Wakefield Schools Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

With the ability to use funding for a variety of purposes such as providing teachers and enrichment programs from literacy specialists and language teachers to art programs and teaching assistants, school foundations enable communities to raise funds and direct them to the schools for specific needs and innovative projects that are not otherwise funded through state and local funding.


Wakefield Schools Foundation (WSF) understands the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) integration which allows choices for all students. After consulting with the principals to understand which programs could benefit the most from support, the initial goal for the WSF is to strengthen the music program across the Wakefield campus.

Because this program starts with a strong foundation in music WSF is excited to work towards the initial goal of bringing an orchestra/band teacher to the elementary school as well as offering instrument scholarship opportunities throughout all grades. All of this is dependent on the fundraising goals being reached and is just the tip of the iceberg of potential programing and impact the WSF can have on our schools and our community. WSF's ultimate goal is to enhance every aspect of the STEAM programing and with your help, we can make this possible!

Wakefield Schools Foundation Programs

Band Camp

*August 23-25*

Given this opportunity, prospective rising 6th graders attending Wakefield Middle School in the fall of 2022-23 can begin developing some of the fundamental skills on their instrument prior to the start of the school year. The hope is this can function to alleviate some of the pressures with starting musicians at the middle school level. This day camp will allow the middle school director as well as the WHS Band Program as well as other musical professionals to spend time refining skills with students in the hope that students progress at a more rapid pace. We hope this camp excites and educates young potential musicians as they get ready to enter the middle school music program!

Recorder Band

Every 4th and 5th grade student at Wakefield Elementary School will be given a recorder. This instrument becomes the vehicle through which students develop foundational music skills that translate directly to other settings. The elementary students will work on music during music class as well as with WHS band/orchestra students that correlates with predetermined music to be played by the high school band. The goal is for the work to culminate in a performance opportunity for the WES students with the WHS concert band. This will provide a chance not only for these young students to perform, expressing their creativity, but also build a lasting relationship with the instrumental performing arts programs at the high school level.

Joint Concert

The Wakefield Middle School 8th grade band and orchestra students will be given music that correlates with the Wakefield High School band and orchestra. They will work with the WHS band director and high school students to rehearse which will also provide opportunities for rising 9th graders to develop relationships with the high school band students and director as well as spend time on the campus prior to the start of their high school year. Additionally this collaboration provides the high school students with mentorship opportunities and experience. You won't want to miss this spectacular showcase!


There is a growing need to provide instruments for students who otherwise have no means of obtaining one on their own. Our desire is to work with a local instrument vendor to purchase wind/orchestra instruments that can be used at the middle and high school levels as rentals for those students. This would work towards fulfilling our goal of not allowing money to be the reason any student is unable to have an instrumental music education experience.

Meet The Board

John Kinneer- President

John is a Triangle Area Senior Business Development Officer with Fidelity Bank, headquartered in NC. John is a high performing business banker that creates lasting relationships for small to medium sized businesses and their owners through a variety of simple to complex financial products and services including: financing solutions (commercial real estate, equipment, working capital) and deposit account solutions (operating accounts with Treasury Services). John resides in Raleigh with his wife Whitney, son Holden and two Golden Retrievers: Annie and Brigs. He is a parishioner at St. Catherine of Sienna in Wake Forest. In his spare time, he enjoys boating on Falls Lake and riding his motorcycle.

Candice Taylor Arrick, DDS

Dr. Arrick was raised in Raleigh and graduated from Sanderson High School. She completed her BS in Biology at Hampton University, and received her dental degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She has owned a thriving dental practice in Raleigh since 2009. She has been a member of the Wakefield Community for over 2 years and she has three children who attend Wakefield Schools. Giving back to the community is important to Dr. Arrick, and she has volunteered with the Missions of Mercy, Wake Smiles, and at the Dental Clinic at the NC State Fair. Dr. Arrick has three lovely children, Caleb, Cara and Cameron.

Darryl Banks

Darryl and his family moved to North Raleigh 22 years ago, and it's here that they put down their roots. Their children attended local schools for their primary education and thrived in the UNC system for their secondary education. Darryl and his wife were very involved with the schools during the time their daughters were in the Wake County Public School System and worked to improve the learning experience for every child through academics and extracurricular activities in the schools. Even though their children are no longer a part of the WCPSS, they understand and support improving the quality of our schools and the learning experience for all children. As a business owner in the Wakefield community, Darryl believes that our schools are the heart of a strong and vibrant community, and is committed to the success of the Wakefield Foundation. He also commits his time to community projects through the Wakefield Business Alliance at Wakefield High School and the local Rotary club.

Mary Ann Ottaviano

Mary Ann Ottaviano, a 13 year resident of Wakefield Plantation where she resides with her husband Ralph, son Christopher and mother Madeline. She works every day trying to improve the lives of many in the Triangle in her fundraising role at United Way of the Greater Triangle. As Secretary of the Board, Mary Ann assists in providing support to our fundraising and marketing efforts. A 2021 Wakefield High School graduate, Mary Ann's son Christopher is off to college not without the education and support of the high school faculty and staff. As a close-knit community, Wakefield provides a strong foundation for our children to thrive.

Michelle Tomlinson

Michelle and her husband have lived in the Wakefield area for 16 years. They have three children, two of which have attended the Wakefield schools since kindergarten and one who looks forward to starting kindergarten as a Wakefield Eagle in a few years! Michelle has been active in the school community serving in various positions on the PTA boards as well as serving on the WCPSS Board Advisory Committee. She is committed and passionate about community and neighborhood involvement in our public school system and looks forward to the opportunities that a wonderful community like Wakefield, partnered with a foundation committed to academic excellence, can bring to the Wakefield schools. In her spare time Michelle and her family enjoy spending time at lake Gaston where Michelle also works as a real estate broker.