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Chasing Dreams

By Andrew Stark

Bain Elementary School third- through fifth-grade boys learned about fitness, teamwork and character in Xcel 2 Fitness, a program new to the school this year.

What do swimming noodles, cones, tennis balls, climbing ladders and a group of third- to fifth-graders have in common?

To elementary school boys involved in Xcel 2 Fitness, those are the building blocks to friendship, self-confidence, athleticism and teamwork, and they’ve been on display since Bain Elementary began its program this fall.

“They have noodles, cones and everything else out here and (outsiders) probably look at it like, ‘OK, what is this going to do for them?’” Bain instructor and physical education teacher Jake Doster said. “But if they can get together and do games and activities that are put together in a curriculum and work as a team, that’s what sports pretty much are.

“They’re running through ladders and improving their agility and working on things like that. Everything is based around fitness and developing as teammates.” […]

Group gathers to remember John Bain

A group gathered at the gravesite in Mint Hill on the anniversary of John Bain’s death on March 26, 1897.   From left to right are Carol Timblin, Seavy Bain, Marilyn Bain, Tina Ross-Duke, Tom Duke, June Hood, Marti Wyatt, and Lynnette

By |April 4th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Hugo the Hornet visits Mint Hill Bain to promote reading

By Leah Schmalz

Hugo the Hornet, the mascot for Charlotte’s newly rebranded NBA team, made a visit to Bain Elementary last Friday to invite students to join his Reading Revolution Team. Show emcee Tom Hill, who goes by stage name Justin Case, said a revolution is, “a major change in the way you think and ‘bee-have.’”

Hugo […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Graduate from Bain School reflects on school days

By Leah Schmalz

As the Bain School reunion this weekend approaches, Jim Black, a 95-year-old lifelong resident of Mint Hill and Bain graduate, remembers a particularly notable class reunion held decades ago. The school had managed to secure Clyde Hoey, the governor of North Carolina, as the guest speaker. “I don’t know how they swung that deal,” said Black. “I don’t remember a word he said.” Black does remember how worried his father was about introducing the governor. “He pulled through it okay,” he said.

Black said the reunion also involved small games like horseshoes and marbles. “I think marbles have gone out of style,” he said.

The popularity of marbles isn’t the only thing that has changed since Black attended school at Bain. Students had to play basketball on a dirt court outside before a gymnasium was built for indoor games. Classes were much smaller, with just 16 students in Black’s graduating class. Families in the community made a living growing cotton, so school was cancelled during harvest time to allow the children to help pick the crop. “It’s a terrible job, picking cotton,” said Black, who harvested his fair share.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments