Thanks to our fruitful partnerships with Community Partners such as Acosta Heating & Cooling and BP-Cotswold – coupled with the generous support of all of our Cotswold families and friends – teachers have received new technology and students have gone on field trips, among other enrichment opportunities in the past few months.
Community Partners works with local businesses, with the support of Cotswold families and friends, to raise money for enrichment activities such as field trips, classroom technology, teacher grants and Friday clubs.
Here’s how your efforts have made a difference:
Teacher grants – This fall, the PTA’s Teacher Grants Committee awarded several important grants:
- Ms. Haughton / Ms. Harding: $300 towards Nooks and an e-book budget for the Media Center.
- Ms. Kenny (for 4th grade team): $260 for materials and resources for the study of rocks and minerals.
- Ms. Brown: $219 for a Teaching Adolescent Writers Workshop fee.
- Ms. Haughton / Ms. Menzo / Ms. Brown / Mr. Smith: $307.80 for Being a Writer Materials (CD-ROMs).
These grants are funded through the donations of our Community Partners: Acosta Heating & Cooling, BP-Cotswold, Bojangles’, Books-a-Million, Chick-fil-A Cotswold, Chipotle, Colwick Cleaners, Mountain Khakis, Nothing But Noodles, Pizza Peel, Mama Fu’s, Shun Lee Palace, Sonic, Toys & Co., Walker’s Drug, and NCBT.
More Nooks – Our December Spirit Night at Bojangles’ raised $206 to stock the library with even more Nooks – an effort Ms. Harding said has been important in increasing interest in reading for some of our students. Ms. Dowker’s class had the most participation at Spirit Night – winning a BoBerry Biscuit Party from Bojangles’.
iPads for our classrooms – We raised $2,956.78 at our Chipotle Spirit event – enough to buy five iPads with cases for five teachers! This success would not have been possible without the participation of so many of our families and friends – plus a whole host of moms who volunteered to deliver lunches in the community during the fundraiser. Mrs. Morrison’s and Mrs. McWhirter’s classes won an ice cream sandwich party for their participation.
Shopping week success – We raised more than $1,000 (including 24 books for the Media Center) by shopping and eating at Books-a-Million, Toys & Co. and Shun Lee Palace in November. The proceeds continue to help fund teacher grants.
Send 4th-graders to Raleigh! SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Nothing But Noodles in Elizabeth! The 4th-grade team is planning for the group’s annual trip to Raleigh, our state capital, as part of their yearlong study the state of North Carolina, and our Spirit Night (in addition to a $2,000 teacher grant) will help lower the out-of-pocket cost for each student. When you eat at Nothing But Noodles that night, 25 percent of the proceeds goes to Cotswold; anything above $600 will yield a 50 percent return!
BizTown – The 4th-grade team received a $500 grant funded by NCBT to attend the one-day Junior Achievement BizTown program in Charlotte. Students learn about what it takes to run a city – and how they can participate as active citizens.
Again, the Community Partners team would like to thank our partner businesses, and all of our families and friends. Your support – through donations, volunteering and eating out during Spirit Nights – has been vital to the success of our enrichment activities this year.
If you are interested in joining the Community Partners Committee for the 2013-14 school year, please contact Katie Catron at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alicia Roberts at email@example.com.