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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – New Hanover County schools raised close to $39,000 as a result of their participation in the annual United Way of the Cape Fear Area campaign, according to a spokesperson on behalf of the school system.
The campaign is said to be the most successful one in more than eight years.
"The United Way helps fund education, economic and health programs that are offered to community members,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley in a statement. “Many community members that rely on these programs come directly from the NHCS family. It's encouraging to see our employees ban together in generosity to give to this campaign.”
NHCS United Way coordinators organized several events to help raise money.
Both Hoggard and Ashley high schools held “Pie Your Teacher” fundraisers, which raised more money than any other event. Additionally, the highest number of district donations were given to Hoggard, and Ashley held the most successful high school student-run campaign.
Trask, Roland-Grise and Williston middle schools increased participation and donation rates over the past three years, while Myrtle Grove Middle students raised more than $100 by filling buckets with change.
Murrayville Elementary’s fundraising efforts totaled close to $2,000, while Bellamy, Carolina Beach, Codington, and Gregory elementary schools also led strong efforts. Both Holly Tree and Alderman schools boasted a 100 percent participation rate among teachers and staff, while more than 90 percent of staff participated at College Park and Sunset Park schools.
Additionally, the NHCS Central Office staff made donations and increased pledges so that overall participation was up 25 percent from years before.
The Transportation Department raised more than $2,600.
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