The Campbell, Stone and Wood Charitable Fund presented its third round of grants during the Aug. 25 meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education. The fund presented $5,000 to extra-curricular clubs and activities at each school.
Dr. Robert Wood said, “This is something that is unique to Cumberland County. I encourage you all to talk about it and push it. We need to do all we can to help our kids and help our teachers to help our kids.”
The fund is named in honor of Dr. David Campbell, Roy Stone and Dr. Robert H. Wood. Donations from the community support an endowment fund. In the future, the endowment proceeds would support bi-annual distributions to schools. Wood reported the endowment was growing, but small donations from a large number of people in the community would have a large impact.
“If we all give $5 or $10 a month — I can see this growing into something were we have $50,000 to $100,000 a year to distribute,” Wood said.
Grants were presented to the Brown Elementary Junior Varsity Cheer Team, $150; Crab Orchard Elementary Band, $300; Homestead Elementary Band, $300; Martin Elementary Junior Cross Country, $300; North Cumberland Elementary Nature Club, $150; North Cumberland Elementary Fun Fitness, $150; Pine View Elementary Cross Country, $150; Pine View Elementary Band, $150; Pleasant Hill Elementary School-Wide Positive Behavior Support, $300; South Cumberland Elementary Junior Beta Club, $300; Stone Elementary Archery Team, $300; Cumberland County High School Softball Team, $500; CCHS Bowling Team, $500; Stone Memorial High School Cross Country Team, $500; SMHS Drama Club, $500; and the middle school softball team, $450.
Grants were awarded based on a competitive application process.
The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible. To learn more or make a donation, visit cswfound.org.
Director of Schools Janet Graham updated the board on the first days of school, with a “warm body count” of 7,494 students in Cumberland County Schools so far this year.
“Most of our elementary grade levels saw an increase,” Graham told the board. “One grade level increased 24 students and, in many instances, that could be a teacher or, in upper grades, a section. That does impact us financially.”
Two teachers had to be moved among schools after the start of the school year to accommodate enrollments.
“That grieves us to have to do after the start of the school year, but if someone has one extra and somebody needs one — we obviously cannot afford to continue to hire teachers to have extras,” Graham said.
In 2015, the first of school enrollment was 7,478 students. However, Graham noted there had been a decrease in the number of high school students — down 39 students from the year before.
“That bears some checking to determine where those students are,” she said.
In other business, the board approved the following items as part of the consent agenda:
•Volunteers at South Cumberland Elementary, to include Dayna K. Baine, Ashley Danielle Blankship, Phillip David Bridges, Anglia Marie Briggs, Cindi Arther Davenport, Debra Crystal Deskins, Kellye Hinch, Bobbie Jo Hubbard, Bonita Smith Jacobson, Rodney Lenn Reed, Tammy Joann Rimmer, Misty Michelle Rupe, Dawn Renee Scarbrough, Melissa M. Sliger, Camelita Soriano, Andrea Lauren Spriggs, Samantha F. Whitt and Mary Ann Williams;
•Pleasant Hill Elementary volunteers Glen Belcher, Danielle Bowman, Shannon Brock, Tracy Brown, Clint Carter, Delisa Daniels, Beverly Dodson, Dave Dougherty, Jeanne Dougherty, Ron Griffin, Simona Gudet, Robert Helton, Jennifer Heylek, Shirley Hodges, Lenora Iles, Autumn Lawrence, Nancy Mitchell, Terry Mitchell, Jennifer Parsons, Jennifer Pugh, Scot Shanks, Tiffany Taylor, Neisha Whaley and Tanda Winslow;
•Cumberland County High School volunteers Kyle Keith Armstrong, Kaye Blakely, William Burger, Janet Burnett, Becky Cook, Ron Cook, Steven J. Gilpin, Donald Lee Haston, Chris Higdon, Robert William Johnson, William Franklin Johnson, Melissa C. Kerley, Leila B. Nelson, Penny Phipps and Spencer Rogers;
•South Cumberland Elementary book fair fundraiser;
•Martin Elementary Mountain Empire fall fundraiser; and
•Disposal of surplus property from the federal programs department, Phoenix School, Pine View Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, school nutrition department, South Cumberland Elementary, Stone Elementary and Stone Memorial High School.