The Heritage Quilters Giving Circle focuses primarily on youth and education.
• Field Trips. The Giving Circle supports field trips annually for two community base youth summer reading and educational enrichment programs. Past field trips have included visits to the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, NC, Black Wall Street, Durham, NC, and Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC.
• New Staff and Teacher Tour. Warren County, like many neighboring counties in northeastern North Carolina, struggles with recruiting and retaining energetic, creative and committed teachers who are willing to live and work in a rural place challenged by economic, cultural and social dynamics that often time impede progress.
The Heritage Quilters organizes a tour for new school staff and teachers to highlight Warren County’s cultural, historic, economic , and social landscapes from the perspectives of grassroots community members.
The purpose of the tour is to:
1. Model an effective community/school partnership
2. Serve as an orientation to Warren County geography and highlight past and present economic and school histories
3. Travel through neighborhoods and communities where children and families live and where schools are located
4. Welcome and introduce new teachers and school staff to active and knowledgeable community members steeped in Warren County history and culture
5. Provide valuable perspectives on what the county once was, what it is now, and what potentially it can become.
From the tour experience, the quilters hope that the new teachers and staff will:
1. Identify potential networks of community people who might support and assist teachers with current and future needs
2. Understand the county’s diverse geography, economy, historical landmarks, student population, industrial and educational centers
3. Gain a broad view of Warren County’s extensive educational and economic legacy
4. Recognize potential themes (cultural, economic development, historical) for use in curriculum and teaching/learning development
5. Feel welcomed, hopeful, confident, and connected to a supportive community with high expectations for successful children and families.