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Accentuate the Positive Briefs for the week of Nov. 27

posted Nov 27, 2017, 8:39 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

Budding artist receives exclusive training

 A Draughn High School student is getting help honing his art skills and learning soft skills along the way. Jalen K., a junior, was accepted to an art training program through the Old School Studio. He is one of only six people selected to the program.

Jalen’s teacher at Draughn, Peggy Younce, credits Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services and the Burke Arts Council for recognizing Jalen’s talents and connecting him with the Old School Studio.

Younce said, “Jalen’s artistic abilities scream talent. A VR representative noticed those talents and behind the scenes used her knowledge of the local businesses to arrange for the training opportunity. Hopefully it will lead to an internship or apprenticeship for Jalen. Through a VR workshop, Jalen is learning new workplace skills and doing a great job. What a wonderful opportunity that may open doors for his future. Success stories like Jalen’s is why I do the job I do.”

The Old School Studio is an arts advocacy group that seeks to sponsor artist, provide mentors and facilitates projects between community members and students. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities.



Mull student holds second annual blanket drive

A Mull Elementary School student who collected more than 120 blankets for the homeless last year is holding his second annual blanket drive now through Dec. 11. William Patrick H.’s goal this year is 150 blankets. The first grader started this project last year as a kindergartener after he saw some homeless people on the side of the street. His mom Angela, Mull's Title 1 specialist, said that moved William Patrick to collect blankets for them to keep them warm. Last year, half of the blankets he collected went to The House of Refuge for men and the other half to The Meeting House a Homeless Shelter for women and children. Both shelters are located in Morganton. Dr. Larry Putnam said, “I am very proud of William Patrick's leadership and the support he gets from the students, staff, and Mull community.  What a great time of the year to help those in need.” Contact ahappoldt@burke.k12.nc.us to arrange pick up for the blankets or deliver them to Mull Elementary School. Burke County Public Schools Superintendent



Freedom student attends Governor’s Page Program

Freedom High School Emma J. attended the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh the week of Nov. 13. The Governor’s Page Program helps high school students learn about state government in North Carolina and assist staff in the governor’s office. Emma said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to find my way around downtown Raleigh and learn about careers within the government. I shared this experience with six other students that were mostly from surrounding Raleigh counties. While pages, we took tours of the Legislative Building, State Capitol Building, NC Museum of History, the Executive Mansion and many other important buildings in downtown Raleigh. We met with Governor Roy Cooper, Judge Chris Dillon from the NC Court of Appeals, a speaker from the NC Center for Safer Schools, Deputy Agriculture Commissioner David Smith, and many others throughout the week. Talking to and taking pictures with the Governor was an interesting experience as he talked with us about future leaders and how we can help to shape our future. I would have never been exposed to the jobs and people if I hadn’t taken advantage of the opportunity presented to me.”