Diane Fowler, a well-loved teacher at Codington Elementary, could see that her school’s 100 second graders greeted each day with a wide disparity in their readiness to learn. Some were only at a Kindergarten level, while others performed at grade levels much higher. Getting all students ready to learn together required activities that would stimulate their young brains to explore, create, collaborate and think – regardless of their performance level. So Diane, knowing that directed play would ready her students in a manner that standard morning classwork could not, set out to create Morning Tubs, each filled with items such as LEGOs, letter cubes, dominos and word-cards.
These Morning Tubs, however, came with a price tag and the estimated $200-plus dollars needed to purchase the items left Diane with a good, but unfunded, idea. So, she, like hundreds of teachers throughout the Cape Fear region turned to Intracoastal Realty’s Teacher’s Fund for a grant.
Established in 2005, Intracoastal Realty’s Teacher’s Fund has awarded more than 1400 grants to local public and private kindergarten-through fifth grade teachers, helping them purchase the supplies, teaching aides and books they need. Established as a 501-c-3 non-profit, the Teacher’s Fund fills a critical need in today’s budget-conscious education system and keeps teachers from going out-of-pocket to provide for their classrooms and students.
The fund is generated primarily by donations from Intracoastal agents, along with contributions from community partners. Since its founding, the Teacher’s Fund has granted more than $285,000 benefiting more than 175,000 students.
Grant distributions are determined by a dedicated group of volunteers comprised of an elementary principal, an elementary teacher, Intracoastal executives and Intracoastal agents who have children in the elementary grades. The group meets monthly to review grant requests submitted by teachers throughout the Cape Fear Region.
In early September, 18 applications were considered with a total of $2570 funded. Some grants, like Diane’s, sought classroom materials, while others requested funding for technology, student supplies, age-appropriate reading materials or science equipment.
Teachers who are interested in applying are invited to fill out and submit the form on the Teacher’s Fund page telling us what supplies are needed and why. No amount is too small. Applications may be submitted from September through May each school year. Requests may also be sent via regular mail to: Intracoastal Realty, c/o Kristen Canizaro, 1902 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC 28403. Teachers are welcome to contact Kristen at 910-509-1952 with any questions.
Intracoastal’s Teacher’s Fund is another example of how we invest in our community. As an independent firm, free of franchise fees that leave our local market, Intracoastal Realty invests its revenues in technology, marketing, agent training and community organizations throughout southeastern North Carolina. It’s how we lead and how we assure the Cape Fear Region continues to thrive.