• 68°

Milliken provides unique opportunities for Rowan-Salisbury students

Under normal circumstances it would be considered rude to walk all over a student’s artwork — but several Rowan-Salisbury students probably wouldn’t mind, since their pieces have been turned into carpet squares.

Students at area schools were asked to put their pens, crayons, markers and colored pencils to paper to create their ideal learning space, and eight of those pieces were then printed onto carpet squares by Milliken & Company.

“It’s all about finding out what their ideal learning space is like,” said Prem Patel, Milliken’s market segment leader for the education department.

Not only is the carpet square a cool reward for a project well done, it “connects kids with career options” and gives Milliken insight into how students “inhabit that space,” Patel said.

The project opens doors for teachers to talk about the wide varieties of careers that are available with companies like Milliken.

The students were able to learn about a host of jobs — from design to marketing to research production.

“It really agave us a chance to look outside of Landis,” said Cheryl Lange, media coordinator at Corriher Lipe Middle School. “The kids don’t really think of job opportunities that exist elsewhere.”

The project itself lends a hand to the school system’s new focus on problem-based learning, said Isenberg Elementary Principal Marvin Moore.

“This isn’t just a scenario my teacher’s coming up with,” Moore said. ““It’s taking it to the next level.”

Students were also able to see their own art “transformed into a real life product,” Patel said.

“It felt nice because we worked hard on it and it felt like we accomplished something and we got our ideas out there,” said Rhiannon Kimmer, an eighth-grade student at Corriher Lipe.

The winners received their carpet squares and were treated to a pizza party at the district’s administrative officers before Christmas break.



Afternoon, evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned Thursday


Concord man charged with woman’s murder in drive-by shooting

Ask Us

Ask Us: Have city, county elected officials received COVID-19 vaccine?


City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event


Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race


Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children


Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot


Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting


Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?


Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina


Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide


RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey


Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County


Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park


History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County


‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove


Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations


‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation


Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year


Ester Marsh: What body type are you?


The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone


Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million


US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency