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CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Christmas Every Day in Cumberland County (NC)
From small gatherings to large spectaculars, a holiday event is happening every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve

Greater Fayetteville, NC – The day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is underway in Cumberland County. The season starts with the simple pleasures of Victorian Christmas celebration during Dickens Holiday, presented by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. From 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., visitors will find the streets of downtown Fayetteville bustling with characters from A Christmas Carol, carriage rides, the Gingerbread Community of Hope, exhibits on Victorian life and musical performances.

At 5:30 p.m. lights are turned off and thousands of attendees lead a candlelight procession from the Arts Council to the Market House, where a Christmas tree is lit and fireworks color the sky.

A Dickens Holiday is just one of the events happening throughout the Christmas season. From light displays to artistic presentations, from historic endeavors and events with small town charm, locals and visitors are bound to find something to delight. We’ve highlighted a few events here. For the complete list of Christmas and holiday events, follow this link: CUMBERLAND COUNTY HOLIDAY EVENTS.

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Four light displays provide ample opportunity to revel in the sparkle of the season:

  • Denton Ridge in Linden hosts Christmas Lights at Denton Ridge each Friday and Saturday until December 30. Visitors take a tram to a quaint village adjoining the Lower Little River. Tickets are $10 per person.
  • At Christmas in Paradise, visitors walk through 12 acres of Christmas lights and much more. This free event, held at Paradise Acres, runs every Thursday through Saturday night from November 30 through December 23.
  • Visit Arnette Park in Fayetteville to take a ½-mile stroll through a walking trail filled with sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Christmas in the Park also includes live entertainment, marshmallow roasting, holiday movies and a Christmas Express train. Admission is $10 per family vehicle. Christmas in the Park is open every night from December 7 through 21.
  • From December 9 through December 30 on Thursday to Sunday, Cape Fear Botanical Garden hosts the annual Holiday Lights in the Garden. The display is an illuminated mile-long pathway with a synchronized show of music and lights over the Cypress Pond. Admission is $5 to $12 per person.

The community also offers plenty of artistic avenues to explore:

  • The Gilbert Theater presents It’s a Wonderful Life by James Rodgers. The show runs Friday through Sunday from November 24 to December 17. Tickets are $14 to $16.
  • A local tradition, the Cape Fear Regional Theatre hosts The Best Christmas Pageant Ever weekends November 30 to December 17. Tickets are $10 to $15.
  • On December 2, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra offers A Carolina Holiday Concert, a concert featuring traditional and popular Christmas music. The concert is held at Methodist University. Tickets are $11 to $27.
  • The 300-member chorus at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church presents Singing Christmas Tree from November 30th to December 3rd. The chorus stands atop the largest singing tree in North Carolina- at 32 feet.
  • The Cumberland Oratorio Singers presents “We Sing to Remember” Christmas concert at First Baptist Church on December 16. The concert is $27.

 

Historical and small town Christmas fun:

  • Fort Bragg holds its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30. Attendees with visit with Santa and enjoy live entertainment and a parachute demonstration.
  • On December 2, enjoy a small-town Christmas celebration during Christmas in Hope Mills. A Christmas parade starts at 3 pm and, immediately following,  Christmas in the Village at Town hall offers entertainment, refreshments, train rides and much more.
  • The 1897 EA Poe House, part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, hosts Holiday Jubilee on December 3. This free event encompasses Victorian Christmas traditions, to include period cooking on the 1902 stove. Throughout the month of December, the EA Poe House is decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration.
  • The Town of Spring Lake holds its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 4.. The ceremony will be held at the tree adjacent to Town Hall.
  • Catch Santa and all his elves at the massive Rotary Christmas Parade in downtown Fayetteville on December 9.
  • Explore artistic, original and cutting-edge loft designs during Downtown Fayetteville’s Candlelight Loft Tours. Tickets are $10 to $12 for this December 10 event.
  • On December 16 and 17, tour the Oak Grove Plantation during its Open House for a traditional Christmas experience. The house, which was built circa 1793, was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Tickets are $5 to $12.

 

About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

Published on November 13, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Downtown Fayetteville Hosts 2nd Annual Indigo Moon Film Festival October 13-15

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Fayetteville, NC – The 2nd Annual Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) will feature the best in filmmaking from around the world.

Presented by GroundSwell pictures, the walkable festival screens films in four downtown Fayetteville locations throughout the weekend.  Activities include an Opening Night film and reception, awards BBQ, master classes and many great films.

“Flooding from Hurricane Matthew interrupted the inaugural IMFF and we still had some fantastic showings,” says organizer Jan Johnson. “The lineup for the second festival is even better than the first.”

The full line-up will be announced late summer. Tickets go on sale September 1st.

Connect with organizers for festival announcements:

www.IndigoMoonFilmFestival.com

www.Facebook.com/IndigoMoonFF

www.Twitter.com/IndigoMoonFF

 

About GroundSwell Pictures
GroundSwell Pictures, formed in 2014 by award-winning Producers/Directors/Writers Jan Johnson & Pat Wright, was created to engage and inspire diverse communities by producing films, teaching filmmaking, showing films and supporting filmmakers who can make a positive difference.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB)
The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

 



Local Students Receive ‘Bags of Sunshine’

Fayetteville, NC – The Cumberland County School Nutrition Association (CCSNA) is proud to announce the success of its 2nd Annual Sunshine Bag Program.
The program provides a ‘sunshine bag,’ which contains non-perishable foods and other products, to students in transition and/or need. The Bags help provide nourishment during Spring Break since the students do not have access to the support offered at school which includes school meals.  The Association distributed nearly 700 ‘Sunshine Bags’ to students this year.
“We see students come through the cafeteria lines that rely on school meals as their primary source for nourishment,” said CCSNA President and South View High School Cafeteria Manager Tina West.  “Our goal is to provide them with some resources during the Break.  It is our way of extending our care to the students beyond the cafeteria.”
CCSNA, made up of CCS’ cafeteria employees, conducted fundraisers, solicited community support, and collected donations to help fill the bags.   As students enjoyed the benefits of their bags during Spring Break 2017, CCSNA members have already begun planning for the 2018 Sunshine Bag Program.

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Published on May 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Mother’s Day Sweet Art at the Sweet Palette

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, in partnership with “The Sweet Palette” will have an activity where kids can create a cupcake sculpture in the colorful style of pop artist Romero Britto. Afterward, kids can decorate their very own cupcake and eat it too!

Prices:
Members: Parent & child $12 / Additional children $5
Non-Members: Parent & child $15 / Additional children $6

Please call Fascinate-U at 910-829-9171 to register.

 

Published on May 3, 2017 by Aurora Crowell  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (April 30 – May 6, 2017)

**April 29 Event – Teacher Job Fair Saturday
The Cumberland County Schools’ Human Resources Department is sponsoring a teacher job fair on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Gray’s Creek High School (5301 Celebration Drive). Prospective teachers will get the opportunity to interview with principals during the Fair with hopes of filling vacancies throughout the school system.

 Student Art Displayed at Cross Creek Mall
The Cross Creek Mall Visual Art Exhibit, which highlights the talents of CCS students, will be on display from Monday, May 1 – Monday, May 15. Artwork from elementary, middle, and high school students from 76 schools in the CCS will be on display for the community to enjoy. The artwork is displayed by attendance area throughout the mall.

May 2017 Let’s Talk Education Radio Show: “Magnet Schools in the CCS”
During the May 1 edition of Let’s Talk Education, the show’s host, CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till, will talk with Montclair Elementary School Principal Stephanie Rivers and Anne Chesnutt Middle School Assistant Principal Lakeshia Payton. They will discuss plans for the elementary and middle schools to become Magnet schools. To listen, tune in from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary, Student Support Services, Budget/Finance, Policy, and Legislative Committees will meet on Thursday, May 4 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street.  The committee meetings, which were rescheduled from May 2, are open to the public.

Get Connected TV Show for May 2017
During May’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Chief Communications Officer Renarta C. Moyd is joined by CCS’ Executive Director of Secondary Education Dr. Jane Fields and Counselors Coordinator Kristy Curran. They will discuss graduation requirements and the new Latin Honors system. To watch the show, tune in to FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon or visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).  

Custodial Appreciation & Awards Banquet
Approximately 400 custodians from Cumberland County schools and offices have plans to gather on Friday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. for the CCS’ Custodial Appreciation and Awards Banquet. The event, which will salute U.S. Veterans, will take place in the Cumberland County Crown Center Arena. During the evening, recent retirees, the Neill Brown Service Award recipient, and the Charlie Wilson School of the Year Award recipient will be honored. For more information about the Banquet, call 910.829.4481.

Very Special Arts Event 2017 Celebrates “Cinco de Mayo” Style
CCS’ Exceptional Children’s program presents the 36th Annual Very Special Arts Event (VSAE) on Friday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Cumberland County Crown Expo Center. The artistic talents of exceptional children throughout the CCS will be presented using this year’s theme: “Cinco de Mayo.” The event will feature visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, and dance. For more information about the VSAE, call CCS’ Executive Director of Exceptional Children’s Services Julie Aul at 910.678.2440.

 

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Published on April 28, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Governor’s School Participants Announced

Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools’ Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to attend the 2017 session of the North Carolina Governor’s School:

 

SELECTED STUDENT AREA CAMPUS SCHOOL
Samantha Gephart Art East TSHS
Jaelyn Wilson Choral Music (Soprano II) East MHCHS
Portia Washington English East PFHS
Hahn Lheem Instrumental Music (Cello) West JBHS
David Li Instrumental Music(Violin) West TSHS
Daniel Soliman Math West PFHS
Nicole Delmolino Math West TSHS
Nikhil Gordon Math West TSHS
Rebecca Black Math East TSHS
Shen Chung Math West RRCHS
Andrew Esterly Natural Science West GCHS
Brianna Chan Natural Science West JBHS
Catherine Walwer Natural Science West DBHS
Kelly He Natural Science West JBHS
Selena Beal Natural Science West TSHS
Arington Duffer Social Science East PFHS
Ellin Heidgerken Social Science West PFHS
Janasia Miller Social Science East EESHS
Mary E Vorder Bruegge Spanish West MHCHS

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students that integrates academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses (Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh). The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.
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Published on March 31, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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CCS’ 2017 Middle School Forensics Tournament Winners

CCS’ 2017 Middle School Forensics Tournament Winners

 

Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Middle School Forensics Tournament, held March 4 at New Century International Middle School, served as the culminating event for a season of competition that also included three Fall Festivals, three Mini-Tournaments, and two District Tournaments.

Over 230 middle school students from all 16 CCS’ middle schools competed for first- through tenth-place honors in three rounds of competition.  Students participated in the Speech and Debate categories of Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Storytelling and Public Forum.

Middle school student winners in First Place in each category were as follows:

 

EVENT STUDENT(S) SCHOOL HEAD COACH
Humorous Interpretation Lilli Mikesell New Century International Middle Isaac Frazier
Dramatic Interpretation Majesty Smith South View Middle Diane Speights
Extemporaneous Speaking Cadyn Taylor Mac Williams Middle Amy Tarrillion
Original Oratory Naina Mittal Seventy First Classical Middle Valerie Israel
Storytelling Mya Bartell South View Middle Diane Speights
DUO Interpretation Hezekiah Bryant & Kenneth Ritchie Max Abbot Middle Jennifer Mullen
Public Forum Amira Gunther & Chidimma Umerah Seventy First Classical Middle Valerie Israel

 

First- through fourth-place Sweepstakes Awards were also given to those schools that accumulated the most points through student placement. Schools that received Sweepstakes Awards were as follows:

 

First Place          Seventy First Classical Middle, Valerie Israel, Head Coach

Second Place     Mac Williams Middle, Amy Tarrillion, Head Coach

Third Place        Gray’s Creek Middle, Leslie Craig, Head Coach

Fourth Place      South View Middle, Diane Speights, Head Coach

 

The Middle School Forensics program is an extracurricular activity designed to enhance the personal and academic growth of its participants by focusing on the use of higher order thinking in the appreciation and interpretation of literature through performance and the enhancement of research and writing skills for public speaking.           

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Published on March 24, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (February 19 – 25, 2017)

Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday
Students, faculty, and staff at schools throughout the Cumberland County School system will observe a pupil holiday/teacher workday on Monday, February 20.

 

CCS to Host ICL
The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will play host to nearly 35 local future leaders on Tuesday, February 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the CCS’ Central Services’ Board Room. During their visit, the Institute for Community Leadership (ICL) participants will learn how to effectively serve on the School Board or on any other local board or commission. Also, the participants will engage in a panel discussion about community volunteerism and how to become mentor to a young child or teen in need. Reps from the school system and several community groups will share information with the participants about various mentor opportunities and ways they can make a difference in the life of a child.

 

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, February 23, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Central Services Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street/Fayetteville.  The committee meetings are open to the public.

 

Digital Learning Day Observance
In observance of Digital Learning Day (February 23), the fifth graders at Westarea Elementary School will participate in student-led presentations and exhibitions about the various biomes of the world using digital technology. The STEM experience gets underway at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23 in the school’s cafetorium. For additional information, call the school at 910.488.1705.

 

BIG Chinese New Year Celebration
CCS’ World Language Department presents its Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, February 23 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Seventy-First High School. The public has also been invited to attend and enjoy the numerous informational booths, games, and interactive activities from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail carmenvillalobos@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

Honoring the Past to Strengthen the Future
Westarea Elementary School will be presenting its annual Black History programs on Friday, February 24. This year’s theme is the African-American Contributors Awards. The student-led performing arts program honors the contributions of current and historic African-American men and women who have made a difference, motivated a change, created new opportunities, and achieved the unachievable. The first program featuring kindergarten through second graders will begin at 9:00 a.m., while the program highlighting third through fifth graders starts at 1:00 p.m.

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Published on February 21, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for January 2017

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Three students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Caleb-Michael Rogers, a seventh grader at New Century International Middle School (NCIMS)According to NCIMS Counselor Laura Moore, the 13 year old joined the wrestling team for the first time this year, and because of his positive attitude and work ethic, he has emerged as a leader on the team. She recalls at a recent home wrestling match observing Caleb make “a remarkably kind and respectful gesture.” One of Caleb’s teammates got pinned, was very upset, and refused to shake the hand of his opponent and the opponent’s coach, which is customary. “Caleb, without any word from his coaches, jumped up and went and shook the opponent’s and coach’s hands and congratulated them,” said Moore. “He truly showed great sportsmanship and represented his school very well. Caleb just instinctively knew what the right thing to do was and did it!”

Surya Munugoti, a junior at Terry Sanford High School (TSHS)Lola Widman, the school counselor at Max Abbott Middle, said that this 16 year old works as a tutor in a program where students in TSHS’ Global Studies Academy tutor students at her school in math or reading.  Widman said that Surya has “stood out from the outset for his outstanding performance.” She said that he genuinely cares about helping the students, works diligently to assist them, and checks to see if they are making progress in their math classes. According to Widman, each semester, tutors are only asked to volunteer twice a week for a set number of weeks. Surya has chosen to exceed the number of days per week and weeks than what is required. “He (Surya) has provided a great service to our students and to our school,” said Widman. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful for his help, especially considering the fact that he does not need the community service hours offered for this tutoring program. Instead, he is helping our students because he is intrinsically motivated to help others!”

Antonio Rojas, a junior at Douglas Byrd High School (DBHS) – DBHS Principal Dr. Zoletta Taylor is applauding this 17 year old’s level of compassion. Recently, Antonio wrestled an opponent from an area high school who had Down’s syndrome. According to Dr. Taylor, Antonio treated the match like any other and wrestled vigorously with his opponent; however, “because of his compassion for the student’s disability,” Antonio chose to take a personal loss to his wrestling record.

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented with a special trophy and certificate.

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Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (February 12 – 18, 2017)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting and public forum in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Board plans to recognize January’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients, the Cape Fear High School Varsity Football Team as the 2016 NC Eastern 4-A Champs, the 2017 Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recipients, local North Carolina School Public Relations Association 2016 Blue Ribbon Award winners, and members of the Board of Education. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Gran’daddy Junebug to Pay Visit to Elementary School
During a special assembly at Glendale Acres Elementary School, the students, faculty, and staff will get the chance to hear master storyteller Mitch ‘Gran’daddy Junebug’ Capel perform on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:15 p.m. According to event organizers, his performance promises to be high energy with lots of audience participation. The school’s PTA matched a grant with the Arts Council to bring Gran’daddy Junebug to the school for an assembly. The Arts Council’s Artist in Schools program is supported in part by the CCS, the North Carolina Arts Council, the City of Fayetteville, and Cumberland County. For more information, contact Deborah Dowd at 910.484.9031.

 

“At Hope Mills Middle School, We Love Our Bus Drivers!”

In observance of Love the Bus/Bus Driver Appreciation Week, 10 local officials have been invited by the staff at Hope Mills Middle School (HMMS) to see their bus drivers in action on Wednesday, February 15 from 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. Community officials will be assigned to ride one of the 10 buses leaving the middle school to drop students off at their homes. According HMMS administrators, almost three quarters of their student body (about 422 students) ride their school buses each day to and/or from school. For more information about the special appreciation observance, contact HMMS Assistant Principal Melissa Davis at 910.425.5106.

 

Mid-Year Celebration for a New Car

As part of the Beasley Media Group’s “Driven 2 Excel” program, CCS’ seniors and their parents will gather in the Crown Arena on Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate being a half-a-school year closer to winning a 2016 Kia Soul. To qualify, the seniors must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and have no more than five absences during the qualification period. In conjunction with the CCS and other community partners, Beasley Media Group has joined with Fayetteville Kia and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union to reward qualifying students with fantastic incentives for their academic performance. 

 

Cumberland County Spelling Bee Competition

Fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout Cumberland County will put their spelling skills to the test on Friday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The final rounds of Cumberland County’s Spelling Bee competition will take place in Room 3 of the Educational Resource Center, located at the 396 Elementary Drive 28301/Fayetteville.

 

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Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Run With the Nation’s Finest – 4th Annual All-American Marathon March 26 in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg

 FAYETTEVILLE, NC – February 9, 2017 – Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC will host the fourth annual All-American Marathon and “Mike-to-Mike” Half Marathon, on March 26th, 2017. Alongside these two popular races, the All-American Family 5K will also be offered. Each course has been certified by the USA Track and Field Association and the marathon portion is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

On race day, members of the military, wounded warriors, and runners from around the United States will being their race near the Airborne Trooper Statue “Iron Mike” at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. They will then pass through many scenic areas in the community before heading to Fort Bragg, where they run by the Iron Mike statue at the entrance to Fort Bragg.

Each run will be lined with flag-bearing spectators cheering on the runners. The Wear Blue Mile, which honors fallen service members, is noted as one of the most moving components of the race. The Wear Blue tributes will include “Faces of the Fallen” posters which will line the course as well as volunteers holding American Flags adorned with a streamer bearing the name of a fallen service member.

To register for the marathon, half-marathon, and 5K visit: www.AllAmericanMarathon.com. Additional photos of the All-American Marathon can be found here.

ABOUT THE FACVB

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Published on February 9, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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The All-American Tattoo Convention Gives Back to Military

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) welcomes The All American Tattoo Convention to the Crown Complex Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017. The goal of the convention is to give the brave servicemen and women of the armed forces the opportunity to be tattooed by some of the industry’s brightest stars as well as providing support to the military through donations to several organizations. Home of Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the country, Cumberland County is the ideal location to host one of the South’s most popular tattoo conventions.

Members of the armed forces and tattoos have a long history, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. For many service members tattoos can serve as artistic reminders of friends they’ve made and lost along the way, or a symbol of pride for their service to our country. These tattoos often tell the story that words fail to express for these veterans and servicemen.

It is estimated that over 75% of all active duty soldiers have at least one tattoo and the region around Fort Bragg has one of the largest tattoo shop per square mile ratios in the country. “This convention is another example of how Cumberland County celebrates its strong ties to the military,” explains John Meroski, FACVB President. “Tattoos offer these brave men and woman a unique form of expression that is American at its core.”

In addition to some of Cumberland County’s brightest tattoo stars, other notable artists are traveling across the country to participate in the convention. Talent includes veteran tattoo artists Peter Justice, Chris Saint Clark, Dave Clarke & Chris Blinston as well as some of the world’s most sought after tattoo artists, Kristel Oreto, Carl Grace, Pete Terranova & Marshall Bennett. Big Gus & Jasmine Rodriguez from Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares; Joey Tattoo from Spike TV’s Tattoo Rescue and James Vaughn, Madison Loftis and TJ Hal from Ink Master are just a few of the other tattoo artists coming to the area. Additional events and personalities include the Half Pint Brawlers, The New Olde City SideShow, Burlesque & Pin-Up show, Fayetteville Rouge Rollergirls and EmCee Dr. Carl Blasphemy.

The All American Tattoo Convention wants to recognize the sacrifices of the military by giving back to this courageous community. “The All American Tattoo Convention is currently working closely with Operation Tattooing Freedom, a non profit organization that helps veterans with PTSD.” says Ryan Harrell who is a native of Fayetteville NC. “Even though we are already working with nonprofits we are still looking for organizations to help. We want to help as many of our service members as possible. If you would like to submit your veteran or military service member non profit organization for donations please email your proposal to allamericantattooconvention@gmail.com.”

ABOUT THE FACVB: The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning the communities of Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual and group travel. For additional information about America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217

Published on February 7, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Cumberland County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

Parents can attend any one of the following registration sites from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the designated dates:

Date                            Attendance Area                                          Location

Friday, Feb. 24            Douglas Byrd                                                   *ERC

Friday, March 3           Gray’s Creek/Jack Britt/South View           Gray’s Creek Recreation Center

Friday, March 10         Pine Forest/E.E. Smith                                  College Lakes Recreation Center

Friday, March 17         Seventy-First/Westover                                 Westover Recreation Center

Friday, March 24         Cape Fear                                                          Eastover Recreation Center

* ERC is CCS’ Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive/Fayetteville.

Applicants must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017, to register.
They must reside in Cumberland County.
Parents should bring the following information:
Certified birth certificate, shot record, current utility bill (gas, water, lights ONLY), proof of income, court-ordered custody papers or military special power of attorney & TDY/Deployment Orders (if applicable), and parent/guardian’s valid driver’s license/state ID.

For more information, call 910.483.7370.

Published on February 3, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (January 29 – February 4, 2017)

Pupil Holiday/Required Teacher Workday
Students, faculty, and staff at schools that follow the Traditional calendar will observe a pupil holiday/required teacher workday on Monday, January 30.

School System to Meet with the Legislative Delegation
The Cumberland County Board of Education and the Cumberland County Legislative Delegation will meet to discuss items of mutual importance. The meeting will take place on Friday, February 3 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ Building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306. The meeting is open to the public.

Looking Ahead …

Upcoming Observances

February 5 – 11 — CCS’ Suicide Awareness Week

February 6 – 10 — National School Counseling Week

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Recognizing & Celebrating School Counselors

Fayetteville – National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 6–10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition to those who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, which are a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st Century,” said Cumberland County Schools’ Counseling Coordinator Kristy Curran.

In a proclamation signed by the Cumberland County Board of Education Chair, Curran cited school counselors for (1) being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents; (2) working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of rearing children in today’s world; (3) focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational, and career development; and (4) working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., the executive director of ASCA. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

 

As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, the Cumberland County School system, as a whole, will be recognizing its school counselors with an appreciation breakfast, while individual schools will choose to recognize with different activities. Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. Additional information can also be found on ASCA’s website, www.schoolcounselor.org.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research, and advocacy to more school counselors around the globe.

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


“It’s OK 2 Ask”

Fayetteville – According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.

To raise awareness, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is observing Suicide Awareness Week from February 5 – 11.  CCS’ staff, students, parents, and community members are invited to join our efforts. Show your support by (1) spreading the word; (2) knowing the signs; and
(3) knowing who to call!

Help spread the word.  The Cumberland County School system joins the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in their campaign to ensure that our youth know that “It’s OK 2 Ask.” 

  1. Let others know that “It’s OK 2 Ask” by wearing the national suicide prevention colors, turquoise and purple, on February 8.
  2. Take a ‘selfie’ or ‘usie’ holding the sign, “It’s OK 2 Ask.”
  3. Send your photo to shirleycarter@ccs.k12.nc.us
  4. Look for the photo gallery on the CCS’ Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).

Know the Signs and Symptoms.  Some of the common signs and symptoms of suicide are as follows: threatening and talking about wanting to hurt or kill themselves; making preparations, e.g., trying to get firearms, pills or other ways of killing themselves; talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, hopelessness; withdrawing from friends, family, or school; and experiencing difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time. (Note: This is not an exhaustive or definitive list. These are merely potential warning signs and a signal to get help.)  View the video from the Mayo Clinic below for more information about teen suicide prevention.

Prevent Teen Suicidehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BByqa7bhto

Know who to call.  If you are concerned that someone is suicidal, help is only a telephone call away. Both local and national resources are available 24/7.

  • 911 Emergency Services
  • Contact Crisis Helpline
    • 485.4134
  • Alliance Behavioral Health Care – Health & Information Line
    • 510.9132
  • Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health – Roxie Center
    • 615.3333
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • 273.TALK (8255)
  • Veterans’ Suicide Hotline
    • 273.8255 Select # 1
  • Hearing Impaired TTY Users
    • 799.4TTY (4889)
  • En Espanol
    • 628.9454

A school counselor, school social worker, and a school psychologist are available in all of our schools. They are also available to link parents and students to community resources.

For more information, contact Natasha Scott, the executive director of CCS’ Student Services, at 910.678.2433 or natashascott@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


Cumberland County Schools’ ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for November & December 2016

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Four students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building.

The November 2016 honoree is as follows:

Hailey Blair, a sixth grader at Gray’s Creek Middle School (GCMS)According to Patricia Brewer, Hailey’s English/Language Arts teacher, the 11 year old is a “great person who is a good example for her peers.” Recently, Hailey received a graded paper from one of her teachers. Upon reviewing the graded paper, she noticed that her teacher had incorrectly scored it. The circled grade on the front of the paper was slightly higher than what it should have been. “Hailey respectfully brought this error to the attention of her teacher,” said Brewer. “Because of Hailey’s honesty and integrity in this situation, the teacher rewarded her by letting her keep those few extra points.”

The December 2016 honorees are as follows:

Margaret “Maggie” Kane, a third grader at Long Hill Elementary School – During Maggie’s recent participation in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event, Mary Katherine Mouton, Maggie’s third-grade teacher, said the eight year old “demonstrated courage, compassion, and empathy that is remarkable for anyone, much less an eight year old.” According to Mouton, Maggie, who has a close relative that is a cancer survivor, decided two years ago to grow her hair and donate it to a child who has lost their hair because of cancer. Through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research, Maggie and her family sponsored a fundraising event at a local pizza restaurant. More than $10,000 was raised through the effort and “true to her word,” Maggie had her head shaved and donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. “Maggie is an inspiration and model for all of us!” said Mouton. “Thank you, Maggie!”

 

Miranda Draughon, a fourth grader at Gray’s Creek Elementary School – According to Kelly Tucker, the media coordinator at Miranda’s school, the 10 year old is “a child with exceptional character.” During the Cumberland County Schools’ annual Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon for literacy effort, Miranda decided to take action by helping to buy books for the school media center. Tucker said she didn’t ask her parents for money or raid her piggy bank. Instead, Miranda enlisted the help of two friends from her church to help make bookmarks to sell at church. “As a result of her leadership, caring, and sense of responsibility, Miranda raised $28 for our library,” said Tucker.

Jayden Townsend, a fifth grader at Morganton Road Elementary School – Courtney Sides, the school counselor at Jayden’s school, said that the 10 year old demonstrated an incredible amount of bravery and caring when recently, she saved her brother who was being viciously attacked by a dog. According to Sides, in November, Jayden, her mother, and little brother were visiting the home of friends in South Carolina. Jayden went outside to check on her brother when she noticed a dog [Rottweiler] on top of her brother. “She ran over, picked up the dog, and threw him,” said Sides. “Jayden picked up her brother and tried to get him into the house, but the dog attacked again.” She put her brother down and told him to run into the house while she fended off the dog. According to Sides, Jayden’s brother was hospitalized, but has since returned to school. “She thought of her brother before herself,” said Sides. “She put herself in harm’s way to rescue him. It is not every day that you see someone help others, much less put themselves at risk. Through her heroic acts, she saved her little brother. We feel as though she should be recognized for her bravery and heroism.”

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented a special trophy and certificate.

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Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


What’s Happening in the CCS? (January 8 -14, 2017)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting and public forum in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Board plans to recognize the recipients of the newly created CCS’ Champion of Children Award and November and December’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients.

January 2017 Get Connected TV Show: “Cumberland Polytechnic High School: The Polytech Way– During January’s edition of the Get Connected TV show, CCS’ Chief Communications Officer Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by Cumberland Polytechnic High School Principal Dan Krumanocker, School Counselor Brittany Raines, and Students Asia Hannans and Jared Little. They are discussing the numerous learning opportunities at the school system’s newest high school that is located on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College. To watch the show, tune in to FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon or visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).

Looking Ahead …

MLK Day Observance & Teacher Workday w/Staff Development
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a pupil/teacher holiday will be observed by the Cumberland County Schools on Monday, January 16. Central Services will be closed as well. A pupil holiday/required teacher workday/staff development day will be observed on Tuesday, January 17 at schools that do not follow the traditional calendar. 

Middle & High School Choice Fair & Parent Meeting
The CCS system will sponsor its 2017-2018 Secondary Choice Fair on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Educational Resource Center (ERC) auditorium, located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville.  The Fair will highlight booths from area middle and high schools that have information about Choice schools, academies, or programs that are accepting student applications for next school year.  Also, a Fort Bragg E.E. Smith Parent Meeting will take place from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 3 at ERC. For more information about the Secondary Choice Fair or the Fort Bragg E.E. Smith Parent Meeting, call 910.678.2407.
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Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


Explore the Arts Spring ‘17 in Greater Fayetteville (NC)

Fayetteville, NC –  Lovers of arts don’t have to look further than the communities of Cumberland County (NC) to explore their passions. The community boasts 21 exhibits in the first six months of 2017.  A few of the exhibitions, which feature a range of mediums, are highlighted below. For all exhibits in Cumberland County, go to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.

On January 9th at 7 pm, Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University opens The Body as a Photographic Narrative: Works by Gray Lyons. The artist is a contemporary photographer that uses 19th century monochrome photographic process called cyanotype. As the name suggests, the process creates cyan-blue images.   www.FSUArts.com

On February 3, Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Collet-Lee collection opens at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Reflections is a celebration of African-American identity through paintings, collages, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper. The exhibit includes noted artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Gwen Knight and James Van Der Zee. See this exhibition during regular gallery hours through March 4.  www.TheArtsCouncil.com

On February 9,  the David McCune International Art Gallery opens “Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography.” The collection chronicles the progression of photography from the painterly  Impressionistic work to the modernist aesthetic that calls for photographs to represent the real world.  The 46-piece exhibition is organized around Alfred Stieglitz, famed American photographer and husband of Georgia O’Keefe. The exhibition closes April 8. www.DavidMccuneGallery.org

From February 24 to April 8, the Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University hosts An Invitational Exhibition of Women Artists featuring the work of Sonya Clark.  The exhibition features Clark along with acclaimed women artists of color from across the United States. www.FSUArts.com

From March 24 through April 25, Cape Fear Studios presents Cats, Dogs & Ewe Pet, an exhibition of guest artists’ work depicting their pets. This is an invitation-only exhibition. www.CapeFearStudios.com

From April 8 through May 27, Ellington-White Gallery hosts an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Savannah, GA based artist Randy Akers. Akers presents a collection of site specific and memory based paintings from locations in the Low Country. www.Ellington-White.com

On June 23, Cape Fear Studios opens the 2017 National 2-D Competition and Exhibit. In its ninth year, this exhibition draws artists from throughout the United States. www.CapeFearStudios.com

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Tweet this:   Early photography masterpieces, African-American artists & national exhibitions on tap for @visitfaync this spring. http://bit.ly/2hbigow

About The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on December 13, 2016 by Melody Foote  
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2016 Fayetteville Comic Con Expands to Full Weekend

fadfLegions of artists, special guests and fun events on agenda for October 15-16 at Crown Expo Center

Fayetteville, NC –  Due to the overwhelming popularity of the inaugural Fayetteville Comic Con (FCC),  planners expanded the 2016 con into a two-day special event that fills the entire Crown Expo Center.  “We were blown away by the response to the 2015 FCC,” says planner Michael Chaudhuri.  “To accommodate the demand, we expanded the both the days and the footprint for the event.”

The special guest line-up is impressive with more additions every day. A few featured guests include:

  • Deep Roy – from NeverEnding Story; Star Trek, Star Wars, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Scott Tepperman – from Ghost Hunters International
  • Steve Cardenas – One of the Original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Walking Dead Reunion Part Two. Walking Dead alumni will be signing autographs and sitting on two separate panels.
  • Veronica Taylor – voiced Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum and Sailor Moon
  • Arthur Suydam – Cover artist/penciller, famous for Marvel Zombies, Deadpool and The Walking Dead
  • Michael Golden – Penciled Marvel’s long-running comics ‘Nam and Micronauts, created Rogue and drew some of The Hulk’s best covers

 

 

The 2016 FCC will feature two rooms of ongoing  panels.  Topics include  Meet the Stars, Cosplay 101, Fabric in Cosplay, Cosplay and Disabilities, Military Science Fiction, Nerdslam, SciFi Speed Dating and The Walking Dead Reunion.  “This year, and we’ve got panels scheduled throughout the two days of the con,” says Chaudhuri.  “Due to the popularity of The Walking Dead reunion panel last year, we’re planning two for this October.”

Artists  Alley will feature an array of artists, authors and crafters with their products for show and sale.  The FCC Gaming Alley,  expanded for 2016 will offer Magic the Gathering , Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments , Super Smash Brothers and Hero Clix tournaments.

Fans are welcome to come as themselves, but organizers are expecting thousands of attendees to dress as their favorite superhero, Star Wars or anime character.  All costumes are welcome as long as they are family friendly.  Two separate cosplay competitions will award prizes worth more than $2000.

Tickets in advance are $15 per day or $25 for a weekend pass.   Active duty military receive a $2 discount on all advance ticket purchases. . Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased in person without fees at the Crown Center Box Office, Fort Bragg Leisure Center, Dragons Lair on Yadkin Road, Cardz-N-things on Ireland Drive and Gamer’s Guide in Spring Lake.

For more information on Fayetteville ComicCon,  call the convention organizers at 910-316-7251 or go to www.fayettevillecomiccon.com.

Need a hotel room?  Looking for a great place to have dinner after the show?  www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com has information on hotels, restaurants and more.

Tweet This:  #Fayetteville ComicCon expands w/Walking Dead, Deep Roy, SciFi Speed Dating and more at @CrownComplexNC . More:  http://bit.ly/1WWCcw6

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About the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) 

The FACVB  is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning  Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Fayetteville/Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

 



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