Education

17th Annual Walk for Education

Press release:

Schools to "Hit the Road"

17th Annual Walk for Education to take place on Saturday, October 5

Chapel Hill, NC - Thousands of students, families, and school staff members will walk from McCorkle Place on the UNC campus to a huge carnival at Lincoln Center, the school district's central office, on Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m.

Organized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, the Walk for Education, now in its 17th year, raises funds for all schools in the district. Each school designates its Walk earnings for specific projects, such as classroom libraries, technology and playground improvements.

Over 6,000 walkers participated in 2012. Students raised more than $90,000 for their schools.  The Foundation awards cash prizes to the school with the most walkers and the school demonstrating the most school spirit as they march down Franklin Street.  

"The Walk demonstrates community support for public education, engages participants in physical activity and raises funds for all our schools," said Ashley Wilson, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation.

The Carnival at Lincoln Center will feature giant inflatable slides, obstacle courses, face painting, a dunking booth, and other activities organized by school groups to raise funds for their programs. Families can purchase a wide variety of food and drinks offered by school groups.

"Schools are working especially hard to raise money at the Carnival because funds have been cut for teams and clubs," said Kim Hoke, Foundation director.

New to the Carnival this year will be a silent auction, with each school presenting one item or experience for bidding.  Among the many auction items are Carolina-Duke basketball tickets, a week at a Cape Hatteras beach house, and sterling silver jewelry.  All proceeds go directly to the schools.

Walk festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. at McCorkle Place on the UNC campus. Led by the Carrboro High School marching band, walkers will head down Franklin Street at 2 p.m. There is no registration for the Walk, which will take place rain or shine.  Everyone is welcome.  Dogs, however, are prohibited.

Shuttles from Chapel Hill and Carrboro High Schools to McCorkle Place will begin at 12:30 p.m. Shuttles from the Carnival at Lincoln Center will return to the two high schools starting at 4 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to ride the shuttles. There is no parking at Lincoln Center, and parking on Merritt Mill Road will not be permitted.

For information, contact Kim Hoke at [email protected] or by phone at 919-967-8211 (ext. 28301).


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Date: 

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 1:30pm

Location: 

McCorkle Place

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Another female leader in OC! (Welcome new OCS superintendent Dr Gerri Martin)

OCDW Panel Discussion on Education Policy

From the OCDP newsletter:

What does the new legislation mean for public school education in North Carolina?

Come join the Orange County Democratic Women for a panel discussion with Ann McColl, in-house counsel for NCAE and Leslie Winner, former chief counsel to Molly Broad and Erskine Bowles.  Learn what effects the currently passed legislation will have on K-12 public education in our state.  A 17-year veteran educator of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro public  schools will give a brief personal commentary, and our own Florry Glasser will moderate the program.

The program will be at 7 PM on August 22nd at Extraordinary Ventures on Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. 

Date: 

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Extraordinary Ventures, Elliott Road, Chapel Hill

Eliminate Racial Inequity in Student Discipline in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools

On June 20th a hearing was held at a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education meeting about the need to address racial inequities in how students are disciplined. As we gear up for another school year, I hope that efforts continue to be made to eliminate these inequities. Some activities have already begun. More and more of our neighbors are attending Undoing/Anti-Racism/Dismantling Racism workshops, and the CHCCS this summer held one of these workshops specifically for students and another that many staff attended. (Workshops will be held in the fall and are open to the public. For more information: Undoing Racism/Racial Equity Workshops in Chapel Hill; Dismantling Racism Workshops in Durham.)

A number of folks spoke at that June 20th hearing, including public defender James Williams, who shared these remarks:

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