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Accentuate the Positive Briefs, Monday, February 29, 2016

posted Feb 29, 2016, 11:00 AM by Bcps Bcps   [ updated Feb 29, 2016, 11:02 AM ]

   Accentuating the positive things going on in BCPS.

 DHS choral students attend festival

          Draughn High School choral students Cassidy Pruitt, Peyton Powell and Jacob Lowman participated in the Mars Hill University Choral Festival Feb. 5 and 6. Approximately 800 students auditioned for this event in October and 325 were selected. These students were privileged to sing under the direction of Russian-American conductor Elena Sharkova. Sharkova is recognized nationally and internationally as an inspirational, versatile and effective conductor, choral clinician, music educator and lecturer. She lives in San Jose, California.​

Hildebran Elementary shows love to community

Hildebran Elementary School used Valentine’s Day to spread some love to the community. During the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, each grade level brought in specific hygiene products to be shared with the East Burke High School Food and Clothing Pantry. The items gathered include boxes of Kleenex, toothpaste and toothbrushes, bars of soap, body lotion, shampoo, shaving cream and deodorant. The kindergarten students gathered, sorted and tallied the donations on Feb. 17. The students and staff donated 1,139 hygiene items to the pantry. Hildebran Elementary believes it is important to do for others by spreading love throughout the community.

                                                                  HMS student scholarship recipient

Heritage Middle School student Donovan Gage Crawford has received the 2015-16 Victor E. Bell Jr. Scholarship. This opportunity will provide $2,000 in a scholarship account in the North Carolina National College Savings Program. As long as Gage maintains eligibility, Gage will receive an additional $2,000 each year (up to a maximum of $20,000). Gage said he plans to attend Western Piedmont Community College and get his two-year degree before transferring to a North Carolina school. His current career interests include something in the health care field, such as being a doctor, or being a lawyer.

Grant helps Glen Alpine install gaga pits

Glen Alpine Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Lori Osborne received $5,000 from the Carolina Panthers Hometown Huddle grant program to install two gaga ball pits at the school. Gaga ball is a form of dodge ball that is played in an octagon-shaped pit. Up to 26 players start the game in the pit while touching the wall. Once the ball is tossed in the center, it must bounce twice before it becomes a “live” ball. Players slap at the ball and try to hit other players below the waist. Once a player is hit, he/she is out of the game. Osborne said Glen Alpine chose to have one pit for older students and one for the younger students, and the addition of the pits has encouraged some of the less-active students to participate more in recess.

           Photo: Art contest winner Glen Alpine’s Benjamin Xiong with Kate Sanderlin, American Heart Association Director of Development Catawba County Heart Ball, Drew Thomas, assistant vice president Carolina HealthCare System Blue Ridge, and Cindy Pendleton, 21st Century grant coordinator.


Students’ artwork wins heart contest

            The American Heart Association and Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge invited Burke County Public Schools students to take part in the 2016 Children's heART Post Contest. The students were asked to create artwork that described what a healthy heart looks like and how it acts. Benjamin Xiong from Glen Alpine Elementary School won the contest. His artwork depicted ways to maintain a healthy heart. Haylin Whisnant from Oak Hill Elementary School is the honorary winner. She shared a picture of her heart and how it is different than others due to a hole in it. The students will be recognized at the Catawba Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Hickory. Their teachers received art supplies.

          Photo: Honorary art contest winner Oak Hill’s Haylin Whisnant with Principal Rob Gregory, teacher Tracy Heape, 
Drew Thomas, assistant vice president Carolina HealthCare System Blue Ridge and Kate Sanderlin, American Heart Association Director of Development Catawba County Heart Ball.

                                                                         Contact: Public Relations Officer Cheryl M. Shuffler cmshuffler@burke.k12.nc.us 828-438-2989