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Guilford County gets funding boost to recruit math teachers.

* Action Greensboro committed $2 million over three years to expand pilot project to recruit and retain highly-qualified math teachers in Guilford County high schools. Guilford County Schools and University of North Carolina system pledged additional funds of almost $2 million.

* Arts & Science Council, Charlotte, announced $12.5 million in grants for cultural programming and projects in Charlotte-Mecklenburg for 2006-2007.

* John William Pope Foundation, Raleigh, pledged $2.3 million to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in support of football program and of students studying Western cultures.

* GlaxoSmithKline pledged $10,000 to North Carolina Zoological Society to support “Keepers in the Classroom,” education program sending zookeepers to schools and providing grants for in-class conservation projects.

* United Family Services announced extension of domestic violence services to North Mecklenburg and Lake Norman area through Huntersville offices, made possible by increase in funding from Mecklenburg County and $34,000 grant from Phillip Morris Employee Community Fund.

* LSB The Bank announced $50,000 donation to High Point University’s Cultural Enrichment Series.

* RBC Centura pledged $2,500 and Charter Funding granted $1,000 to Homeownership Center of Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation, Raleigh, to provide first-time homebuyers with educational workshops and counseling.

* Ford Custom Homes’ Benefit Home in Randleman raised $25,000 for Victory Junction Gang Camp for children with serious health needs.

* Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received $5,000 grant from Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation to support middle school and high school educational programs.

* LHS Foundation, which supports James C. Harper School of Performing Arts, Lenoir, received $25,000 challenge gift from Lucy and Jim McCarl after successfully completing match.

* Interact, Wake County nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, received three-year, $359,000 grant from John Rex Endowment to expand support services and hire full-time child and family specialist.

* Communities in Schools of Charlotte Mecklenburg, dropout-prevention program, received $220,000 federal Talent Search grant targeted at first-generation college-bound students, to go toward organization’s ThinkCOLLEGE & Career Center; also received $5,000 from Food Lion Charitable Foundation for center.

* Guilford County Hotel/Motel Association donated $13,000 to North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and Eastern Music Festival following TASTE 2006 fundraising auction and food tasting.

* Hanson Brick, Charlotte-based brick manufacturer, donated 16,000 bricks and day of labor to Union County Habitat for Humanity for construction of Monroe home.

* Durham’s Partnership for Children, Smart Start initiative supporting young children, received $5,000 National Venture Grant from North Carolina Partnership for Children under Smart Start’s National Technical Assistance Center.

* Winston-Salem office of Kilpatrick Stockton law firm collected more than 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for Cook Elementary School children.

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