Project Impact 

The path to reading proficiency starts at birth.  If a child is behind when starting kindergarten, it's very hard to catch up.  So how can the community get more local children ready for kindergarten - helping them get a strong start and stay ahead?

Project Impact is a community initiative of local businesses and individuals, as well as local and national foundations, including The Winston-Salem Foundation,  who are committed to providing additional operating funds to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to address critical student achievement gaps and improve third-grade reading and math proficiency scores over time. Using strategies proven successful in other districts, Project Impact will fund:
  • Pre-kindergarten expansion
  • Extended learning options
  • Expanded staff development and instructional support
Focus areas include intensive early intervention among at-risk groups and lower-performing schools. Project Impact will fund programs to be evaluated over six years, starting with the 2016-2017 school year. 

An Advisory Board will serve as stewards of the Project Impact funds: reviewing grant requests from the school system, monitoring expenditures and assessing progress toward goals, and reporting the impact of the grants to donors and the community.  Gifts to the Project Impact Fund will provide additional resources for programs that will accelerate third-grade reading scores in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.  For more information on Project Impact, go to


Click here to review press release announcing over $1.5 million investment in three WS/FCS initiatives.


Interested in contributing to the Project Impact?  Click here to donate by credit card.


The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system serves approximately 54,000 students in 81 schools in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. At every school, students are led by teachers and staff members dedicated to helping them grow as students and people. Parents, students, schools and the community are working together to build the leaders of tomorrow. Learn more at


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