Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of ..... Kathy Amos

June 5, 2020

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A big WOW and THANKS! to the incredible administration and staff at MHHS in creating the "Class of 2020" field art on the west end of town. What a monumental task!!

A special Thanks to the McIntosh Family for the use of their beautiful hillside!

Breathtaking photos by Tim Foxx ...

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Thank you, Yancey County, for your generosity to our Graduates.

The Class of 2020 will forever be remembered for many things - one of the most important memories will be how Yancey County has come together in unity and love for these young people during such unsettled times.

Yancey County has certainly shown how to #bethegood!!

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Schools Awarded Farm-to-School Rapid Response Funding

Yancey County is one of eighteen North Carolina school districts recently awarded Farm-to-School Rapid Response funding by the Farm to School Coalition of North Carolina. The funding addresses both the urgent needs and long-term capacity of districts to increase skills, knowledge, and connection to local foods among school children and their families.

YCS will use the funding for infrastructure and educational programming at Mountain Heritage’s school farm. This summer, small groups of students will install irrigation and fencing at the farm as well as plant and harvest a small number of crops. In the fall, the grant will pay for equipment and supplies for an outdoor, COVID-conscious canning class so students can learn to preserve the produce that they grew.

The following public school districts were awarded $4,000 each in Farm-to-School Rapid Response funding: Alexander, Avery, Brunswick, Buncombe, Caldwell, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham, Franklin, Halifax, Jackson, Lenoir, Orange, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, Pender, Richmond, Rockingham, Transylvania, and Yancey.

The Farm to School Coalition of North Carolina believes that connecting farms with schools is an important contribution to the health and well-being of our kids and our communities. The Coalition brings together several stakeholders to expand and strengthen farm-to-school initiatives across the state. It is led by partner agencies such as the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at N.C. State University, N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Cooperative Extension and many others.

Funding for this grant is provided with support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina. More information on the Coalition and the Farm-to-School Rapid Response Funding may be found on the Coalition’s website and on the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ webpage

... LOOKING AHEAD ...

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