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Cindy-Mackie Foundation awards grant to South Pointe teacher

Founder Sharon Furr of the Cindy-Mackie foundation surprises Carlo Dawson Friday with the scholarship that she had applied for last year.

South Pointe English teacher and InPulse literary magazine director Carlo Dawson had no intention on receiving a Higher Education Grant Friday from the Cindy-Mackie foundation that she had applied for in 2013.

After the initial shock Dawson said, “I wanted to cry when it was given to me. I’m very appreciative towards the foundation.”

The non-profit organization was created in honor of Winthrop professor Dr. Cynthia Jean Furr who was was tragically killed in a car accident along highway 49 in the Steele Creek neighborhood of Charlotte in April of 2009. The organization collects donations to reward teachers who show integrity towards students and teaching.

Glad to give the grant to Dawson, founder Sharon Furr stated, “We feel very passionate about giving the grant to teachers like Carlo because Cindy loved children and teaching children.”

This year, the Blackstock, S.C.-based organization traveled to South Pointe High School to reward Dawson with the grant alongside South Pointe principal Dr. Al Leonard.

Dawson, not only excited about receiving the money said, “I’m excited about receiving the money for what the foundation stands for and the fact that the foundation saw the passion within me that they had with there daughter.”

Dawson hopes to return to school at Lesley University to receive her graduate degree in innovative teaching strategies. She says that it’s not going to be easy, but she hopes to inspire her students’ success and give students something memorable that they can carry on through their lives.


Photos and article by Holden LeCroy, editor in chief

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