Hey, Lee County! Join us on Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. for the WB Wicker Elementary School Dedication Ceremony to honor the school's namesake. Hope to see you there!
On the last Thursday of every month, it's We Choose Kindness Day at JR Ingram, Jr Elementary School. Students and staff wear blue and participate in a variety of kindness activities, which started a couple years ago as a way to help students remember to always choose kindness in their words, thoughts and actions. During last Thursday's We Choose Kindness Day, Ingram decided to treat first responders and those that have or are serving in the armed forces for all that they do every day.
The staff at B.T. Bullock Elementary is somewhat used to celebrations. Principal Stefanie Clarke, after all, makes them a part of the school's regular staff meetings. “We always lead staff meetings with staff celebrations inside and outside the classroom. It includes anything from a child meeting their behavior goal to the announcement of an engagement,” Clarke said. “(Monday) was most certainly a celebration I was not expecting." That's because on Monday, as Clarke and Assistant Principal Salvatore Cosimo led a regular staff meeting, Clarke was named the district's principal of the year.
At Broadway Elementary, play is literally a part of the curriculum. And we don't mean recess. For 45 minutes each week, every second through fifth grader visits Emma Smith's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classroom at the school, and while the activities they undertake there look a lot like play, the kids are also busy learning – even if they don't realize it.
Lee Early College students in the Central Carolina Community College Phi Beta Lambda Chapter participated in the National Leadership Conference this summer in Texas. During the June 23-27 San Antonio, Texas conference, the CCCC PBL Chapter received national recognition with the following honors: Gold Seal, Gold Star, The Leadership Legacy Award and Career and Membership Achievement Program Outstanding Chapter.
Lee County has yet to produce a United States Supreme Court justice, but Mackenzie Roche is aiming to change that. At 17, the senior at Lee Early College already has her eyes on studying political science and public policy in college and then attending law school to become a civil rights attorney. “The dream is the Supreme Court one day,” she said. “When I took civics (at LEC), I found a passion for wanting to make the world a better place through being involved.”
W.B. Wicker first graders got to meet the community helpers they have been learning about in class — from firefighters to dental hygienists to sheriff's deputies.
As recently as a few years ago, Morgan Carlyle never really expected that she'd be a teacher. When that changed, she figured she'd teach either at the elementary or high school level. Definitely not middle school. When that changed, she dove right in. A little more than a year later, another thing Carlyle never expected happened: She was named Lee County Schools' beginning teacher of the year.