KEF Breakfast raises $25,000 to support KCS students and teachers

KEF Breakfast raises $25,000 to support KCS students and teachers
Posted on 03/16/2018
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The Kannapolis Education Foundation (KEF) hosted a very successful seventh annual TECH breakfast on Friday, March 16th. TECH stands for Teach Every Child How. The theme of the 2018 TECH Breakfast was “Bridge to Opportunity.” The event showcased how the Kannapolis Education Foundation and Kannapolis City Schools are building a bridge between STEM education in schools and success for students in college and the workforce.    


During the breakfast, KCS teacher, Ashlyn Cagle, and her students from G.W. Carver Elementary School, demonstrated the work they are doing with computer coding and how they are connecting those skills with the arts. The students showed how they can learn math and reading through the study of music and how they programmed robots to orchestrate and harmonize the theme music to Star Wars. The breakfast also featured KMS teacher, Ute Lentz, and her students. Lentz was able to begin an engineering and robotics program at KMS thanks to donations from the Kannapolis Education Foundation. During the 2018 breakfast, she and her students explained the benefits of the KMS robotics program and demonstrated the work they are doing with engineering  and computer programming.


The KEF Breakfast also focused on the connection between computer programming and manufacturing. It showcased the work that Kannapolis City Schools is doing to train students in skills such as welding and advanced manufacturing. Diego Pedroza, a 2017 graduate of the A.L. Brown Welding program, spoke at the breakfast about the career opportunities he and his classmates received as part of the A.L. Brown welding program and how integral technology and computer coding skills are to success in today’s advanced manufacturing industries. He explained that he will be continuing his training at the college level in order to integrate technology and computer coding into the work he is doing in the fabrication industry.  

The KEF Breakfast also featured Barbi Jones, Executive Director of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Carol Spalding, President of Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Jones and Spalding highlighted the importance of giving students the skills they need to be successful in the workplace and how much of a need there is in the Cabarrus/Rowan region for employees who are trained in computer coding and can be ready to work in industries such as advanced manufacturing. Both leaders emphasized the work the Kannapolis Education Foundation is doing to provide the resources that students need and how important it is to support the Kannapolis Education Foundation.  


During the 2018 breakfast the Kannapolis Education Foundation honored Mary Beth Burgess, owner of Mary Beth Burgess State Farm Insurance and Financial Services, presenting her with the organization’s Friend of Education Award. Burgess was recognized for her partnerships with Kannapolis City Schools, her ongoing support of students and teachers, and her commitment to supporting the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


The breakfast raised approximately $25,000, which will be used to provide additional computer coding resources to the students and teachers of Kannapolis City Schools. Research shows that computer coding jobs are part of nearly every industry and that there are more than 7,000,000 job openings in the U.S. that require computer coding skills. A complete video of the breakfast is available on the Facebook pages of Kannapolis City Schools and the Kannapolis Education Foundation. 


The Kannapolis Education Foundation was established in 1994 as an independent non-profit organization. Since it was founded, it has donated approximately three quarters of a million dollars to Kannapolis City Schools. The KEF has provided advanced science equipment, computers, books, software, and other classroom materials to teachers and students in Kannapolis City Schools. 


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