September 25, 2017

Buncombe County Schools
Week in Review

Leland Blankenship

Jets Celebrate their Principal of the Year
Enka Middle School principal Leland Blankenship has been named the BCS 2018 Principal of the Year, but he says the school's teachers and staff share the credit.

“I feel like it needs to be considered a team award,” he said. “Our teachers are extremely talented and dedicated. It’s a good feeling that people realize how hard we’re working here. It’s heartwarming and touching.”

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Homework Hotspots
Thanks to a grant from Sprint’s 1 Million Project, BCS high school students who don’t have home Internet access can get a “Homework Hotspot” from their school, which allows their school-issued device to connect to the Sprint network.

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Bus Ridership Week: September 25-29
Each year the state determines transportation funding for school districts by how many students ride the bus both to and from school. Fonda Durner, Director of Transportation for Buncombe County Schools, says, “If a child is going to ride a school bus any time during the school year, it is very important that he or she ride the bus as many days possible during the week of the count.”

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Glen Arden's Award-Winning Conservationist
Kids and teachers care about the environment at Glen Arden Elementary School! Librarian Lee Ann Smith, with the help of several Glen Arden teachers and Asheville GreenWorks, started Eco Readers, a club for elementary students who love to read and are interested in caring for the environment.

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Thanks to Teachers: Antonio Kling, Haw Creek Elementary
"At Haw Creek Elementary School, story time in Antonio Kling's kindergarten class is very entertaining. Kling reads the children a story about a bunny rabbit that would not listen. As he reads, every character in the story has a different voice. Kling's facial expressions and animated movements have the children's complete attention." (WLOS)

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Hurricane Relief for Pets

Recent hurricane activity has affected many families around the country, including the smallest members of these families: pets. Here are a few pictures of Haw Creek Elementary's impressive effort to collect pet food last week.

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Growing Minds & Nutritious Foods

Emma Elementary School’s Project Learning Garden, the first of its kind in North Carolina, is growing minds along with nutritious food with the help of Dole Packaged Foods, the Captain Planet Foundation, and Ingles Markets! View our story below, and be sure to check out WLOS' news feature about these innovative students, as well!

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The Graduation Issue
If you missed this summer's issue of the BCS Advantage Magazine, take a moment to meet some of our recent grads, as well as read about the hopes and dreams of younger students just starting their educational journey. Keep an eye out for upcoming fall edition and view all past issues at!

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The Buncombe County Schools Week in Review highlights some of the important stories making news in our districts and schools each week. When sharing about your BCS school or event on social media, be sure to use #BCS! The Week in Review is created and maintained by the Communications Department:

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Director of Communications

Benjamin Rickert
Assistant Director of Communications

Timothy Reaves
Digital Communications Specialist


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