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Burroughs Wellcome grant funds STEM project in WCPSS schools

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund awarded the Wake County Public School System a $149,786, three-year Student Science Enrichment Program grant. WCPSS will infuse inquiry-based science learning into afterschool programs in five elementary and two middle schools through a new initiative called STEM Wise.

Aversboro Elementary, Forestville Road Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Smith Elementary, Stough Elementary, East Wake Middle and North Garner Middle will be a part of the grant funded afterschool program. The schools are part of the WCPSS STEM and Global Schools Collaborative Networks. The YMCA of the Triangle will partner with WCPSS in their Y Learning afterschool programs at Lincoln Heights and Stough Elementary Schools. Continue Reading . . .

High school students invited to Sept. 21 Wake County College Fair

High school juniors and seniors are invited to meet representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities at the Wake County College Fair on Sunday, September 21. The fair will offer free sessions on financial aid and college planning and is jointly sponsored by the Carolinas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers and WCPSS. Admission and parking are free.

WHAT: Wake County College Fair

WHEN: 2 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21

Sessions on Financial Aid are scheduled for 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.; Sessions on Preparing for College are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: McKimmon Center at N.C. State University, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh

Child and adult care food program at 4 WCPSS schools

Wake County Public School System announces participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants in after school educational and enrichment programs at East Garner Elementary School, Walnut Creek Elementary School, Poe Elementary, and Bugg Elementary evening program.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) To file a Civil Rights complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA Office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Buy advance tickets to the State Fair and get cash for your school!

2014-State-Fair-Button-220-x-120Families and school supporters can raise money for their schools through a special promotion from the North Carolina State Fair, which will be held in Raleigh from October 16 to 26.

By purchasing advance tickets through the link on this page, fairgoers can save money and designate a Wake County public school to receive a portion of their ticket proceeds.

Adult advance tickets cost $7. For every adult advance gate ticket sold through the website, the designated school will receive $2. Children’s advance tickets cost $3, and for every child’s ticket, the designated school will receive $1.

This special offer ends once the fair begins. Although buyers may access other ticket options online, advance gate tickets are the only purchases that will result in rebates to WCPSS schools. A link at the top of the checkout web page will prompt users to locate their school’s three-digit school code number before they make a purchase. They will be prompted to enter this number in the field for the passcode, member code, or coupon code, just before the purchase is complete. Purchase tickets>>

WCPSS schools receive Sidekick Foundation grants

Fifteen teachers at eight WCPSS schools received grants from the Lee Brothers Sidekick Foundation in 2013-14. The foundation is committed to providing and promoting educational opportunities which empower youth and strengthen the community. The eight schools are Baileywick Elementary, Hilburn Academy, Lynn Road Elementary, North Ridge Elementary, Sycamore Creek Elementary, Enloe Magnet High, Leesville Road High and Millbrook Magnet High. The grants supported a range of activities from literacy interventions to physical education to implementation of the common core in classrooms.  Keep an eye out for new opportunities to apply to the Sidekick Foundation this fall.

Schools receive Target field trip grants

Herbert Akins Elementary, Carver Elementary and Athens Drive High School received Target Field Trip grants in 2013-14.  Ranging from a family day at Pullen Park to a visit to N.C. State University to learn about solar power and green technologies, field trips exposed students to fresh experiences and new ideas.  The application period for Target’s field trip grants, which are up to $700, opens on August 1 and runs through September 30 for the 2014-15 school year.

Fox Road receives library grant

Fox Road Elementary School has received a $5,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, which annually makes grants to support school libraries.  The grant will be used to support Fox Road’s library improvement goal to develop a culture of literacy outside school hours. For their emerging readers, this means reading with parents at home.  Funds from this grant will be used to improve the library collection for children from kindergarten through second grade, honoring the school’s diversity by purchasing books on other cultures and increasing bilingual texts, particularly those written in both English and Spanish.

Museum grant connects Wake students to international communities

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ e-Mammal International program is one of nine new projects announced today by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Alliance of Museums as part of a Museums Connect grant. This award of $83,000 will allow Wake students to connect with communities around the world through a museum-based exchange program.

e-Mammal International seeks to promote cultural understanding among children between the ages of 11 and 14 through the lens of applied scientific research among middle schools in the United States, India and Mexico. This international partnership will expand upon the work of Dr. Roland Kays (Director of the Biodiversity Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences) and his ongoing research project, e-Mammal, to collaboratively engage children worldwide in learning about science while simultaneously learning about each other’s cultures. e-Mammal is a citizen science project that uses camera traps to document animal population sizes and habitat use. The Museum (Raleigh, NC), the Bombay Natural History Society (Mumbai, India) and the Museo de Paleontología (Guadalajara, Mexico) will work together to engage children and their teachers while also generating data for scientists in each of these respective countries.

The Museums Connect grant also leverages a larger grant from the National Science Foundation (Students Discover) that will allow Museum staff to produce a curriculum module that teachers can use to implement e-Mammal in the classroom.

“Camera traps are a great tool for teaching about science because they allow kids to get their own amazing pictures of animals, translate those into data points, and start to ask their own questions about zoology,” said Kays. “This Museums Connect grant will add a new dimension to our work, using cool animal pictures not only to engage kids with science, but also to help them learn about other parts of the world and their cultures. We know our cameras in North Carolina return all kinds of surprising pictures of wildlife living near schools like deer, raccoons, foxes and coyotes – I can’t wait to see what species we find in India and Mexico.”

The program, which runs through June, 2015 will encourage 6th, 7th and 8th grade Wake County Public School students from  Carroll, East Cary, East Wake, and North Garner Middle Schools and their teachers to:

  • Create an introductory video that captures the nuances of everyday life as a middle school student in their country. This video will aid students in expanding their knowledge of different cultures and will be uploaded onto the e-Mammal website,
  • Learn more about the scientific method and contribute to making new discoveries about how wildlife adapts to humans around the world.
  • Upload data to the e-Mammal website and database, which will be used by the scientific community.
  • Meet working scientists and researchers to learn more about careers in STEM

The Museum will partner with International Focus to stage a cultural event at the Museum as part of the capstone experience to help teach local children and visiting Indian and Mexican children about cultural diversity. International Focus is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization with the mission to support North Carolina’s international communities and promote American ideals through cross-cultural communication, education, understanding, and the celebration of culture, arts, and cuisine from around the world. The event will feature youth groups performing traditional Indian and Mexican dances in costumes. Since its inception and now in its seventh year, Museums Connect has linked American museums in 26 states and the District of Columbia with partners abroad in 45 countries, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Mexico, Kenya and Morocco. The program is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2015 cycle to further extend the program’s reach. This year’s grantees embrace the discipline and geographic diversity that is the signature of Museums Connect; locations new to the program include Cambodia, Honduras, Jamaica, Mongolia, and Romania. Further information about the 2014 awardees can be found at

Families invited to Kick-off to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum


A student learns about the cafeteria at the 2013 Kick-off to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum.

WCPSS is partnering again this year with Marbles Kids Museum and  other local groups to give kindergartners a sneak peek at the first day of school!
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Raleigh Chamber provides two day leadership event for WCPSS students

A group of 50 Wake County high school students met at the Captrust Tower in Midtown for a two-day High Climbers Career & Leadership Summit organized by a Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Leadership Raleigh Team.