Headed to College Race brings out 200 Runners last Saturday, North Wilkesboro Elementary wins $2000 Award!
Communities In Schools of Northwest North Carolina hosted the 15th Annual Headed to College 5k/10k Road Races on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This year, 202 runners and walkers came out to support the New Century Scholars program provided by CIS, while also promoting their Wilkes County school of choice. For the second year, The Health Foundation allowed CIS to provide a $2000 award to the Wilkes County school with the most participation to enhance their PE Department. The competition was fierce between Wilkesboro Elementary and North Wilkesboro Elementary School, but North Wilkesboro Elementary came through with the win with a total of 42 runners and walkers!
Both the 5k and 10k races were an out-and-back route leaving the WCC Watson Stage and returning to the stage for the finish line. During the race, positivity was at an all time high as volunteers from the community offered “FREE HUGS” to runners as an encouraging push. This addition to the race was influenced by the inspirational speaker, Ken Nwadike Jr., who CIS brought to Wilkes and Alleghany Counties in March. CJ Ballard performed live at the finish line for the runners and their families as they cooled down with ice towels and refreshments. The race was sponsored by: The Health Foundation, Duke Energy, Carolina West Wireless, The Law Firm of Justin Dingee, Kohl’s Cares, InfusionPoints, Louisiana Pacific, Miller Funeral Services, Page Interworks, Alexander Railroad Company, Anytime Fitness, Matt Matthews- State Farm Insurance, The Ultimate Carwash, and Faw Insurance.
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HEADED TO COLLEGE RACE RESULTS:
5K- Female Overall
1st - Delanie Mellon, Rock Hill SC, Age 13, Time: 21:28.6
2nd - Ryleigh Parker, Wilkesboro NC, Age 13, Time: 26:44.8
3rd - Sheena Royal, Ronda NC, Age 34, Time: 27:35.6
5K- Male Overall
1st- Anthony Perales, Wilkesboro NC, Age 16, Time: 17:55.4
2nd- Craig Langston, Wilkesboro NC, Age 52, Time: 19:56.4
3rd- Grant Stone, Wilkesboro NC, Age 15, Time: 20:24.6
5K- Female Masters
1st- Lisa Pardee, North Wilkesboro NC, Age 56, Time: 28:41.7
2nd- Catherine Altice, Todd NC, Age 53, Time: 28:54.2
3rd- Janet Gryder, Wilkesboro NC, Age 53, Time: 28:56.0
5K Male Masters
1st- Tony Blevins, Purlear NC, Age 52, Time: 21:01.1
2nd- Mac Mayberry, Wilkesboro NC, Age 41, Time: 24:01.7
3rd- Keith Shew, North Wilkesboro NC, Age 51, Time: 26:48.4
10K Female Overall
1st- Kelly McNeil, Jefferson NC, Age 46, Time: 46:54.1
2nd- Marissa Cooper Winstead,Taylorsville NC, Age 40, Time: 47:39.4
3rd- Teresa Penegar, Jefferson NC, Age 44, Time: 52:30.8
10K Male Overall
1st- Zachary Barricklow, Sparta NC, Age 35, Time: 39:03.3
2nd- Austin Sprinkle, Sparta NC, Age 21, Time:43:15.9
3rd- Darin Church, Ennice NC, Age 46, Time: 46:01.0
10K Female Masters
1st- Jenny Owens, North Wilkesboro NC, Age 41, Time: 54:23.8
2nd- Kendal Privette, North Wilkesboro NC, Age 48, Time: 56:25.2
3rd- Dawn Holleman, Ronda NC, Age 55, Time: 57:10.6
10K Male Masters-
1st- Chad Randolph, Mooresville NC, Age 52, Time: 46:12.7
2nd- Benjamin Zachary, Taylorsville NC, Age 62, Time: 47:49.1
3rd- David Beatty, Statesville NC, Age 70, Time: 49:16.7
In honor of #CISSiteCoordinatorAppreciationWeek check out this letter from a CIS student to one of the grantors that let us have awesome site coordinators like Le'rone Gore. We love our SCs and so do their kids!
Career Day Comes to Ashe County Middle School
Communities In Schools of Northwest North Carolina helped organize the Ashe County Middle School Career Day event held on May 8th with over 100 representatives from more than 50 businesses and organizations attending to help students learn more about available career opportunities in our area. Students were able to learn about a variety of careers from a banker to a flight nurse.
Business and organization exhibitors spent the day with students as classes rotated through the gymnasium. Several vendors were also available outside for students to visit and learn more about the possible careers in fire and rescue as well as the Wings Air Rescue helicopter. The helicopter flew in and landed on the track at the school shortly after the Career Fair started.
Sponsors of the event were Ashe County Schools Career and Technical Education Program and Communities In Schools of Northwest North Carolina. Members of the CASE club from Ashe County Middle School helped serve the guests at lunch, and students also helped set up the gym.
ASHE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL:
Dr. Zohara Boyd and Dr. Peter Petschauer A Holocaust Dialogue - Story of Cooperation & Friendship
Dr. Zohara Boyd and Dr. Peter Petschauer were both children in Europe during World War II, and their experiences were worlds apart. And now their cooperation and friendship serves as an inspiring example.
Zohara grew up in Poland during the Nazi occupation. By obtaining the baptismal certificates and other documents of a Polish Catholic family, her Jewish parents were able to walk on the Aryan side outside the ghetto and survive the horrors of the Holocaust. Ultimately they were able to hide in plain sight.
Petschauer’s family lived on the other side. Born and raised in Germany, his father was an officer of the dreaded SS. As a child, he was raised under the rules of Nazi Germany and it was not until later in life that he learned to come to grips with his family’s past.
Petschauer and Boyd met as academic colleagues at Appalachian State University, where Boyd is co-director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.
They now use their friendship and interaction to share their experiences of one of history’s most devastating storms, telling their stories and the lessons they’ve learned with people.
Their ultimate message: violence serves no other purpose than to diminish the other who just happens to be very much like we are ourselves.
This service brought by the ACMS CIS Site Coordinator, Fawn Roark, left a huge, positive impact on the students who were able to experience it. Many seemed visibly touched by the stories of survivals. Some of the thank-you letters the students wrote afterwards talked about the speakers helping them realize they needed to be more grateful in their lives while others said they would never forget Dr. Boyd and Dr. Petschauer sharing with them, and all that they had learned that day. Another student wrote about how they learned how to forgive. The speakers spoke to almost all of the 7th grade social studies classes either in person or via chromecasting. Students in classrooms that viewed the presentation via chromecasting sent questions to the actual presentation for the speakers to answer. The idea for the speaker came when a 7th grade student stopped by Mrs. Roark’s office and was telling her about the book, “Milkweed” that he and his class were reading. Ms. Roark began researching and emailing, and was able to find local speakers after also contacting the NC Council on the Holocaust.
Career Fair Season! Wilkes Central High and West Wilkes High School students learn about the options for their futures.
Communities in Schools of Northwestern NC coordinated a career fair event for West Wilkes High School. We understand the importance of getting students out of the classroom to learn about career opportunities. There is no better way to ensure that then to bring employers right to its campus! On Thursday, May 3rd, West Wilkes High School hosted its Spring 2018 Career Fair from 8:15 am to Noon. The event took place in the old gym and many businesses were represented including; 3 C Automotive, Wilkes EMS, Carolina West Wireless, State Employees Credit Union, Wilkes County Health Department, Forestry NC Department of Agriculture, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Wilkes Community College, Wilkes County Schools, Louisiana Pacific, US Army, 4 Seasons Heating and Cooling, ExCo General Contractor, Anchor Coffee, Tyson Foods, Chick-Fil-A, Craftmaster Furniture, New Life Fitness, Jodi Province Counseling, Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission and NC Works. A big huge thank you to the businesses for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit with the students about jobs and career paths!
Wilkes Central High School hosted their Spring Career Fair on April 16th. The staff at Wilkes Central, Gear Up and Communities In Schools worked together to recruit businesses and to navigate the students to the career fair. The businesses visited with the students about career opportunities and gave the students a sneak peek into the life of the business world! The businesses represented were: US Army, Chick-Fil-A, Communities In Schools of Northwest NC, Department of Social Services, Forestry NC Department of Agriculture, Gardner Glass, Goodwill Career Connection Center, NC Works, B&R Services, Herring Ridge, Wilkes Community College, Radiology-WCC, Welding- WCC, Samaritans Purse, NC Highway Patrol, Vulcan Materials and Wells Fargo. A big thank you to all of the businesses for their participation in making a positive impact on our students!
Thanks to a grant from Lowe's Hardware, Communities In Schools is in the process of revamping our beloved Escuelita. Stay tuned to see our "Little Red School House."
A special thank you to the community volunteers who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help us renovate. We are so grateful for each one of you!