WAKE COUNTY – Fifteen Wake County public schools will start the
new school year with some additional funding. The schools won challenge
grants from Wake Education Partnership through their participation in
the 2006 Annual Fund for Education campaign.

“The School Challenge Campaign provides an important link to the
Annual Fund for Education,” said Del Burns, superintendent for the
Wake County Public School System and a member of the Wake Euducation Partnership
Board of Directors. “Every year, employees in the Wake County Public
School System show their dedication to education through both their commitment
to their students and their investment in the work of Wake Education Partnership.”

The school challenge is an awards process in which schools compete within
categories based on the number of employees at each school. The awards
allow the Partnership to recognize outstanding schools based on a variety
of achievements they have made throughout their individual campaigns.
Awards of unrestricted grant money ranging from $125 to $1,500 are given
to the schools that represent the highest standards of merit in dedication
to their campaign. Partnership President Bob Saffold personally presented
checks to all first place winners.

One first, second and third place award will be given to each of the
following schools:

Category I (1-65 employees)

1st Place: Kingswood Elementary

2nd Place: Project Enlightenment

3rd Place: Vance Elementary

Category II (66-75 employees)

1st Place: Baileywick Elementary

2nd Place: Bugg Elementary

3rd Place: Lead Mine Elementary

Category III (76-86 employees)

1st Place: Adams Elementary

2nd Place: Reedy Creek Middle

3rd Place: Zebulon Elementary

Category IV (97-99 employees)

1st Place: Baucom Elementary

2nd Place: North Garner Middle

3rd Place: Wildwood Forest Elementary

Category V (100+ employees)

1st Place: Middle Creek High

2nd Place: Creech Road Elementary

3rd Place: Southeast Raleigh High

Wake Education Partnership has been making a difference
for public education in Wake County since 1983. As an independent local
education advocate, Wake Education Partnership unites resources and relationships
for educational excellence and works to ensure that Wake County achieves
and is recognized for world-class leadership in public education. For
more information, please visit www.WakeEdPartnership.org.