NC Governor's School Supporters Raise Money Fast

Alumni, parents and others have raised money quickly to keep the North Carolina Governor's School from closing.

Supporters had collected $137,000 by Tuesday for the high school summer-enrichment program. The state Board of Education had challenged fundraisers to come up with $100,000 by August 1 to help make up for more than $800,000 in state budget cuts.

Fundraising organizers said pledges and other anticipated donations are expected to bring the total to $200,000 in the next few days. Supporters want to reduce the amount of tuition that will need to be charged the 600 students chosen to attend next summer.

The program has been offered free to select high-achieving students, providing six weeks of academic and arts courses. More than 31,000 have gone through the program since 1963.

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  • by Just me Location: Greenville on Jul 27, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    Funny, people take initiative and there is only 3 comments. Just the other day there were instantly 100 (exaggerated of course) negative comments about the funding of this program. Those people must have had their government funds for their computers cut and refuse to pay the bill themselves.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 27, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    Can someone tell the governor that this can be done without the state funds?
  • by Proud Sponsor Location: ENC on Jul 27, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    Our daughter attended GSW this summer. It was a positive experience and we helped raise funds. I hope our state board will continue the program.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Jul 27, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    Very good. This is the way it should be funded. I applaud their efforts and the school.
  • by Just me Location: Greenville on Jul 27, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    Good for them!! I'm not necessarily for this program, but it is good to see people FINALLY TAKING INITIATIVE and funding a program they believe in instead of the government having to do it. Every 'government program' should be done away with, and then we would see what programs people would really want and what programs would be viable for the advancement of our city, county, state, and country. I guarantee there would be no welfare, medicaid, food stamps, section 8 government funded houses, government funded 'free bill payments for the so called poor', and many of the other worthless programs our liberal government has put in place to make the lazy lazier.
  • by saywha? Location: Washington on Jul 27, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    As a proud alum of GSE, '86, I gave and I encourage any other alums to do so.

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