Iredell Crosby Scholars Newsletter

Winter 2016

What's Been Going On?

Since early November here are some of the activities:

  • Four academies for 9th and 10th graders
  • Finished welcome meetings at 23 locations
  • Held 8 high school grade advisor meetings
  • Presented at Mooresville, Statesville, and Troutman Libraries
  • Held 2 community service events
  • Have tallied almost 1000 community service hours for more than 200 scholars

Crosby Scholars Values Community Service

  • As of mid-February, 201 Iredell County Crosby Scholars have completed (with forms submitted) a total of 978.8 hours of community service!
  • All Crosby Scholars are required to complete a minimum of 2 community service hours each year, but many are going above and beyond this minimum requirement.
  • Scholars have submitted forms showing they've helped at a variety of locations such as the Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville, the Mooresville Soup Kitchen, the Teen Court Program, the V-Point Ruritan Club, the Stepping Stones Child Development Center, and Rescue Ranch.
  • Many have given their time to the Iredell County Crosby Scholars Program by helping out with the grade level academies, writing cards for veterans, and even lending their social media expertise by serving on a social media committee.
  • The deadline for all Crosby Scholars to submit their community service hours for the 2015-2016 year is Friday, April 15, 2016. Note: Early forms are welcome!

Crosby Scholar Spotlight Student: Rosalyn Wilkinson

Rosalyn's Bears for Soldiers Project

One Crosby Scholar from West Iredell High School, has initiated a project and is seeking help from the community to bring it to life. Here’s her story.

My name is Rosalyn Wilkinson, and I’m a sophomore at West Iredell High School. I’m here to tell you about Bears for Soldiers or BFS. BFS is the product of conversations with several teachers and the JROTC department who knew my passion for helping others. The excitement began!

First Sergeant said that the children native to the area where soldiers are stationed really enjoy soccer balls and basketballs. If they were deflated, the soldiers could blow them up and send them out for the kids. There was only one problem with the soccer balls, when they get deflated the children would have no way to pump air back into them. A beanie baby can be for both boys and girls, which is why a beanie baby is better for the children. Since I got their approval, I then went to our principal, Mr. Palmer, to ask if we could do this project. Mr. Palmer agreed. So with that, my mom and I got to work, calling business owners and making posters.

The goal for BFS is to help soldiers gain the trust of the children and adults. If the children see that the soldiers are good guys, it can help save lives. There is a simple trust bond made over a stuffed animal. If a dangerous situation is happening, then there won’t be any children around. This can serve as a warning to the soldiers. Proverbs 3:27 says this: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” We have the power to help the children; let’s take advantage of that.

Through this, I learned that this wasn’t just about me and a scholarship. It is about helping more people than just myself. I am a small dot, but I want to make a big difference in someone’s life. If you would like to donate a small beanie baby or small stuffed animal that would be great. Donations can be new or used, but not abused.

If you would like to know about the drop-off locations please check out This website will have participating businesses, churches and offices up soon. With everyone’s help we can make a difference.

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Exciting Scholarship News!

Thanks to Opportunities to Others and Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Iredell County Crosby Scholars already has $35,000 to invest for scholarship dollars in the future. Details will be announced in time for our first class of Crosby Scholar seniors (2018) to apply!

Crosby Requirements Completed to Date

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Board Member Bio

Dorothy Woodard, Board Vice Chair

Ms. Woodard graduated from Unity High School and went on to Livingstone College where she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Dorothy then went to Philadelphia to complete a Master of Education Degree at Temple University. After spending several years teaching mathematics and a year working as a pension analyst, she returned to higher education again to complete coursework in school administration and curriculum and instruction. She was awarded her Educational Specialist Degree in 1991 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Until her retirement, Dorothy worked as a school administrator in Salisbury, Statesville, and Newton, NC.

Although she's technically retired, Dorothy keeps very busy with many community activities. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Mitchell Community College, the Boards of Directors for the Foundation of the Carolinas and the United Way. She is active and has held various offices at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and the Statesville Branch of the NAACP. She has served as a volunteer for Hospice of Iredell County, Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen, and the United Negro College Fund in Rowan and Iredell Counties.

She loves to do sukoku and crossword puzzles when she is not working out or traveling.

Dorothy's years of educational experience and her work with non-profit organizations make her a valuable asset to Crosby's Board of Directors.

The Iredell County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership

Iredell County Crosby Scholars strives to serve all public middle and high school students in Iredell County by offering free programs and activities to help students prepare personally, academically, and financially for the post-secondary education program of their choice.