In 2008, a small group of dedicated individuals with a huge passion for education formed an organization called the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education (also known as NBCEE) as a way to support the schools in north Baldwin County and to supplement the programs offered by the school system. The organization and the work continues today with the same passion for education and a mission which it’s had from the very start - “to enhance the educational experience of all the students in the Bay Minette feeder pattern by providing financial support and other resources to supplement district wide programs.”
NBCEE accomplishes this mission through three core focus areas – Teacher Grants, Summer Enrichment Camps, and Teacher of the Year recognitions. Since 2008, the Teacher Grant program has provided more than $110,000 to local teachers for a wide variety of creative and innovative classroom and school projects. And it is made possible because of a long-standing, truly collaborative relationship with our community organizations of Heritage Junior Women’s Club and our community members. This organization organizes a popular annual community event, the Chilly Run/Chili Cook-off held each February at the Bay Minette Kid’s Park, where 1 mile and 5K runs are held, local businesses and schools compete for coveted awards and bragging rights, and community members gather to eat all-you-can-eat chili. The proceeds of the event go directly to benefit the NBCEE Teacher Grant Program.
In the spring of each year, NBCEE accepts applications from teachers at each of the eight public schools in north Baldwin County. The applications are judged by an independent, objective and unbiased panel and winners are awarded their grant during an exciting, surprise “prize patrol” visit to their classroom in the last month of school.
The North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education foundation works with all eight schools to provide additional resources and enrichment opportunities for students and faculty, as well as annual Teacher Grant allotments. We invite you to continue browsing through our site to learn more about the North Baldwin Coalition for Education and our programs, to make a donation, apply for a sponsorship, or to get involved.