Fletcher Academy retains fundraiser

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Fletcher Academy in Raleigh has retained Teena Anderson, former head of philanthropic services for BB&T, to provide contract development services for the private school.

Anderson signed a one-year contract to provide 10 hours a week of project management for development efforts at the school, which serves 116 children with learning disabilities or attention-deficit disorders in grades one through 12.

“She is going to be providing us with her expertise to develop a plan to organize our fundraising efforts, help set the goals and write up a plan,” says Junell Blaylock, headmaster of the school.

She also will “get parents involved in a fundraising committee, so active and alumni parents have a say and a vested interest in what we’re doing,” says Blaylock.

No specific timelines or goals for development efforts have been established yet, she says.

The Academy recently dedicated its newly renovated gym, renaming it the Silber Gymnasium in honor of Leon Silber, who founded the school in 1981 and served as headmaster until 2004.

The school also is the only educational institution in eastern North Carolina to serve as a host facility for the Schools Attuned program, led by Mel Levine, co-founder of All Kinds of Minds, an institute that helps teachers understand learning differences.

The Fletcher Academy receives significant funding from the Raleigh-based A.J. Fletcher Foundation, which publishes the Philanthropy Journal.

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