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Oct. 9, 2015

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Shout Outs! 
1. Marcia Bonner, WCS Human Resource Specialist
From WCS Social Worker Tammie Yates: "In my three years with WCS, Ms. Bonner has always gone above and beyond. From her time spent at Wells Elementary to her current position, she has always been available to help me. Last week I needed a notary to assist an elderly caregiver of one of our students, and she agreed to meet me at the home of the guardian after work hours. I am so grateful to have her in my WCS work family!"

2. Gardners Elementary 
In 2012, North Carolina received approval from the United States Department of Education to implement a system of recognition for the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools regarding student achievement. For the fourth consecutive year, Gardners Elementary has been named a Title I Reward School in the category of High Achievement! Awesome job! 

3. Sandra Newton, teacher assistant at Wells Elementary 
I could not have said it any better than Speaker and Author Marcedes M. Fuller: "Every project that S. Denice Newton touches turns to gold. Within the pages of her new release Cubs Rising: Pursue It & Do It, Newton did what many educational leaders and decision makers talk about doing; to find solutions for youth, Newton went directly to the youth. This innovative work is sure to impact many lives for years to come." Congrats to Ms. Newton on the release of her second book and for including so many of our students in it. Check it out here

4. Students at Winstead Elementary  
From Winstead Elementary Literacy Coach Tonia Parrish: "I want to Shout Out! a group of amazing students for working so hard. They recently used Thinking Maps to demonstrate what they were learning, and I am so proud of all they have accomplished!" 

5. Hunt High Senior Class Blood Drive
Hunt hosted an outstanding blood drive recently. The Class of 2016 set a school record for their drive with 85 units collected, which is an amazing 133 percent of goal! This event was coordinated and conducted by the Hunt AFJROTC Program, which also completed just over 300 hours of volunteer service to make it happen! 

6. Fundraising Fanatics at Jones Elementary 
When it comes to fundraising, staff members at Jones get it done. In August, they raised $105 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of North Carolina through a Jean Day Fundraiser. In September, they raised $115 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Kudos to Teacher Christine Gilmore for organizing these monthly drives. 

7. WCS Principals
It's time to celebrate because October is National Principals Month! WCS truly has some of the finest leaders who are dedicated to the success of both students and staff members. You need only to sit in one of the monthly administrator meetings for one minute before you break out in hives hearing about all they are required to do. But as you look around the room, they are nodding, jotting down notes and taking it all in stride. They've got this! We owe them our thanks for all they do! 

8. Demetrius Smith, art teacher at Vinson-Bynum Elementary
Welcome to the Artside! Mr. Smith's classroom theme at Vinson-Bynum is genius and also timely considering a new Star Wars movie is coming to theaters soon. Mr. Smith knows how to encourage his students and keep them engaged...not to mention he is super talented! His painting in the hallway of Darth Vader is so impressive - check it out! 

9. Tom Anderson, meteorologist from the North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources: Division of Air Quality
From New Hope Elementary Teacher Anne Blackmon: "I would like to Shout Out! Mr. Anderson for taking the time to come and speak with the fifth-graders about weather and for setting up New Hope's very own weather station!  We are very grateful to Bridgette Akins as well for writing the grant for the amazing weather station!"

10. Kiwanis Club in Stantonsburg
Stantonsburg Elementary recently received a $5,000 check from the town's Kiwanis Club. The donation will be used to improve the playground area and to purchase books. The staff is so grateful for this generous gift!

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