Bell, Davis & Pitt has announced that it will contribute $10,000 a year over the course of six years to Project Impact, an educational initiative benefitting at-risk students who are pre-K eligible or who attend Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The contributions total $60,000 for Project Impact’s ongoing efforts and programs aimed at improving third-grade reading and math proficiency and closing literacy gaps.
“At Bell, Davis & Pitt, we are dedicated to helping our community thrive and believe that Project Impact plays a critical role in providing educational resources to students in need,” said Stephen Poe, president of Bell, Davis & Pitt. “We are excited to be a part of an initiative that fosters learning and growth for students. This program has a tremendous and positive impact on students in our community to help them reach their full potential.”
Project Impact is a community-driven initiative focused on providing funds to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to help many of the county’s youngest students, who might otherwise start school with a disadvantage. Project Impact emphasizes pre-kindergarten programs and increasing developmental and instructional support for students. The initiative has received $24 million in funds from local foundations and companies, including The Winston-Salem Foundation, BB&T, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health, Reynolds American Foundation, Flow Companies and more, with the goal of raising $45 million. Project Impact’s efforts have already reached over 2,600 students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools through such projects as Pathway to K, summer school, and funding new pre-kindergarten classrooms.
“On behalf of Project Impact, we thank Bell Davis & Pitt for joining the visionary leadership of other businesses, foundations and organizations to provide support for Project Impact. This commitment will provide much-needed resources to students with the greatest needs,” said Janet Wheeler, chair of the Project Impact Advisory Board. “It has been less than a year since we announced Project Impact, and we believe it is living up to its mission as a catalyst for meaningful change, enabling our schools to implement programs to reach critical educational goals.”
“We’ve already made some progress, but bold action needs to continue on the issues being addressed by Project Impact,” Wheeler added. “It is imperative for the future of our community, including our families and local businesses, that we keep the momentum going by offering quality public school education to prepare students for college and careers - and to create a favorable local environment for economic development.”
In addition to Project Impact, Bell, Davis & Pitt, actively supports community health, arts and culture through its sponsorships of the YMCA’s annual Mistletoe Run, Winston-Salem Symphony, WFDD and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The firm’s contributions to Project Impact keep with a long tradition of supporting philanthropic efforts and the Winston-Salem community.