Canceled: Education Foundation Luncheon with Dr. June Atkinson
**$500 sponsors needed. We are asking that any education-friendly business interested in becoming a sponsor of this event and the Foundation's mini-grant program please call:
Laura Lee Sylvester: 252-527-1131 or
Patrick Holmes: 252-527-1109
Lenoir County Education Foundation is sponsoring a luncheon with Dr. June Atkinson, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, at Olivia's in Kinston on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The Education Foundation’s mini-grant program is almost entirely supported by funds raised through community events like this.
Last school year, 33 teachers shared in the very competitive grant awards totaling $10,307. The grants, capped at $500 each, helped fund a variety of learning projects including gardens, classroom learning aides, and even a field trip to Washington, D.C.
Dr. Atkinson is an advocate for partnerships between public school systems, their communities and the businesses and corporations that call these communities home. She has served as the superintendent of public instruction since August 2005 and is the first woman elected to that office. In November 2014, she was named president of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
In leading the Department of Public Instruction, Dr. Atkinson directed the groundbreaking Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) initiative to revitalize the state's curriculum and accountability programs. North Carolina's landmark Race to the Top Grant supported this work in addition to several other key reform initiatives such as transforming low-performing schools. Dr. Atkinson also is focused on ensuring students have the opportunity to learn the technical skills that are important in today's global economy.
"Dr. Atkinson has an extensive background in vocational and technical education and has done much to ensure the state’s students learn the skills that are important in today’s economy,” said Patrick Holmes, public information officer for Lenoir County Public Schools and a member of the Education Foundation’s board of directors.
All proceeds from the $35-per-plate event will go into the mini-grant program. To register for the luncheon, go to www.kinstonchamber.com or contact the chamber at 252-527-1131 before October 19.