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The School Foundation secures donation for connectivity needs to benefit Florence 1 Schools students

The School Foundation recently secured a $44,000 donation from the Longleaf Fund, an anonymous donor-advised fund managed by Foundation For The Carolinas, to support remote learning in the district. These funds will help ensure that every child in F1S is afforded the opportunity to learn remotely when being in the classroom is not always a viable option.       

Florence 1 Schools grant award check presenation

“All decisions we make are guided by our aspiration to put students first,” stated Kyle Jones, Chief Technology Officer at Florence 1 Schools.  “Connectivity for ALL of our students is vastly important for quality teaching and learning during this unprecedented time!  We are so thankful for this donation to assist our students this school year with connectivity.  We are a diverse district with a common goal of providing what is best for all students.  The bottom line is if our students need it, we will get it.  Education is ever-changing and we refuse to let our students be left behind.”

“We are thrilled to be able to facilitate this process for F1S,” stated Debbie Hyler, executive director of The School Foundation.  “Now every child in the district will have the ability to remotely access their classrooms during these challenging times regardless of their socioeconomic status.”

Foundation For The Carolinas, the community foundation serving the greater Charlotte region, serves as a catalyst for philanthropic activity and is a driver for major civic efforts.  They offer innovative solutions that help individuals, nonprofits and companies bring their charitable visions to life.  Established in 1958, they are a civic leader and philanthropic partner.  With more than $2.5 billion in charitable assets across nearly 3,000 charitable funds established by families, nonprofits and businesses, they are one of the largest community foundations in the U.S.

The Longleaf Fund awards capital grants in select cities in North and South Carolina that focus on projects serving at-risk children and youth in the areas of physical activity, access to education through technology, and adaptive equipment/ special needs, to enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities.   

Jones and Hyler with grant check

The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence 1 Schools through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success.    Founded in 2000, they have funded $1,670,444.30 in grants to educators in Florence 1 Schools.  To learn more about the foundation, visit their website at