Education Briefs 6-23

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 23, 2016

Liberty Mutual donates $1,800 to KCS STEM Program

Liberty Mutual Insurance has donated $1,800 to the STEM program of Kannapolis City Schools. The money will be used to provide additional resources for science, technology, Eengineering and math education in KCS.
Liberty Mutual representative Matt Morrison presented the check to Kannapolis City Schools during the June meeting of the Kannapolis City Board of Education.
Liberty Mutual sponsors the Quote for a Cause program. The company donated $10 to Kannapolis City Schools for each system employee that requested an insurance quote from Liberty Mutual. Employees did not have to buy insurance from Liberty Mutual. They only needed to request a quote. Nearly 180 district employees asked for quotes, which led to a donation of $1,800 to the system’s STEM education program.
KCS expands summer lunch program

Kannapolis City Schools is expanding its free summer lunch program. The system will offer three sites this summer where children can get a free meal each Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. During 2015, there was only one summer lunch location.

The three summer lunch sites for 2016 are located throughout the community and will provide a free meal to anyone 18 years of age or younger (even children that do not attend Kannapolis City Schools). Adults 19 and older will be able to purchase meals.

The three summer feeding sites are Kannapolis Intermediate School, Forest Park Elementary School and the Kannapolis branch of the YMCA. The address and lunch times for each location are listed below. A flyer with information about the summer lunch program is available in English and Spanish by clicking here

For more information, call 704-933-2619.

Cooperative Extension offers summer fun classes

The Rowan County branch of the N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering a summer classroom opportunity for children interested in learning about how farmers help the environment.

Farmers are an important part of everyday life. Without them, we wouldn’t have food, clothing, or shelter. One thing that people are concerned with these days is going green and becoming more sustainable. Today, there are a lot of misconceptions about farmers and their contribution to the environment. To help youth understand how important farmers are to the environment and how sustainable they are by using modern agricultural practices, the Cooperative Extension has created a summer program called “Farmers and the Environment.”

The class is open to children between the ages of 5 and 8, and begins July 11 at the Cooperative Extension office on Old Concord Road. There are openings for 15 students, and the class costs $10. A snack will be provided. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. students will learn about modern production practices and recycling from Morgan Watts, the new livestock and field crops agent for Rowan County.

To register, visit the Cooperative Extension office at 2727-A Old Concord Road between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please bring your insurance information with you when you register. If you would like more information about summer programs, visit the agency’s website at or visit its office. You can also call the extension office at 704-216-8970.

Some other classes the Cooperative Extension is offering this ummer include string art, origami, paracording, junior cake decorating, and mosaic garden art.

New kindergarten teacher added at Sacred Heart Catholic School 
Erin Brinkley will be joining the Sacred Heart staff as its new kindergarten teacher. She will be with veteran Beth Goodman in kindergarten. Brinkley is a graduate of Sacred Heart Catholic School, West Rowan High School and magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds teaching licenses in birth through kindergarten, kindergarten through sixth and hearing impaired K-12. After graduation, she worked in Kannapolis City Schools for nine years.
One of the roles she served at Kannapolis was as a reading intervention teacher for kindergarten. While employed with Kannapolis, she was recognized as a Board of Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She has been Sacred Heart’s Christian Education Director for the past two years, leading Faith Formation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation among other responsibilities.



Rowan-Salisbury teacher selected for South Africa program

Rowan-Salibury Teacher of the Year Nancy Goodnight has been selected to participate in the 2016 Global Teachers program to South Africa. She teaches fifth grade at Millbridge Elementary School. The 10-day learning journey with Go Global NC (formerly the Center for International Understanding) runs June 18-28 and takes teachers to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. A total of 26 North Carolina teachers from across the state have been chosen through a competitive application process to participate in the global leadership program designed to help them bring the world to their classrooms.

Go Global NC has been providing international eduation programs for North Carolina teachers since the late 1990s. Global Teachers delegates will visit schools; experience South Africa’s cultural diversity; learn about apartheid, slavery, and human rights; and have the opportunity to visit Robben Island, site of Nelson Mandela’s 18-year imprisonment.

Go Global NC connects North Carolina to the world and the world to North Carolina. Its global education and training programs empower North Carolina leaders with the skills, understanding, connections, and knowledge to succeed in a global community. Go Global NC is part of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Learn more: