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For Immediate Release: Sept. 18, 2017

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

This Week in GCS: Celebration of Excellence, Festivals and Peace Activities

Tuesday, Sept. 19
[COE2016-27 small]Celebration of Excellence, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Grimsley High, 801 Westover Terrace, Greensboro) – The annual celebration for GCS teachers and principals will feature a school spirit parade, the Dudley High drumline, Hampton Elementary chorus, Southeast Middle cheerleaders, and students from Grimsley and Fairview and Pearce elementary schools. The Guilford County Schools Principal of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year and Teacher Mentor of the Year will be announced during the program, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 21
Pinwheels for Peace, 1 p.m. (Stokesdale Elementary, 8025 U.S. Highway 158, Stokesdale) – Stokesdale students will participate in an international art and literacy project Pinwheels for Peace. They will plant pinwheels with messages of peace as a public statement and art exhibit/installation. Last year, about 500,000 pinwheels spun around the world. Peace Day celebrations will start at 1 p.m. for kindergartners, first- and second-graders. Third through fifth grades will celebrate at 1:40 p.m. Students will see about 550 pinwheels made by their classmates, sing songs of peace and share what peace means to them.

Friday, Sept. 22
Peace Week Picnic, times vary (Erwin Montessori School, 3012 East Bessemer Av., Greensboro) – Erwin concludes a week of peace-related activities with a family picnic. Families are invited to eat lunch at school with their kids during the scheduled lunch time. Other activities this week include drawing peaceful pictures or messages with chalk on school sidewalks (Tuesday, Sept. 19) and observing a moment of silence to show a spirit of humanity and desire for peace.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Family Fun Fest, 10 a.m. (Pleasant Garden Elementary, 4833 Pleasant Garden Road, Pleasant Garden) – Festival will include a color run (runners race through colored foam),
food trucks, inflatable bounce houses and silent auction. The one-mile fun run and 5K are part of the Piedmont Race Series and are open to the public. Proceeds will benefit Pleasant Garden students.

Music and Fall Festival, gates open at 5 p.m., show starts at 6 p.m. (Southern Guilford High 5700 Drake Road, Greensboro) – The Southern Guilford Ag. & FFA Music and Fall Festival will feature food trucks, mechanical bull, tractor show and other activities. Live music will feature Doug McCormick, The Tyler Millard Band and Norlina.

Additional Story Idea: Morehead Elementary teacher Amanda Stone, a former bowling competitor in college, helps spark students’ interest in bowling. She and her husband, Chris, purchased a unique mat and pins set that simulates a bowling alley. All K-2 students at Morehead are using it in P.E. In addition, they will receive a free pass to Triad Lanes Bowling to use with their families outside of school. The equipment will travel through some GCS schools, and will be at Jones Elementary in November. Teachers can use the Bowler’sEd program to learn how to use the set for cross-curriculum activities.

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