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State of Education in Cumberland County
Published by Flora McLain on January 17, 2020
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Slide image of blue area captioned State of Education in Cumberland County with registration link below stating to register at bit.ly/stateofeducation2020 with date of Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. and location of J.W. Seabrook Auditorium FSU Campus at 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301 in red and blue lettering with white background and sponsors of Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Methodist University in red and blue lettering with a yellow background

        
Men of Promise receive a donation
Published by Flora McLain on January 17, 2020
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The Men of Promise received a donation in honor of Mr. Melvin Nelson.The Westarea Elementary Men of Promise received a donation in honor of Mr. Melvin Nelson from the Fayetteville Graduate Chapter of the Panhellenic Council. Mr. Nelson had volunteered as a mentor for several years prior to his passing. Lead Mentor, Mr. David Hollingsworth, and Westarea Elementary principal, Dr. Zakiyyah Backman, received the donation from Mr. Howard Lattimore, representing the Panhellenic Council. The Men of Promise is a mentoring group for boys in grades 3-5. The program aims to motivate young men to navigate towards success, to make better life-long decisions, and to become productive members of society.

        
Energy Conservation and Poster Contest Winners
Published by Flora McLain on January 7, 2020
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Photo of the Energy Conservation Art Contest winners with Dr. Backman and Mr. WhidbyRecently, Westarea Elementary students swept the Energy Conservation & Poster Contest sponsored by Cumberland County Schools. Dorian M., Genesis F. and Stormis J. placed in first, second and third respectively and were awarded monetary prizes. Abdiel E. and Madison H. received honorable mentions. Mr. Whidby, CCS Direcctor of Operations & Planning, presented the awards to the students. Westarea Elementary Art teacher, Sylvia Caldwell, said “We are so proud of the great job all of our students did for the conservation project. These students went above and beyond.”
        
Bright Ideas Grant
Published by Flora McLain on December 5, 2019
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Photo of Ms. Caldwell and Dr. Backman with the NC State mascotRecently, Ms. Caldwell was awarded a Bright Ideas grant. Funded by North Carolina’s electric co-ops, these education grants allow K-12 teachers across the state to implement innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Ms. Caldwell will use this grant to implement the Faces of Diversity research project for selected Westarea Elementary grade levels. Students will collaborate in a group to select and research a current political figure.  Students will present their learning two ways, digitally via a Google Slides Show and concretely via a sculpture of their chosen political figure.