Kannapolis Education Foundation honors Earnhardts, raises money for KCS

Kannapolis Education Foundation honors Earnhardts, raises money for KCS
Posted on 01/08/2014
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The Kannapolis Education Foundation (KEF) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special fundraising breakfast on January 7, 2014. The event included a tribute to Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and honored members of the Earnhardt family. 

 

The Kannapolis Education Foundation was founded in April of 1994 with seed money from Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The money came from proceeds from Dale Earnhardt Day, which was held in October 1993 to honor Dale Earnhardt’s sixth Winston Cup Championship. He eventually won a record-tying seven Winston Cup Championships. Dale Earnhardt, Sr. grew up in the Kannapolis City School System and wanted to help children in his hometown have more classroom resources available to them. As a way of supporting education, Earnhardt donated $30,000 from Dale Earnhardt Day to start the Kannapolis Education Foundation.

 

During the 20th anniversary celebration, the Kannapolis Education Foundation honored Dale Earnhardt, Sr. by presenting his family with the Friend of Education Award in his memory. Earnhardt's daughter, Kelley, accepted the award and presented a check for $5,000 to the Kannapolis Education Foundation from the Dale Junior Foundation. 

 

Since the KEF was founded in 1994, it has donated more than $600,000 to help the students and teachers of Kannapolis City Schools. That money has provided computers, library books, school supplies, advanced science equipment, iPads, and other materials to KCS classrooms. Currently, the Kannapolis Education Foundation is conducting a TECH Campaign, which has the goal of putting iPads into every classroom in Kannapolis City Schools. TECH stands for Teach Every Child How, and thus far the campaign has raised more than $60,000 to buy iPads for KCS classrooms. 

 

In Kannapolis City Schools, students are using iPads to design racing machines. The machines are part of a program called the BioMoto STEM challenge. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and BioMoto combines the fields of motorsports and medicine. Specifically, BioMoto blends the science and technology of medicine (Bio) with the engineering and math of racing (Moto). It is a program that allows KCS students to learn STEM subjects in a way that boosts their interest in learning and prepares them for careers in some of this region’s leading industries. It also ties the current focus of the Kannapolis Education Foundation—providing iPads for KCS classrooms—with the racing roots of the organization’s benefactor, Dale Earnhardt, Sr.   

The 20th anniversary event raised more than $20,000 for the Kannapolis Education Foundation. That money will be donated to Kannapolis City Schools to buy additional iPads for KCS classrooms.  

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