Rockingham County Education Foundation is putting its shoulder to the wheel to help bring about 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
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.
REPORT FORMS FOR PRINCIPALS
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.
Rock-Aid is a food assistance program to distribute out of school nutrition to Rockingham County students and their families. 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.
Rock-Aid 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.
Rock-Aid funds are distributed with priority given to Rockingham County Schools nutrition sites, The Partnership for Children, and rural and/or minority churches. As of February 2021, 4,300 meals have been provided to children and their parents/caregivers. To learn more or to request assistance, please contact Jenny Edwards, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
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Locally Owned & Locally Loved
Martin Luther King Day of Service
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.