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Weddington Cluster takes lead in 2012 United Way campaign

Principals from each of the schools in the Weddington Cluster pose with their two trophies during a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Schools in this cluster gave the highest percentage of participation and the highest per capita to United Way. Pictured, from left, are, Richard Heins, regional vice president of county operations for the United Way of Central Carolinas, Antioch Elementary principal Karen Dillon, Weddington Middle School principal Steve Wray, Weddington High School principal Jonathan Bowers, Wesley Chapel Elementary principal Wendy Gravely, Weddington Elementary principal Jessica Blanchard, and Pat Kahle, United Way of Union County Board Chair.

The 2012-2013 UCPS United Way campaign raised $170,705, an 8 percent increase ($13,000 more) from last year’s campaign.

Union County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis applauded UCPS employees for their generous donations to United Way.

“I am very grateful for the teachers and staff of our school system,” she said. “They are truly caring people who not only give deeply of themselves during the day to our students, but who also give deeply to the United Way. We know the many organizations supported by the United Way assist our communities and families and we are proud to do our part.”

The Weddington Cluster stood out this year by winning two of the three cluster-level trophies, one for highest participation, the other for highest per capita donation. The Monroe Cluster received the greatest improvement in the percentage of participation.

The school with the most money donated to United Way was Weddington High School at $15,037, an increase of $8,251 from last year.

The Weddington Cluster includes Antioch Elementary, Weddington Middle, Weddington Elementary, Weddington High School and Wesley Chapel Elementary.

The Monroe Cluster includes Monroe Middle, Monroe High, Benton Heights Elementary, East Elementary, Rock Rest Elementary, Rocky River Elementary, Walter Bickett Elementary, Walter Bickett Education Center, Central Academy of Technology and the Arts, Union County Early College High School and Wolfe School.

Richard Heins, regional vice president of county operations for the United Way of Central Carolinas, said that UCPS employees are the largest contributors each year to the United Way of Central Carolinas.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Nov 05, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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