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Schools group eyes drives

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — As it prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Wake Education Partnership is gearing up for two big fundraising efforts next year – a $1 million annual drive that begins Jan. 16, and a major-gifts campaign that aims to raise $16 million.

Barry Eveland, IBM’s top official in North Carolina, will chair the annual drive, while Ann Goodnight, who is married to SAS Institute chief Jim Goodnight, will chair the longer-term major-gifts campaign.

The annual drive will support the group’s annual work, including grants to teachers, leadership development for teachers and principals, an education summit, an assessment of community attitudes on the schools, a report on school finance and partnerships with health and human service agencies to provide services for low-income youngsters.

The major-gifts campaign will develop private resources to support innovation and change in the schools.

“If you are going to move public education to the level of quality and excellence that people want, it will take additional resources,” says David Lane, vice president of development.

The Partnership will announce its plans for 2003 at its annual meeting Oct. 17 at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State University.

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