School Bus & Children


Rockingham County Education Foundation works with community partners to foster a more equitable society on a local level beginning in childhood and education. Equity is "the state, quality or ideal of being just, impartial and fair." It seeks to level the playing field through commitment to "promote fairness, justice, and trying to understand and give people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives."

We are proud and honored to be partners in three outstanding programs that provide direct and meaningful support to the the most vulnerable students in Rockingham County and deliver the vital resources these young people need to grow into productive members of society.

The Principals Fund

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We are thrilled to announce that Reidsville Area Foundation has awarded $65,000 in Principal's Fund for the 2021/2022 school year to reimburse public schools for expenses incurred to assist students in need in overcoming 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.

This year, each school will have a unique form to complete for Principal's Funds. If you need assistance, contacting RCEF at Jenny at helprockinghamstudents dot org.


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Rock-Aid is a food assistance program to distribute out of school nutrition to Rockingham County students and their families. For the rest of the 2021 year, ROCKAID has total of $11,000 to provide fresh and shelf-stable food as well as grocery store gift cards to assist students and families in need with children. As of May 2021, 4,390 meals have been provided to students, children and their parents/caregivers. (Updated June 2021) Rock-Aid's strength is in community members who give so generously and our ability to respond within 24 hours of receiving a request for help. 

Rock-Aid is made possible through a partnership between Rockingham County Education Foundation, Dan Riverkeeper, and Rockingham County Arts Council. Funds are raised though a Facebook live concert. 

To learn more or to request assistance, please contact Jenny Edwards, Executive Director, at


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Martin Luther King Day of Service

Meda Howell, Artist and Rodney Shotwell, RC Superintendant of Schools

One of the best ways to support teachers and students is to support the learning environment.


Each January, we partner with a Rockingham County School to bring in volunteers and resources to fill the wish list of school principals for facilities improvement such as murals, grounds clean up, spiffing up students' desks and much more. 

Meda Howell, Artist and Dr. Rodney Shotwell, RC Superintendent of Schools
MLK Day of Service, Western Rockingham Middle School 2020

MLK Day of Service is widely supported by the community and has included volunteers from the Rockingham County Superintendent's Office, Walmart, Dan River Basin Association, Rockingham County Arts Council, Lowes Home Improvement, local Rotaries, and so many more organizations and businesses.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from holding a traditional MLK Day of Service and we are looking for alternative ways to help improve local schools. If you have an idea you would like to share, please contact us.