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Belk Awards $150,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Rocking the Belk Bowl Contest

Eight “Rocking the Belk Bowl” Contest School Winners Receive Technology Grants

$25,000 Grants Go To Beverly Woods Elementary, Quail Hollow Middle, Hough High

Five Runner-Up School Winners Receive $15,000 Each

Dec 10, 2013

“We were ‘bowled over’ by the imagination and creativity of the schools that entered our Rocking the Belk Bowl Contest this year. The contest is a great way for the schools to demonstrate their passion for technology and sports and for Belk to support education in this community as part of our Belk Bowl activities.” - Jon Pollack, Belk, Inc. executive vice president, sales promotion, marketing and eCommerce

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 10, 2013 – Belk today announced the winners of its second “Rocking the Belk Bowl” Contest awarding a total of $150,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).  The contest, which began in October, offered CMS schools the chance to win technology grants for their location by creating and displaying educational and Belk Bowl-themed designs on school rocks or bulletin boards.

 

The awards were announced at the top three winning schools today in surprise announcement events.

 

Schools winning $25,000 grants to purchase computers, tablets or other technology equipment are:

  • Beverly Woods Elementary School
  • Quail Hollow Middle School
  • Hough High School

 

The runner-up winners, each receiving $15,000 technology grants, are:

  • Cornelius Elementary
  • Hornets Nest Elementary
  • Piedmont Middle
  • Elon Park Elementary
  • Rivergate Elementary

 

In addition to the grants, each of the three first-place schools will receive an allotment of tickets to the Belk Bowl game at Bank of America stadium on Dec. 28, and all winners will be featured on the following websites: BelkBowl.com, Belk.com/BelkBowl, CMS social media sites and Belk's social platforms.

 

 “We were ‘bowled over’ by the imagination and creativity of the schools that entered our Rocking the Belk Bowl Contest this year,” said Jon Pollack, Belk, Inc. executive vice president, sales promotion, marketing and eCommerce. “The contest is a great way for the schools to demonstrate their passion for technology and sports and for Belk to support education in this community as part of our Belk Bowl activities.”

 

“CMS students used their creativity on school rocks/bulletin boards to capture the Belk Bowl excitement using technology and educational connections with the Belk logos to visually build their case for Rocking the Belk Bowl. Thank you to Belk for encouraging the competition and for providing the winning schools with $25,000 each to fund technology in their classrooms," said Dr. Deb Kaclik, CMS director of arts.

 

$25,000 Technology Grant Winner:
Beverly Woods Elementary School

“A group of my fifth grade students worked really hard on this project to enter in the Rocking the Belk Bowl contest. They will be ecstatic to find out that we have won. Beverly Woods would like to purchase 40 iPads, 40 cases, four power stations and apps for the iPads with the grant money that we have won.Thank you for the opportunity for us to enter in the contest. – Cheri Lowe, talent development teacher, Beverly Woods Elementary School

 

 

$25,000 Technology Grant Winner:
Quail Hollow Middle School

 

"I would like to use the grant to expand the art department. In doing so, I'd like to offer a graphic design class as an option for students to experience another career option in the art field. I'd like to get either Illustrator or Photoshop software installed on the computers. Getting a class set of iPads will also make it possible to have this in an art class, with a color printer to print projects out. It would also be good to have iPads available for other teachers in our school to use in their classroom. Other technology devices I'd consider are getting Apple TV's for the school." - Kelsey Cash, art teacher at Quail Hollow Middle School

 

$25,000 Technology Grant Winner:
Hough High School

 

“Hough has grown to 2,400 students in the 3 1/2 years it has been open. We have very big classes and the teachers also supplement the 30 computers in our computer labs with laptops from the carts to make sure all students in classes of 40-45 students can use a computer…I hope to buy 6 tablets for use by my students each period. We also hope to look into the newest technology to see what would serve our other technology needs best.” - Jennifer Chesser, media specialist, William A. Hough High School

 

 

About Belk Bowl

The first college bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Belk Bowl has averaged nearly 60,000 fans each year, with three sellouts. In addition, the 2011 game was viewed by more than 15 million people. In 2003, it was named one of the five best start-ups in sports over the past five years by the Sports Business Journal, behind only the NFL Houston Texans and ESPN The Magazine. Ticket packages for the 2013 Belk Bowl are available at www.belkbowl.com.

 

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $19 million to those communities. Belk.com offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect with Belk go to Belk Get Connected.

 

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For further information: Jessica Graham, VP, Belk, Inc. communications & community relations, 704-426-8333, Jessica_Graham@belk.com Tahira Stalberte, Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools director of media relations, 980-343-0954, tahira.stalberte@cms.k12.nc.us


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