Bev Perdue speaks at Kinston Luncheon. All are invited to attend.
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Former North Carolina governor Bev Perdue, an advocate for innovation and reform in education throughout her nearly three decades in public service, will be the featured speaker at next month’s Lenoir County Education Foundation luncheon.
The luncheon, scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Olivia’s in Kinston, will benefit the foundation’s mini-grant program, which each year helps classroom teachers in Lenoir County broaden the scope of what they’re able to do for students.
Cost of the luncheon is $35 per person. To register, go to www.kinstonchamber.com or call the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce at 252-527-1131.
Community events like the luncheon provide the primary support for the grant program. Last school year, 33 teachers shared in grant awards totaling more than $10,300. The grants, capped at $500 each, helped fund a variety of learning projects, from school gardens to classroom learning aides to a field trip to Washington, D.C.
Community and business support for the program is important if more of the creative grant ideas are to get funded, according to Laura Lee Sylvester, executive director of the foundation and president of the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce, its parent group.
“Every year, we’re excited to be able to help so many teachers; but we’re also disappointed that some very creative grant applicants don’t get funded because the money runs out,” Sylvester said. “The Education Foundation is pleased to offer this informative luncheon as a way to boost funding for the mini-grant program.”
As a seven-term state legislator, North Carolina’s two-term lieutenant governor and its 73rd governor, Perdue expanded the boundaries of what was possible in the classroom, championing programs that improved graduation rates and increased the number of students seeking college degrees or career training after high school.
Today, she is chair of the Digital Learning Institute, or digiLEARN, a non-profit she founded that works to expand digital learning opportunities for students and instructional opportunities for teachers. In advocating for the integration of technology into the state’s education system, Perdue continues a campaign she initiated as governor.
During her tenure, North Carolina’s broadband education network for public schools, universities and community colleges was created. Her statewide reading initiative to ensure students perform at grade level by third grade centered on technology to personalize learning. She created the state’s first virtual public school.
“Governor Perdue has shown an unwavering commitment to education her entire public life. We can’t think of anyone better to keynote the first-ever Education Foundation luncheon,” said Patrick Holmes, public information officer for Lenoir County Public Schools and a member of the foundation’s board of directors.
Holmes also noted the parallels between Perdue’s advocacy for digital learning and LCPS’s commitment to technology in the classroom. The school district, a regional leader in digital learning, is in its third year of a technology initiative that has provided iPads to every K-12 student and supported teachers as they make digital devices their students’ primary learning tool.