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

dolly-reads-to-kidsThe 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,” said Gena Taylor, Executive Director, Smart Start of Davie County.  “With the state expansion funds, we can enroll more children.  Parents can call, email, or stop by Smart Start of Davie to register their child for free books!! Please email  info@daviesmartstart.org or call 336-751-2113.”

During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to children across the state. Imagination Library was created to foster a love of reading  in preschool children and to ensure that every child born has books, regardless of their family’s income. Children aged birth to five receive the gift of a specially selected book delivered right to their home each month.

“I’m thrilled that my Imagination Library is going to be offered to so many children in North Carolina” stated Dolly Parton, the founder of Imagination Library. “Working together we can help children dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.”

“Our state leaders clearly understand how important an early love of reading is for each child’s success in school and later in life,” stated Cindy Watkins, the President of the North Carolina Partnership for Children that oversees the Smart Start network, “Smart Start works in every community to ensure young children have a strong foundation for starting kindergarten – now we can offer this important literacy program to that critical work.”

baby-readingHistory of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 1,000,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.

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

jbarnes-darlagoldfuss-intA 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 programs that need students with strong math skills, like in the engineering fields. Students who get a two-year degree in computer-integrated manufacturing or electronics engineering have the opportunity for advancement and management positions.”

“And employers are fighting for them,” Goldfuss chimed in, “and are sometimes willing to pay for their education.”

“There are so many high flyers from community colleges who have incredibly successful careers, but there are a lot of students who think they have to get their 4-year degree in mechanical engineering to get those jobs,” Goldfuss explained. “There are so many other options. I wish we could broaden all students’ horizons.”

rsz_health_science_cte_davie_county_high_school_intExplore Career Options Tuition Free
“Sometimes kids don’t know what they want to do,” Goldfuss added. “Our classes, and the DCCC Career and College Promise program, where you aren’t paying tuition, are a great place for students to find out if a field is really for them.”

Goldfuss gave an example, ”We had a young lady who went all the way through the certified nursing program, but when I saw her at Harris Teeter after graduation, she was going to Liberty for communications. She found out tuition-free that nursing was not what she wanted to do.”

“This is a perfect time in life for students to find out what they like, before their parents spend all of that money on tuition or the student shoulders the financial responsibility and comes out with a mound of debt and no direction,” Goldfuss said.

CTE classes provide students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers, and Davie High has many options for students to explore. The expanded CTE facilities at the new high school allow more students to participate in the most popular programs and will provide enhanced learning opportunities as well as the ability to increase the number of CTE concentrations offered.

rsz_auto-tech-cte-intDavie CTE Ranked Among Best in the State of North Carolina
The school currently offers CTE courses in agriculture, business, health science, family and consumer science, marketing, technology, and trade and industry. Davie’s program is consistently ranked in the top 10 across the state.

Several of these areas of study also offer certifications. The certifications, such as the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) certification available to students who complete concentrations in carpentry, masonry, and core & sustainable construction, demonstrate a student’s skill level and makes them highly desirable to prospective employers.

In addition, seniors, who qualify as a concentrator, which means they have taken four classes in a pathway, have the opportunity to get an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Credential. The credential certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school or through postsecondary paths because it is a valid predictor of job performance.

Goldfuss expects to test around 150 students this year and said that Davie students do well on the test. Two years ago, Davie was number three in the state for their WorkKeys results, and although fewer than 1% of people who take the nationwide test, usually adults,  get a platinum level credential, a student from Davie has gotten one each of the past three years.

rsz_tech-engineering-design-cte-intCTE Internships- Real World Experience & Work-Based Learning
Internships are available for juniors and seniors in all CTE areas. Internships help students connect what they are learning to the real world, and they provide key skills needed for getting a job after graduation. They are also a great way to explore career options and meet the people who work in them.

Davie High currently has interns at Fuller Welding, Gesipa, Harris Teeter, MAC Builders, Shore Fencing, and Southern Ties Boutique.

“Internships are where the rubber really meets the road,” Goldfuss said. “This is where the kids get out there and find out if what they thought would be so cool really is.”

“We are always looking for anyone who would give our students work-based learning experiences,” Barnes added. She is also grateful to the Mocksville Rotary Club for providing job shadowing opportunities for juniors in the program.

The school also sponsors a number of career and technical student organizations such as the National Technical Honor Society, DECA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), SkillsUSA , Technology Student Association (TSA), FCCLA, Future Educators Association (FEA), FFA, and HOSA. These organizations provide students with additional opportunities to explore their chosen field through leadership development, networking, and competitions.

CTE Students Engaged, Graduating, and Experiencing Success
Barnes noted that CTE involvement not only enhances students’ career options, it increases their educational engagement.

“More than 90% of students who enroll in career and technical education graduate because they have found something they are interested in and invested in,” she said. “The regular graduation rate across the nation is around 80%, so that is a huge difference.”  

Research studies agree. A study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute used data from Arkansas to explore whether students benefit from Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework – and, more specifically, from focused sequences of CTE courses aligned to certain industries. The study finds positive outcomes in graduation, postsecondary degree attainment, and salary for CTE concentrators. Key findings include:

  • Students with greater CTE exposure are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in a two-year college, be employed, and earn higher wages.
  • CTE students are just as likely to pursue a four-year degree as their peers. There was little evidence of “tracking.”
  • The more CTE courses students take, the better their education and labor market outcomes. Among other positive outcomes, CTE concentrators are more likely to graduate high school by 21 percentage points when compared to otherwise similar students.

Barnes and Goldfuss agree that the benefits of a career and technical education can be endless and they both love their jobs. “It’s great to open students’ eyes a little bit and to help them to find the pathway that will lead them to their best and most successful future.”

For more information about Davie County High School’s Career and Technical Education program, please email barnesj@davie.k12.nc.us or goldfussd@davie.k12.nc.us or call the high school at 336.751.5905.

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Riverwalk in Bermuda Run & Concert on the Square in Mocksville This Saturday, September 23rd

riverwalk01 intLive music, art, storytelling, and kids activities — Davie County has something fun for everyone this Saturday, September 23rd.

Shop with local artists, enjoy live music, storytelling, children’s activities and food at the River Walk Art Festival from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Town Square, 120 Kinderton Boulevard, in the Town of Bermuda Run. This free event is hosted by The Town of Bermuda Run and Davie County Arts Council. The rain date is Saturday, September 30th.

Unique Creations by North Carolina Artists
The following gifted artists will be sharing their work and selling their unique creations:

  • KITTY AMOS / Fiber Artist /
  • ELLEN BALL / Handcrafted Jewelry / Hickory, NC
  • BONNIE BERGEN /Visual Artist / Winston-Salem, NC
  • CARL BISHOP / Acrylic Artwork / Mocksville, NC
  • SARA BREWER / Acrylic and Watercolor Artwork / Mocksville, NC
  • GINA BROWNING / Handcrafted gold and silver jewelry / Leasburg, NC
  • SUSIE CHRISTIANSEN / Fiber Artist / Advance, NC
  • GINNIE CONAWAY / Visual Artist & Potter / Winston-Salem, NC
  • MARIE CRAIG / Author / Mocksville, NC
  • DAVIE COUNTY LIBRARY / Mocksville & Cooleemee, NC
  • VICKY DUDLEY / Garden Art / Booneville, NC
  • BILL GRAMLEY / Pastels / Lewsiville, NC
  • GERALD MARION / Visual Art / Mocksville, NC
  • VANESSA MEBEL / Mosaics / Advance, NC
  • CLINT MILLER / Woodcarver / Mocksville, NC
  • CAROLINE MOTTINGER / Visual Artist / Durham, NC
  • NANCY NAIGLE / Author / Advance, NC
  • ETHAN PENDRY / Wood Wall Art / Raleigh, NC
  • PHOTO CLUB’S (5) MEMBERS / Davie County and Randleman, NC
  • GAY POTEET / Potter / Advance, NC
  • CHIP PUTNAM / Publisher / Clemmons, NC
  • RENEGADE WRITER’S GUILD MEMBERS / Davie County, NC
  • TERECIA TALLEY / Garden Art / Booneville, NC

Live Music Will Have You Clapping and Tapping!
A day of art would not be complete without great music.

  • 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.-  DAVIE COMMUNITY BAND
  • NOON – 1:30 p.m. – TESS AND THE BLACK AND BLUE BAND
  • 2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. –  ERIN CARTER DAVIDSON
  • 2:50 p.m. – 4 p.m. –  DAN DODSON & BROCK PLAYERS

Storytelling!
The following storytellers will be sharing delightful stories for children and adults!

  • 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. –  SANDRA VANCE, Mocksville, NC
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – VICKI BYRD, Elkin, NC
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. –  SHANNON GRIMES, Advance, NC
  • 11:30 a.m. – Noon – LONA BARTLETT, Charlotte, NC
  • Noon -12:30 p.m. –  ELIZABETH CARTER, Statesville, NC
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – CYNTHIA MOORE BROWN, Summerville, NC
  • 1 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. –  REVONDA CROW, Wilkesboro, NC
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. –  BILL CAMPBELL, Mocksville, NC
  • 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. –  REVONDA CROW, Wilkesboro, NC
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. –  LONA BARTLETT, Charlotte, NC
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. –  CYNTHIA MOORE BROWN, Summerville, NC

Imagination Castle Offers Free Fun for the Kids
Children can visit the Imagination Castle to create six different works of art!  All of these children’s activities are FREE for them to enjoy!

Enjoy Delicious Treats
The following food vendors will be on hand to tempt your taste buds:

BOY SCOUT TROOP 732v-vGreat hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the fixin’s with proceeds to pay for their BSA 2018 Sea Base Adventure.

MEL’S MINI DONUTS – Best doughnuts made onsite

CHALMERS’ ICIE AND FROSTY REFRESHMENTS – Refreshing ice cold drinks

happyones int 425Downtown Mocksville’s Free Concert on the Square Begins at 7 pm
After a delightful day at the Riverwalk Art Festival in Bermuda Run, head over to Downtown Mocksville and enjoy acoustic pop and rock by The Happy Ones  from 7 – 10 pm in the quad on Main Street near Restaurant 101. This will be this summer’s final performance of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

The Happy Ones are an original modern pop/rock acoustic trio with a high-energy but warm and inviting stage presence. Made up of Brad Ratledge-guitar & lead vocals: Amanda Barnette-vocals & percussion; and Jason Hamilton-guitar, percussion & vocals, this hometown group is a favorite at area wineries, restaurants, and festivals.  

Enjoy creative original music and covers songs from The Eagles, Tom Petty, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Phillip Phillips, Train, American Authors, Sara Evans,  Tears for Fears, Maroon 5, and many more.  

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

For more information about the River Walk Art Festival, please call the Davie County Arts Council at 336-751-3112.

For questions about Concerts on the Square, contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

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2 Free Concerts Saturday, August 26th – Mocksville & Town of Bermuda Run!

tessandtheblackandblue450Davie County has two free concerts Saturday night that are sure to thrill music lovers of all ages.  While downtown Mocksville will be jamming to the best of beach and Motown, Bermuda Run will be dancing to the top tunes of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Mocksville’s Concerts on the Square
Enjoy a little beach and Motown as one of Mocksville’s hometown bands, Tess & the Black & Blues, takes the stage this Saturday night, August 26th, from 7- 10 p.m.in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. Their performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

Formed in 2014, Tess & the Black & Blues plays blues, beach, country, funk, and rock. Band members include: Tess Welch – vocals; Grady McClamrock – rhythm guitar; Gary Chilton – lead guitar; Ken Simonds – bass; Jerry Smith – keyboards; and Darren Boles – drums.

More Free Concerts for 2017
Future performances are September 9th — The Real 21 (acoustic, classic rock and country), September 15th — Josh Perryman (acoustic rock & blues), and September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country & rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy downtown Mocksville restaurants, retail shops, and ice cream and gourmet coffee shops.

ericandthechilltones450Bermuda Run’s Sounds on the Square
TheTown of Bermuda Run & Davie County Arts Council will present Eric & The Chill Tones from 7-9 p.m. at the gazebo near Town Hall in the Kinderton Business Park.

This band should come with a warning label because they will get the audience involved like you have never seen! They play just about anything, but focus on 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s cover tunes and Carolina beach music.

Bring a lawn chair, a picnic, a cooler, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Two dance floors will be available for dancing the night away. The rain date for the concert is Sunday, August 27th at 7 p.m.

For more information about Concerts on the Square in Mocksville, call Tami Langdon at 336.753.6705 or visit http://mocksvillenc.org.

For more information about Sounds on the Square in Bermuda Run, call the Davie County Arts Council at 336.751.3112 or visit daviearts.org

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Win a Basket of Goodies at Mocksville Farmers Market this Wednesday!

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 anchorWednesdays – Mocksville:  Everyone loves to win! This week at the Mocksville Farmers Market, one lucky attendee is going to win a free picnic basket full of products from all 17 vendors! Products will include delicious fresh produce, delectable baked goods and delightful soaps.

All attendees will receive a free raffle ticket and the drawing will be held at the end of the market.

Don’t Mind the Heat!
The Mocksville Farmers Market has been upgraded with wonderful and colorful awnings that provide cooling shade for farmers, customers… and produce. A misting station is available for extra cooling.

The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Junker’s Mill parking lot at 107 Salisbury St.  

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017

There will be something special at the Mocksville Farmers Market every week in August:

Wed., August 2nd … MICHAEL DECKER …To Celebrate National Clown Week, Michael will provide a children’s activity on stage at Junker’s Mill Stage

Wed., August 8th … SAMPLES OF SEASONAL MELONS

Wed., Aug. 15th … ICE TEA SAMPLES for National Tea Month

Wed., Aug. 22nd… BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCH SAMPLES… sliced apples & carrots

Wed., Aug. 30th… CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE SAMPLES …  to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week

Farmers Market 2017 VeggiesDavie County Farmers Markets Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!

Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better

The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products. In addition to fresh produce, the market offers  baked goods, candles, soaps, creams, lotions, farm art, honey, meats, pralines, berries, eggs, and more.  

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Peachtree Farmers Market – So Much More Than Produce

In addition to produce, the Peachtree Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as water buffalo cheese, seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. The following producers are among those who attend the Peachtree Farmers Market each Friday.  Each Thursday, the Peachtree Farmers Market posts an updated list of vendors attending the market that Friday.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

Farmington Farmers Market – Family-Friendly Fun

The Farmington Farmers Market is a family-friendly market that provides homegrown produce and goods. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, and fresh baked goodies.

After you’ve visited the market, you may want to walk the walking track, play some tennis, do some bird watching or take a hike on the new Farmington Nature Trail, located behind the community center.

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Area Businesses are Looking for You – Job Fair – Thursday, July 20th!

davie_county_jobsLooking for a job? Area businesses are looking for you! Find your new career during the job fair this Thursday, July 20th, from 2-6 p.m. at the Davie County Senior Center.

The event is open for veterans only from 2-3 p.m. and then to the public from 3-6 pm.

Davidson County Community College will also be on hand with information about the job resources they provide.

“There will be a lot of opportunity at the job fair since all of these employers are currently hiring,” said David David Monteleone, local veterans employment representative. “Some of the positions require no previous experience because the employer is willing to train.”

He recommends bringing a resume but said that it is not required.

“Anyone looking for a career is encouraged to come,” he said.

Employers include:

● Aerotek
● Allied Universal Security
● Ashley Furniture
● Bradley Personnel
● Clemmons Village (assisted living)
● Coldwell Banker
● Gildan
● Home Instead Senior Care
● House of Raeford
● Joyce Farm
● Randstad
● Reeb Millwork
● The Resource
● Unify

 

The job fair is hosted by the Davie County Senior Center, Davie County Veterans Services, and NC Works Career Center.  The Davie County Senior Center is located at 278 Meroney St. in Mocksville.

Please contact David Monteleone at 336.776.6770 for more information.

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

DavieLEADS Kickoff-dcbThe 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 percent to 90 percent and to increase reading proficiency in third grade from 66 percent to 80 percent by 2022.

Details of how those goals would be achieved were introduced to more than 400 Davie County pre-K and elementary school personnel during an end-of-year celebration at Calvary Baptist Church – West Campus complete with pom poms, music, and a few spontaneous dance moves.

The celebration kicked off with a skit designed to allay any fears teachers might have about DavieLEADS and to encourage them to relax and to be open to the exciting literacy initiative to come.

Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation, then congratulated teachers and staff on a successful year and shared his enthusiasm about the partnership that begins next year.

“When Dr. Hartness and his staff presented this proposal to my board it was a scary moment for everyone,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation. “What we hope to accomplish is a daunting task. But when we left that meeting, we had a $2.5 million 5-year deal that we are really thrilled about.”

Larry Colbourne - DavieLEADS dcb“I told my board, that without a doubt, if there is a system in North Carolina that can do this, it will be Davie County Schools. You folks in the room can make it happen. I’m confident of that.” – Larry Colbourne

“I would like to make you a promise,” Colbourne added. “The Foundation does not want to get in your way. We are not going to make your jobs any more difficult than they already are. This is about Davie County Schools, the people in this room, and how we can support you.”

Dr. Darrin Hartness, superintendent of Davie County Schools, added, “We wanted to bring you together to help you share in the excitement that we have in what is on the horizon and the things that are ahead for us. I have never been as thrilled about an opportunity as I am about this one. In my career in education, I’ve never seen a commitment from a private entity investing in what we do every day. This initiative with the Mebane Foundation is going to make you an envy of teachers across North Carolina.”

“This is not some silver bullet, some shiny new thing in our school system. Instead, this is an investment in the most important factor in a child’s education because this is an investment in you.”

DavieLEADS Teachers dcbJinda Haynes, assistant superintendent for academic services, shared a historical perspective of some of the past partnerships between the Mebane Foundation and Davie County Schools which included providing Smart Boards in every classroom, funding preschool classrooms at each of the elementary schools as well as a second classroom at Pinebrook Elementary this year, funding a team of teachers to earn their Master’s degrees in Instructional Technology, providing intensive training for teachers in Hill Center methodology, and funding Read to Achieve Camps for struggling readers.

She added that although Davie County Schools is doing well, it is always seeking ways to do even better.

“This school year we began to hear from Dr. Hartness and Larry Colbourne the phrase “moving the needle”. They started asking, “How can we “move the needle”? How can we improve? How can we do even better than we are already doing?

DavieLEADS Skit2 dcb“Everyone in this room knows the importance of education,” Haynes said. “Education allows students to break the cycle of poverty and it opens the doors of opportunity for our children. We know that research tells us the importance of being able to read proficiently by the end of third grade which is why it is a national focus, not just in North Carolina or Davie County.”

“As much as we have to celebrate, and as well as we are doing, the reality is that we still have students that are not on target at the end of third grade and they are not making it,” she added.

“As we looked at our 2015-2016 data, the problem we identified is that 30 percent of our students aren’t ready for kindergarten and  34 percent of our students are not proficient at reading at the end of third grade. As well as we are doing, about a third of our students aren’t making it and we can’t be okay with that one third not being prepared for the future.” – Jinda Haynes

Those questions and concerns led to a series of Mebane Roundtable discussions involving Colbourne, SmartStart, and Davie County Schools administrators,and pre-K – 3rd grade representatives from each elementary school with varied perspectives brainstorming how to improve early childhood literacy. Focus groups involving principals, instructional coaches, reading specialists, media coordinators, private child care directors, and SmartStart gathered input, prioritized, and built buy-in. Together they carefully crafted DavieLEADS, the long-term plan designed to move the needle in early childhood literacy in Davie County.

The grant from the Mebane Foundation provides professional development, materials, and specialized support staff, with supplementary funding for the Read to Achieve Summer Camp for at-risk first, second, and third graders who need extra academic support beyond the regular school year.

DavieLEADS Dr Hartness dcb“We have a chance here and we have to make the absolute most of it,” Dr. Hartness said. “We can be #1 in North Carolina and we can be a place in America where people want to come and learn about how to teach children to read.”

“Larry, this is a tremendous investment in each of the people in this room and into their classrooms. You and your foundation could invest in any district in America and I know you personally travel across America finding the best practices. For you and the Foundation to say you believe in Davie County says something about the people in this room and their commitment to excellence.”

“On behalf of Davie County Schools and our board members that are here today we want to say a tremendous thank you to the Mebane Charitable Foundation for making the largest investment in your history as a Foundation in Davie County Schools.”

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Free Ice Cream Wednesday at the Mocksville Farmers Market

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini1Davie County farmers markets are always warm and inviting, but come out to the Mocksville Farmers Market this Wednesday for a free cold treat.

During the the month of June, the Mocksville Farmers Market will be hosting a dairy campaign with a different special offer each week:

Wed., June7th…FREE ICE CREAM for customers from 4-5 pm, while supplies last.

Wed., June 14th…COOKIES AND MILK…Sample our vendors’ cookies with a glass of COLD milk

Wed., June 21st…CHEESE & CRACKERS & BREADS…Sample vendors’ delicious BREADS & CRACKERS with a chunk of CHEESE

Wed., June 28th…SWAP DAIRY RECIPES…Recipes that even the kids can make! And let’s sample a few of these recipes.

Davie County Farmers Markets Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!
Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini2Wednesdays – Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better
The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products. In addition to fresh produce, the market offers  baked goods, candles, soaps, creams, lotions, farm art, honey, meats, pralines, berries, eggs, and more.  

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Peachtree Farmers Market – So Much More Than Produce
In addition to produce, the Peachtree Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as water buffalo cheese, seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. The following producers are among those who attend the Peachtree Farmers Market each Friday.  Each Thursday, the Peachtree Farmers Market posts an updated list of vendors attending the market that Friday.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini3Farmington Farmers Market – Family-Friendly Fun
The Farmington Farmers Market is a family-friendly market that provides homegrown produce and goods. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, and fresh baked goodies.

After you’ve visited the market, you may want to walk the walking track, play some tennis, do some bird watching or take a hike on the new Farmington Nature Trail, located behind the community center.

Have fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

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One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value. In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

iShopDavie
Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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Free Sounds on the Square Concert this Saturday in Bermuda Run – Special Occasion Band!

Special Occasion Band-intThe Town of Bermuda Run will be alive with the sounds of beach music as Special Occasion Band (SOB) kicks off the Sounds on the Square concert series this Saturday night, May 27th, from 7 pm-9 pm at the gazebo near Town Hall in the Kinderton Business Park.

This is the first of three free concerts co-sponsored by the Town of Bermuda Run and the Davie County Arts Council. The next concert, the Ardmore Brass Band, will be held June 24th at 7 pm. Eric & The Chill Tones, who play the top hits of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, will perform on August 26th at 7 pm.

If You Love Beach Music
Special Occasion Band is known throughout the Carolinas for its versatility and depth of talent. This Winston-Salem-based band has been together since the 80’s offering the best of  Carolinas’ Beach Music, Top 40, Oldies, and Country.  Their beach repertoire includes favorites like “I Love Beach Music,” “Carolina Girls,” “60 Minute Man,” and “Brown-eyed Girl.”

Grab Your Favorite Carolina Girl or Guy and Dance the Night Away!
There is plenty of space, so bring your lawn chairs, a cool drink and snacks, and maybe your shaggin’ shoes, and enjoy this free concert.

The concert’s rain date is Sunday, May 28th.

The Kinderton Business Park Gazebo and Green is located at 120 Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 (off Highway 158). For questions or to get more information contact the Davie County Arts Council, (336) 751-3112, www.daviearts.org.

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The Town of Bermuda Run Ranked #1 in the Triad & Ranked # 4 in all of North Carolina

townofbrlogosmWhat are the best places to buy a home in the Triad? Small towns.  That’s according to Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides research and reviews on K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods.

Niche’s 2017 Best Places to Buy a House survey ranked The Town of Bermuda Run as #1 in the Piedmont Triad and #4 in the state of North Carolina. Lewisville was ranked #7 and Clemmons was listed at #16.

The rankings provide a comprehensive assessment of the housing and community of an area. This grade takes into account key factors of a location’s housing market, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, in an attempt to measure the quality and stability of an area’s real estate market. Data for the list comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI and Niche.

Bermuda Run received an overall grade of an A as well as A’s for housing, jobs, outdoor activities, and being a good place for families.

According to Lee Rollins, Bermuda Run Town Manager, “We recognize that the Town of Bermuda Run has a lot going for it, but it sure is rewarding when others outside of our community recognize it too.”

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Bermuda Run Garden Club Invites you to “Feed the Beast!” – Shred Event Saturday, May 20th

Bermuda-Run-Shred-EventbPurge those piles, clean out those cabinets, and support your community.

The Bermuda Run Garden Club would like to help you get rid of your old, outdated paperwork during their biannual paper-shredding event on Saturday, May 20th, rain or shine.

The event will take place from 9 am – noon in the Bermuda Run Town Hall parking off US 158 at 120 Kinderton Boulevard.

Cor365’s mobile truck, “The Beast,” will shred your papers onsite to protect your privacy. Shredding outdated personal documents, bank statements, insurance policies, etc. helps to eliminate identity fraud as well as protects our environment by recycling paper. The shredded material is recycled into paper towels and napkins.

The cost is $5 cash per brown paper grocery bag or equivalent sized box. This event is for paper shredding only. Please do not include cardboard, carbon paper, plastics, transparencies, or electronic materials, like CDs or microfiche.

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This event is a win-win for everyone. Not only do you get to safely and securely rid yourself of superfluous paperwork, the proceeds go to community programs supported by the club.

Through its fundraisers, the Bermuda Run Garden Club has donated thousands of dollars to various Davie County community programs. .

The club has supported A Storehouse for Jesus, by donating food, sponsoring meals at Thanksgiving, conducting a blanket drive, and creating centerpieces for the annual Christmas dinner.

Other projects have included donating books on horticulture and design to the Davie County Public Library, creating small bouquets of flowers once each quarter for the Meals on Wheels food trays, providing centerpieces for a dinner that benefits Hospice, and supporting Pearls of Empowerment. Many club members serve as lunch buddies for Pinebrook Elementary School.

In November, the club hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for the exceptional children and teachers from the Davie County schools.

In addition, the club gives money to the Davie Community Foundation to support the Children’s Reading Program Summer Camp, which provides students with the extra reading assistance they need to move on to the next grade level.

The club also combined proceeds from the shredding events and the annual geranium sale to establish a $5000 endowed fund with the Davie County Community Foundation. The Bermuda Run Garden Club Community Fund provides grants to projects that impact youth, literacy, and healthy living in Davie County.

The club’s next shredding event will be held at the Bermuda Run Town Hall in October.

For more information, contact Marie at (336) 650-5518 or check out the Bermuda Run Garden Club’s website.

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Peachtree Farmers Market Opens This Friday! ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

mocksville farmers market augustThe Peachtree Farmers Market will open this Friday, April 28th, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

A typical week’s offerings include: fresh eggs, goat cheese, vegetables, fruits, honey, grass-fed beef, pork, fresh NC seafood, jellies, jams, juices, breads, shiitake mushrooms, plants, cut and potted flowers, baked goods, farm crafts, stone-ground cornmeal, flour & grits, goat milk soap, dried apples, jumbo red-skinned peanuts.

For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email peachtreefarmersmarket@yadtel.net. Follow the Peachtree Farmers Market on Facebook for an up-to-date list of the week’s vendors.

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 13th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 13, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, fresh baked goodies, and local hormone-free meats including beef, lamb, and pork.

This market supports small, backyard growers and only charges a fee of $5.00 to set up.

If you would like to be a vendor at the market, or for more information, please contact Melanie at 336-998-2912.

 

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketHave Fun
The atmosphere at the farmers market is warm and inviting. Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community. These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save Money
Farmers markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money.  In essence, a person is getting 6.75 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmer’s markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

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Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.   For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Davie County Farmers Market Schedule
Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Junker’s Mill parking lot at 107 Salisbury St.

Fridays –  Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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Davie County Chamber to Host Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon – Register Today!

Signature Women's Luncheon

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2017 Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. The event starts at 11:30 am. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal catered by J. Randall’s Catering and More. The featured presentation is I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity by Timogi Jackson, the Empowerment Specialist.

“The luncheon is always a great networking event for women, but it is also a wonderful learning opportunity. Our presentations often focus on topics of personal enrichment and professional growth,” said Carolyn McManamy, Davie Chamber President.

A speaker, educator, and life coach, Timogi inspires audiences all over the country to maximize their power. Her dynamic motivational keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions at colleges, businesses, and other organizations are always enlightening and engaging.

She is the author of Activation Required: Reconnecting To Your Purpose, Pack Light!: Packing With Your Purpose In Mind, and I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity. She is the host of Timogi Today and co-host of In Bold Print. Both shows air on public access TV in Durham and Chapel Hill.

Empowerment Call, Timogi’s weekly live telephone program, attracts men and women throughout the country to spend 15 minutes every Thursday night being empowered. Her YouTube channel is filled with videos educators and organizations can use today to empower professionals and students.

The Signature Women’s Luncheon is one of the many events the Davie Chamber hosts each year. The luncheon is made possible by the generosity and support of sponsoring businesses. The Chamber extends its sincere thanks to this year’s event sponsors and Chamber Champions: A Cleaner World, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Davidson County Community College Small Business Center, Davie Business Women’s Association, Corners Coffee + Art + Framing + Wine, Duke Energy, Edward Jones- Steve Talton Financial Advisor, Filet of Chicken, Funder, Avgol, Ingersoll Rand, Kelly Office Solutions, United Way of Davie County, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, Journal West, Yadtel Telecom, 360 Lawn Care, DEX Heavy Duty Parts, RayLen Vineyards & Winery and The Swicegood Group Real Estate & Auction.

Women of Davie County and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Signature Women’s Luncheon. Reservations are required and tickets are $22 for Chamber members and $27 for guests. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Davie County Chamber at 336-751-3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com.

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Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run – Inpatient Bed Tower Opens Monday, April 3

Davie Medical Center Inpatient Wing OpenWith the completion of the inpatient wing, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center today kept a promise it made to the residents of Davie County a long time ago.

“When we first proposed this new hospital, it was always our intent to have an inpatient wing so that people in Davie County could receive care and treatment close to home,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Today marks the fulfillment of that commitment we made to the citizens of Davie County nine years ago.”

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, thanked the citizens of Davie County for their support as well as  patience and trust in the leadership throughout the process.

A lot went into the development of this facility from the citizenship on up,” Bralley said. “This is one of the things we’ve done in Davie County that has really united us in terms of pulling together for the common good.”

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The three-story, 78,220-square-foot addition officially opens Monday, April 3, and will consolidate all Davie Medical Center services into one location. The hospital in Mocksville was decommissioned last week.

In addition to 50 general medical-surgical beds, the new $47 million wing offers an inpatient pharmacy, a chapel, a cafe, rehabilitation facilities, offices for Wake Forest Baptist physicians, therapists and staff. It also has a history wall that honors the past with key keepsakes, photographs and video memories of the first Davie County Hospital over its more than 60 years of providing care to county residents.

“Davie Medical Center is a hospital for today and the future,” said Chad Brown, M.H.A./M.B.A., president, Davie Medical Center. “We have been seeing patients for more than three years in our emergency department, clinics and outpatient departments. Now that we have inpatient services here, we can deliver a full range of high quality, patient- and family-centered care that serves all ages in our community in one location.”

The inpatient services, uniquely fitted to serve the growing community, are located across three floors of the new facility.

Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run - Inpatient Bed Tower Opening

Joint replacement program. The top floor is dedicated to the joint replacement program, which offers inpatient hip- and knee-replacement surgeries. Some of the room designs include lifts to help safely move patients to and from the bed. The floor also features an inpatient rehabilitation gym to aid in recovery.

ACE unit. The first floor of the inpatient addition houses an acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit. The ACE unit creates a care destination for geriatric patients and leverages Wake Forest Baptist’s 25 years of experience in geriatric practice and faculty research. The Davie Medical Center ACE unit will expand the capacity of Wake Forest Medical Center’s internationally known J. Paul Sticht Center.

The first floor also will have designated medical-surgical beds that allow medical and surgical admissions from the hospital’s emergency department as well as offer an option for those living nearby to receive care close to home when appropriate.

All patient rooms are private and large enough for family members to stay with their loved one. Each room is equipped with convertible furniture that can be used as a bed, couch, or a work station with plugs for electronics.  The  GetWellNetwork, an interactive video system which offers video education, ways to communicate with and recognized hospital staff, television, internet access, on-demand movies, and games, will be available in patient rooms. This new technology supports the Medical Center’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care by encouraging collaboration between patients, families and health care teams.

Community Day Open House, Saturday, April 1
The public is invited to tour the new wing during the Davie Medical Center’s Open House and Community Day this Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be fun activities for the entire family:

  • Activities for kids
  • Delicious food courtesy of Lowes Foods
  • Health screenings (heart, foot, memory and more)
  • Music and entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Cooking demonstrations with samples

WFBH – Davie Medical Center is located at 329 NC Hwy 801, Bermuda Run, 27006. For more information about Community Day, call 336.998.1300 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/Davie-Medical-Center/About/News-and-Events/Events/Open-House-and-Community-Day.htm

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Davie Marketing Summit – February 9th Winmock at Kinderton – Plan Now to Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2017!

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Looking to jump start your business and develop a competitive edge in 2017?  You won’t want to miss “Strategies for Taking your Business to a Bigger Market” on Thursday, February 9th from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Winmock at Kinderton.

Nationally and regionally known presenters will provide expert advice on reaching beyond borders to grow your business through top notch marketing and sales techniques. Hear stories of success after trials. Learn marketing trends. Discover the best use of grassroots techniques and how social media can play a role in branding your company.  

Guest speakers include:
Nick Hawks, Certified eBay Ed Specialist
David M. Frankel, Inventor/Entrepreneur
Kathy Wall, President, The Media Matters
Angel Guerrero, Entrepreneur/Speaker
Benjamin King, Wake Forest University
Grace Kanoy, GeoCore Films/Storyteller
Carl Shantley, President, Rohl Design & Marketing

This full-day marketing summit is co-sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Davidson County Community College Small Business Center (DCCC SBC).

The cost is only $50 and includes coffee in the morning as well as lunch.

Click on https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=170360101 to register, or contact Janet Caudle at DCCC Davie Education Center (336) 998-3220.  

For more information contact Martha Larson, DCCC SBC Director at (336) 224-4557 or mlarson@davidsoncc.edu.

WinMock at Kinderton is located at 168 E. Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run, NC 27006.

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