For Immediate Release: Feb. 12, 2018
Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
This Week in GCS: Random Acts of Kindness, Blood Drive
and Bus Driver Appreciation
Love the Bus Driver: Locally, 624 GCS and First Student school buses travel approximately 53,000 miles, transporting 38,000 students daily. With a team of approximately 1,000 mechanics, bus drivers, safety assistants and substitutes, transportation employees accumulate more than 1.1 million hours on the job annually. ACES programs at several schools will offer activities to recognize bus drivers.
* Brightwood Elementary (2001 Brightwood School Road, Greensboro) students will write thank-you cards and serve hot chocolate around 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15.
* Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary (5006 N.C. Highway 150 E., Browns Summit) students will make cards and treat bags on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
* Oak Ridge Elementary (2050 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge) students will write thank-you cards each day.
* Washington Montessori Elementary (1110 E. Washington St., Greensboro) students will write cards and give treats one day this week.
* McLeansville Elementary (5315 Frieden Church Road, McLeansville) students will write thank-you cards and give treat bags on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Random Acts of Kindness: students and school staff are encouraged to identify at least one action of kindness to implement each day this week.
* Foust Elementary students will visit Out of the Garden Project from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Tuesday Feb. 13. Students will help pack food bags, and are also making inspirational notecards for those served by Out of the Garden.
Several ACES sites will observe Random Acts of Kindness by completing various activities.
* Frazier Elementary (4215 Galway Dr., Greensboro) students are creating cards for patients at Starmount Health and Rehabilitation Center.
* Sedalia Elementary (6120 Burlington Road, Sedalia) students will send sweet treats and books to pen pals.
* Triangle Lake Montessori (2401 Triangle Lake Road, High Point) students will discuss how simple acts of kindness can affect people. Each child will draw a random act of kindness out of a kindness bag to complete each day.
* Sternberger Elementary (518 N. Holden Road, Greensboro) students will decorate the sidewalks leading into the school with positive messages and create thank-you cards for group leaders and school staff.
* Alamance Elementary (3600 Williams Dairy Road., Greensboro) students will make cards for the elderly in local nursing centers.
* Hunter Elementary (1305 Merritt Dr., Greensboro) students will create a kindness tree. They will add pink and red hearts with their various acts of kindness to complete it.
* Alderman Elementary (4211 Chateau Dr., Greensboro) students are making thank-you cards for nurses and staff at Cone Health Cancer Center.
* Lindley Elementary (2700 Camden Road, Greensboro) students are making Valentine cards for veterans.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Students Lead Conferences, 5:30-7 p.m. (Hunter Elementary, 1305 Merritt Dr., Greensboro) – Students at Hunter Elementary will lead their parent conferences by sharing their own accomplishments and challenges with their families. Traditionally, teachers usually share student success stories, as well as areas to improve with parents.
Tuesday Tour, times and locations vary – This is the final of three scheduled tours of the district’s 45 magnet schools. Each of the schools hosted an evening open house for families. Tuesday Tours and open houses give parents and students the opportunity to see a school in action and get a better sense of the learning environment. Click here for a list by school
Wednesday Feb. 14
Valentine’s Blood Drive, 1-5:30 p.m. (Academy at Smith, 2225 S. Holden Road, Greensboro ) – The HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club at the academy will host a blood drive that is open to the public. To participate go to click
Thursday Feb. 15
CTE Family Night, 5-7:30 p.m. (Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center, 1921 West Gate City Blvd., Greensboro ) – Parents and students can learn more about GCS high school career and technical education programs, which often provide opportunities for high-wage careers that may not require a college diploma or that may help fast-track students to successful careers after college. Representatives from GTCC and local businesses will also be there to answer any questions and offer advice about career pathways.
Monday, Feb. 19
Western Middle Move (401 College Road, Greensboro) – While this will be a snow make-up day for traditional schools, there will be no school for Western Middle students. School staff will finish moving into the new building on this day.
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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