Project Impact

The community is coming together for our children, our schools and the community's future

What is Project Impact?

Project Impact is a community initiative to provide additional operating funds to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to address critical student achievement gaps and improve third-grade reading and math proficiency scores.

Using strategies proven successful in other districts, Project Impact is funding programs at the district's highest-need schools:

  • Pre-kindergarten expansion
  • Extended learning options
  • Expanded staff development and instructional support

Focus areas include intensive early intervention that target proficiency gaps among lower-performing schools. Project Impact is funding programs to be evaluated over six years, to enable designated local public schools to implement programs and measure their effectiveness.

Our Goals

  • Improve third-grade reading and math proficiency, which begins with Pre-kindergarten programs
  • Close literacy gaps with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as compared to other North Carolina urban school districts

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Click here for Pathway to K results press release

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The Project Impact Fund is a component fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation. Project Impact’s Advisory Board consists of eight community leaders. The Advisory Board serves as steward of the Project Impact funds. Members are:

  • Matthew Cullinan: Community Leader and Former University Administrator
  • Dr. Glen Holmes: Professor, Winston-Salem State University
  • Mona Lovett: President and CEO – Crosby Scholars Community Partnership
  • Jose Rodriguez: Senior Partner – KPMG
  • LaKia Scriven: Parent Representative - Kimberley Park Elementary School
  • Will Sutton: Executive Vice President and Director – The BB&T Leadership Institute
  • Janet Wheeler: Community Leader and Retired Vice President of R.J. Reynolds
  • Paul Wiles: Former Novant Health CEO; BEST NC board member

Aligned Community
Commitment and Resources

More than $25 million total commitment to date with support from these Founding Partners and other organizations and individual donors:

  • BB&T
  • Flow
  • Novant Health
  • Reynolds American Foundation
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Winston-Salem Foundation

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