Providing resources for educators while fostering student excellence in Cabarrus County Schools.
History of the CCEF
The Cabarrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) is an essential resource connecting students, teachers, and the community in Cabarrus County, established in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The formation of the Foundation was originally spearheaded by Grace Mynatt and the late Roy Davis of S&D Coffee and Tea. CCEF celebrated a successful kick-off luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe’s Motor Speedway) in 2001. Roy Davis generously donated $100,000 as the initial seed money for the Cabarrus County Education Foundation.
In the beginning, CCEF funded the Direct Instruction Reading Program which targeted students who were non-readers or below level readers in the primary grades, as well as the school district’s Spelling Bee , the Superintendent’s Choice Awards and a spring luncheon celebrating first year teacher’s in Cabarrus County public schools. Long range fundraising plans were made to begin a Story-Telling Festival that would become an annual, family-oriented experience highlighting storytellers, puppeteers and folk artists. Another, smaller fundraising project involved a Path of Honor where donors who gave at $100 or greater were given the opportunity to honor a teacher or educator with an engraved brick at the Cabarrus County Administration Building. The Story-Telling Festival did not develop beyond planning stage; however, the Path of Honor bricks generated some continuing funds for CCEF projects. The Foundation did not have any paid staff support. Duties were divided among the parent representatives on the Board of Directors and/or the Secretary.
Over the years, CCEF continued sponsoring the Superintendent’s Choice Awards, teacher recognition ceremonies and various, smaller projects that were presented to them by Cabarrus County Schools as needs in the school system. In 2012, the CCEF Board of Director’s voted to begin a Classroom mini-grant program which would be made available to all Cabarrus County public school teachers, elementary through high school. In its first year, this program (chaired by board members Glenda Thomas and Wayne Williams) was able to award just short of $14,000 to classrooms throughout the school system. For the 2013-2014 school year, 31 of 38 grant applications were awarded for an additional $14,000.
In an address to the CCEF Board in November of 2013, Grace Mynatt, chairman, shared her desire to investigate the feasibility of hiring a director. “Over the years I have been lucky to have been involved in several new initiatives and it has been my experience that there comes a time in the evolution of an organization, that a formal management arrangement is crucial. This is that time.”
In mid-January of 2014, Rachel Wilkes was hired as the full time Executive Director for the Cabarrus County Education Foundation.
It is the mission of the Cabarrus County Education Foundation to provide resources for educators to foster student excellence in Cabarrus County Schools.