Schools drive begins

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake Education Partnership has kicked off its annual fund drive with a goal of $1 million, up from $979,138 in cash raised last year.

Money from the drive, chaired by Barry Eveland, IBM state executive, will support partnerships and community involvement to boost student achievement and standards in Wake’s public schools.

Other leaders of drive, which lasts until June and will be run by more than 500 volunteers, include Bob Hatley, president and CEO, Paragon Commercial Bank, corporate gifts chair; oral surgeon Bob Poteat and community volunteer Hannah Poteat, reception co-chairs; Walt Sherlin, associate superintendent of operational services, Wake County Public Schools, school challenge chair; and community volunteer Liza Weidle, parent gifts chair.

The group also is seeking community members to give their ideas about the schools in a survey and short discussions, with results to be announced May 1 at the Wake Education Summit at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State University. To participate, contact Cyndi Soter O’Neil at 821-7609 or

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