Last updated: June 21. 2014 3:47PM - 517 Views
By - tchilton@civitasmedia.com



Jim Westbrook, vice chairman of the nonprofit Elkin Academic Enrichment Foundation, spoke at Thursday's ECS Board of Education meeting about the group.
Jim Westbrook, vice chairman of the nonprofit Elkin Academic Enrichment Foundation, spoke at Thursday's ECS Board of Education meeting about the group.
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Elkin City Schools announced in the recent board meeting that a group called the Elkin Academic Enrichment Foundation had received 501(C) status.


Former ECS Board of Education member Jim Westbrook, who is vice chairman of the foundation and an Elkin resident of more than 20 years, spoke of the foundation’s desire to help students with educational needs. As a result, the Elkin Academic Enrichment Foundation was born.


ECS School Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said, “I’m excited this group put together things to benefit our schools.”


He said the board was excited to hear the enrichment foundation had received the good news of a 501(C) status designation last week.


Bledsoe said it meant now that they are “alive and kicking,” and it also means there is another area to help with school enrichment and needs in tough times.


The nonprofit group is headed by President Lindsay Ballard, Chairman Barry Blackburn and Westbrook.


Westbrook said being a former board member, he knew that the budget concerns in the public school system were more “dire than ever” and was pleased with a chance to help.


He said he hoped the foundation could augment and supplement resources across all facets of what is needed for educational support in Elkin City Schools.


Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.


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