4/19/14 Anonymous donor gives to high school

Anonymous donor gives to high school
$25,000 donation to go to educational needs of Cummings
By Isaac Groves, The Times-News 4/19/14  
Reprinted with permission.      

   A $25,000 donation to Cummings High School this month is unusual for two reasons: the size, and the anonymous donor.

   “This is the first time I can recall that anything of that magnitude was given anonymously,” said Charles Monroe, assistant superintendent with the Alamance-Burlington School System.

   Sylvan Elementary School, Monroe said, received larger gifts, but not anonymously.

   The Hammer Board of Trustees donated $27,000 to Sylvan in 2011 to buy 50 laptop computers, according to board minutes. Many monetary donations are tied to specific purposes, like that one.

   Alamance Regional Medical Center gave $20,000 in 2011 to add to the pay of four teachers in local high schools — including Cummings — for the Allied Health Occupations program.

   The gift to Cummings, Monroe said, has to go to the educational needs of the school or students, but how it is specifically spent is up to Principal Emmet Alexander, who was not available for comment this week.

   While five-figure gifts are not unheard-of — like another donation to Sylvan from the Hammer Board for $11,000 in 2008 — four-figure donations are more common.

   Donations of things like cars for automotive programs at high schools are not unheard of either.

   The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education has to approve those gifts before the schools can accept them. They generally do, and pretty quickly.

   Monroe said this donation should do some good at Cummings.

   “Money is a driving force as far as what can be done at the school,” Monroe said.