DOBSON — The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation’s fourth annual Academic Golf Classic seeks to continue its mission of supporting educational opportunities, some of which remain low key.
Foundation Liaison Melissa White says a recent example of this is the bookmobile program at Flat Rock Elementary.
She said the traveling mobile library, nicknamed the magic school bus, hearkens back to a similar bookmobile project and was a cooperative effort between volunteers, the school system, volunteers and the county child nutrition department which provided snacks for the “magic school bus.” Volunteers are keeping the effort going until school returns on August 25.
The tournament, which serves as the major fundraiser for the foundation, has been scheduled for Sept. 11 at Pilot Knob Park. Tee times have been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. White said Simmons Nissan will return to sponsor hole in one prizes with Parrish Tire providing prizes and Surry Insurance playing a sponsorship role in the event as well.
“We are still interested in recruiting teams, sponsors and raffle prizes,” said White. “All of the money raised goes directly to benefit students in Surry County Schools.”
Foundation President Brent McKinney earlier this year announced the group would increase allotments by 40 percent which meant schools received more than $35,000 for enhanced learning opportunities. He also announced the foundation has set aside $5,000 for mini grants and $6,000 for “STEMmersion” in county schools.
White said the group is hoping to continue to expand its support of county schools to further field trips and other academic enrichment activities but noted this hinges on fundraisers. Another example of this is the “STEMmersion” program where educators learn about local businesses, a major goal of the system’s strategic plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Persons who want more information on the event may call Melissa White at 336-386-8211, visit the web site www.scsfoundation.org or use the link provided on the Surry County Schools web page.
David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on Twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.