Our Profiles in Support vividly illustrate how supporting the Foundation has far-reaching positive impacts. We are fortunate to have such creative and committed teachers that inspire our children to achieve the extraordinary. This time, we’re pleased to profile Mark Root:
How long have you been part of the Endeavor Family?
I have worked at Endeavor Charter School since it opened in 2008.
How are you involved in the school?
I currently teach 7th and 8th grade social studies here at Endeavor. I also have a 7th grader, Connor, that is a student at Endeavor. I taught him in 5th grade, as well as this year.
In addition to teaching 7th and 8th grade, I taught 5th grade for the first 3 years that Endeavor was open. I “moved up” to the Middle School a couple of years ago since I had taught social studies at other schools for 10 years when the position became available.
At Endeavor, I have helped mentor other teachers, put together community service projects and taught a NASCAR enrichment class after school. I have found my involvement with the NC Food Bank (Souper Bowl Canned Food Drive) and the American Cancer Society (Team Endeavor) to be very fulfilling with our school mission of helping those in need in our local community.
What motivates you to support Endeavor?
As a teacher and parent, I feel it is my responsibility to support public education. At Endeavor, we’re very fortunate because we have a very involved community of parents that go above and beyond to provide our students with the best opportunities to be successful and to do things that otherwise would not be an option.
Why do you think it’s important to give to the Foundation?
It’s vital that we all pitch in and contribute to the Foundation because the money and resources that the state and county provide aren’t adequate. We are very fortunate to be able to provide a private school setting at no cost to our families. With the state of school budgets dwindling and money coming in smaller amounts, we have to kick in and help keep the level of instruction high. By donating to the Foundation, we can keep that high level of hands-on activities and quality instruction.
Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?
My advice to new parents at Endeavor is to get involved early and become a part of the school-wide community. Joining PAWS and sitting in on to the monthly Board Meetings are a good way to find out what’s going on at ECS…
There are a lot of great things happening everyday at ECS and by coming in to volunteer for lunch and recess coverage, parents get to see that first hand. If your child is in the upper grades, getting involved with athletics is also a great way to meet other families and to be a part of the school community.
Thank you, Mark, for all that you do for Endeavor! And thanks to all our dedicated parents that make the difference at Endeavor.
Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today. Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.
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