Last updated: November 28. 2013 8:45PM - 406 Views
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Elkin City Schools will now have funding help from a newly created foundation.

The Elkin Academic Enrichment Foundation, Inc., or EAEF, will work to fund academic programs and provide funding for materials to the three schools.

The foundation will work independently from the school, much like an athletic booster program. It is made up of local business leaders, parents and citizens who want to support the schools and the students, according to the foundation’s president.

“The foundation will be governed by a board of 10 directors that include the chairman of the school board [Foley Norman], as well as the superintendent [Randy Bledsoe], although the superintendent will be a non-voting member,” foundation President Barry Blackburn said.

The board officers include Blackburn, Vice President James Westbrook, Secretary Lyndsey Ballard and Treasurer Jeff Seaford.

“Through our fundraising efforts, what we hope to fund is the academic programs that relate to STEAM, reading and summer enrichment programs, academic materials to support robotics and science equipment, technology innovations for the five-year technology plan, faculty members in the field of professional development…as well as mini-grants and a variety of lecture programs and cultural events,” Blackburn said.

The approval of the board is required for these actions.

EAEF was created in the wake of state funding cuts, Blackburn said. The organization has been built during the last six months and has incorporated its name with the state.

EAEF has registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization, but is waiting on recognition as a 501(C)(3).

The foundation has written a mission statement and adopted bylaws as well.

EAEF will be an important partner with the school system’s STEAM program as the focus on technology leads to new equipment being purchased and older materials being replaced.

“This foundation we hope will be a vital resource for the acceptance and solicitation of monetary gifts and continued progress of Elkin City Schools,” Blackburn said.

Reach Taylor Pardue at 835-1513 or at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.

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