Hypnosis Comedy Show at WHS to Support Bethel School Media Center on April 30

Published Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:18 am

By Jessica Isaacs | jessica@highcountrypress.com

Head to Watauga High on April 30 for some good, clean family fun at a comedy stage show featuring hypnotist Cheryl Q! Tickets are on sale for $10 or less per person, and all proceeds will benefit the media center at Bethel Elementary School.

Tucked away in the hills of Sugar Grove, Bethel is one of the smallest schools in the Watauga County system and sits at the heart of a quiet, rural community. It serves approximately 170 students in kindergarten through eighth grades, with just one classroom per grade level.

Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

“I came from very large schools in Winston-Salem with over 1,000 students in the middle schools alone,” said John Downs, instructional technology facilitator for Bethel and Mabel schools. “When I arrived at Bethel, I immediately saw how tight-knit the community is here and how important the school was in this setting.

“The school is a centerpiece of the community and many activities around it. The same can be said for the media center. It also is a centerpiece of activity and learning, and so much goes on here in addition to reading books.”

Bethel School’s Media Center

Media Coordinator Jnanama Ishaya, known to her students as “Ms. Jay,” said Bethel’s media center is so much more than a library.

“We are encouraging the youth of our community to develop an engineering mindset: a will-do attitude that asks, ‘How can I make this happen?’” Ishaya said. “Our students are actively engaged in innovative activities that challenge them to create, to do, to learn, to explore.”

Bethel’s media center is the only one in the county to offer an active MinecraftEdu program and was one of the first to establish a Makerspace, an environment dedicated to creative learning and expression. It offers a Pre-K reading program for rising students and a dynamic STEM/Robotics class. Its thriving library commons, complete with computers, iPads, laptops and Makerspace materials, provides its students a chance to start the day with a morning full of exploration and creativity.

Ms. Jay Ishaya reads to students in the media center. Submitted by Bethel School.

Ms. Jay Ishaya reads to students in the media center. Submitted by Bethel School.

Ishaya said the school’s commitment to innovative media programs continues to yield positive results.

“As we show successful results with our programs, the advantages to running similar programs become evident. We’ve been involved in MinecraftEdu EdChats, for example, that have had positive impacts on other educators across the country,” she said. “One of our GearUp representatives told me that he’s used our little Bethel School’s program as an example of the positive impact on students that a Makerspace program such as ours can have.”

The school may be small, but there’s no doubt that big things are going on in the media center at Bethel. It takes a lot of work to keep those programs going, however, as well as a lot of money.

“While the state provides adequate funding to the schools, the programs we run could never be implemented without additional funding,” said Downs. “Ms. Jay has written and been awarded a number of grants that have allowed us to expand our media services, but it is an ongoing effort to maintain programs. We rely on community support to keep our programs sustained.”

That’s where you come in!

April 30 Comedy Show Fundraiser

Ready to contribute? Lucky for you, there’s a fun way to help on the horizon.

The stand-up comedian and published author known as “The Amazing Cheryl Q” will take the stage at Watauga High’s Ross Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 for a benefit performance that will support Bethel’s media center.

Tickets are on sale now at just $10 for adults and $6 for Watauga County students. Get yours at the WCS Central Office, at Bethel School, at Mabel School or at the Mast General Stores in Boone and Valle Crucis.

Need more information? Call 828-297-2210.

Watauga High is located at 300 Go Pioneers Drive in Boone.

“We love our community and our wonderful children. We’re committed to giving them the best learning experiences we possibly can through our media center and would like to expand our activities to provide even deeper and broader learning opportunities for all our students,” said Ishaya. “We’re also committed to opening the Makerspace to our community, as soon as we have the resources to do so. We’re very committed to improving and expanding our collection of books to better meet our students needs, but that, too, takes money.”

 

Students enjoy the media center. Submitted by Bethel School.

Students enjoy the media center. Submitted by Bethel School.

Students enjoy the media center. Submitted by Bethel School.

Students enjoy the media center. Submitted by Bethel School.

Students at Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Students at Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Students at Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Students at Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Students at Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Students at Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Bethel School. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

 

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