October 29, 2021

IGNITE DAVIE Student Highlight: Desiree Johnson

Born and raised in Davie County, Desiree Johnson is taking advantage of the educational opportunities close to home. As a graduate of Davie High’s Class of 2021, she is in her first semester of college at Davidson-Davie Community College as a member of the IGNITE DAVIE College Promise Program. Thanks to the opportunities offered by Davie County High School, IGNITE DAVIE and Davidson-Davie Community College, she hopes to one day have a career in human services. Last year, as Desiree was beginning to think about college and the next steps in her academic career, she began to consider IGNITE DAVIE […]
October 25, 2021

IGNITE DAVIE Student Highlight: David Bates

David Bates— a graduate of Davie High Class of 2021, IGNITE DAVIE student, and proud member of the Davie County community. Many know David Bates as a hard worker, an achiever and a student who knows what he wants to do, where he wants to go and what he needs to do to get there. And at this point in time, IGNITE DAVIE is one of the resources he is using to advance his academic and professional goals. He first found out about IGNITE DAVIE as he was taking dual enrollment classes with Davidson-Davie Community College and Davie High School. […]
October 6, 2021

IGNITE DAVIE Launches Inve$t in our Kids Capital Campaign!

The signs tell the story. Gildan is hiring, Comfort Built is hiring, Ashley Furniture is hiring… and the list goes on.  Over the past several years, business and industry have struggled to find a skilled workforce to meet their needs. The 2020 pandemic only worsened the challenges, and the lack of skilled workers to fill open positions is even greater today. Estimates for residents 25-years-old and older in 2019 showed that 42.2% have a high school diploma or less and 21.3% have some college but no degree. In total, 63.5% do not have an Associate or higher degree. We can […]
September 3, 2021

DRI: Davie Youth Demonstrate Respect in Action

Davie County is flourishing with respect, compassion, and bright-minded individuals from all walks of life.  The Davie Respect Initiative, or DRI, is a program that embraces these characteristics of our county to encourage and promote the youth in our community to actively demonstrate respect. What started as a small program has now grown into a more well-known movement with ambassadors, team leaders, and generous donations from community members.  For those who are unfamiliar, the Davie Respect Initiative offers a financial reward for any youth aged 12-21 for creating and implementing a “Respect Project.” From the Davie Respect website, a Respect […]
August 30, 2021
Logan Ballou-Tomel works full-time at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mocksville while studying to become a surgical technologist

IGNITE DAVIE Student Profile: Logan Ballou-Tomel

Logan Ballou-Tomel wants to be a surgical technologist.  He spent this summer studying and learning as much as possible about the procedures, tools, conduct, and other aspects of surgical technology before beginning the program at Davidson-Davie Community College this fall.  Thanks to IGNITE DAVIE, the 2020 Davie High graduate was able to complete his general education classes and will complete the first four semesters of the five-semester certification program free of charge. “When Sandra Porter and others from the college came to Davie and told us about the IGNITE DAVIE program, I knew that it was a great opportunity and […]
August 30, 2021

Ashley Furniture Internships Offers Davie Students Real-World Experience

This summer, classroom assignments came to life for three Davie County students as they gained practical work experience and helped solve real-world problems during an internship, also known as “work-based learning experience,” in the automation engineering department at Ashley Furniture Industries’ (Ashley) advanced manufacturing facility in Advance.  “We feel that the real work experience that the students can get and the knowledge that they can gain with an internship is crucial and beneficial for the student in their education, career, and life,” said Bill Webb, automation and robotics manager. “The students get exposed to real-world activities and challenges that they […]
May 14, 2021

Davie County Schools Launches New Virtual World of the Arts

Davie County Schools Launches an Exciting New Virtual World of the Arts Davie County Schools is pleased to announce the 2021 Arts Smart Festival has transitioned into a new and exciting virtual world. Launching May 11, 2021 and sponsored by Ashley Furniture, the new virtual realm features student artists and performers from all schools in Davie County. Artist’s ages span from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Ashley Furniture Industries has a national focus on building community around arts celebrations. Ashley Furniture began their partnership with Davie County Schools in 2014. The new virtual Arts Smart experience mimics school and business […]
April 8, 2021
Cassidy Kluttz and her family celebrate her 2020 graduation from Davie High

First IGNITE DAVIE College Promise Scholarship Recipient Graduates

Cassidy Kluttz has earned an Associate of Arts degree totally debt free, an impressive accomplishment made possible through IGNITE DAVIE College Promise and North Carolina’s Career & College Promise program. It’s a route she would enthusiastically recommend to other Davie County students. “IGNITE DAVIE has given me the freedom to explore what I want to do and where I want to go with my life without having to worry about money.” IGNITE DAVIE is a place-based last-dollar scholarship; which means students must live in and attend school in Davie County.  All eligible high school graduates, regardless of financial need or […]
March 22, 2021

Davie County Schools Implement Heggerty to Support Phonemic Awareness

“Deep,” says Susan Shepherd to her first-graders. “Deep,” they repeat.  “Replace the /p/ with /l/,” she says. “Deal,” shouts her students.  Shepherd is guiding her students through their daily Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lesson. Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes, and it’s one of the best early predictors for reading success. Recognizing the importance of phonemic awareness as a foundational reading skill, Davie County Schools (DCS) in Mocksville, North Carolina, adopted the curriculum this year as part of DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), its five-year early […]