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Letters – Friday (10-02-09)

Days of Caring have wonderful results
On Sept. 17, the Rowan Salisbury School System was among the beneficiaries of the Rowan County United Way Day of Caring. All across the county literally hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers from area businesses dedicated an entire workday to tackle projects and complete tasks.
In the past, China Grove Middle School has been the recipient of many Day of Caring projects. Landscaping, picnic tables, shelters, etc. are just a few of the projects United Way volunteers have completed to beautify our school. We have been grateful for each project and appreciate the time and hard work that go into this day every year. Without the Day of Caring there is no way that most of these projects would have ever been completed due to lack of funds and labor. Jackie Harris and all of the folks who work with the United Way are to be commended for making the Day of Caring happen.
This year’s project at China Grove was especially daunting. The task was to give our 40-plus year-old gym a facelift, which turned into a three-day job! No longer was it United Way Day of Caring, but Days of Caring. Completed by volunteers from AkzoNobel, Rich Steinert gave his team complete support. They were a relentless bunch that literally worked from sunup to sundown each day. Led by Paul Robertson, the crew worked to provide CGMS with a practically new arena to share with our community. It is beautiful and echoes our Red Devil pride. We are so blessed to have had this group of loyal, hard workers assigned to our school. They were simply magnificent! We will never be able to thank them enough for their time, talents and willingness to share. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
ó Jennifer Hancock
China Grove
The writer is assistant principal at China Grove Middle School.
Safe bus stops
The residents of Spring Meadow Drive wish to thank the Rowan Salisbury School District for being concerned about the safety of our students. Special accommodations were made by the district when the parents requested the children be picked up in front of their homes on Spring Meadow Drive in Woodleaf, a private road.
If this accommodation was not made our students would have to wait at Campbell and Barbee, where the traffic volume is light, but still deemed unsafe for our children. The concern for our students’ safety is especially appreciated since the Board of Education, School Bus Transportation Rule 4-23 states “…buses will travel only on city, county and state maintained roads.” Spring Meadow Drive is a private road.
If you feel safety is an issue and you have to drive your student(s) to a busy street to board the bus, then sit in your car until the bus arrives, you can call the following personnel to request the buses stop in front of your home: Gene Miller, assistant superintendent of operations, 704-630-6002, or Judy Burris, transportation director 704-639-3051 ext. 104.
ó Carol Landesman
Woodleaf

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