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August 2023 Quarterly Newsletter

Thank you for being a part of our thriving community that continues to serve Henderson County Public Schools by investing in and responding to the whole child and the whole school.

Discover STEM Camp

HCEF just wrapped on our 5th annual Discover STEM camps. Each summer we offer four week-long gender-based Discover STEM Camps for elementary and middle school students. We focus specifically on serving under-represented populations (such as females and students of color) in STEM career fields. Our camps are held on the campus of the Innovative High School, which adjoins Blue Ridge Community College. Students spend the mornings in STEM related instruction with various technology tools alongside HCPS educators, college professors and STEM experts. They spend the afternoons in STEM career exploration, by taking field trips to businesses in our local community or having guest speakers share their knowledge and experiences working in STEM careers.

Deep appreciation to the Forest City Data Center for providing the grant that made Discover STEM camp possible!!!

Thank you to these local businesses and individuals for volunteering their time, donating items, and educating our kids!!! Optimum Pratt and Whitney, Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Kimberly-Clark, Avery-Dennison, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Raumedic UPM Raflatac, Turf Mountain Sod, Blue Ridge Community College, Soil and Water Conservation, District 1st Choice Graphics, Henderson County Public School Bus Drivers, Cafeteria Workers, & Educators

Welcome Our New Board Members!

Michael A. Cano, AIF ®: Michael A. Cano, AIF®, founder of Cano Wealth Strategies, LLC, has dedicated 25 years to providing guidance to clients. Originally from Bristol, CT, he moved to Hendersonville with his family in 2020, seeking a forever community reminiscent of his beloved New England roots. Alongside his wife and business partner, he actively serves non-profit organizations and appreciates the positive impact of the Education Foundation on schools like Rugby Middle School, where his daughter Elizabeth attends.

Dot Case: Dot Case, a dedicated educator, with 47 years of teaching experience and a former member of the Henderson County Board of Education, is a celebrated figure in the field. Named Teacher of the Year in 1982 and 2010, she actively contributed to curriculum development and community initiatives, earning recognition and induction into the Henderson County Education Hall of Fame.

Judy Scott Edwards: Judy Scott Edwards, an experienced banking professional, has dedicated over 25 years to the industry and currently serves as a Branch Manager and AVP at Park National Bank. Previously a member of various boards and actively involved in community organizations, she remains committed to serving her community and raising her two children, Jaylan and Aleigha, who graduated from the Henderson County School system.

Claire Maybin Rice: Claire Maybin Rice, a Henderson County native and graduate of East Henderson High School, holds a degree in Public Health & Sustainability Science from Furman University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. As the Marketing Coordinator for UNC Health Pardee, she brings a strong passion for community empowerment and education, aiming to foster a strategic partnership between Pardee and the Education Foundation for the betterment of Henderson County. HCEF is thrilled to have such great diversity in skills, backgrounds and talents on our Board. We look forward to working alongside each of these new members as serve Henderson County Public Schools.

17th Annual Fall Golf Classic

Champion Hills Golf Course | October 16, 2023
Be a champion for the children of Henderson County Public Schools! By offering your support, you contribute to fulfilling the day to day emergent needs of the most at-risk students in Henderson County, provide post-secondary scholarships, bolster arts and music education through instructional support, address literacy and STEM curriculum needs, and expand the reach of the Leader in Me initiative.

Sponsor a hole for $600!
Each sponsor receives a sign with their logo at a hole, inclusion in all public relations, and the opportunity to network at assigned hole (welcome golfers, distribute give-aways, no solicitation).

Hall of Fame Nominations Opening Soon!

The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have demonstrated measurable influence and made significant contributions to the growth and development of education in Henderson County. Nominations can be made in one of the following categories:

  1. Teacher and/or Administrator
  2. Support Personnel (Teacher Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Child Nutrition, Bus, Etc.)
  3. Volunteer/Other Contributor

CLICK HERE if you have someone you want to nominate!


Thank you to our Spring Sponsorships!

Super Spring Sponsors:
Advent Health, Champion Comfort Experts, Only Hope WNC

Spring Sponsors:
Alessi Insurance Services, Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Champion Credit Union, Eagle Self Storage, Reaben Oil Company, Curt and Sue Marker, Kiki and Vaughan Matthews, Rosemary and Rick Johnston.

Our Spring Sponsors help support day-to-day emergencies and other needs faced by some of the district’s most vulnerable children. With its origin tracing back to an anonymous donor in 1989, today we call this our SPRING Fund because it is a vital springboard between principals and the students under their care. It is only through individual donations and business sponsorships that we can continue providing this necessary support.

Rock on for Education – Oklawaha Brewery

(HCEF is their September Non-Profit of the Month)

  • Thursday, September 7th – Kick-off @ 5:45 PM / Live Music @ 6:00 PM
  • Featuring: The Singing Educators of Henderson County Public Schools
  • The Brewery will donate 20% of sales during the September 7th, Event + a percentage of each pint sold throughout the month to support programs that benefit students and teachers of Henderson County Public Schools.
  • 50/50 Raffle | Auction | Dueling Tip Jars | Fun Swag | Door Prizes


2023-2024 Event Dates