We believe we all have a responsibility to support the education of children, in whatever manner we can. We focus our consulting work on improving the organizations charged with educating students. But we also support non-profits that provide services to students outside the traditional classroom.
For 2016, we decided to give back to a school district with which we worked a few years ago, Braggs Public Schools. A small district, Braggs is serves rural, primarily low-income Oklahoma students. Our donation was used to purchase Chromebooks for student use. We love the idea of expanding their digital windows on the world!
For 2015, we donated to the Hickory Education Foundation (www.hickoryeducationfoundation.org). They are a relative newcomer as far as education foundations for school districts go, but we know Hickory Public Schools (www.hickoryschools.net) well and wanted to help support their good work.
And then, because we just can’t help ourselves, we also gave to four classrooms via Donors Choose (www.donorschoose.org). We helped buy seat sacks in North Carolina, math tools in Wisconsin, an i-pod Touch in Wisconsin, and cool buzzer systems in Oklahoma. Giving back always feels great!
For 2014, we again went with DonorsChoose.org. We love their work and especially helping classrooms directly. This year, we donated to three classrooms, all in high poverty areas of Oklahoma. We helped purchase scooters and giant bounce-on balls in one school, five laptops for classroom research in another, and beanbag chairs and books to outfit a 4th grade reading area in another.
For 2013, we went with DonorsChoose.org. The first was “Second Grade Remade!” with support of the purchase of reading skills activity packs. Second was “Hear Me Read” with support for the purchase of audio recording equipment for struggling readers.
2012 - Snuggle with a Book
For 2012, we selected the Snuggle with a Book, a non-profit organization cultivating a love for reading in young children through active enrichment that promotes lasting change. Snuggle with a Book is dedicated to the support of parents and teachers.
We selected the Literacy Council of Buncombe County, a non-profit organization accredited by ProLiteracy America and serving the community since 1987, providing individualized tutoring to over 300 students in North Carolina.
We selected Bright Blessings, a Charlotte-based charity that provides birthday parties to children in homeless shelters (gifts include new books). We proudly presented a check in December to this organization.
We presented a check to Burke County Literacy Council (NC), which provides literacy to residents in the area. The Literacy Council recruits and trains volunteer tutors and provides both books and a place to study.