Much like a Parent-Teacher Association functions for an individual school, an educational foundation exists to raise and manage funds to support grants and scholarships for teachers and students in the public school system. These monies come from fundraisers and donations, such as the those given to honor the late Martin Parker, which funded, among other things, a musical playground at White Oak Elementary.

Every year, teachers are given the opportunity to apply for mini-grants that help cover the costs of items that they would like to have for their classrooms.

On Jan. 14, the Edenton-Chowan Educational Foundation awarded over $4,000 in grants to local teachers at all of our public schools.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, they were able to fulfill every grant request this year, which ranged from novels to drone programming technology.

In addition to these mini-grants, the Foundation oversees several scholarships for our college bound seniors. One such scholarship is the Helen P. Robinson Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who is heading into the Healthcare field. The scholarship is funded by an endowment from the estate.

Until just a few years ago, the ECEF served as a sub-committee of the Board of Education. Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson had a vision for an independent Foundation, and took steps to give new Board Directors the room to grow.

Chairman Joy Harvill is excited about the “new” Foundation’s first fundraiser, a Christmas Tree Bonfire, which will be held on March 7 at the Legion Fairgrounds.

For more information on how to support the Foundation or buy tickets for the event, visit their Facebook page or email Harvill at

You can also call 252-482-4436 and speak with Melanie Young.

Contact Nicole Bowman-Layton at