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Woods Charter School Foundation kicks off "The Founders' Series"

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - On Tuesday, November 15, Woods Charter School Foundation will host the first in a new speaker series called “The Founders’ Series,” to honor the tenets upon which Woods Charter School was founded, most significantly the school's commitment to excellence in education. The Foundation will hold will host events several times throughout the year, featuring guests speaking about their areas of past experience and/or expertise.

The first event will be held on Tuesday, November 15, beginning at 6:30 pm. The Foundation will welcome Walter Mears, Pulitzer Prize winner and former AP Bureau Chief. Mr. Mears will present observations from his book “Deadlines Past.” Following his coverage of 11 Presidential campaigns, his presentation includes stories of the campaigns, the people involved, the process of choosing a President and how this process has changed over the years.

“With 'The Founders’ Series,' we hope to engage adults of all ages, as well as high school students coming of age – the topics we are targeting will pique the interest of many,” stated Lisa MacKenzie, Advancement Coordinator for the Foundation. Members of the public, of high school age and up are invited to attend this no admission event.

“We invite not only members of the Woods community, but our neighbors in surrounding areas throughout Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Pittsboro and other nearby communities to join us,” commented Harrell Rentz, Principal of Woods Charter School. “Our educational commitment and philosophy extends beyond the 512 students we currently serve at Woods, and I hope that we will meet many new faces at these events.”

In the past, events such as Woods Rock, an annual music festival, and the Foundation’s Annual Benefit Auction have successfully achieved the multiple goals of bringing the Woods community together, enriching the greater Chapel Hill and Chatham and Orange County communities, and helping to fund necessities such as textbooks, classroom resources, and professional development at Woods.

For more information about Woods Charter School Foundation, visit or contact Lisa MacKenzie at 919-960-5393 or

The Woods Charter School Foundation was established in 2007 with a focus on fundraising to bridge the gap between inadequate state and federal funding and the cost of providing a quality education and securing the long-term financial stability of Woods Charter School. The primary focus of the Foundation is to support the educational pursuits of students through programming, facility enhancements, and supplemental faculty resources. Since 2007, the Foundation has raised nearly $500,000, used to outfit Woods Charter School with such items as items such as a school-wide security system, lockers, computers, white boards, complete setup for science labs, and start-up items for our very first kindergarten classes. Realizing that Woods Charter School and its families benefit from participation in the greater community, the Foundation also endeavors to provide opportunities to enrich the quality of life in the region surrounding our school.

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