The Life & Legacy of Kenneth W. Oden
Prior to his death in July, 2004, lifelong resident of Hatteras Island Kenneth W. Oden created a charitable trust in his Will for the stated purpose of improving the lives of children on Hatteras Island. Mr. Oden made it clear that he was particularly interested in furthering the educational opportunities of the Hatteras Island youth.
In 2011, the Trustees established the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF) and an Advisory Board was formed to oversee grant distributions from the Trust. Together with the Trustees, this Board decided to make the Trust “sustainable”. This meant that the entire trust fund would not be used to fund projects but a certain portion of the funds would be invested so that projects could be funded through the return of investments, and the fund would be available for generations of Hatteras Island children. The Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund has tax exempt status as a nonprofit state and federal foundation.
In the Fall of 2010, the Board reviewed applications submitted by teachers from Cape Hatteras Elementary School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School. It was obvious from the quality and number of projects proposed that additional fundraising would need to be done to make the projects happen without decreasing the overall amount of funds available. This realization led to the founding of the Shore Break 5K and the Tide Pool Fun Run held annually on Memorial Day Monday and the Surfin’ Turkey 5K and the Drumstick Dash held annually in Hatteras Village on Thanksgiving morning. The first grant awarded by HIYEF was for the purchase of Marching Band Uniforms for the Cape Hatteras Secondary School. This was a first for the Marching Band Students! In 2012, HIYEF provided funding for the construction of a research pier that is located behind Cape Hatteras Secondary School as well as the funding for the establishment of an Outdoor Classroom at the Cape Hatteras Elementary School.
Objectives & Purposes
The specific charitable objectives and purposes of this fund shall be a community based benevolent, nonprofit platform for the following activities:
- Providing grants to educational professionals for elementary and secondary educational needs in circumstances where other public or private educational resources do not exist.
- Providing grants to educational institutions to further or enhance the educational experiences of the scholastic age youth of Hatteras Island.
- Providing grants to supplement or partner with local elementary and secondary schools or institutions in an effort to broaden the social and interactive experiences of the children of Hatteras Island.
- Providing grants to local professional educators to serve as a supplement or catalyst to enhance or complete the educational needs of local children.
- Providing a perpetual service as a background financial aid resource when public support avenues are exhausted.
- Providing nondiscriminatory and independent access to fund resources for children of the community without formal government intervention.
- Providing a renewable financial resource for the long-term benefit of the youth of Hatteras Island.
Grant Awards to Date:
- Purchase of violins to establish a Strings Program at CHES
- Establishment of the Kenneth W. Oden Outdoor Learning Center at CHES
- Purchase of Marching Band uniforms and equipment at CHSS
- Purchase of wrestling mats at CHSS
- Establishment of the Kenneth W. Oden Research Pier at CHSS
- Purchase of music lab stations for Music Department at CHSS
- Purchase of equipment for Activity Center at CHSS
- Purchase of 2 IPADs for Exceptional Children's Teachers at CHSS
- Purchase of art supplies for the Art Department at CHSS
- Purchase of digital photography equipment for Digital Media Classes at CHSS
- Contribution to DECA Marketing and College Field Trip to Charlotte, NC
- Purchase of 10 IMACs for CHSS
- Purchase of digital camera for Yearbook at CHSS
- Purchase of 13 Kindle Fires and subscriptions for CHES
- Contribution to 6th Grade field trip to US Navy White Water Center, Charlotte, NC
- Contribution to expenses for Marching Band trip to Atlanta, GA for Chic-Fil-A Bowl Game Competition
- Contribution to 6th Grade field trip to Washington, DC
- Purchase of books for Fiction Digger Competion for CHES
- Contribution to CHSS Science Department for lab supplies and visit from UNC DESTINY Science Bus
- Contribution to Middle School field trip to tour colleges in Raleigh, NC
- Contributed to NYC trip for CHSSCS seniors
- Contributed to travel expenses for Math Competition
- Contributed to CHSSCS student travel to DECA competition
- Purchased materials for CHSSCS students to participate in Science Olympiad
- Contributed to 8th grade field trip to NC State Capital
- Contributed to CHSSCS trip to see A Christmas Carol
- Contributed to CHSSCS Math Club Competitions
- Provided funding for CHSSCS School Garden
- Provided funding for teachers from CHES and CHSSCS to attend Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training
- Provided funding for $100 Idea awards at both CHES and CHSSCS
- Provided travel expenses for second grade history field trip to Ocracoke
- Purchased Study Island subscription for all CHES students
- Purchased climbing wall for CHES
- Provided funding for Battle of the Books materials
- Purchased Interactive White Board kits for all classrooms at CHES
- Provided funding for third grade field trip to Wild Horse Museum on Ocracoke
- Purchase of Innovative Games for CHSSCS Physical Education department
- Contributed to eighth grade field trip to Raleigh, NC to visit State Capital and Museum
- Purchased materials for CHSSCS students to participate in The Math Fair at East Carolina University
- Purchased expansion of front pit ensemble to expand the CHSSCS Marching Band
- Contributed to CHSSCS student trip to the Conetoe Family Life Center Farm to learn about plant life and food science.
- Purchased materials for CHES students to erect a butterfly house and supplies to promote and sustain growth of the butterfly habitat.
- Assisted with registration fees and field trip expenses for CHSSCS students to participate in NC High School Math Competition.
- Purchased equipment and materials for CHSSCS students to introduce them to 3D printing.
- Contributed to the costs associated with the Orton-Gillingham program training for CHES teachers.
- Purchased multiple copies of books and study aids for CHES students to prepare for Elementary Battle of the Books.
- Purchased project supplies for CHSSCS students to compete in the Science Olympiad. Contributed to CHSSCS Hospitality and Tourism Honors student trip to Corolla to explore the historical and economic significance of the area.
- Contributed to CHSSCS student trip to Raleigh-Durham to explore sustainable, humane farming practices and applied earth and environmental sciences in an interactive setting.
- Contributed to costs of UNC-Chapel Hill Morehead Mobile Lab Program coming to CHSSCS to introduce students to science careers.
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund awards grant for Fiction Diggers!
Thank you, Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund!
With grant funding awarded from HIYEF, Cape Hatteras Elementary School Media Center was able to purchase over 100 books for our Fiction Diggers! Reading Program. This ensures that all students will have access to the titles in our program! Teachers now have class sets available to use during reading groups, along with audio book companions, and students are able to check-out books to continue reading at home.