Stokes Partnership for Children receives grants
by Erik Spencer Hill
Stokes Partnership for Children is pleased to announce the receipt of a $750 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to support literacy initiatives.
The funds will be used to support the purchase of books and other school related supplies included in School Readiness Bags that are distributed to all four-year-olds in Stokes County, as well as the purchase of books and materials for the Resource Library at Stokes Partnership for Children. For the approximately 2,100 children (ages birth to five) in Stokes County’s Smart Start population, these funds will also benefit their families and early educators. Books and materials purchased for the KidSource Resource Library are available for check-out by community residents.
The Wal-Mart Foundation funds support Stokes Partnership’s literacy projects by increasing children’s access to books, providing families with support to enrich children’s early learning experiences, creating positive interactions between children and adults and building a foundation for both school and lifelong success.
Bill Johnson Trust
Stokes Partnership for Children is also pleased to announce the receipt of a $730 grant from the Bill Johnson Trust to Benefit Stokes County of The Winston-Salem Foundation to support a leadership development academy for early educator program administrators.
The funds will be used to offer a two-day leadership academy for early childhood program administrators in Stokes County. Through a collaborative effort with Forsyth Technical Community College, program administrators will participate in workshops to enhance the business side of an early childhood program. Stokes Partnership for Children strongly supports the wonderful job program administrators do in Stokes County and respects the difficult challenges they face each day. The development of administrative skills to motivate and influence professional skills in self and others, communicate effectively, enhance relationships with staff and families and support appropriate decision making skills related to marketing, budgeting and supervision issues will enhance all child care options for children and families.
The Winston-Salem Foundation is a community foundation that supports charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area. Founded in 1919 by Colonel Francis Fries with a $1,000 gift, it now administers over 1,300 funds, and had total custodial assets of over $276 million at the end of 2011. In 2011, the Foundation granted more than $20.8 million to charitable causes, over $2.1 million of which was in community grants.
SPC is a non-profit organization led by local volunteers, designed to provide programs and services for families and children in Stokes County. SPC administers Smart Start and NC Pre-K funds from the state legislature to support programs to benefit children age birth to five and their families, is a catalyst for bringing different groups together for the sake of the children, educates the community on the critical needs of young children and helps develop solutions. For more information call Dianne Durham at 336-985-2676, visit www.stokespfc.com or join SPC on Facebook.
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