The Charlotte Catholic High School Foundation has made a big impact at Charlotte Catholic, thanks to monumental donations at its annual gala.
The Gala, which took place in March, raised nearly $150,000, which went toward various scholarships, awards and classroom materials. The Foundation is a 501c3 and acquires donations solely to support the school’s needs.
“Once again, a lot of generous people stepped up to the plate,” CCHS Foundation President Norm George said in a news release. “Their support allows us, to among other things, bring new technologies to the classroom and reward educators who make a difference in our students’ lives.”
The funding helped create the Sister Paulette Williams RSM Awards for Outstanding Service, which honors five educators who excel as mentors and help with student growth. The winners – Kevin Christmas, Karen Grauman, Linda Horvath, Shawn Panther and Joanne Winters – were all awarded $5,000 as a “thank-you.”
“We asked students, parents and co-workers to make the nominations for this award,” Norman said. “We were blown away by the response. We got more than 50 nominations. It just shows how much of an impact our teachers are having and we are thrilled to be able to honor them.”
The gala donations also helped fund five classroom grants, totaling more than $11,000, which included purchasing specialized photography equipment and robotic arms, college application boot camp and a school-wide character development initiative.
Teachers can apply at the beginning of each school year for grants to help better their classrooms or the school community.
The Foundation also committed earlier this year to purchase software for a language lab, as well as the creation of a STEM platform.
Other gala donations went to $23,700 in tuition assistance through Kara Kloiber Memorial Scholarship fund, $3,800 for a new tuition assistance program created to help teachers with students in the Mecklenburg Area Catholic School System and $4,500 for families facing unexpected financial hardships.
The Foundation also partnered with the Charlotte Catholic High School PTO to provide $4,200-worth of improvements to the faculty and staff lounge.
The rest of the proceeds from the Gala will be invested for future Charlotte Catholic High School plans.
“It has been an outstanding year at Charlotte Catholic and the CCHS Foundation is honored to continue to play a role in its success,” Norman said in the release. “We are already looking forward to the 2016-17 school year.”
Find more information at www.cchsfoundation.org.