September 17, 2020
Kerry Blackwelder works on word sounds with Kaylee Spade Mebane

Sharing the Love of Reading: Mebane Foundation Welcomes Kerry Blackwelder to HillRAP Tutoring Program

“I’m not finished making a difference in the lives of kids,” says Kerry Blackwelder, who retired from Davie County Schools in July, after 29 years of teaching, and is now eager to begin her second career as a Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP) tutor for the Mebane Foundation.  “I am excited to be tutoring to continue to share my love of phonics and literacy with students. I’ve spent the majority of my teaching career teaching literacy and it’s my passion! I love watching my striving students become confident readers.”  HillRAP is a research-based, individualized approach to teaching the five essential […]
September 3, 2020
Ignite Davie Sign Welcomes Students to the Davie Campus of the Davidson Community College

IGNITE DAVIE is Sparking Futures!

Reprinted with permission from DavieLife Magazine Davie County is putting EDUCATION at the center of our community through the IGNITE DAVIE College Promise Program! Davie County students now have the opportunity to continue their education without incurring student debt. All eligible high school graduates, regardless of financial need or academic ability, can continue their education and training to open the door to better career opportunities and increased earning potential.    “We are very proud of IGNITE DAVIE because it does put education at the very CENTER of our community by investing in the students of Davie County,” said Carolyn McManamy, Director […]
August 10, 2020
Birds of Prey visit Cooleemee Summer Enrichment Camp

Flexible Funding Enables Summer Enrichment for Davie Students

Davie County Students Enjoy Summer Enrichment Camps Thanks to Mebane Foundation By Jeanna Baxter White Sitting cross-legged on the library floor, Madison Sandy carefully examined the blueprint on the iPad in front of her before selecting the corresponding legos to add to her remote control car. Soon the rising 5th-grader was gleefully maneuvering it in a circle in front of her, experiencing that math and science are fun.  Flexible Funding Means the Learning Doesn’t End School may have been out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that learning in Davie County ended. More than 180 rising kindergarteners through 5th-graders […]
April 27, 2020

Online Kindergarten Registration for Davie County Parents

Davie County Schools Are Making Enrollment Easy! Starting kindergarten is a major milestone in a child’s life, and there are important steps parents can take to make the transition an exciting one.  Save Time Later and Sign Up Online Now DCS uses online enrollment forms. To begin the enrollment process and avoid lines in the computer lab in August, you may complete online enrollment from home at Kindergarten Registration. If you have trouble or do not have access to register online, you can call your local school for help.  “We are committed to helping guide you through this process and […]
April 24, 2020
Mebane Foundation Offers 35 $1,500 Classroom Start-Up Grants to 1st Year Teachers – Grades K-3

Mebane Foundation Creates Grant for New Primary Teachers

Mebane Foundation Offers 35 $1,500 Classroom Start-Up Grants to 1st Year Teachers – Grades K-3 Setting up a classroom is expensive, ask any veteran teacher who has spent years scouring thrift shops and yard sales looking for books, educational toys, craft items, and decorations to turn an empty classroom into a warm and inviting environment that fosters learning. Young teachers straight out of college who are entering their first classroom have to purchase their own supplies, everything from books to learning stations to visual aids for the walls —  before receiving their first paycheck. Although eager to make a difference in […]
March 31, 2020
Davie County NC Schools Remote Learning Resources

Keeping Davie County Students Connected Through Remote Learning

Davie County Schools Successfully Launches Remote Learning Platform Davie County Schools has been diligently preparing for an efficient and effective remote learning rollout. The planning process has been thoughtful and calculated, with the goal to keep students active and engaged. Knowing these are challenging times, Davie County Schools made a conscious effort to make sure they are sensitive to the stressors that already exist in our homes. Teachers will provide grace during this time, as students become acclimated to the new learning environment. That being said, Davie County Schools is excited about the new opportunities this remote learning platform provides. […]
February 2, 2020

POPSICLE 5K on Saturday, February 8th– Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike!

Lace up your running shoes, and have a chillin’ good time while supporting a great cause — take part in the 9th Annual Popsicle 5k Run on Saturday, February 8th! All abilities are welcome. Not a runner? No worries! Walkers are welcome too! The route begins at Mocksville Elementary across from Rich Park and goes through Mocksville and the Greenway. The Race kicks off at 8:30 am, with packet pick up and on-site registration beginning at 7:15 am. Click here to register today. The Popsicle 5K is a fun family event, with a variety of fun activities: Each participant receives a […]
January 27, 2020
Automotive Instructor Seth James overseas War Eagle Motorsports member Laura Newsom in removing excess parts of the frame during early fabrication

Project Sunburn Sparks Excitement at Davie County High School

By Jeanna Baxter White Davie County High School has embarked upon a cross-curricular project never before attempted at the North Carolina high school level. Through Project Sunburn, Davie hopes to be the first high school program in North Carolina to design,  build, and ultimately to compete with a solar-powered vehicle.  While the short-term goal is to successfully race a solar-powered vehicle, the long-term goal is to position Davie County High School as the home track for the first high school-sanctioned race in North Carolina. The project culminates a year of teacher-led research and is backed by collegiate level programs at […]
January 24, 2020
First-grade teachers at William R. Davie clarify standards during a PLC meeting. From front left: Nancy Scoggin, Bobbi Marroquin, Jennie Hughett, Bridgett Bailey, Kristin Alexander, Sunni Collins.

Teacher Collaboration Impacts Classroom Instruction and Student Achievement

By Jeanna Baxter White Every Student Matters William R. Davie Elementary School’s motto is “Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts!” That sentiment was evident during a recent first-grade PLC meeting as the teachers clarified the next North Carolina ELA (English Language Arts) standard and brainstormed the best way to teach it to their students. Teachers Collaborating Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) allow teachers to meet regularly, share expertise, and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and drive the academic performance of students. These meetings are a fundamental component of DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), the Mebane Foundation’s five-year, […]