DOBSON — School supporters were honored recently for all that they do for education in county schools.
Surry Community College’s Viticulture Center hosted a recognition banquet for donors and business partners, held by the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation.
Brent McKinney, chairman of the foundation board, opened the evening by welcoming all in attendance including the county Board of Education and the foundation Board of Directors.
Tonya Fletcher and Shaunda York, of Franklin Elementary, gave a presentation demonstrating how the foundation supports their school and classrooms through funding for global initiatives and classroom technology.
The North Surry Chorus and Drama Department, directed by Debby Diamont, performed selections from “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” the first-ever Broadway performance produced at North Surry. The foundation funded this program.
Dr. Patricia Mitchell, assistant secretary for Rural Economic Development at the N.C. Department of Commerce, discussed how education is essential to the growth of a rural economy.
“If you create a triangle with equal angles of education, workforce development and economic development, you have a strong formula for your economy to grow,” said Mitchell. She also pointed out that strong education programs help corporations to find potential for expansion and job growth.
The educational foundation also recognized seven established endowments:
• Tom and Marian York Endowment Fund, established by their children Gary York, Jim York, and Anne Fehring.
• Joe D. and Sue W. Stone Endowment Fund, established by Sue W. Stone.
• Surry Insurance Endowment Fund, established by Yogi and Nancy Wright of Surry Insurance.
• Brent and Brenda McKinney Endowment Fund, established by Brent and Brenda McKinney.
• Surry Central High School Endowment Fund, established by R. O. Lanier, first principal of Surry Central High School, and in honor of many of his students and colleagues.
• J. Sam and Minnie Ruth Gentry Endowment Fund, established by Sam and Susan Gentry.
• The Shelton Foundation, established by Ed Shelton, in honor of Charles Shelton.
Each endowment made to the foundation may be restricted for use to a specific area of education or to the general use of the foundation as decided by the board of directors.
For more information about the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, contact Ashley Mills at (336) 386-8211 or visit scsfoundation.org.