Graham Middle School has formed a Student Advisory Council to give students a role in leading the school. So far, the council has tackled issues like attendance, school and district policies, dress code, student leadership and how the recent I.C.E. raids in the area have affected the Graham community. In November, the SAC held a professional development session for teachers based on "Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management." And in February, the students were invited to Graham’s City Hall, where they talked about what makes downtown a destination people want to visit. They’re currently working with Toole Design Group to help plan the future of downtown Graham, offering input on how areas like Court Square can be redesigned for a new generation.

“This was an incredible experience for students as they have been able to connect what they’ve learned in class and through their work in the Student Advisory Council with relevant, real-world experiences,” said Student Advisory Council leader Dayson Pasión.

Highland Elementary School’s Highland Hospitality recently sponsored a staff paint night with Burlington’s Painted Grape paint and craft studio. Teachers and staff members learned how to paint a canvas to look like wood, and added personal touches like the year they began teaching or information about their families. They snacked on fruits, veggies and trail mix and drank grape juice (a substitute for wine, which is typically served at Sip n’ Paint nights). Highland Hospitality is working to build relationships between its staff members outside of school, standards and assessments.

Grace Christian Academy will host “Alamance Has Talent” on May 31 and June 1, at The Lamb’s Chapel’s airport campus. Talented individuals who live within 50 miles of Alamance County are welcome to compete for $2,500, $1,000 and $500. Online applications at are open from now until Tuesday, April 30. The top 48 contestants will perform in the elimination round on Saturday, May 4. The final 12 contestants will perform in front of a live audience on May 31 and June 1.

Alamance-Burlington middle school students will participate in the 24th annual Junior Police Academy from July 1 to July 26. Each year, local police select youth from the seven ABSS middle schools and train them for four weeks about how to be a productive member of the community and beyond. These local departments are currently seeking community donations to support the program, which is free for students. It costs roughly $450 to support one cadet, so any donation is appreciated. For more information or to learn how you can donate to the program, contact Officer Mike Paschal at 336-202-7183.

Cummings High School media coordinator Thomas Wall and Theater Arts Teacher Nathan Taylor collaborated to create a lesson on setting poetry to music for National Poetry Month. Students gathered in the media center, brainstormed ideas for poems, wrote them and performed them to a song — played by Taylor on the piano — for their peers.


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