We believe education begins at birth and lasts throughout life. Education can be a key to unleash the potential of opportunity for everyone, especially for those who communities have been marginalized. Therefore, education should be equitable, excellent in its delivery and accessible to all regardless of place, gender or ethnicity.
Further, we believe that every child in WNC should:
We are committed to investing across all sectors of education: early childhood, K-12 and post-secondary. With the significant impact of COVID-19 on the education sector, our focus and initial investments have been aimed at helping schools at all levels – from early learning to higher education – face the incredible new challenges they are experiencing. Our funding to date has supported WiFi hotspots, learning pods, cleaning supplies for safe opening, COVID-19 testing and programs to support remote learners.
We are currently working on developing specific goals and strategies for education and would love to learn from those doing the work in this region. We invite you to share your ideas and projects with us by filling out a pre-application for funding.
Because North Carolina has approximately 10,000 kids in foster care at any given time, organizations like Crossnore School & Children’s Home fill a critical need when it comes to the health and welfare of children and their families. A 100+ year child welfare organization, working with children and families that are at risk of entering the foster care system, in the system and those aging out of the foster care system.
The Western Regional Education Service Alliance proudly serves the school districts of 18 counties in Western North Carolina. They are a collaborative that exists to increase school systems’ effectiveness. They share instructional strategies and best practices and also pool resources to provide high-level professional development for educators in Western North Carolina.