Education

Wake parents launch campaign to help needy students

Posted January 1, 2011 9:18 p.m. EST
Updated January 1, 2011 9:22 p.m. EST

— Concerned Wake County parents are launching a grassroots campaign to help needy children. 

Bob Winstead, founder of Raleigh non-profit Generous Community, is launching the Save Our Schools campaign, which is spreading by word of mouth and social networking sites like Facebook.

"We don't have all the answers. We know we can't help everybody, but let's come together and come up with ideas to help as many (kids) as we can," Winstead said.

He said there are many children in Wake schools who are homeless, hungry or unable to afford the supplies they need to learn.

The group is raising money and recruiting student mentors to help these children.

Wake schools are facing controversy over a proposed student assignment plan and an estimated $70 to $100 million budget shortfall in the 2011-12 school year.