The first grant given by the giving circle was to Cumberland County Schools for transportation of 30-40 fifth-and sixth-graders to summer camp at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle School from four elementary schools in the E.E. Smith attendance area. Pictured above are (l-r): Kimmi Teague Nettles (CCF staff), Les Griffin (CCF board), and giving circle members – Marny Penix, Glenn Adams, Dan Griffin – presenting a check to Principal Mellotta Hill, Ferguson-Easley Elementary, and Jami Inman, magnet schools assistance program grant coordinator. In the center is student, Kennedy P.
ABOUT THE CIRCLE
The E.E. Smith Academic Excellence Giving Circle was founded in 2008 at Cumberland Community Foundation by men and women who sought to improve the education achievement of students in E.E. Smith attendance area schools. Members contributed $250 annually, which was then re-granted by the giving circle members to eligible schools. From 2008 – 2015, the giving circle provided $91,390.81 in grants to projects and programs that promoted excellence at E.E. Smith and its attendance area schools.
In 2015, the giving circle granted the remaining funds to support the excellent summer transition program at E. E. Smith High School. Though the giving circle is currently inactive, any additional gifts to the giving circle will be granted to EESHS at least quarterly. For information on creating your own endowment legacy to support E. E. Smith High School forever, please call Mary at the community foundation (910-483-4449).