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15th Anniversary Golden Apple Gala

  • January 21, 2019
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We honored Lee County education "Believers and Achievers" on Wednesday evening at our 15th anniversary celebration at Oakland Farm. Guests of honor included staff from 2018 Head of Class winner Tramway Elementary, Keynote Speaker Governor Jim Hunt, and 2018 Education Hero award recipient Peggy Clemmer Golden. It was a "golden" evening indeed! Thank you to everyone who helped make the evening so special by being with us, thank you to LCEF supporters, and thank you to all Lee County educators who work so very hard every day. Read full article

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2018 Head Of Class Presentation Giant Check Presentation

Tramway Elementary School Honored for Growth

  • November 14, 2018
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Sanford Herald, The (NC) - November 14, 2018 Author/Byline: NOAH GRANT, NGRANT@SANFORDHERALD.COM Section: News Although two months overdue because of Hurricane Florence, the Lee County Education Foundation honored Tramway Elementary School on Tuesday with the Head of Class Award. The foundation awarded the school $50,000 to be divided among the faculty. The award recognizes the Lee County elementary school that showed the most growth in the past year. This year was the first time Tramway came out on top. Members of the foundation and the Lee County Board of Education congratulated Tramway on Tuesday, but the stars of the show were the school's faculty and students. Two fifth-graders spoke at the event and explained how the school's student body worked to make Tramway Elementary School a better school. Greyson Matthews, 11, painted a picture of camaraderie. "At Tramway, we show respect and take responsibility for our school and our success by keeping our school beautiful, welcoming new students to our classes, ushering the younger students, leading the announcements, helping each other to articulate what our needs are and what we all can help each other accomplish," she said. see tramway/page a5 Jose Montanez, 10, expressed gratitude for his teachers and…

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At the Head of the Class

  • September 27, 2017
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Sanford Herald, The (NC) - September 27, 2017 Author/Byline: NOAH GRANT NGRANT@SANFORDHERALD.COM Section: News Hundreds filled the room at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center on Tuesday as Greenwood Elementary received its third Head of Class Award. The Lee County Education Foundation gave $50,000 to the school for its strong showing in performance and growth in the last year. Greenwood Principal Aimee Petrarca has been a part of all three of the school's wins. She spoke about the experience on Tuesday. "The teachers at Greenwood know Head of Class as a friendly competition among the district's seven elementary schools," Petrarca said. "Our students know that winning Head of Class means that they worked hard and achieved their goals. The community leaders know that as our schools achieve, the community thrives." Greenwood's teacher of the year, Amanda Zeh, also spoke, along with two fifth-grade students. Zeh said teachers put a lot of work in to connect with the students. "I see teachers get to school well before the sun is up," Zeh said. "They greet students with a smile and a handshake at their door, and they make their students the priority of the day. They develop and they maintain trusting…

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Inspired Internships - Jerry Liang

Internships Make a Difference

  • April 7, 2017
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When Jerry Liang began his freshman year at Southern Lee four years ago, he wasn't just starting at a new school in a new city. He was in a new country – a new continent, even. Although he came to the United States with a working knowledge of English from classes he'd taken as a child in his native China, Liang still had a serious language barrier to overcome just to get going at his new high school. “When I came here, my English was not good. It was a hard time,” Liang said. “But everybody was talking in English and it forced me to have to say everything in English. I forced myself to say more and talk to people, and my English got better.” But Liang, 19, has done more than just overcome a language barrier. As a part of what will be the first ever graduating class from Southern Lee's Academy of Engineering, Liang has a wealth of knowledge and experience with engineering that has already netted him acceptance to schools including Virginia Tech and Penn State. While he's still weighing offers, he's sure to capitalize on those opportunities. “I love airplanes, so my career choice will…

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Lee County Education Foundation’s “Head of Class” Project Formally Introduced at Deep River Elementary School

  • September 14, 2016
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SANFORD – Six years ago, the Lee County Education Foundation’s “Head of Class” project – an incentive-based school achievement initiative for the benefit of Lee’s elementary schools – was formally introduced at Deep River Elementary School. On Sept. 29, the sixth Head of Class prize will, in essence, come home. Lee County Schools and the Foundation have announced that Deep River Elementary is the 2015-16 recipient of the award, which provides $50,000 to the school’s faculty and staff. The cash prize is based on a number of criteria, key among them measurable year-over-year improvements in academic performance. Previous winners of the award are B.T. Bullock Elementary (2010-11), Greenwood Elementary (2011-12, 2014-15) and Edwards Elementary (2012-13, 2013-14). “We are so honored at Deep River to earn this special recognition,” said Principal Amy Lundy. “Our staff and students worked so hard last year and this makes our hard work feel appreciated. Thank you to the Lee County Education Foundation for continuing to value our students and educators in Lee County.” Former N.C. Lt. Gov. Dennis A. Wicker of Sanford, who spearheaded the formation of the Foundation – which has raised more than $1 million so far for its endowment – said he…

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Greenwood Elementary Named Winner of 2nd Annual Head of Class Project

  • October 25, 2012
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The Lee County Education Foundation’s Head of Class Project – an incentive-based project offering financial awards for each employee of the highest ranked elementary school – will award $50,000 to the staff at Greenwood Elementary School. Launched in 2010 by the Lee County Education Foundation, Head of Class is the first initiative to offer financial incentives in North Carolina to school staff for enhanced student academic performance. Awards for the 82 members of the Greenwood staff will range from approximately $270 to $1,000 depending on the position. Each school employee – the principal, teachers, teacher assistants, librarians, cafeteria workers and custodians – will receive a financial award. “In our second year, we are proud the Head of Class Project can continue to support teachers, administrators and staff for their contributions to a more educated Lee County,” said Kirk Bradley, Chairman of the Lee County Education Foundation. “Our success, in the long-term, will be realized whether our students move on to esteemed colleges and universities or develop careers in trades, manufacturing or the military, they will help build a more economically sound Lee County. The Head of Class project is another building block in the successful Pre K-14 model in Lee…

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B.T. Bullock Elementary named first Head of Class winner

  • September 12, 2011
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B.T. Bullock Elementary named first winner

Of new, incentive-centered Lee County public school initiative

Lee County Education Foundation’s Head of Class Project

Will award all Bullock employees with share of $50,000 award

SANFORD, N.C., Sept. 12, 2011 – The innovative incentive program created last year for Lee County public schools – offering financial awards for each employee of the elementary school that ranked highest during the past year – will award $50,000 to the staff at Benjamin T. Bullock Elementary School.

The Head of Class Project is a non-profit initiative supporting incentive-based school achievement launched in 2010 by the Lee County Education Foundation.  Head of Class is the first North Carolina initiative to offer financial incentives to school staff for improved student academic performance.

Education leaders have described the incentive program as a potential pacesetter for public education.  Awards for about 78 members of the Bullock Elementary staff will range from approximately $1,000 to $265 depending on the position.  Every employee– principal, teachers, teacher assistants, librarians, cafeteria workers and custodians – will receive a financial award.

“We could not be more pleased with the Head of Class Project and the achievement of the team at Bullock Elementary,” said Kirk Bradley, Chairman of the Lee County Education Foundation.  “The success created by the principal, teachers, staff and students help us bring our objective to life: incentive-based recognition is possible and meaningful in public education.”

Dr. Jeffrey C. Moss, superintendent of Lee County Schools, said the incentive program helped raise scores at all the elementary schools.  “This program has been a success in every way in Lee County,” Moss said. “The Head of Class program may well become a model in the future.  And in the short term, we hope to expand it to all schools in our own district.”

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11.10.10 | Welcome to the Lee County Education Foundation website

  • November 8, 2010
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This site is a vehicle for your contributions The Lee County Education Foundation is proud to announce the launch of The Head of Class Project. A private-public partnership, the program rewards excellence in education. This website is a resource for those involved and hoping to be involved in the program alike. Find information about Foundation leaders, learn more about The Head of Class Project and learn how you can get involved. Be a part of the difference. Join the Lee County Education Foundation. Achieving academic goals. Enhancing student performance.

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