Goodmon Honored for Contributions to Education

Goodmon Honored for Contributions to Education

Orage Quarles & Jim Goodmon
News & Observer Publisher Orage Quarles (left) presents the Friend of Education Award to CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon.

The Wake Education Partnership recently honored CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon with its prestigious Friend of Education Award.   Goodmon received the award at the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2006. The morning event took place at N.C. State’s McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

Wake Education Partnership created the Friend of Education Award in 1990 to “celebrate extraordinary acts of leadership by citizens for public education.”  The organization referred to Goodmon as a “visionary,” saying “…Jim Goodmon has challenged the community and its leaders to make school funding a priority and promise every child a quality education.  Former Governor Jim Hunt described Goodmon as ‘a great education leader’ and one of the people ‘in our state who has done the most to help improve public schools and to help the children of North Carolina.’”

Joyner Elementary School students
Students from Joyner Elementary School provide entertainment at the event.
Jim Goodmon
Jim Goodmon drives home his point about the importance of supporting education.

News & Observer President & Publisher Orage Quarles, the 2005 Friend of Education Award winner, presented the award to Goodmon.  Previous recipients include State Senator Vernon Malone, N.C. Governor & Mrs. Jim Hunt and philanthropist Ann Goodnight.

Barnhill Contracting Company and KB Home were also honored at the event with the 2006 Business Partner for Education Awards.

Friend of Education Award
Wake Education Partnership’s Friend of Education Award

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About  Wake Education Partnership:
Wake Education Partnership is an independent local education fund that mobilizes resources, leverages relationships and convenes the community to ensure that Wake County prepares its students for lifelong learning in a competitive global economy.

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