Saturday, April 18, 2009

UPDATE: Climate for Student Success Forum

UPDATE: The Cary Community Foundation - a non-profit organization - has agreed to collect donations on behalf of the Town of Cary allowing contributors to now make a tax deductible donation. Thanks to Councilor Jennifer Robinson for arranging this.

Checks may be sent to:
Cary Community Foundation
2440 S.W. Cary Parkway #201
Cary, NC 27513

Make sure to write Town of Cary Climate for Student Success Forum in the subject line of your check.

Also, if you prefer to donate funds using a credit card, you may go to and click on Giving. From the drop down menu, select How to Give.

As many of you probably know, the Town of Cary is sponsoring an education event on May 11 titled Climate for Student Success. While municipalities do not have the responsibility nor the authority to govern education in Wake County, municipal leaders are often called upon by citizens to take a role in the future of Wake’s schools. At the Climate for Students Success forum, municipal leaders will be given important information about practices that have been successful in improving overall student achievement and an opportunity to discuss Wake’s current and future educational climate.

Wake government, business leaders and citizen leaders will be invited and remaining seats will be made to the general public. The event will also be videotaped for later viewing. In today’s economic environment, public funding for the forum was approved with the understanding that private funds would be raised to reimburse the town for outstanding costs.

As this forum is an important beginning in understanding what role municipal governments can plan in creating a Climate for Student Success, I have started the fundraising off with a personal donation of $750.00, but unfortunately this only covers about 10% of the total cost of the forum. While I understand that the economy is tough right now, I am asking for your help in the form of a contribution. Your donation will bring the Town of Cary closer to the goal of funding this forum with private funds, and potentially result in the Town of Cary hosting future forums. Please consider a contribution - any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your consideration,

Don Frantz
Cary Town Council District B