June 16, 2021

Mebane Foundation Provides Free Fridays at COGNITION

Catherine (3) says she wants to be a doctor. James (5) wants to “build like daddy.”  “COGNITION meets both of their interests,” said their mom, Katie Sanders. “ It offers wonderful hands-on activities and keeps the kids away from screen time which we try to limit. We feel very fortunate that the community chose to invest in this space for our children and future children.”  “It’s nice to have something in the area for children to do, particularly on rainy days,” said Christiana Day who brought her three-year-old daughter, Hadley. Activities for All Age Groups Initially built through a community-wide […]
June 8, 2021

You’re Invited to Visit COGNITION

By Jeanna Baxter White COGNITION of Davie invites you to come play, learn, and grow as it kicks off its modified reopening on Wednesday, June 9th by partnering with Davie County Recreation and Parks for their free Mobile Rec Day from 10 a.m. – noon.  A wealth of exciting special opportunities are also beginning including Camp Cognition Cardboard Engineering, Free Fridays, farm-to-table cooking activities, and Adulting 101 classes.   COGNITION is a community-driven, interactive space that promotes exploration, learning, and innovation with the goal of investing in current and future generations, explained Cammie Webb, chair of Cognition’s board of directors. “We […]
May 20, 2021

Just Hope is More Than a Thrift Shop

When Krystal Dumas started Just HOPE Inc. 11 years ago, she never imagined that using her couponing skills to feed hungry mouths with her pantry stockpile and her old delivery car would evolve into transitioning over 800 families into their own homes after experiencing homelessness. Dreaming Big The ministry moved from her house to a large room at Advance United Methodist Church, to the back room at A Storehouse for Jesus, to the basement of the old Napa building, to a 4,000 square foot building on Wilkesboro Street, to its new 9,000 square foot home at 814 South Main Street in […]
April 15, 2021

Smart Start Thanks Community for Help Meeting Mebane Foundation Challenge Grant

Drumroll please! Smart Start of Davie County is proud to announce that the $10,000 Mebane Foundation Challenge Grant has not only been met but exceeded! Thanks to generous contributions from the Davie County community, Smart Start has raised $33,345 to fund its family support and literacy programs.  “We are humbled by the donations from local businesses and individual people in the community to support early education programs and Smart Start of Davie County,” said Gena Taylor, executive director. “We appreciate the wonderful work by the Mebane Foundation through grants that have helped us grow our literacy and family support programs […]
March 12, 2021
Curious little child girl having fun using digital tablet alone embracing toy sitting on floor, happy preschool smart kid playing with computer looking at screen watching Letterland Videos online at home

Early Literacy Videos Support Davie County Pre-K Teachers and Families During Pandemic

Once the camera is ready, Stephanie Nelson begins to record another learning video for Davie County’s preschool teachers and the families of children who are learning from home. Nelson, Davie County’s preschool collaborative teacher, was hired with funds from DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), a five-year, $2.5 million grant initiative between Davie County Schools (DCS) and the Mebane Foundation to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Her role is to support preschool teachers across the county in their understanding of kindergarten readiness based on the […]
January 20, 2021
Davie County Senior Services provides seniors with accessible services and opportunities for fellowship, fun, and learning through activities and programs that enrich lives.

Senior Services Meeting and Activity Schedule

Davie County seniors are invited to “meet” with Davie County Commissioners and town representatives from Bermuda Run, Cooleemee, and Mocksville on Thursday, January  21st, at 1:00 p.m. Anyone over the age of 55 is invited to join in via Zoom, phone (toll-free number), or parking lot radio. This will be a time to ask all of your questions plus voice suggestions, concerns, or praises. Contact Davie County Senior Services at 336-753-6230 to sign up for this event and let them know if you will be attending via parking lot or Zoom. Senior Services is Planning an Eventful 2021! This is […]
January 19, 2021
The Dragonfly House is located at 387 Valley Road in Mocksville.

Child Abuse Escalating in Davie & Davidson Counties Because of Pandemic

By Jeanna Baxter White Amber’s* step-dad had been touching her at night. The middle-schooler reported that “he had done some stuff to her that she didn’t want,” but it wasn’t until she went back to school in August that she was able to tell a teacher who reported the situation to law enforcement. Amber is just one of the 369 children devastated by the effects of sexual abuse, child abuse, or severe neglect that The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center saw in 2020, according to Executive Director Brandi Reagan. Even one case is too many, and cases like this are […]
December 21, 2020

Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Help: Davie County Non-Profits Need Your Help Now More Than Ever

Susan*, a single mom with two children, temporarily lost her job as a waitress when the pandemic hit and was evicted from her basement apartment because she could no longer pay her rent. She didn’t qualify for unemployment and her ex-husband, who also lost his job, was no longer required to pay child support. The family was forced to move into a motel which they also couldn’t afford.   “We have also seen an increase in clients that are at-risk for homelessness and since we don’t have a shelter, our motels have filled up with families who have lost their jobs […]
December 3, 2020

Mebane Foundation Grant Expands Reach Out and Read Program in Davie County Medical Practices

By Jeanna Baxter White Anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of a child entranced by the soothing cadence of Goodnight Moon knows that shared reading is magical. “One of the best ways to engage with young children is through looking at books together. Every time a parent or caregiver snuggles with a child on their lap to read a book, a message is sent to the child that they are loved and will be okay,” explains Callee Boulware, regional director for Reach Out and Read Carolinas (RORC).“ Shared reading helps to develop not only strong parent-child bonds, but […]