Grimsley High’s Walker Martin designs evergreen tree of learning as new logo for The Enrichment Fund for Guilford Schools
The “enriching symbolism” of the Tree of Knowledge inspired Walker Martin, a junior at Grimsley High School, Greensboro, winning design for a new logo, signifying the purpose of The Enrichment Fund for the Guilford County Schools.
For his design, Walker receives $300 and his teacher, Atiba Bethea, $200, from special funding by Dun & Bradstreet’s EdAhead®Fund dedicated to funding student participation in national academic conferences, career interests; national performing arts competitions; and academic challenge competitions. Martin’s fellow Grimsley classmate Maab Mohamed’s design was second place. She received $200, and the same happy teacher Atiba Bethea, $100.
Michelle Schneider, chairperson, Enrichment Fund, said Martin’s logo appear in all official organization business and communications. The logo contest was open to all high school students in Guilford County. Enrichment Fund board members voted on the student designs.
Martin said of his design: “The green represents growth and opportunity, and fits well with the tree concept. Like trees, we as people grow and excel, and the Enrichment Fund helps kids do that, so I thought a tree confirms with the organization’s message. The hand represents the action of seeking out help from someone else other than yourself to achieve your goals.”
Martin said he will use his prize money to cover a portion of costs for his Spring Break church mission to help deaf children in Jamaica.
Since 2014, Dun & Bradstreet, which has a regional office in Greensboro, has donated more than $65,000 to Guilford County Schools as part of its national EdAhead initiative, created to fund local educational activities and programs for students in public school districts across the country.
Since 1993, the nonprofit organization granted more than $1 million to students and teachers. The Enrichment Fund provides financial support to the schools in two main areas:
· Teacher Mini-Grants – fund classroom projects that nourish and enrich learning
· Scholarships – give low-income student the opportunity to participate in educational enrichment and enhanced learning activities, such as field trips, that would otherwise be too costly for them.
In 1993, the Greensboro Public School Fund, the Greensboro Excellence Fund, the Guilford County Student Enrichment Fund, and the High Point Education Foundation merged their assets to form The Enrichment Fund for the Guilford County Schools.
Consolidating these educational support organizations maintained strong commitment to providing enrichment and encouragement to students and teachers through the administered investment of funds.
The combined funds of these organizations represent donations across Guilford County, established as Endowed and Donor Advised Funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.