Student Scientists Perform Well at Regionals

Fayetteville – More than 800 local middle and high school students competed in the Feb. 22 Fayetteville Regional Science Olympiad Competition. There were 23 events for both divisions that consisted of different science, engineering and technology challenges. The Cumberland County schools that placed in the regional competitions are as follows:

Middle School Division:

71st Classical Middle School – 1st Place

R. Max Abbott Middle School – 2nd Place

Mac Williams Middle School – 3rd Place

High School Division:

Massey Hill Classical High School – 1st Place

Terry Sanford High School – 2nd Place

Jack Britt High School – 3rd Place

Cape Fear High School – 4th Place

These schools have been invited to the State Science Olympiad Competition that will be held in Raleigh on the campus of North Carolina State University in April.   


Published on March 1, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Cumberland County Schools’ 2014 Outstanding Education Award Winners

Fayetteville – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by presenting two teachers and one administrator in the Cumberland County Schools a $1,000 grant to implement a special educational project at their respective schools.

 Greg Reames, Fayetteville Market President of Wells Fargo, presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand worked glass apple to the three educators during the Feb. 18 Cumberland County School Board meeting. The winners were as follows:

 Elementary Teacher Award WinnerDawn Dixon, a teacher at Glendale Acres Elementary School, plans to use her grant money to fund the “Hands-on Math” project.  Through the project, kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade students will use math manipulatives and books to increase their understanding of foundational math concepts.

 Secondary Teacher Award WinnerBryan Pirkle, a teacher at Douglas Byrd Middle School, will implement the “Robot Proving Grounds” project. Grant funds will be used to purchase a Dual Control Starter and Classroom Competition Field Kit for seventh- and eighth-grade students in STEM classes. Students will use automation and robotics concepts to create a robot for competition.

Administrator Award WinnerTeresa Warner, the assistant principal at Seventy-First Classical Middle School, will use the funds to support the “Global Arts Education Project” which will enhance global education across the curricula in grades sixth through eighth. Students will use real world applications to learn about South America. This project will involve parents, businesses, and the community.



Published on March 1, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools (March 2 – 8, 2014)

** March 1 Event – Area Students and Staff Attending School This Saturday
Because of inclement weather experienced from February 11 – 14, students and staff in all Cumberland County Schools will be attending school tomorrow (Saturday, March 1) in order to make up the time missed from classroom instruction. Schools will operate on a two-hour early release schedule. Prime Time is offering afterschool care until 4:00 p.m. to parents who have previously registered for the Saturday program.

RESCHEDULED — Leadership Fayetteville Education Day 2014 
About 20 participants in the Fayetteville Regional Chamber’s Leadership Fayetteville program will be visiting two Cumberland County schools and Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) as a part of Education Day activities on Monday, March 3.  The group of local business leaders will begin the day with a visit to Morganton Road Elementary School for the chance to observe the school’s Spanish Immersion program and be taught by first graders. From there, the participants will travel to Westover High School where they will observe a mock trial, band and dance performances, health academy and engineering academy students in action as well as eat lunch with Board of Education members and Superintendent Dr. Frank Till, prepared and served by the culinary arts students. The afternoon will be spent on the campus of FTCC visiting and participating in hands-on activities in electronic and civic engineering, geomatics, programming, and electrical systems classes. CCS’ Patricia Hollingsworth and Renarta Moyd from the Communications and Public Relations department and Pam Gibson from the Career and Technical Education program are serving as Education Day faculty and will play host to the group. For more information, call 910.678.2307.

 21st Annual Middle School Battle of the Books Competition 
The final competition of the CCS’ 21st Annual Middle School Battle of the Books will take place on Tuesday, March 4 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Shaw Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University. Fifteen middle school teams from across the county will answer questions from 26 books in a quiz bowl-type format. The final two teams will compete for the county title.

 School Board Committee Meetings
Members of the Cumberland County Board of Education will conduct the Auxiliary, Student Support and Finance committee meetings on Tuesday, March 4 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room.

 Grown-Ups Attempt to ‘Outspell’ One Another
Educators throughout the school system will put their spelling skills to the test during the Cumberland County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals’ (CCAPAP) 8th Annual Adult Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 5 in the cafeteria of South View High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Teams of four, who will be representing different schools and departments throughout the county, will work together to spell various words. Through this effort last year, over $13,000 in scholarship money was awarded to deserving high school seniors. For more information, contact CCAPAP President Janet Kehoe at

 Get Connected TV Show for March 2014: “Live United Student Volunteer Program”
During March’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Military Family & Youth Liaison Anna Rodriguez and Westover High School Counselor Brittany Raines join the show’s host, Renarta Moyd, to discuss the impact students are making in the community through volunteerism. To watch the show, visit the school system’s Website ( or tune into FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. or Saturdays and Sundays at noon.





Published on February 28, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Inclement Weather Make-Up Days for the Cumberland County Schools

Fayetteville – Inclement weather (January 28 – 31) make-up days for students in the Cumberland County Schools are as follows:

  • All students will attend school on February 17, 2014.

 In addition, the make-up dates below have been scheduled:

  •  Traditional Calendar students will attend school on March 26, 2014.
  •  Year-Round Calendar students will attend school on March 14, 2014.
  •   Howard Health and Life Sciences High students will attend school on March 10, 2014.
  •  Early College High Schools and Wilkins High School students will attend school on April 18, 2014.


Published on February 3, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools (February 2 – 8, 2014)

 Mid-Year Celebration for a New Car
As part of the Beasley Broadcast Group’s “Driven 2 Excel” program, Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) seniors and their parents will gather at the Rick Hendrick Toyota Scion (Fayetteville) on Tuesday, February 4 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate being a half-a-school year closer to winning a new 2014 Toyota SCION. To qualify, the seniors must have no more than five absences during the campaign, and achieve a weighted, cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher during the qualification period. In conjunction with the CCS and other community partners, the Beasley Broadcast Group has joined with Rick Hendrick Toyota Scion to reward qualifying students with fantastic incentives for scholastic performance. This year, Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union has joined the campaign and will offer a total of $5,000 in scholarships.


RESCHEDULED— School Board Committee Meetings
Because of inclement weather, the Curriculum, Personnel, and Legislative committee meetings have been rescheduled to meet on Tuesday, February 4 following the Auxiliary, Student Support, and Finance committee meetings. The meetings, which are open to the public, start at 8:30 a.m. and take place in the Central Services’ Building Board Room.


RESCHEDULED – CCS’ Early College High Schools’ Recruitment Event
Due to inclement weather, the recruitment event for Cumberland International (CIECHS) and Cross Creek (CCECHS) early college high schools has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 5 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University. Organizers of the event hope to make the public more aware of the educational opportunities available at both schools as well as provide enrollment information. Students who attend either school can graduate with a diploma and up to 60 hours of college credit. For more information, contact Ms. Clair Abdel-Malak from CIECHS (910.672.2844) or Ms. Mondae Moss from CCECHS (910.672.1499).


8th Graders Wanted to Become Part of the Howard Health Experience
Eighth-grade students and their parents have been invited to Howard Health and Life Sciences High School (HHLSHS) on Thursday, February 6 for 8th-Grade Information Night from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the school, 1608 Camden Road. There will be information sessions and school tours related to the Howard Health experience, which includes a Health Careers Exploration program, one of three in North Carolina. The program features a hands-on, technological approach to exploring careers in the health field that include dentistry, ophthalmology, sports medicine, nursing, and mental health. For more information, call the school at 910.485.1634.

Top Middle School Band Musicians to Perform
More than 150 middle schoolers in the CCS will perform in the 2014 All-County Band Concert on Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gray’s Creek High School auditorium. Prior to the concert, the students, who were selected through competitive county-wide auditions, will take part in a clinic on Feb.7 – 8. This year’s clinicians are Dr. Jennifer Walter, an associate professor of Music Education at UNC-Greensboro, and Ms. Pauline Stemple, a retired band director in the CCS.

Looking Ahead…
RESCHEDULED — 2014 Secondary Choice Fair
Because of inclement weather, the CCS’ Secondary Choice Fair has been rescheduled to take place Monday, February 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Educational Resource Center, 396 Elementary Drive. The fair will feature booths from middle and high schools with information about Choice schools, academies and programs that are accepting student applications for the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, call 910.678.2407.

Published on February 3, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Cumberland County Schools’ Secondary Choice Fair

WHEN:         Tuesday, January 28, 2014
                              5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 WHERE:       Educational Resource Center
                             396 Elementary Drive/Fayetteville, NC

WHY:             To acquaint the public with information about middle and high school academies and programs that are accepting Choice applications for the 2014-2015 school year

 Additional Information:

  •  School representatives will be on hand at booths throughout the Fair to talk with parents and students about Choice offerings.
  •  For additional information about the Secondary Choice Fair, call 910.678.2407.
Published on January 17, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Cumberland County School Principal Announced As 2014 National Digital Principal

Media Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP Director of Communications, 
or 703-909-4661                                   

 Three progressive school leaders have been selected as the 2014 NASSP Digital Principals for their success in using technology to improve instruction, communication, and student engagement. They will be honored next month at the NASSP Conference, Ignite ’14.

The winners are:

Derek McCoy, Principal, Spring Lake (NC) Middle School 

Derek McCoy’s years as a principal and teacher in Title 1 schools has shown him that using digital technology to prepare studenindex_8ts for the future and change the way schools are managed has been the bridge to narrowing the achievement gap. While principal at Spring Lake Middle School, McCoy has implemented a BYOD framework, made significant increases in technology resources, and moved all the school’s planning documents to the district’s Google cloud.

In addition, McCoy co-moderates two active chats on Twitter. #Edfocus works to connect authors and experts with educators to help make changes in classrooms and schools at large, while #ncadmin is the only chat in North Carolina designed to help leaders in the state learn best practices and about new endeavors.

Social media and the philosophy of getting connected have had the biggest impact on his district and his personal growth as a principal, McCoy says.  “Most of the resources and strategies I bring to my school are from friends I’ve never met face to face,” McCoy says. “That is the power of being a digital leader, the power of a PLN and the power of being connected.”

 Daisy Dyer Duerr, Principal, St. Paul (AR) High School 

When Daisy Dyer Duerr started as principal of St. Paul High School in 2011, the school had a few SmartBoards, 10 Macbooks, and not much else in terms of technology tools. From her first day, Duerr, who views technology as the great equalizer for poor and rural students, focused on improving the school’s technology. She started by putting an iPad in the hands of every teacher and later ensured the school had a Netbook cart, used throughout the disciplines for research and report writing, and a Nook cart to encourage pleasure reading for students. These efforts increased the amount of portable devices in the school from 10 to 200.

In addition, Duerr established a weekly Arkansas educational twitter chat (#ArkEdChat) and lobbied the state for more bandwidth for her school. She also ensures her students know how to use technology appropriately through a weekly Digital Citizenship advisory.

Just as Duerr uses technology to improve instruction for her students, she takes advantage of the extra professional development opportunities it offers as well. “Even though I am a principal in a rural locale, I am able to learn globally, thanks to technology.” 

Jason Markey, Principal, East Leyden (IL) High School 

Jason Markey’s view on technology in schools starts with the belief that students shouldn’t have to “disconnect” at school.

“We should be infusing technology seamlessly throughout their educational experience to both enhance and provide the needed guidance to navigate the new digital waters we are all in,” Markey says.

Markey sees technology as a way to continually provide students new opportunities that lead them to be innovative thinkers. He encourages his students to use collaborative blogs and social media sites to give themselves a voice in the school. Markey helped design a technology support internship class which serves a model student led help desk to support the 3,500 student devices in the district. In the past year, students have served nearly 95% of the tech help desk tickets, amounting to more than 10,000 requests for help.

In addition, Jason organized a Digital Citizenship Leadership team that works on acceptable use guidelines and providing information for students and parents about the positive and negative impacts social media can have on them.

In the last two years, Markey has presented more than 40 times on technology in education, was selected to the Google Teacher Academy, and helped create a 1:1 Summer Symposium to help other schools build a vision for technology in education.

“We are honored to recognize these principals for their innovation and dedication to finding new ways to improve student engagement, communication, and instruction,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Their work aligns with the connectedness goals set forth in NASSP’s Strategic Plan and we are excited to work with these principals, who are great models for teachers and students on how to successfully incorporate technology into their teaching and learning.”

Candidates were asked to submit a video, essay, and portfolio that highlight their technology leadership. A panel of peers and education technology leaders then evaluated the portfolios against the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators, developed by the International Society for Technology in Education. The selection panel further examined how candidates applied those skills to achieve school improvement goals as defined by the NASSP Breaking Ranks Framework.

The Digital Principals will formally receive their awards during the NASSP conference—Ignite ‘14—February 6-8, 2014, in Dallas, TX, where they will be panelists on a presentation about digital media in leadership and learning. They will also be featured in the October 2014 issue of Principal Leadership magazine. More information about the award is available at

NASSP launched the Digital Principal Award program in 2011 as part of its recognition of the annual Digital Learning Day

Published on January 10, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools — Weeks of December 15, 22 & 29, 2013

December’s “Let’s Talk Education” Radio Program 
During December’s edition of “Let’s Talk Education,” Cumberland County Special Education PTA Chairperson Julie Rufenacht and Web Manager Barbara Till join the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, to discuss the organization’s work to provide a network, support and voice for families and teachers of children with special needs. The radio show airs Saturday, December 21 from 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM.

Winter Holiday Schedule
CCS’ students and staff will take a winter break according to the following schedule:

Dec. 16
Year-Round – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Dec. 17 – 20
Year-Round – Intersession

Dec. 20
Traditional, Cross Creek Early College High School, Cumberland International Early College High School, Alger B. Wilkins High School & Howard Health and Life Sciences High School – Student Early Release

Dec. 23 – Jan. 1
Traditional & Year-Round – Winter Holidays (Student/Teacher) & Required Annual Leave

Dec. 23 – Jan. 2
Cross Creek Early College High School, Cumberland International Early College High School, Alger B. Wilkins High School & Howard Health and Life Sciences High School – Winter Holidays (Student Teacher) & Required Annual Leave

Jan. 2 – 3
Traditional – Student Holiday/Teacher Workdays
Year-Round – Intersession

Jan. 3
Cross Creek Early College High School, Cumberland International Early College High School & Alger B. Wilkins High School – Student Holiday/Required Teacher Workday/Staff Development
Howard Health and Life Sciences High School – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 1st Annual Arts Reflection Social
Members of the local PTA and community have been invited to attend the Cumberland County District PTA’s first Arts Reflection Social, scheduled for Tuesday, December 17 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Central Services’ Building Board Room. The artwork of Cumberland County Schools’ students will be on display and judged by representatives from the school system, Fayetteville State University, and Methodist University. The winners will be announced during the event. For more information, contact Patricia Hollingsworth, executive director of Communications & Public Relations for the CCS, at 910.678.2303.


Published on December 13, 2013 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for November 2013

Fayetteville – Each month through the school system’s character recognition program titled ‘Amazing Acts of Character,’ schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior. 

 Two 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, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

 Langdon Paquin, a second grader at Long Hill Elementary School – The seven year old’s teacher, Elizabeth Cook, said she was recently impressed with the level of Langdon’s integrity during an incident on the school playground where a classmate’s eyeglasses were broken. Cook said that Langdon voluntarily approached her and confessed that a student ran into him and he fell into the student with the eyeglasses. His head hit the glasses and broke them. “Langdon did not have to come to me and confess…that he was the one responsible for the broken glasses,” said Cook. “The other two students involved never mentioned his name. It took integrity to own up to the incident and settle it…”

 Tyrease McCray, a ninth grader at Douglas Byrd High School – According to the 14 year old’s school counselor, Temple L. Walls, Tyrease was hospitalized because of his challenge with sickle cell anemia. “Despite the pain and hurt he was feeling,” said Walls, “Tyrease volunteered to help deliver Halloween costumes and goody bags to other sick children in the hospital.” According to Walls, during an Oct. 17 interview with The Fayetteville Observer, Tyrease stated: “I like giving back to sick kids. I know how it is to hurt. It hurts every day I wake up, and I just want them to be happy, especially the little kids.” Walls nominated Tyrease because she felt “he did what is incredibly difficult for most adults, let alone an adolescent to do. He moved pass his own pain and suffering to make a difference for someone less fortunate.”  Walls said she felt “Tyrease stayed true to his belief of giving back, especially during a time when the only expectation of him was to get well.”    

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. A special trophy and certificate are presented to each student winner.


Published on December 5, 2013 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools (December 1 – 7, 2013)

**Nov. 29 Event – High School Students to Showcase Gingerbread Creations
For the third year in a row, CCS’ Culinary and Foods II students will get to ‘show off’ gingerbread house-building skills at the Annual Scholastic Gingerbread House Competition on Friday, November 29 from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Sky View Room, located at 121 Hay Street. The competition, which is sponsored by H & H Homes, is a part of A Dickens Holiday festival presented by The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County and the Downtown Alliance. The public will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Award winner by donating $1 toward their favorite school’s display. Last year, more than 3,100 festival goers viewed the students’ gingerbread masterpieces. For more information, contact CCS’ Career and Technical Education Coordinator Carson Phipps at 910.678.2556.

School Board Committee Meetings
Members of the Cumberland County Board of Education will conduct the following committee meetings on Tuesday, December 3 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room:  Auxiliary Services, Student Services/Activities, Budget/Finance and Policy/Student Assignment.

High School Students ‘Making Beautiful Music’
The top high school band students from across the county will perform in the CCS’ 2013 All-County Band Concert on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.  The performance will be held in Reeves Auditorium on the campus of Methodist University. To prepare for the concert, the students will participate in a two-day clinic (Dec. 2 & 3). This year’s clinicians are Robert Hunter, the Director of Bands at William G. Enloe High School (Raleigh, NC), and Donovan V. Wells, the Director of College Bands at Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL).

 Technology Students + Dated Computers = Holiday Cheer for Families in Need
About 100 Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) students from Pine Forest and Gray’s Creek high schools are volunteering their time and effort to help refurbish dated computers from various schools that will be distributed to the homes of students who may be unable to afford one. The first-ever Computer Refurbishment Day takes place Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the school system’s Operations Warehouse, located at 810 Gillespie Street. The students, assisted by CCS’ Technicians, will process more than 100 computers through about five stations before they are packaged and picked up by families (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) in time for the holidays.  


Published on November 27, 2013 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Technology Students + Dated Computers = Holiday Cheer for Families in Need

FAYETTEVILLE, NC — About 100 students from two Cumberland County high schools will be  joining forces to give dated computers ‘a facelift’ for area families in need in time for the holidays.

Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) students from Pine Forest and Gray’s Creek high schools are volunteering their time and effort to help refurbish dated computers from various schools that will be distributed to the homes of students who may be unable to afford a computer.

The two groups of AOIT students, who take hardware and software computer classes daily, along with CCS’ Technicians and area business partners will gather in the school system’s Operations Warehouse, located at 810 Gillespie Street, on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for the school system’s first-ever Computer Refurbishment Day.  

During the effort, the students will work on the computers by processing them through the following stations: triage, cleaning, computer breakdown, computer repair, reimaging, and packaging.  

Families, who will be identified by the school system’s Social Work Office, will arrive from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Warehouse to pick up their refurbished computer, but will have to take an on-site class in basic internet safety.  Boy Scout Troop 742 from Hope Mills will be on hand to help the families carry their ‘new’ computers to their vehicles. By the day’s end, organizers hope that a minimum of 100 machines will be distributed.

“This project is extremely important because we have to focus on providing students with the necessary tools to be successful,” said Kevin Coleman, executive director of CCS’ Technology Department. “The world we live in is becoming more and more dependent on technology. If we can help students have access to technological devices and digital connectivity after school hours, as well as during the normal school day, they will certainly be better prepared for success.” 

Organizers of the event said that plans are to make Computer Refurbishment Day an annual event.     

The Cumberland County School (CCS) system is the fifth largest school district in North Carolina and the 78th largest in the nation. The system serves more than 52,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th in 86 schools. The federal government is the largest employer in the county, followed by the CCS. More than 11,500 (21.9 percent) CCS’ students are military connected. The CCS serves a very diverse student population with students from more than 44 different countries. More than 80 different native languages are spoken by students in the CCS. Located in southeastern North Carolina, Cumberland County has a mix of urban and suburban characteristics. For more information about the Cumberland County Schools, visit


Published on November 22, 2013 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools — Week of November 24, 2013

**Nov. 22 Event – Golden Knights to Jump into State Football Playoff Game
To celebrate Douglas Byrd High School’s (DBHS) advancement to the 2nd Round State Football Playoff Game, the U.S. Army Golden Knights 2013 Premier Parachute Team will jump into the game on Friday, November 22 at 7:15 p.m. The Golden Knights and DBHS Marching Band will collaborate so that the final member of the parachute team will land on the eagle in the center of the field as the band finishes the National Anthem.  For more information, e-mail DBHS Assistant Principal Troy Lindsey at

** Nov. 23 Event — Orchestral Talent in the Spotlight
The All-County High School Orchestra will be in concert on Saturday, November 23 in the auditorium at Seventy-First High School. The performance, which begins at 4:00 p.m., includes pieces of varying styles and technical difficulty that include Arietta for Strings by Norman Dello Joio, Two Pieces from Henry V by William Walton, and Symphony No. 1 by Joseph Haydn.

Giving Thanks
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Cumberland County Schools will follow the schedule below:

Wednesday, November 27
Traditional & Year-Round – Student Holiday/Required Annual Leave
Howard Health & Life Sciences, Cross Creek Early College, Cumberland International Early College & A.B. Wilkins high schools – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Thursday, November 28 – Friday, November 29
Student/Teacher Holidays

CCS’ Central Services offices will be closed from Nov. 28 – 29 as well.


Published on November 22, 2013 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Climbing for Epilepsy

Sat, November 16  9 am – 2 pm, The Climbing Place will be hosting the Epilepsy Awareness Fundraiser.

All are welcome…Mascots, food, games, raffles for great prizes and of course Climbing.

Come join the fun or maybe even volunteer for the event.

Published on November 5, 2013 by Ruth Sponsel

‘Amazing Acts of Character’ Recipients for March



Fayetteville – Each month through the school system’s character recognition program titled ‘Amazing Acts of Character,’ schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior. 

Two 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, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The honorees are as follows:

Zoe Vassillion, a first grader at Stoney Point Elementary School, was one of the elementary students chosen for the honor. According to Zoe’s teacher, Janet Beaty, and school counselor, Aliena Maples, she was recently approached by three classmates on the playground. Two of the students did not want the third student to be a part of the game Zoe was organizing. The six year old quickly ‘problem-solved’ the situation and began organizing ‘jobs’ for everyone. Beaty and Maples felt that Zoe’s ability to show kindness, friendship and fairness to all enabled the three students to play together peacefully. “Everyone felt important and no one was excluded from the game,” said Beaty and Maples. “Zoe is a wonderful student with a big heart.”

Sunnyside Elementary School Counselor Katina Bookard describes second grader Hunter Hinen as a very sweet and giving young boy. After hearing a guidance lesson about compassion from Bookard, Hunter decided that he wanted to do something to show that he understood the character trait. According to Bookard, the seven year old asked her if he could start a “Make a Child Smile” campaign where students at Sunnyside Elementary can write letters or draw pictures for children who are patients at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. The campaign will run for one week and Bookard will deliver the letters and artwork to the hospital. “Hunter was very persistent and passionate about making sure this campaign happens,” said Bookard. “He approached me three times to make sure it takes place.”

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. A special trophy and certificate are presented to each student winner.




Published on April 8, 2013 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (April 7 – 13, 2013)

Roundin’ Up CCS’ Bus Drivers

The Cumberland County Schools’ Transportation Office is sponsoring a school bus roadeo on Tuesday, April 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Crown Agri-Expo Center. Approximately 50 bus drivers will show off their bus safety skills during the competition. As participants in the road portion of the roadeo, the drivers will complete a course set up by the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles that consists of the following maneuvers: serpentine, diminishing clearance, railroad crossing, tracking, right turn, parallel parking, alley dock, and stop line. 

 Board of Education Meeting

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will begin with a public forum session and will take place in the Board Room of the Central Services Building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. During the recognition’s portion of the meeting, March’s ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ recipients will be honored.

Putting Old Cell Phones to Good Use

Members of the Cumberland County Chapter of North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals (CCC-NCAEOP) and Tymeless Creations Car Club are sponsoring a cell phone collection for HopeLine from Verizon to support victims of domestic violence. The collection drive will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at 3745 Ramsey Street in the parking lot next to Cook-Out restaurant. For additional information, call 910.489.3726.

Published on April 8, 2013 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Fayetteville, NC Expands Culture Heritage Driving Trails to Include New Book Trail

‘Literary Lanes’ is newest addition to over 750 miles of trails in America’s Hometown

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has added a new book trail to its diverse menu of Cultural Heritage Driving Trails. Available on the FACVB website, the new trail, entitled Literary Lanes, maps out libraries and book stores in Cumberland County, the epicenter of some of the richest stories in American history.

Visitors will find volumes of books re-telling Fayetteville’s rich heritage across the dozens of libraries and bookstores. Enjoying all the novels, magazines and coffee shops that make for a lazy Sunday afternoon, patrons will distinguish their favorite locations to indulge in rich volumes of history and other topics of their choice. The printable trail features local venues including BJ Exchange Used Books, City Center Gallery and Books, Family Christian Stores and The Pilgrim’s Journey among various other book stores. Promoting literacy in Cumberland County, public libraries such as Headquarters Library, Bordeaux Branch Library and Cliffdale Regional Branch Library are also highlighted.

“On our website, visitors can get full historical descriptions of each themed trail, along with addresses, descriptions and turn-by-turn directions for each site on that trail,” says John Meroski, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Each trail is unique and our list of trail options is so diverse that the toughest part is deciding which trail to tackle first. What a great way to see all our Fort Bragg communities.”

The launch of the FACVB’s new book trail this fall coincides with the ‘Nifty Ninth Year’ of the Cumberland County School System’s annual Reading Rocks! W-A-T and 5K run. The event, which takes place in downtown Fayetteville and ends near Festival Park, is one of Cumberland County’s largest events, with direct benefits to schools serving more than 53,000 children each year. Reading Rocks! W-A-T will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 9:00am. This 1.5 mile route, consisting of over 20,000 walkers has raised over $200,000 in the past, and strives to exceed previous goals to serve even more.

Both Literary Lanes and Reading Rocks! W-A-T event are community-wide efforts to advocate literacy. Through a combination of support from students, staff and parents from all 87 schools in Cumberland County, the walk-a-thon and 5K Run serve to generate an appreciation of learning. Embracing a lifelong love for reading, Reading Rocks! W-A-T is one of the main reasons Fayetteville and Fort Bragg have been chosen as one of America’s 1100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Prime Alliance.


“We strive to bring the community together at all levels with the focus on schools and benefiting the students. Education staff, parent-teacher associations, student groups, churches, non-profits and individual volunteers have donated time and money to Reading Rocks! W-A-T We hope that our new driving trail, Literary Lanes, in combination with Reading Rocks! will raise awareness of the importance of reading,” said Meroski.

To learn more or for information about how to get involved with Reading Rocks! W-A-T click here.

Published on October 15, 2012 by Rachel Wells

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