Public School Foundation

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation (PSF) is the only independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to mobilizing community support for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The PSF focuses on fundraising and grant giving for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district. The PSF believes that all students deserve the best possible education and that teachers are our most valuable resource. The PSF is an independent organization from the MES PTA, and the MES PTA is very grateful for all the PSF does to support the McDougle Elementary School Community!

Congratulations to Ms. Cobb, who is the PSF 2019-2020 Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation – Grades 3-5 (2-year award)

More information about the PSF is available on its website, .

5 DAYS for Education Supports PSF COVID Relief Programs

Each spring, our community comes together on the campus of UNC to show our support for teachers, students, and public education. We can’t gather in the same way this year, but we are still planning a great event to support students and their families who are affected financially by the pandemic. This year's event is called the 5 DAYS for Education. Funds raised for this event this year will benefit the COVID Relief (Includes Food for Students and Social Worker Funds).

The donation link can be accessed at:

Teaching Chairs through The Public School Foundation

The PSF will be awarding six Teaching Chairs titles in 2021 including a new award. A full list of the 2021 chairs is below. A description, criteria and the nomination form for each award can also be found on our website.

Recipients receive monetary awards of $1,000 annually, and hold the award for two to three years, depending on their specific chair.

During the last year, teachers have been especially creative and worked tirelessly to meet the demands of online instruction. We are excited to honor these excellent teachers in May at the Staff Recognition Ceremony.

For more information or questions, please contact Nancy Zeman (

Parents can make nominations.

Thank you for anything you can do to get the word out to the community!

Chairs to be awarded this year include:

Elementary School Chairs: Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation

Middle School Chairs: Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts or Social Studies

High School Chairs: Elmo’s Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School Math or Science

District-wide Chairs: Neil Pedersen Teachers First Chair for Excellence in Classroom Technology; Mel and Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Health or Physical Education; Sterling and Anita Hennis Chair for Promising New Secondary Teachers of English/Language Arts or Social Studies (the nominee must be new to the profession of teaching and have taught in the CHCCS district for less than three years.)

Virtual Thanksgiving Food Drive - Organized by the PSF and the CHCCS PTA Council

As Thanksgiving approaches, our PTA would like to ask our generous community to support CHCCS families in need. Our school social workers have received more requests for assistance than ever before. During Thanksgiving break, which will be a week-long this year, the daily breakfasts, lunches and snacks will be packaged for distribution on Monday, November 23rd. In addition, to make sure that the families in our community have plenty of nourishing food during the holiday week, we are partnering with the child nutrition team to provide an additional box of fresh produce.

Normally, our PTAs ask families to donate non-perishable items to holiday food drives. During remote learning, this type of food drive won't be possible. Instead, we're asking you to make a tax-deductible donation to a Public School Foundation Fund that will help our Child Nutrition Department purchase healthy food for our families in need. $12.50 will provide a family with a box filled with fresh apples, oranges, pears, tomatoes, kale, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide 800 meal boxes. Please click here to make a donation: Food for Students Thanksgiving Donations. In the comments section of the donation form please add: "Thanksgiving Food". Donations will be accepted through November 8.

We'll also need ADULT volunteers to help us pack the boxes on November 21 and 22 and distribute the boxes on November 23. More information about volunteering will be coming soon.

PSF - Help for Families Fundraiser (2020)

CHCCS has launched a fundraising effort with the help of our friends at the Public School Foundation. Dr. Jim Causby, the Interim Superintendent, hopes to raise $100,000 in private donations simply to help families in our community with whatever they need. Any money raised will be used at the discretion of our school social workers, who do such a great job building relationships with our families, and who know the specific needs. In some cases, a family may need help paying a bill. Others may need medicine, baby diapers or even gas for their car. It really doesn’t matter what the need is, we just want to offer whatever assistance we can. Since my arrival on July 1, many of you have been kind enough to ask how you can help. This would be a great way. Making a donation is simple:

  • Click here to access the site

  • In the first drop down box, select “other”

  • In the other box, type in “COVID Relief”

  • Submit your information just like making an online purchase

We want to offer a special thank you to Madeline Blobe, Executive Director of the Public School Foundation, for working with CHCCS to make this fundraiser so user-friendly. We are all eager to assist our families, and I know you are too.

Thank you for joining CHCCS and the PSF in this worthwhile effort. Any amount you can contribute will be put to good use and greatly appreciated.

Thank you MES Families.pdf