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March 27, 2015

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Shout Outs!
1. Children's Hunger Elimination of Wilson (CHEW)
Counselors recently shared with me how CHEW has benefited students in their schools. This response from Merrill Davis, counselor at Beddingfield, says it all! "Counselor Jeannie Lyndon and I recently carried food to one resident without heat and electricity. There was no way in which food could be cooked or warmed up. The mother, wearing a house coat and wrapped up in a blanket, was extremely grateful. The food from CHEW made a huge difference and reduced the despair of this mother and her two boys. It made me so proud to be a part of something that makes a difference in survival. Her spirit and countenance changed as we carried the food in the home. She hugged us as we said our farewell. You would never think that in America there could be such great need among our people. The volunteerism and philanthropy that is conducted every week on behalf of CHEW is a shining example of what it means to have compassion and care for those less fortunate. I am honored to serve on behalf of CHEW." 

2. Matt Hands, third-grade teacher, Stantonsburg Elementary
Mr. Hands was recently featured in the Wilson Times' My Wilson section because of his work as one of our educators. He is awesome! 
 
3. Dr. Christine Fitch, WCS Board of Education Chair
Dr. Fitch was also featured in the Wilson Times' My Wilson section. We are so fortunate to have someone with her expertise leading our Board. 

4. BLAST (Building Leadership and Academic Strengths Together)
BLAST - a peer tutoring curriculum (available through the company Learning Together) began this semester at the traditional high schools and Daniels Learning Center. The program benefits students who need one more semester of reading or math before advancing. The students are divided into two groups - tutors and tutees. During the first half of class, a teacher works with the tutors on what they will be teaching and another teacher works with the tutees reviewing what they learned the day before. Both groups benefit - the tutors learn by teaching and the tutees benefit by having someone close to their age explain things in their own terms. We filmed a video about it today at Hunt so stay tuned! Special thanks to Math Teachers Joy Edwards and Debbie Bass and their students and as always, Grant Roberson and his delightful student crew for working their magic behind the lens. 

5. Marcie Bissette, PTO President, Springfield Middle 
The staff at Springfield wanted to thank Ms. Bissette for her leadership this year. She is currently meeting with parents and staff on a weekly basis as they prepare for the Spring Alive Festival. Everyone knows it's going to be a great success because of her involvement! 

6. Rachel Martin, senior, Fike High
Rachel is participating in a competition through the Big Dawg radio station 98.5. The grand prize is to open for the Josh Thompson/Joe Diffie concert at the Water Fowlers Expo on April 11. To listen to Rachel's song and vote for her, click here. You can also go to her Facebook page and share her ads. Let's support the dreams of one of our students!  

7. World Autism Awareness Day 
World Autism Awareness Day is April 2! Wear your blue to bring awareness to this very special cause and take photos and tag them using the hashtag #LIUB. For more information go to AutismSpeaks.org.

8. Elementary Artists
Congratulations to the talented young visual artists in our elementary schools! More than 320 supporters came out in the heavy rain to celebrate the opening of the 5th Annual Joint Elementary School Art Exhibit on March 14 at the Wilson Arts Council.The exhibit will remain open to the public through April 25. Work created by students at New Hope, Winstead, Rock Ridge, Barnes, Lucama, Gardners, Wells, Hearne and Jones elementary schools are on display. Pictured are precious twins Sydney & Kamryn G. from Jones.

9. Elm City Middle Students competing in Area IV Envirothon
Thirty middle school teams, including public and private schools, competed in the Area IV Envirothon on March 20 at Firestone's Nature Center. The Envirothon competition is sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation offices across the state. Congratulations to Elm City Middle for advancing to the state level! 

10. R
obert Blackwell and Katherine Hanson, Fike High students, and Sofia Popowitch, Hunt High student
Congratulations to these three students for their selection to attend Governor's School on the campus of Salem College. Robert and Katherine were selected for Natural Science and Sofia for Choral Music. Governor's School is a five and a half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students which integrates academic disciplines, the arts and unique courses. We are so proud of them!

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