Families Helping Families

At McDougle Elementary School, one of our quests is to ensure that all of our students have their basic needs met so that they come to school ready to learn and grow. MES Families Helping Families is a program in which Dolphin families can help other Dolphin Families when they are in need of items such as food, clothing, basic furniture, assistance with recreational opportunity costs (i.e. Rainbow Soccer, field trip expenses, after school care) or whatever else is needed. More information about the Families Helping Families program is available here, or by contacting the school social worker, Ms. Olley, at lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us or at 919-969-2435, extension 64380. Please note Families Helping Families is not a MES PTA initiative.

MES Families Helping Families Supply and Gift Card Drive

Hello, Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We hope that you are doing well a year on in the pandemic, and with your child(ren)’s school day whether that’s in person or remote. It has been a very difficult time for many of us, but we’ve seen how in many ways our community has rallied to try to meet some of those needs. The support we give to one another is the most important factor in getting through hard times.

To that end, we are asking for those that can, to pitch in again, for a grocery card drive and for a few items that we have requested in a sign up genius.

We could use Food Lion or Walmart cards (or any gift card), as well as balls, backpacks, and a few other items. SignUpGenius

We will be collecting the grocery cards the week of May 17th. You can give cards or items to Laura Olley, School Social Worker, via your child’s teacher, at the front desk at school, or during drop off you can hand them to a staff checking temperatures. You can also mail cards or have items shipped to McDougle Elementary 890 Old Fayetteville Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 ℅ Laura Olley.

Thank you so very much for your ongoing support of our Dolphin Community!

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Olley, lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us 919-360-5255

If you are in need of support, please complete the assistance form below and our School Social Worker, Laura Olley will be in touch with you. Winter Assistance Form

Ms. Olley School Social Worker introduction and links


With colder weather and winter holidays coming, we want to offer assistance to families that may need it. This form has to be completed by Dec. 14th in order to receive assistance. This is a confidential/private form, only Ms. Olley, school social worker, will see your names and personal household information. Please contact Ms. Olley with any questions, lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us 919-360-5255



Hello Dolphin Families!

The MES Families Helping Families is kicking off our holiday support efforts and we need all hands on deck as the needs are vast and wide this season. We are doing things a bit differently this year as COVID is impacting our ability to shop, gather and wrap as we have in past years. We are staying nimble and figuring out ways we can continue to support our MES families and spread joy during the holiday season.

First, we will be gathering small gifts on a case by case basis however the majority of our gift giving will be given in the form of gift cards so families can purchase their own gifts as they see fit. Gift cards from Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Food Lion or other grocery stores can be mailed directly to the school (McDougle Elementary 890 Old Fayetteville Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516) attention of Laura Olley OR you can donate money directly to Catherine Gravatt via Venmo (@Catherine-Gravatt). If you donate via Venmo, please put in notes FOR MES HOLIDAY GIVING.

We realize everyone is under financial strain now more than ever so whatever you can contribute is greatly appreciated. There are several ways you can contribute.

1) Contribute a gift card or monetary contribution in any amount of your choosing (mail in or Venmo @Catherine-Gravatt

2) Sponsor one child in the amount of $50.00

3) Sponsor a family of four for $150.00

4) Sponsor a family of five for $200.00

5) Contact Laura Olley (lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us) to ask for a specific gift item to purchase and deliver to the school

Secondly, we are also hosting a “winter warmth” drive. Please bring new or gently used, clean coats, new hats, new gloves to McDougle Elementary School or drop off at Catherine Gravatt’s home at 304 Autumn Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. We need a variety of sizes for both boys and girls.

All contributions (coats, hats, gloves, gift cards, monetary donations) should be completed no later than Thursday, December 10th end of day. If you need to make a separate arrangement or have questions please contact Catherine Gravatt at gravattfive@gmail.com (txt 917-648-4566) or Laura Olley at lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us.

Thank you for all you do and for all your support. Let’s make this a wonderful holiday for our MES Family!

McDougle Elementary School Clothes Closet

The McDougle Clothes Closet is a free service for all families in our school community who need clothes.

The goal of the Clothes Closet is to provide free, clean, size appropriate and stylish clothing so each child can feel comfortable and confident to be ready to learn at school. Clothes are carefully selected, laundered, and presented with care for each individual student who utilizes the service.

The Clothes Closet is a donation driven volunteer project and continues to grow thanks to the generosity of families who can give who do give.

The Clothes Closet has three primary functions:

  1. Provides Clothing Kits for all students who need any type of clothing, jackets, winter hats, shoes, underwear and/or socks.

  2. Provides emergency clothing for any child who has an accident or experiences a wardrobe malfunction during the school day. A quick trip to the Clothes Closet ensures that student can return to the classroom immediately missing as little instruction time as possible.

  3. Provides formal clothing for any child who wants to dress up for picture day, fifth grade interviews, or any other formal occasion.

Clothing Closet Testimonial

The Clothes Closet does more than just give students clean clothing. It gives them confidence.

McDougle, like schools everywhere, participates in the annual ritual that is school picture day. Last Fall, one particular student expressed sadness after his picture was taken. Our ever-attentive school nurse noticed his gloom and asked him if she could help. He reluctantly shared his embarrassment with her that he didn’t look as nice as the other boys in his class.

The nurse promptly took him over to the Clothes Closet, picked out a handsome dress shirt and a sharp tie. She marched him back into the picture line and asked the photographer if he could have his picture taken again. The representative said they didn’t usually do that but she would make an exception. His picture was taken again and compared with the first.

It looked like two different kids. Not because of the clothes. It was because of his smile.

Contact Information

Staff Contact: Ms. Laura Olley, MSW, LCSW, School Social Worker, Office number 919-969-2435 x 64380, email lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us

Volunteer Contact: Kate Sickora, Parent, sickorakate@gmail.com, Cell phone 607-372-2739


The Clothes Closet is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the sorting, folding, and distribution of clothing when it is safe to enter the school again. Also seeking a lead volunteer who is interested in taking over as Director of the Clothes Closet when the current parent volunteer retires at the end of this school year. Training will be provided. Not sure if you want to commit? Start out as a volunteer and see if this position is the right fit for you. Please email sickorakate@gmail.com for more information.


Do you or anyone in your family like to sew and are interested in helping the McDougle community? The Clothes Closet needs volunteers to make cloth laundry bags for the Clothing Kits given away free to families in need. Volunteers would provide the fabric and sewing machine. Pattern and instructions would be provided. Please email sickorakate@gmail.com for more information.

McDougle Remote Learning Fall 2020 Parent and Child(ren) Needs Survey

This survey will let the school social worker know what things your family may need support with due to the change to remote learning for the first semester. Please note that I may not be able to help with all needs listed here particularly the childcare one.

Aprendizaje Remoto Otoño 2020 Padres y Niño(s) Encuesta de Necesidades

Esta encuesta le permitirá al trabajador social de la escuela saber con qué cosas puede necesitar apoyo su familia debido al cambio al aprendizaje remoto durante el primer semestre. Tenga en cuenta que es posible que no pueda ayudar con todas las necesidades enumeradas aquí, particularmente la de cuidado infantil.

2020-2021 Archive

District Message: Help for Families (8/13/2020)

Good Afternoon CHCCS Staff and Families,

Last week I wrote seeking your help with gathering a list of possible child care and academic support options in our community that might be a helpful resource for our families. As a father of three boys, and now a grandfather, I fully recognize the hardships families are facing due to the necessary change in household schedules and routines. This type of disruption has a rippling effect into many areas of family life.

I want to thank everyone who responded and shared information with us. We have compiled the list and it is available here. Please know we cannot endorse any of these organizations, nor can we confirm their availability, as that may change daily. We simply offer this list as a starting point. We will try to update it as more information becomes known. Additionally, this list only includes programs that offer on-site child care or academic supports.

In related news, I am beginning a fundraising effort with the help of our friends at the Public School Foundation. I want 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

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

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

Dr. Jim Causby

Interim Superintendent

District Message 7/14/2020



Well-check visits and school/sports physicals as required by NC public schools. Appointments for uninsured and underinsured patients. Free immunizations for uninsured patients,






Visitas de exámenes de salud y físicos exigido por las escuelas publicas de Carolina del Norte para deportes. Citas para personas sin seguro de salud y con seguro de salud insuficiente. Inmunizaciones gratis para pacientes sin seguro.




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