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Temprano Techvestors of Newton, NC challenges local community to raise funds for K-64 Economic Development and Education Initiative

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Newton-Based Company Donates $10,000 to Local Education and Economic Development Initiative; Pledges up to 100% Additional Funding to Match Community Donations

Temprano Techvestors of Newton, NC challenges local community to raise funds for K-64 Economic Development and Education Initiative

NEWTON, NC –  Temprano Techvestors, a high-tech company operating in software sales and distribution and led by Catawba County entrepreneur Luke Walling, has donated $10,000 to Catawba County’s K-64 initiative and is urging others to chip in, too, with a challenge.

“We’re challenging the community to match us,” Walling said.  “We want area businesses and residents to keep the ball rolling, and we will match them—up to another $10,000 for all donations made by December 31st, 2017.  Who will accept our challenge?”

Temprano’s motives for donating are simple.  “We don’t just want to ensure a future for businesses and families in this region, but we desire a future where we grow and thrive through innovation and invention,” Walling remarked.  “To do this, our educators must be supported to inspire our children at an early age.  K-64 is the first vehicle in this county to have the potential to make an impact in this area.”

The K-64 (Kindergarten to age 64) plan is an educational and economic development initiative to prepare all students to be college and career ready in a global economy, while supporting the local workforce and economic growth. The K-64 focus is on six key objectives: 1-to-world technology, character and soft skills development, tech-savvy educators, work-based learning, employer engagement and career adaptability.

So the call is clear—who else will step up?  Temprano believes that by providing resources to enable access to technology, students and educators can become real leaders.  Mark Story, K-64 CEO, agrees.

“Technology facilitates a shift in the way kids learn, allowing our educators to become facilitators and truly teach versus old-style lecturing,” Story said.  “This concept of blended learning empowers children to learn at the pace they are comfortable with and capable of, and frees up teachers to personalize learning and support,” he continued.  “And without donations like Temprano’s, we rely solely on government funding, which just isn’t enough.”

As a member of the K-64 Technology committee, Walling agrees with Story’s approach.  “We’re supporting the execution of this vision, and as community members we are pitching in to help make sure it is financially possible to get it done and sustain it.  Will you, too?”

To make your tax-deductible donation via major credit or debit card, please visit, select “K64” from the pull down box, and indicate in the “other” box that you are participating in the “Temprano Match Challenge”.  To donate by phone or mail your donation, please call the CVCC Foundation office at 828-327-7000 ext. 4288.

About Temprano Techvestors

Temprano Techvestors was formed by Luke Walling, a long-time serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and corporate executive known for building high-growth B2B software businesses.  His team is comprised of a group of SaaS and electronically-distributed software experts who have worked with and for some of the biggest names in the industry. Their expertise is dedicated to acquiring and consolidating value-added software resale and distribution businesses while also bringing emerging-market B2B software products to market in North America. They invest in their partners with expertise, outsourcing, strategic partnerships, and capital.

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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