The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation awards enhanced learning mini-grants each year to teachers in Surry County Schools who submit extraordinary projects for the classroom that do not have funding through regular budgets.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded sixteen enhanced learning mini-grants to seventeen different teachers and twelve schools out of over 45 applications.
One of those projects, "Don't Ride that Summer Slide" is a first-time winner from Rockford Elementary School. The project provides a mobile library that visits some of the areas in our community five times throughout the summer. Volunteers join school officials and teachers to ride a school bus to different neighborhoods and read to the students. A snack is also provided, and the students are allowed to keep the books they like at no charge.
This is an exciting way to get kids reading in the summer! The students are eager to see the bus coming each time, and are excited for the snack and the free books. Some students bring younger siblings to join them and see how well they can read, or older siblings join the group to get a snack and a book too.
The goal for the project is to combat the “summer slide” so students do not regress in reading achievement from the lack of instruction over the summer months. Any of the "Summer Slide" volunteers will tell you, though, that they feel they get more out of the riding the bus and reading with kids than the kids do. Because it is an interactive way to get kids reading, the students are eager to see the bus coming, and are excited for the snack and the free books.
Funding from this project came from fundraisers of the SCSEF and generous donors.
The 2016 #GivingTuesday campaign is the first for the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, founded in 2011. The inaugural campaign consists of an email campaign throughout November, and teachers within the school system will become Ambassadors for the Foundation throughout the campaign. They will "like, share, retweet" posts from the Foundation on FB, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
On Nov 29, hourly postings will go out on social media. Donor names will be posted on signs that will be displayed on the Foundation's front lawn, and will be registered to win a one-night stay at Hampton Inn & Suites at Shelton Vineyards and a gift card for two for Shelton Vineyards wine tour and tasting (if winner is under 21, an age-appropriate gift will be given).
All donors will receive an SCSEF window cling, notepad and pen.