United Way to Provide Matching Grants in Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week

By Staff

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Since 1984, National PTA has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this year (May 2-6), United Way will match all gifts made through DonorsChoose.org to Forsyth County teacher projects up to a total of $10,000.

At its April 28th Board meeting, United Way leaders decided to extend their support of our community’s students by directly investing in the creative ideas and unique needs that teachers are seeking assistance with through DonorsChoose.org.

United Way, through the generosity of our community, invests over $4 million annually to support the young people of Forsyth County. From mentoring, tutoring, and counseling—to parent education, food assistance and multiple other strategies, United Way is committed to raising student achievement and ensuring that all young people can achieve success.

At the heart of student success is the vital role of classroom teachers, who have dedicated themselves to the same goals. Through this matching program during Teacher Appreciation Week, United Way wants all of our teachers to know how much we value and support their efforts to make a difference in the lives of children.

Participation is simple and impactful. For any new gift made now through the end of the day on May 6th, United Way will match those funds dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. As of today, there are 50 projects listed on DonorChoose.org, although this may grow in the coming week. In fact, United Way hopes this opportunity will encourage teachers to develop additional projects and individual donors to take advantage of the match while supporting a Forsyth County teacher.

“We realize that classroom teaching is one of the toughest jobs. We appreciate the commitment of our teachers to guide, inspire, and nurture our children. This matching program is an additional way we, as a community and United Way, can show our appreciation. It is our hope that 100% of the $10,000 will be used by the end of next week,” says Eric Aft, Chief Operating Officer for United Way of Forsyth County.

To make a gift, and review the details on the process for doing so, please visit the website HERE and search Forsyth County, North Carolina for a list of our county’s teachers’ projects. For additional ideas how you can support and recognize our teachers, please visit HERE to review a list created by The Forsyth Promise.