June 3, 2018

ApSeed and Mebane Foundation Join Forces to Provide 1,000 Mobile Touchscreen Tablet e-Readers FREE to Qualifying Davie County Preschool Children

The Mebane Foundation and ApSeed Early Childhood Education have joined forces to increase literacy scores among at-risk children in Davie County by providing a free e-Reader preloaded with applications designed to improve literacy and strengthen vocabulary. Thanks to a $105,000 grant from the Foundation, based in Mocksville, NC, 1,000 custom-built tablets, called Seedlings, will be distributed free of charge to children 0-4 whose families are enrolled in the WIC program through the Davie County Department of Public Health or Parents as Teachers through Smart Start of Davie County. Studies indicate that economically-disadvantaged children hear 30 million fewer words by the […]
May 15, 2018

NC Reads – Learn How You Can Help

Summer learning loss erases gains made during the school year, but summer learning programs keep kids growing! Studies show that children who read at least six books during the summer maintain or improve their reading skills, while children who didn’t read any books saw their reading skills decline by as much as one grade level. You can help! The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s statewide summer reading initiative, NC Reads, is underway and has four goals: ensure that preschool and elementary students have books to read at home so that they learn the joy of reading from an early […]
March 22, 2018

Celebrating Growth in Davie County and Building a Bright Future

After five years of successfully attracting manufacturing companies that created thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in investments, Davie County had a problem — no more buildings and no more workers. “All of our working inventory had been absorbed into the system, and our unemployment rate had dropped to 3.7 percent which is almost fully employed,” said Terry Bralley, the president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. But rather than resting on its laurels, Bralley says the Economic Development Commission treated 2017 as a “building year” and worked to replenish Davie County’s supply of buildings and sought […]
November 24, 2017

The 2017 War Eagles Christmas Ornament – Commemorating 61 Years at old Davie County High School

As family and friends gather together for Thanksgiving this week, the 2017 “War Eagles Christmas” ornament is a perfect gift idea for this holiday season. This ornament commemorates Davie County High School, the sole traditional high school in the Davie County system for 61 years. Established in 1956, DCHS has been home to many generations of students and was the educational foundation for much success throughout our community and beyond. The walls of this school hold many stories and memories and we are grateful to be a part of its history. This ornament, in celebration of our original county-wide high […]
November 8, 2017

Students Explore Career Options as Davie County Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2017

To celebrate Manufacturing Day 2017, several local businesses and Davie County manufacturers provided a unique opportunity for all eighth-grade students in Davie County. Davie County participated in National Manufacturing Day for the first time this year through the collaborative efforts of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Davie County Schools, Davie County Economic Development, DCCC and the Davie business community. On October 6th, students from Ellis and North Davie Middle Schools each toured two different locations including DEX Heavy Duty Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Ingersoll Rand, Pro Refrigeration, DCCC – Davie Campus, WFBH-Davie Medical Center – Bermuda Run and the […]
October 20, 2017

Free Books for Davie County Children! Smart Start Receives Funding to Expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Across NC

The love of reading begins in a parent’s arms. Snuggling together with a good book creates connections that help build young children’s brains and conditions their minds and memories. For the past 10 years, Smart Start of Davie County has been raising funds to provide free books to the county’s youngest readers through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Soon even more Davie County children will be able to benefit from this program thanks to additional funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly.   “Approximately 700 children in Davie County, aged birth to five, receive free Imagination Library books each month,” […]
October 2, 2017

Davie High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) – Among the Best in North Carolina!

A four-year college degree is not the only pathway to a rewarding, high-paying career; just ask Janet Barnes and Darla Goldfuss. As facilitators of Davie High’s Career and Technical Education (CTE)  program, it is their job to open the eyes of students to all of their career options. Enrolling in CTE classes and courses of study is an excellent way to explore these other pathways. “We are programmed to think that the more post-secondary education a student gets is better and that a four-year degree will ensure future employment, but that isn’t always the case,” said Barnes. “There are technical […]
June 19, 2017

Moving the Needle on Early Childhood Literacy – Introducing “DavieLEADS” – Literacy Empowers Everyone in Davie to Succeed!

The desks have been emptied, books packed up, and goodbyes said; but Davie County’s pre-K and elementary school teachers are already looking ahead to an inspiring new literacy program beginning next year, thanks to the Mebane Foundation. The Mebane Charitable Foundation announced in April a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), a five-year early literacy initiative to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade. The goals of the initiative are to improve kindergarten readiness from 70 […]
May 30, 2017

Davie County Schools – Give Five, Read Five Book Drive ends This Friday, June 2

Is summer brain drain a reality? Studies show that teachers spend an average of 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have lost during the summer, but summer reading can help diminish these loses. Reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child’s fall reading scores. To help get reading materials in the hands of its students, Davie County Schools is participating in the NC Department of Instruction’s 5th annual statewide summer reading book drive– NC Reads. The goal is for each elementary school student to leave for the summer with five books of their own […]