Education Briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 27, 2018

Support group meeting

Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center in collaboration with Smart Start Rowan hosts a support group for families of children with special needs. The topic of discussion will be a Q&A with Candace Lindstrom, Rowan Salisbury Schools exceptional children’s director.

This event will take place on Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Partners in Learning at the Catawba Campus Learn more and RSVP at

Lunch and Learn: New career exploration initiative at South Rowan

South Rowan High School has developed a new program that significantly helps students answer this question. The school is currently recruiting advocates to inform and educate students through their new program called “Lunch and Learn.” This series is directed towards students who are eager to explore their career options. Meetings are held during lunch in a classroom decorated in school spirit by their very own Interior Design class. Thanks to the work of Occupational Career Studies teacher, Brad Hamrick, students who attended were also served by waiters who brought various snack and beverage options to their tables.

Students recently attended the inaugural program. Sept. 20 was the first of ten installations of the Lunch and Learn series planned and directed by Brad Holda, South Rowan career coach. During the first gathering, Dr. Lynna King, director of nursing at Carolina Healthcare Systems, discussed how to prepare for a nursing career while in high school as well what steps one should take at a college or university with a nursing profession in mind. She offered lots of insightful information and helpful tips to the students, while also maintaining an interesting and optimistic atmosphere throughout her presentation. The attendees were eager to ask questions about King’s experiences as well as inquire what steps they should take in order to achieve a position in the medical field.

Lunch and Learn is only in its beginning stages at South Rowan. Holda plans to continue the program throughout the year. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 17, featuring: Mikey Wetzel, who will discuss entrepreneurship and video game design.

Buy at Tractor Supply, support 4-H

Rounding out its ninth year, Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is gearing up for its Paper Clover event, a semi-annual fundraising campaign that provides millions of dollars in scholarships for 4-H youth.

From Oct. 3 to Oct. 14, N.C. Tractor Supply customers can participate in the Paper Clover fundraiser by purchasing a paper clover — the signature emblem of 4-H—for a donation during checkout at stores nationwide or by making a purchase online at

Since its start in 2010, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H has generated more than $14 million in essential funding. This past spring’s initiative raised more than $956,000 alone, impacting more than 14,000 students.


Fundraising efforts from Tractor Supply’s Paper Clover event fund scholarships for numerous state level 4-H programs nationwide, and every N.C. donation benefits N.C. youth. Scholarships are used for camps and leaderships conferences, where attendees learn everything from animal care and woodworking to networking practices and civic responsibility.

West Rowan FFA receives grant

The West Rowan High School FFA chapter has been awarded a Living to Serve Grant in the amount of $1,200. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support semester-long service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition and community engagement during the fall semester.

West Rowan FFA plans to help address community hunger by planting a year round vegetable garden, donating the harvested produce to four sponsored families in the West Rowan district, and offering introductory culinary classes to those families about food safety and sustainability. The goal of this project is to help families learn how to grow, harvest, and cook healthy meals with produce that can be grown in their back yard.