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UCPS teachers and staff give back to the community

Pictured, from left, are, Weddington Middle School Principal Steve Wray, Antioch Elementary Principal Karen Dillon, Weddington Elementary Principal Jessica Blanchard, Weddington High School Principal Jonathan Bowers, Wesley Chapel Elementary Principal Wendy Gravely, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis and Richard Heins, regional vice president of county operations for the United Way of Central Carolinas. (Below) Pictured, from left, are Piedmont Middle School Principal Dr. Anne Radke, Fairview Elementary School Principal Kelly Thomas, New Salem Elementary Principal Bryan Lynip, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis, Unionville Elementary School Principal Sharyn VonCannon, Piedmont High School Principal Jonathan Tyson, and Richard Heins, regional vice president of county operations for the United Way of Central Carolinas.

The teachers, staff, and administrators of Union County Public Schools recently showed their personal commitment to the community. The 2013-2014 UCPS United Way employee campaign raised a record $175,764, an increase of $2,599 from last year’s campaign. Primarily raised through personal contributions and payroll deductions, the money will be used by United Way agencies to make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout Union County.

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

“It speaks volumes about the caliber of people we have in Union County Public Schools, that even in these tough economic times, even though they haven’t had a pay raise in several years, they still give from the heart and from their pocketbooks to help others in need,” Ellis said. “I am very proud of the teachers and staff of our school system.”

Ellis said the school system is proud to support an organization that supports so many worthwhile organizations that assist the communities and families.

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

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

The Piedmont Cluster includes Piedmont High School, Piedmont Middle School, Fairview Elementary School, New Salem Elementary School, Porter Ridge Elementary School and Unionville Elementary School.

In thanking the employees of UCPS, 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.

Within the nine UCPS clusters of schools, individual schools were recognized in three categories: highest percentage of participation, greatest improvement in participation, and highest per capita giving.

Cuthbertson Cluster –
Highest percentage of participation: New Town Elementary
Greatest improvement in participation: New Town Elementary
Highest per capita giving: Kensington Elementary

Forest Hills Cluster
Highest percentage of participation: Marshville Elementary
Greatest improvement in participation: Union Elementary
Highest per capita giving: Forest Hills High

Marvin Ridge Cluster
Highest percentage of participation: Marvin Elementary
Greatest improvement in participation: Marvin Ridge High
Highest per capita giving: Marvin Elementary

Monroe Cluster
Highest percentage of participation: Wolfe School
Greatest improvement in participation: Rock Rest Elementary
Highest per capita giving: Monroe High

Parkwood Cluster
Highest percentage of participation: Western Union Elementary
Greatest improvement in participation: Prospect Elementary
Highest per capita giving: Western Union Elementary

Piedmont Cluster
Highest percentage of participation: Piedmont Middle
Greatest improvement in participation: Fairview Elementary
Highest per capita giving: Piedmont Middle

Porter Ridge Cluster
Highest percentage of participation: Stallings Elementary
Greatest improvement in participation: Sardis Elementary
Highest per capita giving: Porter Ridge High

Sun Valley Cluster
Highest percentage of participation: Sun Valley Middle
Greatest improvement in participation: Union County Early College
Highest per capita giving: Union County Early College

Weddington Cluster
Highest percentage of participation: Weddington High
Greatest improvement in participation: Weddington Middle
Highest per capita giving: Weddington High

Written by: UCPS Communications Coordinator Deb Coates Bledsoe and UCPS Chief Communications Officer Rob Jackson
Posted: Oct 25, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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