The Elkin City Schools Foundation is now officially up and running.
“We’ve been trying to get it going for the last two years,” said Dr. Randy Bledsoe, superintendent of the school system. “We had to do a lot of background work, but we’re now an official 501(c)(3) organization, which means of course that we’re a tax-exempt, charitable organization.”
Bledsoe said he hopes the first two major contributions by former teacher Louise Laxton Cockerham and Foundation Vice President Jim Westbrook, both of Elkin, “will be viewed as an ignition switch that helps others to see that financial support keeps Elkin City Schools in the top 10 categories of public school educational systems.
“I personally am very thankful for both of these contributions and what it will mean for the students of our schools.”
Dr. Lyndsey Ballard is president and treasurer of the foundation, and Frank Deals, who also serves on the Elkin City Schools Board of Education, is secretary.
Bledsoe said there are 16 people on what he has been calling the “cornerstone leadership team” working on getting the charitable organization up and going. “This is another way that our community and our former graduates can continue to support the educational programs in the Elkin City Schools,” he said.
“All donations will be used ‘in academic enrichment programs, technology, the arts and our STEAM program,’ and it will be the responsibility of the foundation to determine where those funds are allocated.”
Anyone wanting to make a donation or find out more information about the foundation may contact Ballard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Chaffin may be reached at 336-258-4058.