CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO – TheChapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation is seeking nominations for a pair of Teaching Chair Awards.

The teachers who ultimately receive these awards have a difficult test to pass. Each require an A-plus in being able to “ignite enthusiasm for learning…create an exceptional learning environment for all students… (and serve as) a role model” for students and other members of the community—no small accomplishment. This year, the Public School Foundation is awarding two Teaching Chairs: the Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation at the grade-5 level, and the Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts. Honorees receive $1,000 per year for two to three years.

If you’d like to nominate a teacher, visit Nominations are due by January 31.


The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations by Friday afternoon for its annual Business of the Year awards.

Each year the Chamber recognizes area businesses that demonstrate “growth, innovation, customer service, response to adversity, and contribution to the community.” There are four categories: small business, mid-size business, large business, and non-profit. Winners will be announced at the Chamber’s annual meeting later this month.

If you’d like to nominate a business or non-profit, visit Nominations are due by Friday at 5:00 p.m.