KCS receives $150,000 Cannon Foundation grant

KCS receives $150,000 Cannon Foundation grant to support magnet programs
Posted on 06/29/2017
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The Cannon Foundation has awarded Kannapolis City Schools $150,000 to help support the district’s new magnet programs. The programs will start in August and will focus on Global Studies, Spanish Language Immersion, and the Arts.

“We are so grateful to the Cannon Foundation for their wonderful support and generosity,” said Dr. Kelly Burgess, KCS Associate Superintendent. “Starting these new programs requires tremendous resources, and this grant means that our students and teachers will have the special materials they need. We’re excited about our new magnet programs, and this grant will help to make them even more successful.”

Money from The Cannon Foundation grant will be used to convert the library at G.W. Carver Elementary into the hub of the school’s A+ Arts magnet program. The funds will help renovate the school’s media center so that it includes an art gallery, outdoor stage, maker spaces, and collaborative areas where students can learn, explore, and create.

The rest of The Cannon Foundation grant will be used to transform Fred L. Wilson Elementary into a magnet school for Global Studies and Spanish Language Immersion. The Cannon Foundation’s donation will equip the school with flags from around the world, display cases for international artifacts, and murals in common areas throughout the school.   

Kannapolis City Schools’ new magnet programs are open to all elementary students in the district that apply and are accepted through a random selection process. Magnet school students learn the same curriculum that is taught in all North Carolina public schools. However, the magnet schools put an emphasis on the special areas highlighted by their programs, such as global studies, the arts, or Spanish Language Immersion.  


KCS Superintendent, Dr. Chip Buckwell, says The Cannon Foundation grant will make a tremendous difference for Kannapolis City Schools’ students. “The new magnet programs we’re starting in August will give our students opportunities they’ve never had before. From expanding their interests in the arts to exploring languages and international studies, our students will be better prepared for an ever-changing and globally connected world. We appreciate the support of The Cannon Foundation and want them to know they are truly making a difference for our children and community.”

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