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posted Sep 14, 2015, 1:00 PM by Bcps Bcps   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 1:00 PM ]

High schoolers break ground, ready to construct houses

    Burke County Public Schools four high schools revamped their live build programs this semester by breaking ground on the construction of two new homes that will be for sale to the public when the project is complete. The masonry and carpentry classes at Freedom, Patton, Draughn and East Burke high schools are building the homes, one on Boulder Drive in the Salem community and one on Locust Street in Rutherford College. The modest, three-bedroom, two-bath homes will be about 1,700 square feet, and the projects are expected to take two full school years. The houses are being built with profits from the sales of previous BCPS live build projects.

Furniture company donates to art clubs
    Baker Furniture (under parent company Kohler) presented the Hildebran Elementary School’s Art Club with a donation of $509 to assist with the purchase of art supplies and materials. The Hildebran Art Club meets twice weekly and has an average attendance of more than 40 students. The employees at the Baker plant held a fundraiser, raffle and bake sale to raise the funds. Pictured are Baker HR Director Kerri Arguello, Art Club sponsor Jenny Kinard, supervising Baker employees Teresa Phillips and Joe Greene, and Hildebran Principal Brett Wilson. A like donation was presented to Icard Elementary School, as well.


Girl Scout builds sandbox for N. Liberty

    Gracie Lane, a student at Patton High School, chose to complete her Girl Scout Silver project at North Liberty School. She built a sandbox for the pre-k students.


W.A. Young teacher receives state recognition

    Congratulations to W.A. Young Elementary School teacher Amber Peterson for recognition from Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. Rutherford EMC nominated Peterson for the statewide level in recognition of her dedication to students and for winning Bright Ideas education grant funding for the project “The Daily Five: Listen to Reading.” Peterson is one of only 26 teachers statewide to earn the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week designation this school year. She will be recognized on air during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina football game on Sept. 19 and also on the Bright Ideas website at www.NCBrightIdeas.com. Peterson was part of the Teaching Fellows Program and was named Elementary Teacher of the Year in Burke County for the 2013-14 school year. She is also a multi-year Bright Ideas grant recipient.    

Hospital volunteen mixes art with medicine

    Freedom High School senior Benjamin Succop volunteered over the summer at Carolinas HealthCare System-Blue Ridge. Benjamin worked on a proposal that he delivered to the hospital’s senior executive team, including Dr. Joe Mazzola, the chief medical officer, and Laura McNeely, director of patient experience. Benjamin’s proposal involves arts in medicine, a concept that many healthcare organizations have integrated into their care model to improve the patients’ experience of care. The program will combine medical treatment with art and music therapy in four ways: pre-operative music treatment, artistic exhibitions, volunteer music performances and crafts for patients. Benjamin also assisted with developing a welcome video for inpatients, drafting a grant for diversity work and assisted with performance improvement and data research for the interpretive services department and MyCarolinas patient portal. McNeely said, “It has truly been a privilege partnering with Benjamin this summer. I have learned a lot from him, and I believe Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, our patients, our teammates, and our greater community is positioned for great success in this work, due to the talents of this young man.” Through a partnership with Burke Arts Council, the hospital will launch its arts in medicine program in mid-October.

Meet the Class of 2028

    Oak Hill Elementary School wants each student to know the year he or she will graduate from high school.  The school recently held a banner moving ceremony. Each homeroom displays a banner showing the year the class will graduate to encourage students to make high school graduation a big priority.  Pictured are the newest Bulldogs, the Class of 2028.

Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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