Through the Carolina College Advising Corps, we help low income, underrepresented students apply to college. Since 2014, more than 2,000 Rockingham County Students report submitting at least one college application.



Rockingham County Principals Fund

The Principal's Fund is a non-competitive regrant program with $65,000 in available funding and made possible by the Reidsville Area Foundation. It provides Rockingham County Schools and Moss Street Partnership School with support to help students overcome barriers to academic success.


Nearly 60% of children in Rockingham County live below the poverty line and the percentage of children in foster care is double that of the state average. School-based teams are are uniquely positioned to identify and respond to the needs of students and to ensure that, as far as possible, these students have equitable access to the opportunities, resources and tools needed to thrive.


Each year, schools are allocated a percentage of available funding based on the numbers of students eligible for free and reduced lunch; however, a child does not need to be registered in either of those programs to be a recipient of Principal's Fund.

Submit "Report of Use of Funds," in order to receive reimbursement for an approved application. Report of Use of Funds form is here.

During COVID-19, some Principal's Funds may be used to purchase grocery or supply/clothing gift cards to be distributed to students in need. An Acknowledgment of the Receipt must be signed by parent or guardian and returned to RCEF. Principals may download the Acknowledgement of Receipt Form here.


ROCKAID is a food assistance program to assist Rockingham County children with out of school nutrition. For the current fiscal year, ROCKAID has total of $18,000 to provide fresh and shelf-stable food as well as grocery store gift cards to assist families in need with children.


ROCKAID is made possible through a partnership between Rockingham County Education Foundation, Good Stewards of Rockingham County and the Dan Riverkeeper, and Rockingham County Arts Council. Funds are raised though a Facebook live concert. 

ROCKAID funds are distributed with priority given to Rockingham County Schools nutrition sites, The Partnership for Children, and rural and/or minority churches. As of August, 2020, ROCKAID has assisted 741 children and their parents/caregivers. To learn more or to request assistance, please contact Jenny Edwards, Executive Director, at

Outdoor Youth - Leadership Training

The outdoor recreation economy is responsible for $887 Billion in direct consumer spending and 7.6 million jobs annually in the United States. Without opportunities to experience outdoor recreation; develop leadership and other skills, minority and other youth will be excluded from professions and business opportunities in this growing sector.


With funding support from REI, RCEF offers a range of outdoor leadership programs to engage youth, focusing on minorities and recent immigrants, to learn outdoor skills that include river paddling, mountain biking, trail building, and park design. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required at all times.

Students interested in this program should contact Jenny Edwards, jenny at

Piedmont Instrument Classes for Kids

Piedmont Instrument Classes for Kids (P.I.C.K.) is currently at capacity for 3rd - 5th grade students. Please join the waitlist.

P.I.C.K. is 100% free, including loaner instruments. It's a program of Piedmont Folk Legacies in partnership with the Rockingham County Education Foundation. 

P.I.C.K. is made possible by the Reidsville Area Foundation, Sheetz, Home Trust Bank, and private donations. Please consider a donation to support P.I.C.K.

Photo by Gordon Allen

Rockingham County Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Rockingham County citizens looking to increase the college-going culture and value of education in our county.


Our mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and program resources to increase the education levels of residents to make our community thrive as an attractive place to live, work and do business.


RCEF envisions an informed community where all people in Rockingham County can achieve their highest potential in a globally competitive world.