Governor's School supporters raise money fast
Posted July 27, 2011 7:47 a.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2011 11:53 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Alumni, parents and others have raised money quickly to keep the North Carolina Governor's School from closing.
Supporters had collected $137,000 by Tuesday for the high school summer-enrichment program. The state Board of Education had challenged fundraisers to come up with $100,000 by August 1 to help make up for more than $800,000 in state budget cuts.
Fundraising organizers said pledges and other anticipated donations are expected to bring the total to $200,000 in the next few days. Supporters want to reduce the amount of tuition that will need to be charged the 600 students chosen to attend next summer.
The program has been offered free to select high-achieving students, providing six weeks of academic and arts courses. More than 31,000 have gone through the program since 1963.