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On December 12, 1989, Dr. Dicky Parrish, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Education, appointed Board of Education member Glenda Hales and Eaton Corporation Plant Manager, Robert Busby, to begin exploring the establishment of an Education Foundation.


1990: Two fundamental events led to the grassroots formation of The Johnston County Education Foundation.  Board of Education Chairman Dicky Parrish directed that Superintendent Dr. Jim Ellerbee look into the formation of a local education fund. Mr. Robert Busby was asked to begin the local effort.  Concurrently, Mr. Harold Keen met with the leadership of Wake Education Partnership, researching what it would take for Johnston County to have the benefit of a local education fund. The two leaders established a task force to begin working on an Education Foundation as a county-wide effort.  Business and community leaders worked towards (1) making teachers feel good about their profession and (2) providing mini-grants for classroom projects.

-- Articles of Incorporation filed.  501(c)3 tax status granted by IRS. 

-- Formal presentation to the Johnston County Board of Education, followed by a public announcement of the Foundation.

-- President Bob Busby and President-Elect Harold Keen gave credibility to the group and led the first fund raising efforts.

1991 - First Grants Awarded; Superintendent Dr. G. Thomas Houlihan hired by the Johnston County Board of Education.  Board accepted administration of the Guy C. Lee Scholarship at Smithfield-Selma High School.

1992 - Teacher Grants continue.

- Project L3, or Life Long Learning, introduced by Johnston County Board of Education.

- Organization hired its first employee.

- Johnston County Schools' "Showcase of Stars" premiere - established as a fund raiser for the Education Foundation

1993 - Grants Program expanded.

- Board accepted administration of the Benjamin E. Strifert Scholarship at North Johnston High.

- Board accepted administration of the Caryn Reed Scholarship at Clayton High School.

1994 - Superintendent Dr. James Causby hired by the Johnston County Board of Education.

- Partnership of Johnston County Schools/Johnston County Education Foundation for Project L3 received a Governor's Program of Excellence in Education award.

- Grant winners began to be recognized at the PTA/PTO/Advisory Council Dinners

- Board accepted administration of the Ray A. Boyette Visual Arts Grants

- Board accepted administration of the Lance Oatley Stewart Memorial Wrestling Scholarship

- Life Long Learning Project spawned off on its own, with a separate Board of Directors to oversee its success.

1995 - Mission Statement amended: The Johnston County Education Foundation strives to enhance the public school educational experience of students within Johnston County through the involvement of financial and human resources from the private sector by supporting and creating programs that expand the quality of education.

- Five Year Celebration

- First JCEF Video produced

- Johnston Community Foundation grant awarded to support grants programs.

1996 - Foundation joins each Chamber of Commerce in Johnston County to provide better visibility and influence.

- Board accepted administration of the Mast Firm Scholarship at each of the JCS high Schools, the Rains Scholarship at Princeton High school, the Thomas Eastwood Medlin Scholarship at Smithfield-Selma High School., the Miss Ione B. Vinson Memorial Scholarship with county-wide competition, the Ray Hollowell Memorial Scholarship at Princeton High School, and the Quinton Brown Memorial Scholarship at Smithfield-Selma High.

- Board received a $105,000 bequest from Newitt Williams

- Mission Statement amended: The Johnston County Education Foundation will enhance the public school educational experience of students within Johnston County through the prudent use of resources, and through programs which foster creativity, innovation, and involvement.

1997 - Showcase of Stars expanded to four shows.

- Brogden Mills Grants established through a partnership with Brogden Mills

-Board accepted administration of the Ethel Butler Simpson Scholarship with county-wide competition.

- Barbara Clapp Character Awards defined and administered.

- Board accepted administration of of the Kim Beam Cox Scholarship at Smithfield-Selma High

- Kenly Kiwanis pledged support for up to $750 each year for the J. Burke Long Kenly Kiwanis Grants.

- First Adult Spelling Bee

1998 - Established a presence on the World Wide Web.

- Board accepted administration of the J.E. Rogerson Memorial Scholarship

- Board accepted administration of the Woodall Scholarship

- Began participation in the Johnston County Flame for Learning Awards by providing $500 to the Flame recipient.

- Began providing desserts for the New Employee Luncheon

- Partnered with the NC Center for International Understanding so that five educators from Johnston County could travel to Mexico to learn first-hand about the culture in order to better educate Hispanic and Latino students in our system.

- Partnered with Texas Steakhouse for the "Excellence in Education" coupon program

- Published the winning grants submitted and distributed them through email and via diskette to all Johnston County Schools

1999 - Participated in the 50th Mule Days Parade (Benson) with a partnership float - Progress Energy and area teachers and principals joined us on the float. 

- Board accepted administration of the Jimmy Ray Eason Memorial Soccer Scholarship at Smithfield-Selma High.

- Board accepted administration of the Michael David Creech Memorial Scholarship at North Johnston High.

- Partnered with Applebee's in Smithfield on their Grant Opening Night - diner ate free; contributions and tips supported the Foundation

2000 - Board members volunteered in the schools in celebration of the Foundation's tenth year.

- Board accepted administration of Four Oaks Bank Scholarships at each of five JCS high schools.

- Board accepted administration of the Jamie Mack Penny Memorial Scholarship at South Johnston High

- Carolyn Ennis was recognized for her dedication to the Foundation through Showcase of Stars

- Board accepted administration of the Susan P. Oldham Memorial Scholarship at North Johnston High.

- Board accepted administration of the Tom I. Davis, Jr. Leadership Award, endowed by Jimmy & Earline Hite of Hite Associates

2001 - Board accepted role of advisory board for SAVVY Afterschool program at Selma Middle School, made possible by a grant from the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

- Board accepted administration of the Mary Jane Mitchell Reading Award at Cleveland Elementary School.

- Board accepted administration of the Alyce Sumrell Educational Endowment, which should grow into a scholarship at Clayton High School in the future.

- Board accepted administration of the Colonel Donald E. Woodard Scholarship for ROTC at Smithfield-Selma High School.

2002 - First Scholarship Naming Raffle, with a barbecue dinner at Selma Fire Station and free tickets to the Rudy Theatre to see The American Music Jubilee held on August 17. 2002

- Board  accepted administration of the Carquest Performance Supply Scholarship at North Johnston High School.

- Board accepted administration of the Carlton Daughtery Memorial Scholarship at Smithfield-Selma High School.

- Board accepted administration of the Deacon Jones Scholarship at Princeton High School.

- Board accepted administration of the Cooper Elementary Scholarship at Clayton High School.

- JCEF participated in Belk Charity Day, receiving proceeds from all the coupons we sold for the event.

- Board accepted administration of the Jessica Lynne Gurley Memorial Scholarship at North Johnston High School.

- Board accepted administration of the West Johnston High School Sportsmanship Alliance Scholarships and the West Johnston High School Excellence in Arts Scholarship.

- JCEF Grant Patrol re-established to deliver grants to winning teachers.

- Mission Statement Updated: The Johnston County Education Foundation promotes innovation, involvement, and excellence in the public schools through the prudent administration of privately-funded programs, grants and scholarships.

- Vision Statement adopted: To achieve recognition as the primary partner of public education in Johnston County through support of continuous academic improvement and professionalism and excellence in teaching.

 2003 - Board accepted administration of the Smithfield Rotary Club Scholarship in Honor of Carl and Marjorie Lamm.

- Board accepted administration of the WIZ Kids Grant in memory of Debbie Wyzykowski.

- Board accepted administration of the Shirley Cohen Scholarship.

- Board accepted administration of the Life Long Learning Scholarship Funds from the Life Long Learning Foundation.

- JCEF entered into a partnership with the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce to provide refurbished computers for kids at Smithfield Middle and Selma Middle Schools.

- JCEF agreed to administer funds for Junior Leadership Johnston.

- JCEF partnered with Johnston County Schools to host the Retirement Dinner for Dr. James F. Causby, with proceeds supporting a scholarship bearing his name.

2004 - Board accepted administration of the Lucille Crocker Coates Scholarship.

- Board accepted administration of the Dr. James F. Causby Excellence in Education Scholarship.

- Board accepted administration of the Smithfield High School Scholarship.

- Board accepted administration of the JCS AP Scholarships.

 - JCEF supported JCS Elementary Science Kits initiative.

2005 - JCEF Partnered with The Smithfield Herald and Outback Steakhouse in a Luncheon for Literacy fund raising event.

- Board accepted administration of the Superintendent's Scholarship, which will rotate alphabetically in the high schools, starting with Clayton High.

- Ray A. Boyette Grant transitioned to the Ray A. Boyette Scholarship in the Arts.

- Board accepted administration of the Johnny Ray Johnson Memorial Scholarship at North Johnston High.

- Board accepted administration of the Sue Wood/Media Scholarship, to be awarded to classroom teachers who are working towards their school library and information science degree.

2006 - JCEF Board & JCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Parker reached an agreement for the Executive Director to become an employee of Johnston County Schools.

- Board accepted the administration of the Jeriad Paul Jacobs Scholarship at Clayton High School.

- Board adopted a new logo for the Foundation.

- Board agreed to support the Principal of the Year Award with a cash award of $1,500.

2007 -  Board accepted administration of the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County Scholarships, including the Four Oaks Bank Scholarships at each high school and multi-year scholarships from past years.

- Board accepted administration of the Ceclia McRae and Donnie Parker Excellence in Teaching Award at North Johnston High School for the school's designated Teacher of the Year.

- Board accepted administration of the Donnie and Linda Vann Lassiter Scholarships at North Johnston High School.

2008 - JCEF attended the JCS Employee Health and Benefits Fair.

- Board updated By-laws.

- Board accepted administration of the "Every Little Voice Counts Scholarship" at Johnston Count Middle College

- Foundation invited to promote Foundation administered scholarship opportunities at the opening of the Relay for Life at JCC.

- Foundation staff doubled; Jeannine Flynn was hired as an assistant for the Executive Director.

2009 - Board approved changing the name of the Woodall Scholarship at North Johnston High to the David Johnson Scholarship.

- Board accepted administration of the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarships at South Johnston High.

- Board accepted administration of the Dr. H. Edward Croom Scholarship, which will rotate though Johnston County Schools in alphabetical order.

- Through re-organization by Superintendent Ed Croom, the Foundation staff became members of the Public Information Department.

- Board accepted administration of the Selma Woman's Club Scholarship at Smithfield-Selma High.

- Board accepted expansion of the Jamie Mack Penny Scholarship to include West Johnston High.

- Board accepted changes in the criteria for the Cooper Scholarship.

- Board accepted administration of the William and Dorothy Wellons Community Service Scholarship at Princeton High.

2010 - Sysco of Raleigh hosted a Luncheon for Literacy at their site.

- Horace Mann agreed to fund $1,000 for the Principal of the Year this year.

- Sysco agreed to fund $500 for the Flame for Learning recipient this year.

- Board accepted administration of the Joyce Wade Scholarship, with the recipient to be selected from county-wide applicants who are children of JCS employees.

- Board changed the fiscal year from a calendar year to a July 1 to June 30 year to align with the school year.

- Board accepted administration of the Teen Driving Awareness Scholarship, to be awarded in  2010 at each Johnston County Schools high school.

- Education Horizons, the Foundation's newsletter, was revived with the intent of publishing electronically three of four quarters each year.

- Time Warner Grant awarded for Intercessions at South Smithfield Elementary and West Smithfield Elementary.

- Awarded Wachovia/Wells Fargo Foundation Grant to be used for teacher grants in classrooms. 

In 2010, the Foundation celebrated 20 years of promoting excellence, innovation and involvement in Johnston County Schools. 

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