Garden Work Day Volunteers and students joined forces on October 16 to beautify the campus around the cafeteria.
Baseball Field and Facilities. The Foundation is championing a project to upgrade the baseball facilities and host an event for the 1965 Garinger State Championship Team to recognize the 50th anniversary of their Championship.
Building 100, 200 and 300 Interior Gardens. The Foundation has raised $1,500 in restricted funds towards improving the interior gardens and other planting areas. Plans are being made to add student seating in the interior gardens to provide teaching opportunities for classes in the gardens.
Honors and Awards Day. The Foundation plans to award 15 memorial scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each. Each recipient will again be presented with an award certificate and a KIA bracelet engraved with the name of the KIA classmate and their name. The Foundation plans to recruit 15 mentors to work with the recipients during their first year of college.
Vietnam Memorial Pathway and Plantings. The Foundation is raising funds to construct a pathway from the front entrance to the memorial with a circular pathway around the memorial with decorative plantings. A chair wall sufficient to hold a class at the memorial is included in the plans. The Foundation plans to hold several events to honor veterans and KIAs around reunion weekends and other dates.
Pledge Campaign. The Foundation has raised $5,500 in restricted funds in order to fund a student pledge campaign. Each student participant will sign an unconditional pledge agreeing to finish high school no matter how hard the obstacles. Each participating student will receive a pledge bracelet and be eligible for several awards for participating.
Scholarship Plan and the 2015 Fund Drive. The Foundation Scholarship Plan has a goal of awarding 15 scholarships each year in memory of the KIAs with each scholarship to be for $2,500 per year for up to four years contingent upon the recipient’s academic performance and sufficient on hand funds each year. The goal is to award scholarships of $75,000 in 2015 (30 recipients), $112,500 in 2016 (45 recipients) and $150,000 thereafter (60 recipients). The Foundation will need to raise $112,500 in unrestricted funds in 2015 to be able to fully fund the scholarships for 2016.
Scholarship Plan and the 2014 Fund Drive. The Foundation established a scholarship plan goal of awarding 15 scholarships each year in memory of the KIAs with each scholarship to be for $2,500 per year for up to four years contingent upon the recipient’s academic performance and sufficient on hand funds each year. The goal is to award scholarships of $75,000 in 2015 (30 recipients), $112,500 in 2016 (45 recipients) and $150,000 thereafter (60 recipients). The Foundation ended 2014 with $75,879 in unrestricted funds and will be able to fully fund the scholarships for 2015.
Christmas Bags (December 18, 2014) The Garinger Education Foundation distributed Christmas goodie bags to faculty and staff. The bags were put together by two 2014 scholarship recipients: Alicia Robinson and Ariana Mitcham.
Teacher Breakfast (October 31, 2014) The Garinger Education Foundation hosted a breakfast for faculty and staff on this teacher workday.
Garden Workdays (September 24, November 20 and December 5, 2014) The Foundation led by Susan Hooper hosts workdays to help maintain the three interior building gardens and other school areas.
Teacher Plants (August 19, 2014) The Foundation delivers a plant to each teacher for the start of the school year.
New Teacher & Liaisons Breakfast (August 13, 2014) The Foundation hosts a breakfast for the 30 new teachers at Garinger and 30 volunteers that agree to work with the new teachers to help their assimilation into Charlotte and Garinger. Carol Morris and Barbara Malady lead the effort to recruit volunteers.
Vietnam Memorial Dedication Ceremony (August 8, 2014) The Foundation officially dedicates the memorial in the memory of the 15 Vietnam KIA classmates. The Foundation funded and donated the monument to Garinger High School. The effort is headed by a Memorial Committee led by Larry Walker and Don Thompson. The Foundation hosts a luncheon for the surviving family members of the 15 KIAs the day of the dedication.
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (June 5, 2014) The Foundation with the leadership of Ron Payne and a number of volunteers hosts an appreciation luncheon for all the Garinger teachers.
Honors and Awards Day (May 29, 2014) The Foundation awards the initial 15 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. The scholarships are each in the name of one of the 15 Garinger classmates that sacrificed their life in defense of our country in the Vietnam War. Each recipient is presented with an award certificate and a KIA bracelet engraved with the name of the KIA classmate and their name. The Foundation with the leadership of Jane Suitt recruits 15 mentors to work with the recipients during their first year of college.
First Official Meeting (March 10, 2014) The Foundation holds its first official meeting chaired by Hamp Hager. The Directors are appointed and officers are elected as follows: Ron Tucker, President; Hamp Hager Vice President; Bill Scott, Vice President; Susan Hooper, Secretary; and Buddy Livingston, Treasurer.
Foundation Incorporation (February 3, 2014) The Garinger Education Foundation, Inc. is officially incorporated as a North Carolina nonprofit corporation by attorney A. Victor Wray as incorporator.
Proposed Foundation Meeting (December 2, 2013) A meeting to discuss the formation of a permanent foundation to continue the scholarships is held at Garinger High School with Mike Drye, Garinger Principal.
Inception of First Scholarship Effort (September 28, 2013) As part of the Class of 1963 50th Reunion held September 28, 2013, a Scholarship Committee was formed to raise funds for scholarships for Garinger High School graduates. The Committee included Susan Henderson Hooper and Carol Cross Morris (Co-Chairs), Barbara Peckworth Malady, Hamp Hager and Wayne Bass. The Committee raised $32,000 in cash and pledges for scholarships in 2013.