To the Editor:
On Monday, August 22, the Avery County Schools welcomed over 2,000 students back for another exciting school year. Much hard work went into having our schools prepared for the students to enter their schools, and I want to thank all those who put forth that effort in dedicated service to our students. As always, when starting a new year, there are adjustments to be made in perfecting bus routes, cafeteria schedules, student schedules, and other various issues. We appreciate your patience as we strive to resolve these issues in ways that will best serve our students.
In addition to a great start of a new year, our community was able to participate in the third annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 13. This event was far reaching and offered tremendous support and encouragement to our students and families. The Back to School Bash was a true blessing and affirmed how our county cares so abundantly for its children. This program emphasized clearly how much Avery County values our young people and how much they support our school system. No one could possibly place a value on what this event meant in the lives of these students, both monetarily and emotionally.
From the churches that donated money, supplies, and materials, to the community organizations that showed up to distribute materials—“Thank you”. Over seven hundred of our Avery County Schools’ students along with family members came out for a day of fun, excitement, information, and great fellowship. A very special thank you goes out to Betty Miles, Libby Wise, Bev Baird and Kathy Benfield for all their hard work and effort to put this together. We also extend special appreciation to the Avery High ROTC under the direction of Maj. Randel Matney, the Avery County Schools Maintenance Department, the Avery High School Custodians and all our volunteers and donors.
There were many groups and individuals who assisted and supported our Back to School Bash; and I want to express my deepest gratitude for those contributions. If you were a part of this important event and do not find your name on the following list, please let us know so that we can appropriately tell you so. (I apologize ahead of time for any omissions.) Again, thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students!
|AHS Booster Club|
|AHS JROTC/Randel Matney|
|AHS Marching Band
AHS Basketball Team/Coach Scott Grubb
Appalachian Regional Healthcare Systems
Avery County Health Department/Vivian Greene
Charles & Anna Baker
Banner Elk Presbyterian Church/Field Russell
Town of Beech Mountain
Gerald & Bonye Bowman
Buckeye Recreation Center
Carolina West Wireless/Doug Gragg
Carolina Wood Fence Co., Inc.
The Center for Bodywork, Inc./Deborah J. Stewart
Martin & Florence Conroy
Cranberry Baptist Chruch
Crossnore First Baptist Church/Baptist Women’s Group
Crossnore Presbyterian Church
Richard & Diane Cunningham
Donna Duncan Insurance Services
Dr Grace Aten
Fletcher Presbyterian Church
Will & Amy Fox
Mr. & Mrs. Fred France
Gouge & Greene, Inc
Tim & Vickie Greene
Richard & Dawn Honeycutt
Jonas Ridge United Methodist Church
Major Randel Matney
Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk
Land Harbor Ballroom Dance Group
Land Harbor Shuffleboard Club
Linville Resorts/John Blackburn
Rev. Michael McKee
Mike and Judy Lilly
Mountain Heritage Systems
Mountainside Lutheran Church
Newland Presbyterian Church
Oak Grove Baptist Church/Ron Greene
Jon & Gail Patterson
Pineola Baptist Church
Powder Mill Baptist Church/Michael Burnop
R & J Investments of Eden, LLC
Bruce & Barbara Roesner
Henry & Joann Rullman
Saturday Night Dance
State Employees Credit Union
Sugar Mountain Resort
Dr. William Tate II
Town of Beech Mtn. Parks & Rec. Dept
United Community Bank
Merle & Ruth Unks
Michael & Maureen Welling
John & Judy Wofford
Please mark your calendars for the 2017 Back to School Bash, tentatively set for Saturday, August 6. We hope that we can grow the event and include even more community stakeholders. Interested persons may contact Libby Wise at [email protected] or me at [email protected].
As I have stated many times, our schools are stronger because of your support and participation. Remember that we are here to assist you or answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to give us a call at (828) 733 – 6006 or visit www.averyschools.net.
‘Together, we can build bright futures one child at a time.’
David Burleson, Superintendent
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