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Friday, February 05, 2016

Feb. 5, 2016

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We hope everyone had a great week, and we want to encourage you to do something kind today! Check out this from January 2014 featuring Chris Rosati, a Durham resident with ALS who inspired the country with his plot to steal a Krispy Kreme truck. He has since started an organization that offers grants for kindness projects. Kudos to Our Story Royalty Christine Gilmore (fourth-grade teacher at Jones Elementary) for receiving three grants. Pic attached of her students donating items to the Wilson County Animal Shelter. 

All Video/Picture Shout Outs! (Link to Pictures In Facebook Post)
1. What is WAAT?
Want to know all about our 26th school set to open in the fall? Check out this fabulous video featuring Principal Krystal Cox and local industry leaders!

2. Leaders Eat Mor Chikin
Advisor Janet Pollock would like to thank Chick-fil-A for sponsoring the Leader Academy at Hunt High and also thank the awesome students in the group for their leadership and desire to help others. 

3. Clubbin' 
Staff at Wells Elementary recently started a myriad of clubs and featured them in so students could make their selections (special thanks to Suzanne Colbert, Sallie Creech, Susan Canady, and the Lighthouse Team). The videos will be featured in Southern Leading, an e-magazine produced for Leader in Me schools. 

4. Law and Order
Officer Kolly Burritt with the Wilson Police Department goes above and beyond to ensure student safety at New Hope Elementary during arrival and dismissal. The frigid weather doesn't slow her down! New Hope appreciates all she does!

5. Wish We Were There
Fourth-graders at Barnes Elementary recently completed a study on Cape Hatteras and painted a beautiful sunrise featuring the lighthouse in the foreground. Art Teacher Ben Gufford guided the students on watercolor techniques and using color to show contrast.

6. A Lost Art
Board of Education Vice Chair Henry Mercer recently taught origami to the first-graders in Kim Davis' class at Vinson-Bynum Elementary. He is in a class of his own! 

7. No Bullies Allowed
An anti-bullying campaign is in full swing all month at Toisnot Middle. Numerous events including a pledge bulletin board and poster, door decorating and essay contests are scheduled to get students thinking about what it means to stand together, be bully free and embrace equality at Toisnot and outside of school. 

8. In Touch with our Feelings

Celebrate! It is National School Counseling Week. Thank you to our school counselors for going above and beyond for our students every day. Please make sure to thank your school counselor! 

9. Computer Whiz
The Beddingfield staff wanted to thank Joseph Hayes, instructional technology facilitator, for his assistance in creating a testing schedule to accommodate the school's computers. 

10. The Wheels on the Bus
Congrats to Robert Harvey on his first week as WCS Director of Transportation and congrats to Jim Lewis on his retirement! Mr. Lewis' career with WCS spanned 35 years.
Highlighting a Community Partner
- The Toisnot Middle PTO held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Jan. 26 in conjunction with Report Card Pickup and Math/Science Night. The school's Beta Club waited tables while the girls' basketball team served as runners for the drive-thru line. Both groups received numerous compliments. The fundraiser brought in almost $1,000 and Toisnot would like to thank Pizza Inn for their partnership as well as PTO President Todd Anderson for his continued dedication and service to our students and community. 
- The Wilson Police Department/Wilson Parks and Recreation/the Wilson Doughnut Shop are holding a fundraiser TOMORROW from 6 a.m. to noon at the Doughnut Shop to raise money for Special Olympics. All proceeds from ordering a $5 SCRAM special (sausage, egg and cheese on bread with a pastry and drink) will go toward Special Olympics. 

- The 2016 Wilson Chamber Dynamic Leadership Class is hosting a Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Fundraiser on Tues., Feb. 9 from 5-8 p.m. to raise funds for playground equipment at Hearne Elementary. Please support this great fundraiser! 

- Two students at Speight Middle recently started a 
GoFundMe page for one of their classmates who has spina bifida and is in need of a new van to accommodate his wheelchair. Please consider donating! 

EdCamp, a free professional development session for all educators, is scheduled for March 12 from 8-3:30 at Jones Elementary. There are no pre-determined sessions or presenters. Instead, the attendees indicate what they would like to learn and then the organizers look for trends and create the schedule. Sessions are led by conversation. CEUs will be earned for attending all day, breakfast is provided and Brewmasters is selling $6 boxed lunches. Sign up today at For more information, visit or email or

- Our students are already gearing up for the Wilson Tobs Read Around the Bases event Mon., June 6. Please make plans to attend this special celebration which includes a pre-game parade around the bases and chances to win free tickets to Tobs games and t-shirts.

- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free tax assistance to families whose income level is under $53,000 a year. For more details, call 252.293.4305.

- The Wilson Public Library's holding a Jazz Film and Discussion Series. The series is free, and there is no registration required to attend any of the sessions. Click here for more info:  

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