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Good News from Gaston County Schools, September
Good News from Gaston County Schools, September 2021
The Gaston County Board of Education received the following "good news" for the month of September 2021:
- Bessemer City High School, East Gaston High School, Forestview High School, Highland School of Technology, and South Point High School were recognized by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for outstanding sportsmanship. The five schools did not have any athlete/coach ejections during the 2020-2021 school year.
- Letters written 20 years ago by students at Tryon Elementary School were included in a display by the U.S. Secret Service in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the anniversary of 9-11.
- Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Gwen Campau and Highland School of Technology senior Travis Rainwater are among 16,000 students who were named National Merit semifinalists. They will have an opportunity to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million, which will be awarded next spring.
- North Belmont Elementary School received a $9,150 donation from Vallen Corporation to purchase 20 computer stations. In addition, Vallen employees donated three boxes of school supplies for students and teachers.
- Rankin Lake Baptist Church packed and delivered 480 goodie bags for employees at North Gaston High School, W.C. Friday Middle School, Carr Elementary, Costner Elementary, Highland School of Technology, and Woodhill Elementary.
- Highland School of Technology graduate Maggie Ferguson is the recipient of the Steagall Family Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship provides $10,000 a year for college education along with an additional $6,000 per year for a summer internship program at Holy Angels. Maggie is attending UNC-Chapel Hill where she is studying speech pathology.
- Gaston County Schools received 50 book bags from Direct Auto Insurance filled with school supplies.
- H.H. Beam Elementary School received 96 book bags filled with school supplies from the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
- W.B. Beam Intermediate School counselor Mark Reep shared information about the school’s amateur radio club with members of the Cherryville Rotary Club. In addition, students in the Falcon Radio Club participated in the “Parks on the Air” amateur radio program this summer at Crowders Mountain State Park.
- The cafeteria staff at Belmont Middle School and Page Primary received a 100 percent sanitation score.
- The W.A. Bess Elementary PTO sponsored a school beautification project to prepare for the new school year. A team of school volunteers spent time planting flowers and spreading mulch to beautify the school grounds.
- Bessemer City Primary celebrated “K is for Kindness Day” on September 10 in commemoration of September 11 and to honor the memory of Kay Scearce, who taught at the school for 31 years.
- Classroom Central sponsored a school supply drive at Carr Elementary. Nearly 190 teachers from across Gaston County received a box of school supplies.
- Cake Me Away Bakery provided school supplies for Carr Elementary, Costner Elementary, W.C. Friday Middle, and North Gaston High School.
- The Cherryville High School “Kindness Club” created posters for W.B. Beam Intermediate School. Each poster has a unique message such as “One kind word can change someone’s entire day.” Senior Landrie Wofford organized the project.
- Carr Elementary received school supplies from the Kiwanis Club, Dallas Baptist Church, and the Dallas Police Department. In addition, the school received a school supplies donation from third grade student Natalie Day.
- In partnership with the Carolina Panthers, Carr Elementary teacher Diane Baron was nominated as a FSI Teacher of the Week.
- Carr Elementary received the “Best of Gaston” award from The Gaston Gazette as a top public school in Gaston County.
- Carr Elementary was selected to receive a Duke Energy Science Night Kit, which provides materials for students to participate in STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) activities.
- North Gaston High School art teacher Tammy Hovis organized an art project at Carr Elementary that involved high school students painting a mural of the Leader in Me “7 Habits of Happy Kids.”
- Chapel Grove Elementary teachers received gas gift cards from Gastonia Seventh Day Adventist Church. In addition, Southside Baptist Church, Carolinas Telco Credit Union, and Communities in School donated school supplies and backpacks.
- More than 100 students at Gaston Early College High School have qualified for membership in the National Beta Club.
- Gaston Early College High School students assisted Keep Gastonia Beautiful volunteers with a cleanup of the Highland Community Garden.
- Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences school counselor Desiree Lackey and Gaston College liaison Misti Elting met with students and families to create four-year plans and discuss career and college goals. In addition, the school is developing clubs and a student council and working on inviting medical professionals to meet virtually with students to talk about their career journeys.
- Hawks Nest STEAM Academy held a “Spruce Up The Nest” beautification day to prepare for the new school year.
- The Hunter Huss High School football team assisted with a landscaping and mulching project at Lingerfeldt Elementary prior to the start of the school year.
- McAdenville Elementary received a donation of school supplies from the Cramer Mountain Investment Club and Cramerton Community Committee.
- Through the school’s “Penny March Madness” fundraiser, the New Hope Elementary PTO purchased new indoor basketball goals.
- Each week at Page Primary, one kindergarten class and one first grade class have the opportunity to earn “The Golden Brick” as a part of the school’s behavior/character education program. Classes must show the characteristics of respect, responsibility, and safety to be selected for “The Golden Brick.”
- Pleasant Ridge Elementary received signs from Cliff Dixon and Pressbox Creative to help with morning and afternoon traffic flow.
- Parkwood Baptist Church and Creekside Nursery volunteers planted 60 shrubs as part of a beautification project to repurpose the interior courtyard at Sherwood Elementary.
- Sherwood Elementary received a donation of school supplies from Myers Memorial United Methodist Church.