Golden LEAF Awards RCSEF $200,00 Grant

RCSEF Receives $200,000 Grant From Golden LEAF
Posted on 08/22/2011
Golden LEAF presentationGolden LEAF presents Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation with a $200,000 ceremonial check for 21st Century learning devices

Golden LEAF grant to help county schools prepare
students for careers and college


Golden LEAF presentation

(Forest City, NC) August 22, 2011 – At 4:00 pm on Monday, August 22, 2011, the Golden
LEAF Foundation presented the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation (RCSEF)
with a ceremonial check to support the “Going G.L.O.B.A.L.” initiative for students in grades
K-12. The presentation took place in the Rutherford County Schools boardroom and
was attended by local elected officials, Rutherford County Schools’ board members and
administrators, and Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation members.

Through the Going G.L.O.B.A.L. initiative, RCSEF has equipped each K-12 classroom with
an interactive whiteboard; installed wireless infrastructure in each school; provided a laptop
for each K-12 certified staff member; and provided each student in grades 6-12 with a laptop.
Middle and high school administrators and teachers have been planning and pursuing
professional development in anticipation of this project since 2009.

Golden LEAF funds will be used to pay for a portion of the continuing cost for student laptops
in grades 6-12. Golden LEAF also provided all of Rutherford County Early College High School
students with laptops for its initial one-to-one laptop program that began in January of 2008.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation supports growing the talent, knowledge and skill of our youth,
especially in the rural areas of our state,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president. “The
Rutherford County Schools’ project is dedicated to transforming their classrooms into 21st
century digital learning environments. The implementation of this program will help provide the
skills necessary to be college and career ready.”

About Golden LEAF:

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform
North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from
the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special
emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities
across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental
entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to
achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,110 grants totaling more than $511 million
since its inception. For more information, or to learn more about applying for a grant, visit
www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.
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