The Campbell, Stone and Wood Charitable Fund presented $5,000 in grants to Cumberland County schools’ classrooms and student organizations in August.

Launched in fall 2015, the latest grants brought the organization’s total investment in the school system to $35,000.

“This is always kind of bittersweet,” said Dr. Robert Wood, founder of the organization. “It’s sweet because we’re able to give back and help our teachers and our students, our clubs, and help everybody to participate.

“But it’s bitter in that we always have over $20,000 in requests. These are legitimate requests that our teachers, our coaches turn in that they need to give our students what they really need.”

Wood challenged the community to help the organization grow through tax-deductible donations to the endowment fund, currently at about $300,000. 

“If people would donate $5 a month, $10 a month, it would really grow quickly,” he said. 

More information can be found on the website at, with an option to sign up for monthly automatic payments through PayPal, or contact the organization to arrange for ACH debits.

Josh Stone, 4th District representative, said, “It’s really simple to sign up. It draws the same day every month. I challenge everyone to at least consider donating.”

Wood added, “Let’s make this thing grow.”

Wood presented the following donations:

•Brown Elementary, $250 for the 7th- and 8th-grade math classes

•Crab Orchard Elementary, $250 for the first-grade class

•Homestead Elementary $250 for the chess club

•Martin Elementary, $250 for the junior and varsity basketball teams

•North Cumberland Elementary, $250 for school-wide positive behavior support

•Pine View Elementary, $200 for the junior Beta Club

•Pleasant Hill Elementary, $250 for the third-grade class

•South Cumberland Elementary, $250 for the varsity cheer squad

•Stone Elementary, $250 for school-wide positive behavior support

•Cumberland County High School, $300 for theater classes

•CCHS, $150 for the chess club

•CCHS, $300 for the Freshman Academy

•Stone Memorial High School, $300 for the English-language arts class

•SMHS, $150 for the dance team

•SMHS, $300 for the bowling team

•Phoenix School, $300 for the media center

In addition, both CCHS and SMHS received $500 to help students in dual enrollment courses pay any costs left over after the state’s funding has been exhausted.

In other action, the board approved the following items as part of the monthly consent agenda:

•Volunteers for Cumberland County High School, North Cumberland Elementary, Stone Elementary, South Cumberland Elementary, Pine View Elementary, Brown Elementary, Martin Elementary, Homestead Elementary, and athletics department

•Overnight and out-of-state field trips for the Career and Technical Education  (CTE) student organizations

•Overnight field trip for Stone Memorial High School girls volleyball team Sept. 7-8 to Gatlinburg to take part in a tournament

•Overnight, out-of-state field trip for SMHS boys and girls basketball teams to attend tournaments in Palm Beach, FL, Dec. 26-29

•Contract with Lifetouch for photography and yearbook services at The Phoenix School

•Permission to apply for a Lowes Toolbox Grant for South Cumberland to purchase a 3D printer, with the Parent-Teacher Organization to pay the balance, if necessary

•School-wide fundraiser at North Cumberland Elementary to support the student positive behavior program

•School-wide fundraiser at Stone Elementary for the positive behavior support program

•Scholastic Book Fair at North Cumberland Elementary to raise funds for the school library

•Disposal of surplus property at Brown Elementary, North Cumberland Elementary, Phoenix School, Stone Elementary, Crab Orchard Elementary, SMHS, Pleasant Hill Elementary, CTE, school nutrition program and general education program.


Heather Mullinix is editor of the Crossville Chronicle. She covers schools and education in Cumberland County. She may be reached at

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