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UCPS employees break all-time record in United Way giving

Piedmont High School principal Dr. Jonathan Tyson, Piedmont Middle School principal Dr. Anne Radke, Unionville Elementary principal Sharyn VonCannon and Fairview Elementary principal Kelly Thomas hold the Highest Per Capita trophy, presented during a principals’ meeting. (Below) Stallings Elementary principal Laura Gaddy, Sardis Elementary principal Theresa Benson, Porter Ridge High School principal Dr. Bashawn Harris, Porter Ridge Elementary School principal Lisa Taylor, Hemby Bridge Elementary principal Casey Ball, Porter Ridge Middle principal Lee Casey, and Poplin Elementary principal Scott Broome hold the Greatest Improvement in Percentage of Participation Percent of Participation trophy. (Bottom photo) Weddington Middle School former principal Steven Wray, Weddington Elementary School principal Kristen Sebek, Antioch Elementary principal Dr. Jamie Benfield, and Weddington High School principal Jonathan Bowers hold the Highest Percent of Participation trophy.

The 2014-2015 Union County Public Schools’ United Way campaign raised a grand total of $198,659., a 12.8 percent increase (or $22,659 more) from last year’s campaign.

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis applauded UCPS employees for their generous donations to United Way and said she was very grateful to the teachers and staff of the school system.

“They not only give of themselves to our students every day, but they also give deeply to the United Way,” Ellis said.

Ellis noted that considering the number of organizations supported by United Way, and the number of individuals and families who are helped, she is proud that UCPS does its part.

Individual schools and clusters were recognized during a principals’ meeting for their participation.

The Weddington Cluster (Weddington Elementary, Middle and High schools, and Antioch Elementary) had the highest percentage of participation, with 82 percent participating.

The Porter Ridge cluster (Hemby Bridge Elementary, Poplin Elementary, Porter Ridge Elementary, Middle and High schools, Sardis and Stallings elementary schools) had the greatest improvement in percentage of participation, with a 13 percent increase of participation.

The Piedmont Cluster (Fairview Elementary, New Salem Elementary, Piedmont Middle and High schools and Unionville Elementary) had the highest per capita percentage in participation.

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.

United Way funding supports numerous local agencies, including the American Red Cross, the Arc of Union County, the Boy and Girl Scouts, the Council on Aging, the Salvation Army, Turning Point, and the Union County Community Shelter.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jun 16, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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