A LEGACY OF INNOVATION IN EDUCATION,
SCHOOL SAFETY & LITERACY
In 2009, to honor the memory Gail Norcross who passed on January 7, 2007, the 7 Degrees of Change Global Literacy Project was created to provide books to libraries in the Philippines. The name was created by 7 rising high school juniors for their International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme Project. The students received assistance in collecting donated books, raising funds, handling international shipping, working on a website, and in identifying related logistics associated with the Project.
In 2010, the 7 Degrees of Change Foundation partnered with Quintin J.V. Pastrana and joined the Library Renewal Partnership. Together, we have opened over 800 libraries in the Philippines and Bhutan. These facilities have become the center of their communities and have drawn international attention as Quintin, Paul and Kim Norcross were asked to present the library project's success at the Oxford University - Southeast Asia Studies Symposium in 2016.
In 2002, Mrs. Norcross was recognized by the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of North Carolina for being the first school in Guilford County to implement the Critical Incident Response Kit or CIRK program. This was later adopted throughout the district and ultimately statewide.
In 2013, the foundation took over the management of High Point’s oldest and largest charter school, which was founded by the Norcross family in 1997. It is the first school in North Carolina to offer the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports Program (PBIS), which has now been adopted statewide as Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). This is the first public school of choice in the state to be accredited as an International Baccalaureate or IBO© World School and has recently concluded a USD $31.8M Municipal Bond offering to purchase its current properties and expand additional athletic fields, classrooms and labs.