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The Campbell, Stone and Wood Charitable Fund presented its fourth round of grants to local schools and extra-curricular programs during the Jan. 26 meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education Meeting. School organizations receiving funds were, in no order, Brown Elementary Chess Club; Crab Orchard Elementary kindergarten classes; Homestead Elementary cheerleaders; Martin Elementary response to instruction and intervention and English as a Second Language; North Cumberland Elementary third grade; Pine View Elementary Chess Club; Pleasant Hill Elementary Spanish Club; Pleasant Hill Elementary cross country team; South Cumberland Elementary music program; South Cumberland Elementary kindergarten classes; Stone Elementary music, band and choir programs; county-wide elementary golf team; Cumberland County High School track team; CCHS cross country team; Stone Memorial High School chorus program; SMHS Chemistry 1 class; and The Phoenix School student council.

The Campbell, Stone and Wood Charitable Fund presented its fourth round of grant funding to Cumberland County schools, bringing its total support of school programs to $19,500 since it’s first round of grants in the fall of 2015.

“We’re seeing this foundation grow and we want to see it really take off,” said Dr. Robert Wood. 

The fund, named in honor of Dr. David Campbell, Roy Stone and Dr. Robert H. Wood, uses donations from the community to support extra-curricular activities, sports programs, clubs and even classrooms in local schools. It was formed in the spring of 2015. 

At that time, Wood said, “There is a gap in funding for teachers. A lot of times, they fund things out of their own pocket. A lot of parents struggle to meet the cost of extra curricular activities that are so important to [student’s] growth as individuals.”

The fund uses donations from the community to fund an endowment, with the proceeds of the fund used to make the grants. That allows the funding to continue indefinitely, Wood has said.

“I encourage you all to get involved in this. Talk to the people in your community and think about giving $5 or $10 a month to this,” Wood said. “This is something that could really be large in the future. As it continues to grow, the amount of money we can give will continue to grow.

“This is something that should be there forever.”

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

•Brown Elementary chess club, $220

•Crab Orchard Elementary kindergarten, $280

•Homestead Elementary cheerleaders, $250

•Martin Elementary response to instruction and intervention — wobble chairs, $200

•Martin Elementary response to instruction and intervention and English as a Second Language — vocabulary materials, $100

•North Cumberland Elementary third grade, $300

•Pine View Elementary chess team, $200

•Pleasant Hill Elementary Spanish club, $200

•Pleasant Hill Elementary cross country club, $100

•South Cumberland Elementary music program, $150

•South Cumberland Elementary kindergarten, $200

•Stone Elementary music, band and choir, $300

•County-wide elementary golf program, $450

•Cumberland County High School track team, $425

•CCHS cross country team, $425

•Stone Memorial High School chorus group, $425

•SMHS Chemistry 1 class, $425

•The Phoenix School student council, $350

The CSW Charitable Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible. To learn more or to make a donation, visit cswfound.org.

Heather Mullinix is assistant editor of the Crossville Chronicle. She covers schools and education in Cumberland County. She may be reached at hmullinix@crossville-chronicle.com.

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