Nine years ago, a group of parents came together to create the Foundation to support our school amidst the pending North Carolina and Raleigh budget cuts. When funding cuts come "down the pipeline," Principals are forced to cut crucial positions; cutting a teacher means increased class sizes, cutting a Specialist means reducing arts offerings and opportunities for students, cutting a teacher assistant means reduced instructional support for enrichment and remediation, cutting a support staff means reduced services, etc. At the time, there was also a surge of alternative school options (charter schools, private schools, homeschool curriculums, etc.) and the Foundation wanted to promote public education as well.
The mission of the Underwood Foundation is to maintain the excellence of our school program by supporting initiatives which recruit and retain quality teachers, enable and bolster rich instructional programming, and sustain the educational environment.
Establishing a foundation allows members of the community to support funding stability for our school, preserving the components essential to our school’s success.
How are we different?
A traditional PTA (Parent Teacher Association) can only buy tangible items, like instructional supplies, technology, etc. so the Foundation has a distinctly different purpose. The Foundation was created to provide stability for our school as the funding can directly pay staff salaries and fund salary budget gaps that are not funded by the county and state
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The Underwood GT Magnet Elementary School Foundation Tax ID/EIN# is 46-5239516. The Foundation is a 501c3 tax-exempt public charity. Contributions to the Foundation may be deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.