About this Campaign:
- We have some VERY EXCITING NEWS: we have been selected to receive a matching grant from NC GreenPower to help build a Solar Power Photovoltaic Array at our school, Carolina International School (CIS)! Specifically, we will receive up to a $10,000 match from NC GreenPower to build a 3.0 kW array and an additional matching challenge grant of $10,000 from the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation to increase the array to a 5.0 kW system. Both the grant from NC GreenPower and that from the SECU Foundation are in the form of matches, meaning we must contribute a portion of the overall cost of the project to receive these grants. To that end, we have established this fundraising site with NC GreenPower at which contributions can be made. I am honored to donate the 1st $250, and invite you to join me in contributing to this project. To make a donation via check, please make payable to “NC GreenPower” and be sure to note our school in the “memo” section of the check. Mail to NC GreenPower, Attn: Jenna DeRosse, 909 Capability Drive Suite 2100, Raleigh, NC 27606. NC GreenPower will in fact contract with and pay the installer of the solar array.
- We will gain a number of educational benefits from this solar array, potentially too many to conveniently list here, though it’s worth noting briefly that the solar Photovoltaic (PV) array can be used as a part of the alternative energy element of the AP Environmental Science course where students are expected to be familiar with the various forms of alternative energy, and the solar PV array will provide an excellent example of such.
- Also, the electricity generated by this solar array will be connected to the local electric grid and therefore it will supply some energy for the school. It is estimated that enough renewable energy will be generated to provide all electrical needs for the school’s main office, saving an estimated 6,570 kW hrs. annually with a potential annual cost savings of $657.
About our School:
- Carolina International School was founded under the vision of international community leader Nimish Bhatt, the steadfast work of Dr. Richard Beall and efforts of the founding Board of Directors. Dr. Beall served as the school’s first Director and worked tirelessly on obtaining the original charter approval and successfully opening the school. Carolina International School opened its doors in Harrisburg, NC during the fall of 2004 as Cabarrus County's first charter school. At that time, Charter Schools were limited to a maximum number of 100 for the entire State of North Carolina and Carolina International School received one of the last available charters despite competition from dozens of other schools that submitted applications.
- We opened with Kindergarten through Seventh Grade. Our charter was renewed for 10 years in 2014. In the fall of 2014, we moved into our current campus located 2.5 miles West of Interstate 85 on 82 acres at the corner of Poplar Tent and Cox Mill Rd.; we are now K-12, having added 12th grade for the 2015-16 school year.
- Carolina International School's program continues to deepen and discover new ways for our students to connect learning to the world around them. Eleven years after being granted a charter by the state of North Carolina, our program is more relevant than ever. Our international and environmental focal points provide the framework for learning to ignite interest, relevance, and significance for learning. Our teachers, staff and administration continually strive to garner the resources needed to perfect our professional practice, and thus each individual's access to a high quality education.
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS: We strive to deepen our community's understanding of our individual and
collective place in the world. The international framework provides a context to explore
educational standards within various cultures and traditions. These comparisons and contrasts
create relevance, interest and understanding.
ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS: Our new eighty-two (82) acre campus affords our students the
opportunity to beautiful scenery atop a hill overlooking vast expanses of greenery - within an
urban zone. Beyond the beauty, however, students have an opportunity to apply concepts and
skills to attain greater understanding. We have three (3) ponds, wooded areas, and access to a
variety of insects and creatures. This allows for unrivaled opportunities for observation, testing,
and written description that cross all disciplines.
Head of School
Carolina International School
9545 Poplar Tent Rd.
Concord, NC 28027
704-455-3847, ext. 5558
Carolina International School is committed to equal employment opportunity. All recruitment, hiring, job assignments, transfers and promotions, as well as all other personnel actions, including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, layoffs, returns from layoffs, terminations, training, social and recreational programs, shall be made without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, citizenship status or any other legally protected status.About NC GreenPower:
With the mission of improving the quality of the environment in North Carolina, the nonprofit NC GreenPower was founded in 2003 as a statewide program. NC GreenPower helps to connect consumers with renewable energy and carbon offset providers to create positive environmental and economic impacts for our state. All projects supported by the program are located in North Carolina. In 2015, NC GreenPower launched a new pilot to support solar PV installations at K-12 schools. We need your help to continue our efforts to improve our home state and lay the groundwork for a cleaner, brighter future. Contributions to NC GreenPower are tax-deductible. For more information, visit: www.ncgreenpower.org