership for Young Children
Pearl Dowell-Young, Director of School Readiness
132 E. Broad St.
Statesville, NC 28677 (Iredell)
  The Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts program provided training to early childhood educators on ways to incorporate innovative arts-based teaching strategies through the disciplines of drama, music, and movement.

Kids Making It, Inc.
James Pierce, Executive Director
15 S. Water St.
Wilmington, NC 28403 (New Hanover)
  The Our Kids Making It into College or the Workforce project provided long-term mentoring support to at-risk youth by engaging them in art and woodworking projects and entrepreneurial skills and instruction in a public workshop and retail shop setting.

KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum
Jessica Moss, Museum Director
172 N. Main St.
Rutherfordton, NC 28139 (Rutherford)
  The museum's outreach program was expanded to provide curriculum-based, hands-on science education to elementary students in rural western North Carolina.

Literacy Council of Wake County
Laura Walters, Executive Director
916 W. Morgan St.
Raleigh, NC 27603 (Wake)
  The Literacy Council of Wake County tutored children ages 6–17 for three hours per week to improve their reading, writing, and math skills.

O'Berry Center Foundation, Inc.
Monnie Lunsford, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1157
Goldsboro, NC 27533 (Wayne)
  The O'Berry Center Foundation developed a program to provide training and education to parents, guardians, and educators who care for and support individuals with developmental disabilities.

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Kristen Howell, Conservation Specialist
131 Racine Dr., Ste. 202
Wilmington, NC 28403 (Columbus)
  The Water of Waccamaw project expanded an existing water quality monitoring program on Lake Waccamaw and the Waccamaw River and provided hands-on science activities for middle and high school students, teachers, and citizen volunteers.

The North Carolina State University Physical and Mathematical Science Foundation, Inc.
Regina M. Barrier, Western Regional Outreach Coordinator
1914 Hickory Blvd. S.W.
Lenoir, NC 28645 (Caldwell)
  Using a train-the-trainer model, the Leading Others in Collaborative Applications and Teaching Experiences project built capacity among Burke County middle and high school science teachers in the use of hand-held data collection technology and inquiry-based learning pedagogy.

Randolph Community College Foundation
Kelly Heath, Grant Writer/Event Coordinator
P.O. Box 1009
Asheboro, NC 27204 (Randolph)
  Using a nationally recognized instructional framework, Randolph Community College provided career education courses to low-skilled workers in Randolph County, focusing on two career pathways: Office/Clerical and Industrial Maintenance/Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

Rockingham County Education Foundation
Carol Kasten, Foundation Treasurer
P.O. Box 326
Wentworth, NC 27375 (Rockingham)
  The Rockingham County Education Foundation expanded college readiness services to Rockingham County high school students by providing training to college advisors on preparing college and financial aid applications, SAT preparation assistance, and activities for parental involvement.

Rutherford Life Services, Inc.
Larry Brown, Executive Director
230 Fairground Rd.
Spindale, NC 28160 (Rutherford)
  Rutherford Life Services expanded its Eldercare Wellness Management program, which assisted caretakers responsible for supporting and caring for elderly family members.

Spring Creek Literacy Project
Deborah Hicks, Project Director
Duke University, Box 90739
Durham, NC 27708 (Madison)
  This project enhanced a summer academic enrichment program focused on literacy and technology for middle school girls. Training in digital literacy education was provided to project staff and undergraduate students from Duke University.

YMCA of Western North Carolina
Heather Deifell, Youth Development Director
53 Asheland Ave., Ste. 102-A
Asheville, NC 28801 (Buncombe)
  The 21st Century Community Learning Center, which offers an afterschool program for high-risk middle school students, provided academic tutoring, homework assistance, and personal development and behavioral intervention services.

Grant Recipients—2012

Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc.
Katie Stoudemire, Program Coordinator
Botanical Garden Foundation CB 3375
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (Orange)
  The Botanical Garden Foundation created a Plant-Play Pushcart that gave hands-on natural science experiences for hospitalized children ages 5–18 years. The program offered children the opporturnity to learn about and safely interact with living plant materials.

The Centers for Exceptional Children
Denni Peebles, Director of Development
2315 Coliseum Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 (Forsyth)
  A weekend respite care service was created for families with special needs children who are currently enrolled or who have previously graduated from the school or its partner school.

Chowan-Perquimans Smart Start Partnership
Susan Nixon, Executive Director
409 Old Hertford Rd.
Edenton, NC 27932 (Chowan)
  The Incredible Years program provided parents of children ages 0–5 training and education on positive parenting skills. Weekly sessions were offered for 14 weeks on topics such as child-directed play, using praise and rewards, positive discipline techniques, setting limits, handling misbehavior, and teaching children to problem solve.

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains Natl. Park
Holly Demuth, Executive Director
160 S. Main St.
Waynesville, NC 28786 (Haywood)
  A high school internship program was expanded to give students the opportunity to participate in a paid, science-based internship that offered practical experience in a working environment. The program targeted 600 students in Title I high schools and included scientist mentors.

Montgomery Community College
Gay Roatch, Executive Director
1011 Page St.
Troy, NC 27371 (Montgomery)
  Montgomery Community College's GED to Degree: Pathways to Success program provided students enrolled in Basic Skills courses with personal coaching, mentoring, and career goal development.

Nash Community College Foundation
Keith Smith, Associate Vice President of Community & Government Affairs
P.O. Box 7488
Rocky Mount, NC 27804 (Nash)
  The Incubator for Retention program supported students who had successfully completed a GED program and/or the Men Achieving Leadership and Excellence program by providing 140 scholarships for a "first year experience" retention program at Nash Community College.

Grant Recipients—2013

Elon University
Kurt Moore, Director of Foundation Relations
Elon University
Campus Box 2345
Elon, NC 27244 (Alamance)
  Elon University piloted the Elon Academy Study Away Project, a 4-week experiential course targeting academically promising, low-income high school students. The program focused on poverty and how it affects local and national social structures and institutions and included site visits, field trips, volunteer opportunities, and guest speakers.

Greensboro Children's Museum
Leigh Satalino, Development Director
220 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC 27401 (Guilford)
  A new Gizmos and Gadgets science educational program was developed for preschool and elementary-age students. Examples of exhibits included "mini labs" with props, a manipulatable obstable course, a mobile play system consisting of large blocks in unique shapes, and digital microscopes attached to iPads.

Little Pink Houses of Hope
Jeanine Patten-Coble, Executive Director
2375 Corporation Pkwy.
Burlington, NC 27215 (Alamance)
  Little Pink Houses of Hope expanded its current model of service that provides week-long retreats for breast cancer survivors and their families. Additional services were created to offer clients ongoing, community-based supports, family activities, and palliative care.

North Carolina Aquarium Society
Rhana Paris, Outreach Coordinator
3125 Poplarwood Ct., Ste. 160
Raleigh, NC 27604 (Dare)
  Sea2Sound Walking Field Trip offered a field experience for Dare County's 5th grade students. Educators from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island led students on a hike from the beach across to the sound, observing and recording the living and non-living components of five different ecosystems along the way.

North Carolina Arboretum Society
Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806 (Buncombe)
  Project EXPLORE, a hands-on, outdoor science program, engaged students in guided, Aboretum educator-led programs based on the current science curriculum standards. Student participated in ongoing data collection and were invited to present their research at the Mountain Science Expo.

Old North State Dental Society
LeKecia McGee, President
P.O. Box 2404
Huntersville, NC 28070 (Mecklenburg)
  The Old North State Dental Society offered free dental care to underserved residents of Rowan County. Manned by volunteer dentists and dental assistants, the 2-day clinic provided free prosthetic appliances, such as dentures, to 73 patients.

Grant Recipients—2014

Brunswick County Literacy Council
Dorothy Hoerr, Executive Director
P.O. Box 6
Supply, NC 28462 (Brunswick)
  The Literacy for All project enhanced the Brunswick County Literacy Council's capacity to improve literacy in the county. Targeted participants included high school dropouts, English language learners, those seeking to improve their literacy for personal or professional reasons, and individuals under court supervision. Program activities included outreach efforts to recruit adult learners and volunteer tutors.

Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc.
Susan Mays, Director, Donor Relations
814 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28401 (New Hanover)
  As a response to requests from local schools to provide more hands-on STEM lessons, Cape Fear Museum Associates purchased a new portable planetarium and updated a 3rd-grade science outreach program which supports the North Carolina Essential Standards.

Catawba County Parenting Network
Susan Lee, Executive Director
1005 First Ave. S.
Conover, NC 28613 (Catawba)
  The Catawba County Parenting Network expanded its Incredible Years training series, which is a comprehensive, multifaceted, and developmentally based curricula for parents and their children. The program promotes emotional and social competence and the prevention and treatment of aggression and emotional problems in children ages 2–8.

Families First, Inc.
Vickie Pait, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1776
Whiteville, NC 28472 (Columbus)
  Families First hosted the Safe Dates program, an evidence-based curriculum that raises awareness of dating violence, including what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships and causes and consequences of dating abuse. The program, presented to 9th graders, gave students skills and resources for dating abuse identification and prevention.

New Leaders, Inc.
Paul Barnhardt, Executive Director
7920 Neal Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28262 (Mecklenburg)
  New Leaders pioneered an intensive program, Emerging Leaders, to recruit, train, and support transformational school leaders and drive dramatic academic gains at scale. New Leaders aimed to expand its reach through training and supporting up to 180 emerging leaders over the next three years.

Prevent Blindness North Carolina
Anya Helfrich, Program Director
4011 WestChase Blvd., Ste. 225
Raleigh, NC 27607 (Wake)
  Prevent Blindness North Carolina expanded its Star Pupils program, which assists school systems across central North Carolina in providing early vision screening and access to young children. Developments included an online recertification training, a database of certified vision screeners, best practice vision screening tools, and access to vouchers through a web-based application process.

Read and Feed
Jan Elmo Frantz, Founder and President
193 High House Rd.
Cary, NC 27511 (Wake)
  Read and Feed expanded its reading tutoring services to disadvantaged elementary school children. A specially-equipped mobile tutoring recreational vehicle travelled to low-income, rural sites and provided children and their families an environment in which to improve their reading skills and receive free books along with an evening meal.

Grant Recipients—2015

Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Foundation
Jerri Haigler, Executive Director
601 E. 5th St., Ste. 460
Charlotte, NC 28202 (Mecklenburg)
  The BELL Foundation delivered its award-winning summer program to approximately 120 at-risk scholars at two elementary schools in Durham County. The 5-week program mitigated summer learning loss by providing academic instruction, experiential learning, and enrichment courses.

The Down East Partnership for Children
Henrietta Zalkind, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1245
Rocky Mount, NC 27802 (Edgecombe)
  Two initiatives, Ready Schools and Ready Communities, builds relationships between schools, communities, and families to help improve student achievement. The organization enhanced these two initiatives by providing school and community leaders and families professional development in analyzing data and implementing strategies to address school and community needs.

The Emily K Center
Sara Askey, Director of Development
904 W. Chapel Hill St.
Durham, NC 27701 (Durham)
  The Emily K Center expanded its Scholars to College program, a year-round out-of-school program for 130 low-income high school students residing in Durham County. Students were recommended for the program by a teacher or counselor. The program focused on academic skill development, college planning, leadership skills, and career exploration.

Graham Children's Health Services
Schell McCall, Executive Director
202 Medical Campus Dr.
Burnsville, NC 28714 (Yancey)
  Graham Children's Health Services expanded its offering of physical fitness programs for youth at local schools. Offerings included disc golf, tennis, track, a family 5K, a community walking trail, and an afterschool fitness program.

Heart Tutoring
Emily Elliott, Executive Director
100 S. Mint St., Ste. 2013
Charlotte, NC 28203 (Mecklenburg)
  Heart Math Tutoring is a math intervention program that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to work as one-on-one tutors in high-poverty elementary schools. The program was expanded to include a new school site, reaching an additional 50 students. Students received tutoring during the school day from community members who committed one hour per week to deliver the curriculum.

North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals
Debra Torrence, Director
P.O. Box 959
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (Orange)
  The North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals developed and field-tested a Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) tiered certification process which merged consultants' health education, continuing education, and child care technical assistance skills.

Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center
Angela Lawrence, Executive Director
P.O. Box 255
Hickory, NC 28603 (Catawba)
  The Hickory Augustine Literacy Project provided individualized tutoring to low-income children reading at least one year below grade level. The organization increased the number of tutors and provided them training, and created a more robust data management and referral system.

Special Olympics North Carolina, Inc.
Amy Johnson, Foundation Giving
2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Ste. 201
Morrisville, NC 27560 (Wake)
  Special Olympics North Carolina addresses health risks facing individuals with intellectual disabilities by reaching out to and engaging them in a behavioral shift to improve their overall health. The program incorporated physical activities, health screenings, wellness education, and weight loss intervention activities.

Yadkin Arts Council
Lois Roewade Grant Development
P.O. Box 667
Yadkinville, NC 27055 (Yadkin)
  The Yadkin Arts Council expanded its instrumental and vocal education program to seven additional elementary schools, targeting all students in grades K-6. The program used the Orff-Schulwerk method, which includes rhythm, rhyme, and percussive Orff instruments. Teachers provided musical instruction to students who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to learn the foundations of music.

Grant Recipients—2016

Airlie Gardens Foundation
Janine Powell, Director of Donor Relations
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403 (New Hanover)
  The Airlie Gardens Foundation’s Educator in the Garden program addresses the educational needs of its residents and visitors by providing a more comprehensive education and interpretation program to break down the barriers to nature, increase science knowledge, and increase confidence being in the outdoors.

Alleghany Council on Aging
Karon Edwards, Executive Director
85 E. Whitehead St.
Sparta, NC 28675 (Alleghany)
  The Alleghany Council on Aging expanded its current Meals on Wheels program in Alleghany County in order to serve hot meals to additional senior citizens in remote regions of the county.

Arts for Life
Rachel Zink, Executive Director
50 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 258
Asheville, NC 28801 (Buncombe)
  Arts For Life expanded its existing art therapy services at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center clinics to address the emotional, cognitive, and social needs of pediatric patients and their families.

Ashe County Partnership for Children
Kimberly Barnes, Executive Director
626 Ashe Central School Road, Unit 1
Jefferson, NC 28640 (Ashe)
  Ashe County Partnership for Children expanded its Healthy Families Ashe program to provide services to families living in remote areas of the county, including child health and developmental screenings and educational information on parenting, child development, and family well-being.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte
Doug Hartjes, Vice President of Development
3801 E. Independence Blvd, Ste. 101
Charlotte, NC 28205 (Mecklenburg)
  The Mentor 2.0 program targeted low-income high school students at-risk for educational challenges. Adult mentors and their students used an interactive secure online portal and followed a curriculum-based program developed by iMentor.

Children & Family Resource Center
Linda Carter, Director of programs
P.O. Box 1105
Hendersonville, NC 28793 (Henderson)
  Children & Family Resource Center expanded its Once Upon a Time reading program to add trained volunteers to read in childcare centers. The organization also engaged childcare teachers in one-on-one coaching to increase their early literacy skill development knowledge.

Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County
Candice Walsh, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1360
Brevard, NC 28712 (Transylvania)
  The Harvest Project program teaches club members about where food comes from, and why it matters, through hands-on experience tending to a garden. Members learned about the seasons, food production and distribution, and had the opportunity to grow and try new, healthy foods.

Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association
Adam DeWitte, Director of Education
49 Pisgah Hwy., Ste. 4
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 (Transylvania)
  The Pisgah Field School program expansion enabled Western NC residents of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds forge a personal connection with regional public lands and forests. Programming included forest ecology, accessing public lands safely, and improving overall health through guided hikes, field trips, and natural science education classes.

Exploring Joara Foundation, Inc.
Marie Palacios, Executive Director
P.O. Box 296
Morganton, NC 28680 (Burke)
  The Exploring Joara Foundation launched the Archaeology Adventures program, an interactive STEM/cultural heritage program designed to engage students in grades 4-8 in public archaeology. Teachers were equipped with skills and lesson plans to engage students in learning about western North Carolina history.

Guilford College
Gail Webster, Associate Professor
5800 W. Friendly Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27410 (Guilford)
  Guilford College's STEM initiative increases opportunities for traditionally underserved and underrepresented students in middle school to become fully engaged in STEM education. Activities included tutoring and mentoring by Guilford College students, laboratory time, college admissions workshops, and campus visits.

Johnson C. Smith University
Terik Tidwell, Director of STEM Innovation
100 Beatties Ford Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28216 (Mecklenburg)
  The Summer Science Enrichment Program enhanced rising freshmen and sophomores' attitudes and learning achievement in the areas of biology and math through a two-week summer camp for students residing in west Charlotte.

Kidzu Children's Museum
Lisa Van Deman, Executive Director
201 S. Estes Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (Orange)
  The Kidzu Children's Museum expanded its Seed to STEM project to include weekly STEM/STEAM activities for children ages 2–8, a series of STEM workshops targeting girls ages 9–13, and STEM workshops for elementary school teachers.

McDowell County United Way
Brian Price, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1563
Marion, NC 28752 (McDowell)
  Through its Hiking MYLES program, McDowell High School students participated in an experiential summer program that places emphasis on citizen science learning that is applicable to core science curriculum. Activities included fiction and nonfiction writing and guided outdoor experiences in public parks and wilderness areas.

Mental Health America of the Triangle
Marci White, Executive Director
3729 Murphy School Rd.
Durham, NC 27705 (Orange)
  Mental Health America of the Triangle expanded its Compeer program to focus on seniors in Orange and Durham counties. The program supported adults with severe mental illness and matched volunteers to engage with seniors one-on-one.

North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations
Susan Perry Cole, President/CEO
110 Fountain Park Dr., Ste. J23
Battleboro, NC 27809 (Edgecombe)
  The Seeds of Hope was a new initiative targeting beginning farmers in an 11-county food shed region. The urban-based farm school offered participants training and technical assistance to help them establish economically viable small-scale farm enterprises.

REACH of Macon County, Inc.
Andrea Anderson, Executive Director
P.O. Box 228
Franklin, NC 28744 (Macon)
  REACH of Macon County expanded its current violence prevention efforts targeting 5th–9th grade students. The curriculum emphasized bystander intervention, healthy versus unhealthy relationships, domestic and teen dating violence, sexual violence, anti-bullying, and efforts to create a positive school climate.

Triangle Aphasia Project
Maura English Silverman, Executive Director
191 High House Rd.
Cary, NC 27511 (Wake)
  Aphasia Connects targets and advances community reengagement for people with aphasia. The organization initiated a 9-week summer program in which people with aphasia were recruited to serve as reading tutors for children participating in Read and Feed's summer reading program.

UNC Pembroke Foundation, Inc.
Scott Hicks, Director and Associate Professor of English, Dept. of English, Theatre & Foreign Languages
P.O. Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372 (Robeson)
  The Celebrating Reading and Writing project trained University of North Carolina-Pembroke student-mentors to tutor third grade students in language arts instruction. The program also produced and distributed school-based literary magazines to increase success in reading and writing, critical thinking skills, and personal growth and well-being.

United Way of the Cape Fear Area
Tommy Taylor
5919 Oleander Drive Suite 115
Wilmington, NC 28403 (Pender)
  The "Food for Families" backpack program provides supplemental food to students identified as food insecure. The program was expanded to provide hot meals and non-perishables to students' families during the summer months, and includes a monthly nutrition newsletter.

United Way of Greater Greensboro, Inc.
Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO
1500 Yanceyville St.
Greensboro, NC 27405 (Guilford)
  United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Family Success Center is a collaborative effort to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The Center expanded its General Education Development (GED) program to serve more members of the community wishing to successfully complete a GED.

Wilson Botanical Gardens
Cyndi Lauderdale, Executive Director
1806 SW Goldsboro Street
Wilson, NC 27893 (Wilson)
  The STEM in the Garden program included educational workshops, labs, research and conservation projects, use of alternative energy sources, and mathematical modeling in order to promote students' interest in STEM. Programs targeted middle and high school youth and traditionally underserved populations.

YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Allison Jones
400 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 (Mecklenburg)
  The YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s Safety Around Water program is a free water safety program provided to low-income, minority families living in apartment communities. The eight-day course taught children the skills they need to gain confidence in and around water and reduce the risk of drowning.

Grant Recipients—2017

Alzheimer's North Carolina
Melannie Pate, Programs and Services Director - Willington
1305 Navaho Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27609 (Wake)
  To expand its Dementia Education and Training program, Alzheimer's North Carolina Rural Caregiving Education Alliance offered educational workshops, hands-on training, conferences, and support group facilitator training to families and caregivers statewide.

Anson County Partnership for Children
Caroline Goins, Program Coordinator
117 S. Greene St.
Wadesboro, NC 28170 (Anson)
  Anson County Partnership for Children’s Motheread Initiative served vulnerable families with children ages 0 to 5 by helping parents build their own literacy skills. Activities also aimed to build parent capacity to effectively teach their children literacy skills.

Beaufort County Arts Council
Debra Torrence, Executive Director
150 West Main Street
Washington, NC 27889 (Beaufort)
  The Beaufort County Arts Council built the Bright Minds Fresh Foods Pantry to alleviate food insecurity for families and utilize art to inform the community about food insecurity and hunger. Activities also included support for the Hands On Arts Festival and a mobile art exhibit.

Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) Foundation
Julia Crippen, Grant Writer
5337 US Highway 264 E
Washington, NC 27889 (Beaufort)
  Beaufort County Community College developed and implemented a Community Paramedic program to fulfill the needs of local employers by training highly skilled community paramedics and to expand the pipeline of workers created by Beaufort County's High School Fire and EMT Career Academy at Southside High School.

Blue Ridge Literacy Council
Autumn Weil, Executive Director
625 College Dr., COED Bldg. 202
Flat Rock, NC 28731 (Henderson)
  Blue Ridge Literacy Council’s Family Literacy program helped Latino families with children ages 0 to 5 to build English language and literacy skills in the context of early childhood education. The program incorporated four components: child literacy, adult literacy, parenting education, and parent and child together time.

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Robeson County
BreAnna Branch, Student Support Specialist
2006 N Pine St.
Lumberton, NC 28358 (Robeson)
  Communities in Schools of Robeson County implemented the WhyTry Resilience program in seven schools as part of its goal to reduce the dropout rate. Program activities included small group support for case-managed students, as well as training for all staff to use WhyTry in the classroom and as a whole-school support.

Davidson County Community College Foundation
Jennifer Sink, Associate Dean, School of General Studies and Academic Support
297 DCC Road
Thomasville, NC 27360 (Davidson)
  Davidson County Community College Foundation’s Females in Math and Science program offered a comprehensive set of academic and student support services to increase female students' enrollment, course success, and completion of an associate’s degree at Davidson County Community College.

Family Resources of Cherokee County
Christy Armstrong, Executive Director
5527 Hwy 64 W
Murphy, NC 28906 (Cherokee)
  The Family Resources of Cherokee County’s Parent and Child Interaction Therapy program provided sessions to parents, caregivers and children to address noncompliance, aggression, and ineffective parenting styles. The treatment was designed to build close relationships between parents/caregivers and children and decrease incidents of child abuse and neglect.

Friends of the Ashe County Public Library
Jane Blackburn, Director of Libraries, Appalachian Regional Library
148 Library Drive
West Jefferson, NC 28694 (Ashe)
  The Friends of the Ashe County Public Library created the Walk and Read program in three local counties. The program supported Story Walks, pages from a storybook mounted in frames and placed outside along a path, in three locations to support early literacy development in children ages 0 to 8.

Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation
Robin McKeithan, Assistant Director
102 Stewart Parkway
Washington, NC 27889 (Beaufort)
  The Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation expanded its programming to offer a Summer S.P.L.A.S.H. STEM Enrichment Camp to students from a low-performing, rural elementary school to mitigate summer learning loss. The one-month camp offered academic enrichment in reading, mathematics, and science; provided academic, cultural, and social enrichment; and encouraged healthy eating and active living through access to nutritious food and physical activities.

Grant Recipients—2018

Asheville Art Museum Association INC
Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager
P.O. Box 1717
Raleigh, NC 27609 (Wake)
  The Asheville Art Museum developed Connections: A Program for Adults with Memory Loss and Their Care Partners to serve adults with mild to moderate memory loss by providing a welcoming, interactive experience at the Museum. Program participants met monthly for a guided experience in the galleries, experiencing the transformative power of art through programming that facilitates socialization and stimulates the minds of individuals with memory loss.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties
Jerome Levisy, Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 446
Durham, NC 27702 (Durham)
  The Boys and Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties implemented the Healthy Futures initiative to combat health issues in Durham and Chapel Hill through afterschool and youth programming. The program provided at-risk minority youth with the knowledge and resources necessary to make behavioral changes that benefit long-term health and lifestyle choices.

Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills
Ry Southard, Director of Development
160 Memorial Park Ct., P.O. Box 1761
Southern Pines, NC 28388 (Moore)
  In partnership with the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, and Moore County School District, the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills designed, implemented, and evaluated out-of-school STEM curriculum and supports to increase middle school students’ interest in STEM.

Cape Fear River Watch
Madison Polera, Assistant Project Manager
617 Surry Street
Wilmington, NC 28401 (New Hanover)
  Cape Fear River Watch implemented Shad in the Classroom, a hands-on science learning opportunity for students in grades 5-12 aimed at improving environmental stewardship through educational programming on migratory fish restoration issues and practices.

Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center Inc
Karen Babcock, Executive Director
P.O. Box 19151
Asheville, NC 28815 (Buncombe)
  The Western North Carolina Nature Center expanded its off-site Outreach Education Program, which provides hands-on, age-appropriate science experiences to youth in schools, libraries, day cares, and other community establishments throughout Western North Carolina.

Northern Moore Family Resource Center
Clare Ruggles, Executive Director
116 Horner Street, P.O. Box 190
Robbins, NC 27325 (Moore)
  The Northern Moore Family Resource Center opened HOPE (Harnessing Opportunity—Promoting Education) Academy Preschool to provide children from low-income communities in Moore County access to early childhood education. The HOPE Academy Preschool provided a quality preschool curriculum that facilitated students’ academic and social development, thereby preparing them for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Roanoke River Partners Inc
Carol Shields, Executive Director
P.O. Box 488
Windsor, NC 27983 (Bertie)
  The Roanoke River Partners developed the Roanoke River Underground Railroad Trail, a five-county natural resource and cultural heritage education initiative. With a focus on the history of the Underground Railroad and the region’s African American heritage, Roanoke River Partners created a self-guided tour along the Roanoke River and a mobile outreach education program to celebrate the region’s cultural heritage.

Uniting NC
Dan Rearick, Executive Director
201 West Main Street, Suite 100
Durham, NC 27701 (Durham)
  Code the Dream provided low-income young people with high-quality, hands-on software development instruction to serve as the foundation of a career in the continually-growing technology sector. The program likewise benefited local nonprofit organizations in need of web or mobile apps, as select Code the Dream participants partnered with these organizations to apply their newly-acquired software development skills.

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum
Jeff Bell, Executive Director
209 Broad Street
Wilson, NC 27893 (Wilson)
  Kinetic Connections is a STEAM-based professional development program for educators to gain hands-on, standards and arts-based experiences focused on the central theme of energy conservation and transfer. Inspired by the engineering, physics, and math principles incorporated into the work of artist Vollis Simpson, the program enhanced educators’ understanding of the connections between science and art, and how to apply science and art concepts in their classrooms.

Grant Recipients—2019

Eastern Area Health Education Center
Claire Mills, Director, Elizabeth City Office
2000 Venture Tower Drive, P.O. Box 7224
Greenville, NC 27835 (Pitt)
  Eastern Area Health Education Center implemented the Choosing Health and Mindfulness Practices initiative, providing second grade students in Chowan County with knowledge and skills related to obesity prevention and oral health. Participating teachers received mindfulness training to further support students’ physical and emotional wellbeing.

Western Youth Network
Jennifer Warren, Executive Director
155 WYN Way
Boone, NC 28607 (Watauga)
  Western Youth Network provided mentors for at-risk ninth grade students entering Watauga High School to support students’ transition during this foundational year of school. The one-on-one support of a community mentor during weekly meetings helped students improve academic achievement, self-esteem, and behavior.

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