NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: NOVEMBER 2, 2010


Seventy-seven groups across North Carolina will share over $10.8 million in state grants to support efforts to reduce the state's dropout rate. The North Carolina General Assembly's Committee on Dropout Prevention named the grant recipients during its October meeting.

The grants, which range in size from $43,350 to $175,000, were awarded to school systems, schools, agencies and nonprofits. More than 200 groups applied for the grants.

The General Assembly established the Committee on Dropout Prevention in 2007 to help improve high school graduation rates in North Carolina. The Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Dave Strahan, a professor in Elementary and Middle Grades Education at Western Carolina University, and Dr. Zoe Locklear, dean of the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The Governor, Speaker of the House and the Senate's President Pro Tempore appoint the Committee's 15 members.

The Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation requires evaluation of the programs that receive grants in an effort to promote replication and improve graduation rates in the state.

Descriptions for how the grant money will be used by recipients will be posted online by Friday, Nov. 5, on the NCDPI's Dropout Prevention and Intervention website at For more information on North Carolina dropout prevention efforts, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

Dropout Prevention Grant Recipients:

Academic Abundance, Inc. (Goldsboro) $174,973
Alexander County Schools $175,000
Alleghany Connections $43,350
Alleghany County Schools $174,865
Alliance for Children & Youth (Gastonia) $175,000
Anson County Schools $175,000
Avery County Schools $175,000
Beaufort County Schools $175,000
Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County $100,000
Building Hope Community Life Center, Inc. (Greenville) $45,000
Buncombe County Schools $174,700
C.S. Brown SDC High School (Winton) $152,000
Central Haywood High School $135,000
Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA $99,680
Cherokee County Schools $175,000
Children & Family Resource Center of Henderson County $73,830
Cleveland County Schools $175,000
Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. $86,000
Communities In Schools of Cape Fear, Inc. $171,043
Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. $175,000
Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County, Inc. $69,980
Communities In Schools of Pitt County $150,004
Communities In Schools of Randolph County $49,800
Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington, Inc. $160,000
Community Development Resource Services (Kinston) $161,245
Conetoe Family Life Center $133,000
Cumberland County Schools $134,071
Davidson County Schools $175,000
Development Foundation of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Inc. (Cullowhee) $172,904
Durham Academy $167,676
East Carolina University $174,971
Edenton-Chowan Schools $175,000
Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools Foundation, Inc. $164,408
Family Resource Center of Raleigh, Inc. $145,112
God's Grace Ministries: Operation Homework (Stokesdale) $175,000
Granville County Schools $175,000
Grier Heights Presbyterian Church (Charlotte) $85,577
Halifax County Schools $175,000
Hallyburton Academy (Drexel) $173,000
Harnett County Schools $150,000
Henderson County Public Schools $173,815
Iredell-Statesville Schools $175,000
It's A Kids World Afterall Academy, Inc. (Roanoke Rapids) $98,500
Ivory Community Development Corporation (Hollister) $150,000
Jackson County Public Schools $128,234
Johnston County Schools $165,000
Jones County Public Schools $104,665
Lakewood High School (Salemburg) $160,000
Lenior County Schools $175,000
Lenior-Greene County Partnership for Children $175,000
Mind of Excellence Education Center (Fayetteville) $83,389
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury, Inc. $159,500
National Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro, Inc. $171,219
One Economy Corporation (Winston-Salem) $174,974
Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson, Inc. $175,000
Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (Rocky Mount) $96,201
Outreach Development Inc. (Greensboro) $149,818
Pender County Public Schools $146,483
Person County Schools $175,000
Pitt County Schools $175,000
Purpose of God Annex Outreach Center (Washington) $175,000
Raising Academic Performance (RAP) (Charlotte) $137,000
Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation (Goldsboro) $173,331
Remedy of Community Needs Ministries (Greensboro) $75,000
Scotland County Schools $175,000
The Children's Council of Watauga County $131,000
The E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Network, CDC (Kannapolis) $174,977
The Hill Center, Inc. (Durham) $175,000
The Housing Authority of The City of Durham $175,000
The North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals (Cary) $175,000
University of North Carolina at Wilmington $108,340
Wake County Public School System $174,025
Weldon City Schools $160,000
Wilson County Department of Social Services $173,450
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools $172,684
YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina $175,000
Z.E.C.A. Inc. (Zero to Eighteen Education Concept Academy) (Jacksonville) $175,000

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.