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North Belmont wins “Are You Smarter…” competition


North Belmont Elementary wins annual “Are You Smarter…” competition


The North Belmont Elementary and Gastonia East Rotary Club school/business team was the winner of the annual “Are You Smarter Than a Gaston County Fifth Grader?” competition held Thursday, February 13 at Stuart W. Cramer High School.

The popular program that pairs business partners with elementary schools in a game show format raised $40,000 for the Gaston County Education Foundation.  The Foundation will use the money to fund the Ron L. Ensley grant program that provides funds to teachers for innovative classroom lessons and activities.

Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $45,000 in grants to teachers at schools across the county.  The grant cycle will open on August 1 for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Gaston County Education Foundation organized the competition. Tindol Suburu was the title sponsor for the program.  Other sponsors included American & Efird, Elevate Textiles, Wells Fargo, CaroMont Health, Allen Tate, PNC Bank, Local Market, AB Carter Inc., Dominion Energy, and United Oil of the Carolinas.

Here is a list of the award winners:
First Place: North Belmont Elementary and Gastonia East Rotary Club

Second Place: Sherwood Elementary and Leadership Gaston

Third Place: Sadler Elementary and Firestone Fibers and Textiles

Team Spirit: Bessemer City Central and Wells Fargo

Good Apple Award: McAdenville Elementary and McAdenville Women’s Club

People’s Choice Award: Brookside Elementary and Rochling

Other school/business teams participating in the competition were:
◾Belmont Central Elementary and Rotary Club of Gastonia
◾W.B. Beam Intermediate and Fleet Net
◾Catawba Heights Elementary and Steelfab
◾Chapel Grove Elementary and Gaston County EMS
◾Gardner Park Elementary and Tindol Subaru
◾Kiser Elementary and Next Generation
◾Lingerfeldt Elementary and CaroMont Health
◾Lowell Elementary and Dominion Energy
◾Pleasant Ridge Elementary and Gastonia Grizzlies and GSM Services
◾Pinewood Elementary and McLean Funeral Directors
◾Rankin Elementary and American and Efird
◾Woodhill Elementary and PNC Bank

In addition, Tindol Suburu presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to the Gaston County Education Foundation.