GCS News Tips – Dec. 5-11

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For Immediate Release: December 4, 2017

Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

This Week in GCS: Candy Canes and Kindness

Tuesday, Dec. 5
Candy Canes for Families, 7:30-8 a.m., all week (General Greene Elementary, 1501 Benjamin Parkway, Greensboro) – The school’s Student Council will dress up in holiday wear and begin each day this week by jingling their carol bells and encouraging their classmates and teachers to purchase candy canes for families in need. The money raised will be used to purchase clothing and toys for students participating in General Greene’s backpack program.

This week
Gift of Giving – Nine GCS schools received a $300 Gift of Giving grant from Four Seasons Town Centre, which supports GCS’ character development and service-learning initiative. Classrooms or student organizations are to use the grant money to complete a service experience to help others in the community.
Participating schools are: Hunter and Northern Elementary; Christine Greene Education Center; Allen and Ferndale Middle; Southeast and McLeansville High; and the Early/Middle colleges at Bennett College and GTCC-Greensboro. Here’s what’s happening this week at two schools:

* Kindness Rocks (Northern Elementary, 3801 N.C. Hwy. 150, Greensboro) – Each student at Northern will get the chance to create a kindness rock during their art class this week. Each rock will include the hashtag #nesrocks. Students traveling over the holidays will be encouraged to take their rocks to family members elsewhere. The goal is to see how far kindness can travel this holiday season. The Student Council will work with the special needs/adapted curriculum classroom to create a rock garden of eight larger rocks to represent each of student for their outdoor classroom area. The project was inspired by the book, “Each Kindness,” by Jacqueline Woodson. In the book, kindness is demonstrated when a rock is dropped into water, showing the ripple effect that one act of kindness can create.

* Pillows for the Ronald McDonald House (Falkener Elementary, 3931 Naco Road, Greensboro) – Students at Falkener are focusing on the character traits empathy and compassion. This week a Ronald McDonald house coordinator and a parent who stayed there will visit the school to share how families are helped. Next week, they will begin making pillows for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem. The pillows are to provide comfort to parents and siblings as their loved one undergoes treatment at Brenner Children’s Hospital.
For more information contact ACES coordinator, Lywanna Gregory, 336-373-3453.

Thursday, Dec. 7
Dream Catcher Class, 6-7:15 p.m., (Lindley Park Community Center, 2907 Springwood Dr., Greensboro) – The GCS American Indian Education Program will offer a dream catcher class for Native American students in kindergarten through sixth grades. Information: Mia Malesovas at malesom@gcsnc.com<mailto:malesom@gcsnc.com> or 336-370-8982.

ADDITIONAL STORY IDEA: The Distinctive Divas of Welborn Middle have extended their learning outside the classroom. They’ve begun a partnership with Shannon Gray Rehabilitation & Recovery Center in Jamestown as a service-learning experience. The students visit the facility monthly to sit with residents, listen to their stories and manicure their nails. One student sings to them. Their next visit will be Dec. 13.

Seventh-grader Emma Terry says, “It makes me feel good, because people here don’t get lots of visitors.”
Contact: Distinctive Divas advisor and CTE teacher, Cynethia Mayhand, 336-819-2880.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.

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