The Cherokee County Educational Foundation has launched a campaign to bring dollars directly to the classroom.
The For the Love of Education campaign wants Cherokee residents and businesses to make monetary contributions to the foundation, which was established late last year to support the Cherokee County School District and its teachers and students.
Money raised by the organization will be distributed to the district and its schools through grants for classroom innovation, student scholarships for credit recovery classes and funding for initiatives such as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academies, the proposed Technical High School Academy and the Bring Your Learning Device (BYLD) program.
"A high-quality public education system is vital to the success of our local businesses and our community as a whole," said Kevin Williams, the foundation’s fundraising committee chairman. "Please join me in showing our community that together we’re 'Raising the Power of Education!'"
Businesses and individuals who make a donation of $100 or more will named Founding Partners and receive a foundation emblem to display at their business or on their vehicle.
They will also be recognized on the foundation’s website for the next year.
Recognition levels are:
- Platinum, $5,000 or more
- Gold, $2,500-$4,999
- Silver, $1,000-$2,499
- Bronze, $500-$999
- Friend, $100-$499
All donations are potentially tax deductible, pending approval of the foundation’s 501(c)(3) application and the donor’s tax situation.
Donations may be mailed to CCEF, P.O. Box 4754, Canton, GA or made online through PayPal using the foundation’s email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organization has also reached out to district employees, parents and students to join the fundraising campaign.
So far, the foundation has sold more than 1,800 T-shirts, which bear its logo, to district employees and parents.
Also, students this month are donating coins and dollars to support the foundation's cause.
T-shirts still can be ordered through district schools or from the foundation; the T-shirts are $10 each and are available in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL and youth medium and large.