Be a ray of sunshine for McClintock Middle’s Solar Array


My name is Kris Gorman and I am the STEAM Coordinator at McClintock Middle School, a leader in the STEAM revolution within North Carolina. We have some exciting news to share, and I also want to ask for your help.

In 2019-2020, McClintock STEAM Middle School was awarded the Magnet Schools of America National School of Distinction. This was the first award of its kind that the school received in its history. It was a shining example of the work we are doing and, more importantly, the quality of our magnet experience at McClintock.

At McClintock STEAM, we focus on experiential learning—infusing our core curriculum with creative-problem solving and innovation—and integrating technical disciplines into our arts classes. Here are a few examples:

  • Drawing using coding
  • 3D printing historical figures
  • Using VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) to explore Mayan Ruins and DaVinci’s Inventions
  • Using graphic design software, like Adobe CS and Corel Suite, to create marketing campaigns

Experiential learning at McClintock Middle

This year, NC Green Power named McClintock Middle a North Carolina Solar+ School and awarded us with a grant for a 3KwH solar panel system and educational materials to supplement the system. The grant for the installation + educational solar photovoltaic (PV) array is valued at $42,000!

It’s a big honor—only 15 schools were chosen in the state—but we need your help to bring it home!

This grant is a partial grant. We are responsible for raising $9000 ($5000 of which comes back to the school for maintenance on the system.)

Example of solar photovoltaic (PV) array to be installed

McClintock Middle is a Title I school where over half of our students fall below the poverty line. The solar array and supplemental educational materials will provide generations of students and families with real-world, hands-on learning based in the emerging industry of solar power. These are exactly the kinds of tools that can lift families out of poverty and give them a “leg up” in the field of solar power.

Your donation will be a ray of sunshine on our school, community, and most importantly, our kids. You/your organization will also have your name engraved on a plaque that will sit at the base of the array itself. Follow this link for more of our story and to support our school.

Thank you for your time and for being one of McClintock’s rays of sunshine.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (980) 343-6425 or

—Kris Gorman