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From Desk of ACS Supt. David Burleson: Welcome Back Students, Successful Bash

By ACS Supt. David Burleson

Supt. Burleson
Supt. Burleson

On Monday, Aug. 17, the Avery County Schools welcomed over 2,100 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 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 second annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, Aug. 1. This event was far reaching and offered tremendous support and encouragement to our students and families. The Back to School Bash held at Linville Land Harbor was a true blessing and affirmed how our county cares so abundantly for its children. Saturday 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 six 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 Mrs. Michelle Trivett, Activities Director at Land Harbor, Betty Miles, Patricia Shook, Libby Wise and Kathy Benfield for all their hard work and effort to put this together. We also extend special appreciation to David Vance and Mark Phillips at Land Harbor for supplying the technical assistance, traffic control, and for putting all of our safety information together.

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 Marching Band
AHS Wrestling Club
American Red Cross
Appalachian Healthcare System
Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church
Avery County EMSAvery County Four H
Avery County Health Department
Avery Journal TimesAvery PostAvery Sheriff’s Department
Banner Elk Presbyterian Church
Big Meadows Baptist Church
Boy Scouts of America
Buster the School Bus
Covenanat Presbyterian
Cranberry Baptist Church
Crossnore Fire Department
Crossnore Presbyterian Church
Cynthia Dean’s Salon
Finding Solace Hygiene Pantry
Fletcher Presbyterian Church
Friends of Beech Outreach,Inc
Gideon Assoc.
Grandfather Mtn. Wildlife
Hunters Helping Kids
Jodie Lea’s Salon
Land Harbor Ballroom Dance Group
Land Harbor Ladies Golf Association
Land Harbor Shuffle Board
Lees McRae
Land Harbor Club
Land Harbor Property Owners Assoc.
LLH Saturday Night Dance
Mission Children’s Hospital Tooth Bus
Mountain Run Properties
Mr.& Ms. Richard Crews&Church Family
Newland Presbyterian Church
Pineola Baptist Church
Powdermill Baptist Church
Roaring Creek Baptist Church
Roaring Creek Freewill Baptist Church
Sugar Mountain Resort
The Salon at Banner ElkWECR
Libby Gragg
Lana Pittman
Gina Aldridge
Ginny Braswell
Tammy Woodie
School Nurses (Twila, Dawn, Andrea)
Ruth Shirley
Justin Carver
Ginger Sparks
Patti Franklin
Wendy FarthingSheriff Kevin Frye
Renee Banner
Angela Vitale
Shannon Silver
Dr. Jamie Johnson
Dennis Brown
Denise Powell
Jason Phelps
Teresa Taylor
Libby Wise
Bev Baird
Patricia Shook

Susan Johnson
Major Randall MatneySgt. Dean FranklinPhillip Greene
Dee RabyWill Freeman
Derrick CallowayKatie French Calloway
Mr. WittmanMr. Marks
Carmen Lacey
Lee ThompsonJoelle Calhoun
Vivian GreeneBertie Burleson
Jamie Shell
Ruffin Ayers
Linda King
Dean Gibbs
Cynthia, Tammy & Pam (Cynthia’s Salon)
Kelly and Ricky Ward
Brian Barnes
Frank VancePaul Bentley
Mickey Short
Kim Buchanan
Jodie Lee
Betty Mills
Michelle Trivett
Mark Phillips
Mike Simpson
James & Olivia Bland
Salem Shannon
Shawn Henderson
Kim Avery
Janet Millsaps
Katie Benfield
John & Lucille Kremer
ED & WO Sweeney
Henry & Joan Rullman
Perry & Lois Dunbar
John and Yadira Vega
Joe & Lisa Samuel
Merle & Ruth Unks
Robert & Diana Reichenbach
Adele Singletary
Susan Crawford
SC & DC Laffrey
John Charles Wofford
Dr. James Vinson
Virginia Taylor
Gail Bunn
Ralph Peppers
Emily Greer
Sonia Ivey
Edwina SluderBobbie Willard

Please mark your calendars for the 2016 Back to School Bash, tentatively set for Saturday, Aug. 6. We hope that we can grow the event and include even more community stakeholders. Interested persons may contact Libby Wise at libbywise@averyschools.net or me at davidburleson@averyschools.net.

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 on child at a time.’


David Burleson, Superintendent