"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."  Sydney J. Harris   

Trunks Project


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Western North Carolina's past.


Transylvania Endowment Announces A $5,750.00 Grant To Heritage Coalition

    The Transylvania Endowment has announced a grant of $5,750.00 to the Transylvania Heritage Coalition for two teaching trunks that will provide hands-on learning experiences for fifth and eighth grade students.
    Based on the successful introduction this spring of a traveling trunk featuring artifacts and teaching materials related to the economic history of Transylvania County, the Heritage Coalition will develop two additional trunks focusing on civil rights and educational changes with the specific content aligned with the class curriculum. A website will be developed to provide additional resouces for teachers and activities for teachers.
   An affiliate of the The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Transylvania Endowment was established in 1998 by a group of local residents as a permanent endowment and resource for charitable efforts that benefit Transylvania County. The local volunteer board of directors works to raise awareness of the Transylvania Endowment and to build assets for the future.
    These board members are Sara Champion, Jan Crocker, Rebecca Desmond, Marcia Harper, W. Andrew Harvill, Kevin Jones, Betsy Jordan, Scott A. Latell, James Lipham, Amye McCallie, Gail McCarty, Peter McKinney, Linda Neumann, William Thomas Pen (chairman), Kenneth G. Racht, Louisa Reed and John R. Rowe Jr.
    Area nonprofit organizations and public institutions may apply to the Transylvania Endowment for support through The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The next opportunity to apply is the upcoming Opportunity Grant cycle with a Feb. 1 deadline. Application instructions are available at www.cfwnc.org. Funding decisions will be announced in May.
    For more information about the Transylvania Endowment, contact Chair Tom Penn at (828) 884-4237. To support the Transylvania Endowment, donate online at www.cfwnc.org or by mail to the Transylvania Endowment, P.O. Box 2334, Brevard, NC  28712-2334. Contributions of any size are welcome, are tax-deductible, and make a difference.
    Western North Carolinans rely on The Community Foundation to help them turn their charitable passions into meaningful and effective philanthropy. The foundation supports the growth of its affilitate funds to extend the benefits of philanthropy across the region. To learn more about The Community Foundation, call (828) 254-4960 or visit www.cfwnc.org.




Teacher: C. Whitman

The "Traveling Transylvania Trunk" was an absolutely wonderful learning tool for my fourth graders. The amount of time and energy that was taken to pull materials and construct lessons for this trunk was phenomenal and the excitement over the trunk and its contents was awesome. The lessons included in the trunk were right on track for fourth graders and covered many content areas. Students were able to learn so much about the history and economy of our county by analyzing photographs and artifacts. By allowing students to wear gloves and use magnifying glasses during these lessons, the students felt as if they were detectives searching through decades of Transylvania's history.


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