KCS part of statewide celebration of public schools

KCS part of statewide celebration of public schools
Posted on 03/17/2015
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North Carolina public education is celebrating 175 years of excellence, and Kannapolis City Schools is playing a big part in the statewide event to mark the anniversary. North Carolina’s first public school opened in 1840, and a special ceremony will be held March 19 to commemorate the anniversary. The event will celebrate the strong history of North Carolina public schools and the tremendous impact public education has had on the state’s economy and success. Staff, students, and alumni from Kannapolis City Schools will be part of the ceremony, which will be attended by the Governor, legislators, and hundreds of people from all over North Carolina. The ceremony can be viewed live from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 by clicking here.


The ceremony will include a segment by A.L. Brown graduate Clarence Horton. Horton is a retired judge and noted historian who will give a visual history of North Carolina public education and show how our state’s schools have adapted to the changing economy. The segment was produced and edited by Kannapolis City Schools’ Director of Community Relations, Ellen Boyd, and A.L. Brown Digital Technology teacher, Jonathan Greene. Boyd and Greene also helped develop segments that will appear throughout the ceremony that feature prominent graduates of North Carolina public schools. The segments include appearances by A.L. Brown graduates Bob and Carolyn Tucker, Dr. Mike Morton, and Elizabeth Safrit. Bob and Carolyn Tucker are the founders of Shoe Show, Inc.; Dr. Mike Morton is a Morehead Scholar, dentist, and a Super Bowl champion (1999 St. Louis Rams), and Elizabeth Safrit is the current Miss North Carolina, Miss United States, and Miss World Americas.


A.L. Brown High School freshman, Samuel Jijon-Bacillio, also will be featured as part of the program. He will represent North Carolina students as he talks about how public schools have prepared him to pursue his dream of becoming a chef and owning his own business. As a part of Kannapolis City Schools and public education, Samuel can enroll in the Culinary Arts program at A.L. Brown and join the Future Business Leaders of America Club. He also can compete in Public Speaking events at A.L. Brown and throughout the state. After Samuel graduates, he plans to attend Johnson and Wales University to become a chef and own his own business.


Samuel’s story illustrates the theme of public education in North Carolina: Public schools are every child’s chance and every community’s future. The North Carolina Association of School Administrators and the North Carolina School Public Relations Association created the slogan as part of a statewide initiative to increase support and respect for public schools. The campaign has been led by a committee of educators and business leaders from across North Carolina, including Ellen Boyd of Kannapolis City Schools. The campaign includes a website, www.everychildschancenc.org, which has more information about the March 19th anniversary celebration and additional resources to promote North Carolina public education.




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