Education

Pre-K students get books, science kits and other aid from PNC DonorsChoose grants

Students at Guilford Child Development Center in Greensboro celebrate the PNC grants for school supplies.
Students at Guilford Child Development Center in Greensboro celebrate the PNC grants for school supplies.

Four-year olds across North Carolina, including those in some of Charlotte’s high-poverty public schools, will get globes, books and science kits their teachers have asked for as part of a PNC Foundation “flash-funding” project.

The money will be channeled through the online charity DonorsChoose.org to provide prekindergarten teachers with resources such as books, art supplies, science equipment and field trips. A donation Tuesday of $504,000 paid for 849 projects in public and charter pre-K classrooms in states where PNC Financial Services Group does business, including 43 in the Carolinas.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, teachers at Billingsville, Reid Park and Briarwood will get classroom supplies through the project.

The PNC Foundation’s latest gift follows PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year bilingual initiative in early childhood education. Overall, the foundation plans to invest $5 million to help pre-K teachers in the states where PNC does business.

On Tuesday, a local celebration was held at Crosby Head Start in Raleigh, where teachers were surprised with $500 gift cards, iPads, books and puppets.

Following the flash funding, the PNC Foundation grant will also be used to match, dollar-for-dollar, donations that support pre-K and Head Start projects listed on DonorsChoose.org.

Also, the PNC Foundation will provide 14,500 PNC employees who volunteered in 2016 a $50 DonorsChoose.org gift card that will enable the employee to select a classroom project for those funds.

Since Grow Up Great’s founding, PNC employees have logged more than 652,000 hours for the initiative through a policy that allows 40 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer.

Jane Stancill: 919-829-4559, @janestancill

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