Since its beginning in 1998, the Mebane Charitable Foundation has focused on a complex, deeply-rooted problem: literacy. The Foundation resolved to do everything in its power to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, will be reading at or above grade level by the end of the third grade. Research consistently shows that these […]
What is the future of school like? What is school for? How can we help every student maximize their potential? These are the questions innovators in education are asking and the questions that 4.0 Schools and the Mebane Foundation are trying to answer. Redefining “School” Launched in New Orleans in 2010, 4.0 Schools is an […]
The Mebane Charitable Foundation has approved a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support a five-year early literacy initiative to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade. “The Mebane Foundation has been funding quality literacy interventions for years, but we […]
Allen Mebane IV saw the problem early on in his career. At his first textile company in Alamance County, he had good people as employees. They were able and ready to work.
But there was one problem. Many of them couldn’t read. Mebane didn’t fire them. He started a program to teach them to read.
“He knew if you can’t read, your back is against the wall before you get started,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Charitable Foundation. Mebane went on to make a fortune in the textile industry, building Unifi into a worldwide textile powerhouse. But he never forgot about that first plant – and those first workers.