A significant fundraising effort undertaken by the Greeneville City Schools (GCS) Education Foundation has surpassed its halfway mark.
Providing new, up-to-date devices to transform student learning in Greeneville City Schools' (GCS) classrooms is an expensive undertaking, but in September 2013, the GCS Education Foundation accepted the challenge.
At that time, the launch of Reach4IT was announced, with the goal of raising $750,000 to equip all GCS classrooms with new technology for student use.
A news release from the foundation says every dollar raised for Reach4IT goes directly toward the purchase of devices for students.
MORE THAN $600,000
"Thanks to generous responses from a supportive community, Reach4IT has surpassed the halfway mark having raised pledges and contributions totaling over $600,000," the news release stated.
Local businessman and GCS Education Foundation trustee Bob Leonard is leading the Reach4IT major gifts campaign.
Leonard said that the majority of Reach4IT donations have come from local businesses and industry.
"The Greeneville City School System sells itself. Its reputation as an innovative, collaborative, high-performing school system is valued by our business community, and the business community recognizes the importance of making an investment in the school system," Leonard said.
"This community has always exhibited a rich history of supporting education, with the generosity shown towards this initiative making me very proud of my home town."
INVESTING IN WORKFORCE
Tom Ferguson, president and CEO of the Greene County Partnership said in the release that local business and industry are investing in their own workforce by supporting Reach4IT.
"Equipping our students with technology skills that can translate into the workplace is imperative to producing a qualified workforce," Ferguson said.
"Prospective companies want to see that our school systems are capable of producing a workforce that is comfortable with technology and can adapt to its quick-paced changes.
"Technology is where the future is, and we have to prepare our students for both local and global competition in the job market."
SUPPORTED BY GSIA
In addition to a strong show of support from the business community, the school system's parent organization -- Greeneville Schools In Action (GSIA) -- has stepped forward with an annual commitment to contribute to Reach4IT for the next four years, according to the release.
"The GCS Education Foundation is very pleased that GSIA has agreed to partner with us in support of Reach4IT. We're all in this together," said Leonard.
CLOSER WITH EVERY GIFT
GCS Education Foundation Executive Director Allison Adams acknowledges that Reach4IT will need pledges from Greeneville families and individuals to reach the goal.
"The adage 'It takes a village' is very true. In order for this initiative to be successful, we'll need support from everyone," Adams said.
"Our hope is that everyone with a connection to the city school system -- past or present -- will respond with an annual pledge or a one-time contribution," she said.
"Every gift is a major gift in an initiative of this size and scope. Every donation will take us closer to our goal."
Reach4IT donations can be made directly online, and Reach4IT contribution pledge sheets are also available online at the organizations website.
Anyone interested in making a donation or learning more about the initiative is urged to visit http://www.gcseducationfoundation.net.
Anyone with questions may contact Adams by calling 823-0001.