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Suzanne Gulledge provided $20,000 grant for Caswell County project

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A nonprofit organization that provides funding for projects in Caswell and Lenoir counties has awarded a $20,000 grant to UNC School of Education Professor Suzanne Gulledge and the Carolina ACES (Academic Curriculum Enrichment Students) project.

The grant will help bring UNC-Chapel Hill student mentors and specialized education programming to N.L. Dillard Middle School in Yanceyville, N.C.

Gulledge, ACES project director said, “I hope that that the presence of Carolina students will enhance the learning experience for Caswell County’s middle school students and that this will be an enriching experience for everyone involved.”

The ACES project will train UNC-Chapel Hill students to serve as classroom mentors for Yanceyville students in grades 6-8 at the only middle school in Caswell County. Approximately 10 to 12 UNC-Chapel Hill students will make weekly visits to Yanceyville throughout the fall 2010 semester. The college students will work to reinforce academic skills and habits that can raise the younger students’ potential for future academic success.

School of Education faculty will provide UNC-Chapel Hill students and Dillard School teachers with training in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Development), a nationally acclaimed program designed to support the academic achievement of young adolescents through work with college students in the school setting.

Working together, local teachers and UNC-Chapel Hill students and faculty will design and implement the program in a way that will be most helpful to the Caswell County students. Local teachers will also be able to receive additional support from teachers in Orange and Durham counties who are experienced with the AVID model.

Nicole McGhee, assistant principal at N.L. Dillard Middle School, said, “We are certain that this project’s one-on-one and small group instruction will provide a great opportunity for our students, and we hope this partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill will blossom into more opportunities.”

The Community-Campus Partnership offers small grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to full-time faculty, staff, or students of UNC-Chapel Hill to support projects that align with local priorities in Caswell and/or Lenoir counties. Projects must build local capacity, skills, or knowledge to address current and future challenges in the areas of community and economic development, education, infrastructure, or public health; and/or improve the livability and viability of local communities.