The Northampton County Education Foundation contributed a record $56,000 to the Northampton County Public Schools in the2021-22 fiscal year, the highest in the organization’s sixteen-year history.
The organization has just announced a major fundraising campaign that begins October 10, aimed at continuing this high level of support to the schools in the coming year. The campaign’s goal is to match a $25,000 pledge from Preserve Communities’ James Fisher Memorial Foundation. Preserve communities is the parent company of Cape Charles’ Bay Creek.
The Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to channel support from the community to the public schools for initiatives that are not included in the annual school budget.
Foundation initiatives aim to enhance Northampton County Public Schools students’ academic success, broaden their life experiences, and enhance their well-being. Through direct grants and community crowd funding, the Foundation supports multiple school programs and projects.
This included funding for the annual four-session summer Pre-K Camp program that introduces the school experience to children enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten and their caregivers. The organization also provided scholarships to 20 Northampton High School students to help cover the cost of taking college classes at Eastern Shore Community College.
Foundation funding supported the high school robotics team, tutoring for student athletes, new uniforms for the marching band, Kids Closets that provide clothing and hygiene products for students, and projects aimed at raising teacher morale and rewarding teacher excellence and more.
Linda Schulz, Chair of the Northampton County Education Foundation Board of Directors, stated, “Since our inception, the work of the Foundation would not have been possible without the help of our community – individuals, businesses, non-profits, churches and other entities – who have used the foundation to funnel financial support to our public schools. We are asking the community to step up again and match the generous pledge from Preserve Communities so that we can continue this level of funding for our schools.”
Tax Deductible donations can made through the Foundation website, NCEDUFOUNDATION.COM or sent to NCEF, PO Box 323, Cape Charles, VA 23310.
The 2021-2022 Impact Report of the Northampton County Education Foundation has comprehensive details of Foundation support for the schools. It is available on the organization’s website, NCEDUFOUNDATION.com or via this link https://issuu.com/nocoeducationfoundation/docs/ncef-annual_report-2021-2022.