AVID students are more likely than their peers to successfully complete rigorous academic courses, with more than 73 percent of the 2012 AVID seniors reporting taking at least one higher-level course, such as AP®, IB® or Cambridge®, and 61 percent taking the corresponding exam. AVID also significantly closes the achievement gaps between groups of students. Regardless of ethnicity or economic background, AVID students complete courses required for admission into four-year colleges or universities at a rate consistently higher than their peers.
Established in 1991, this $100,000 fund was established with a gift to the Education Foundation by Board of Trustee Mr. Mickey Thompson. Since the endowment’s inception, the interest generated from the fund has helped to support the daily mission of the Foundation and has helped sustain the initiatives that support the students and educators in the ECPPS District. The endowment remains intact and is a viable asset to our vision and mission.
The Swain Innovative Grant and AVID Presentation offer an opportunity to display student achievement at the end of the school year. Each spring, grant awardees are invited to display and present their projects to the board of directors, sponsors, local elected officials and other guests. In addition, middle and high school AVID students are invited to make presentations to attendees.
In an effort to recognizing outstanding educators in the Elizabeth City – Pasquotank Public Schools, the Foundation established a Teacher of Year recognition program in 1993. The Foundation, with funding provided by Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Truck, recognizes the district’s Teacher of the Year with a $1000 monetary gift and a $250 gift for each of the two district finalists at the Foundation’s annual meeting.
The Unity Fund was established in 2008 by a group of Northeastern High School students from the Class of 1971 who wanted to give back to their alma mater by providing scholarship opportunities for students. As the fund receives contributions from district alumni and other donors, deserving students will receive financial support as they continue their educational journey through institutions of higher learning.
All Kids Swim is a FREE program provided by the Albemarle Family YMCA for all kindergartners in the ECPPS system. The schools and children are not charged for the two week swim lessons, therefore the YMCA holds fundraisers to help cover the cost of the program. The Education Foundation is a proud supporter of this much needed program. Pasquotank County is surrounded by water and all children should have access to swimming lessons. Please consider supporting this wonderful program.
The ECP Backpacks Program is proudly supported by the Education Foundation. Every weekend students, in every school in the ECPPS system, are sent home with food in their backpack so they will have food to eat at home over the weekend. Numerous area churches, the Food Bank of the Albemarle and local donors provide healthy food items for the backpacks. Unfortunately, there are many students that are in the Backpacks Program and monies are greatly needed.