Local youth joins efforts to save Bain School

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.12.31 PMAt the September 11 Board of Commissioners meeting, Connor Fohr was presented with a certificate of recognition from Commissioner Tina Ross.

“I want to recognize Connor for his efforts in saving the Bain School,” said Ross.

Connor’s mother said that nostalgia contributed to Connor’s decision to help the Bain Restoration Committee

“He was one of the last classes to actually use the building for instruction,” said Denise Fohr, “He wanted to help because the school is an important part of Bain and Mint Hill history.”

“I think the building is an

important part of Bain Elementary and CMS history since it was the first CMS [Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools] school. I wanted to do something to make sure the building wasn’t destroyed,” Connor said, “After talking to Council- woman Ross, I liked the plans for the performance center and think it is a good addition to Mint Hill.”

The original Bain School was built in 1889 and was the first graded and preparatory school in Mecklenburg County. The school closed around 9 years ago when it was condemned for struc- tural issues.

Connor is a seventh grade student at Mint Hill Middle School and a member of Troop 159 in Windrow.

While in fifth grade, Connor read about efforts to save Bain Academy during a current events assignment.

Connor wanted to do something to help and talked with then Bain Principal John LeGrand and together they decided a bake sale would be a suitable way to raise funds for a contribution to the restoration project.

Last spring, Connor and two other classmates, Sophia Ternes and Kayla Salguedo, held a bake sale and raised about $131.25 which was donated to the restoration project.

“We are both very proud of Connor for everything he does,” said Denise Fohr, “Connor is a very

thoughtful young man and always wants to help others. It is because of his desire to make that contribution that we are still involved in the restoration committee and the wonderful group that keeps it going.”

Connor said that his future goals included traveling the globe to provide health care to underprivileged people.Connor said that it was an “honor” to be recognized by the Town for his contribution. He also said that he is helping with an upcoming All Class Bain Reunion in November.

“I will continue to help the committee anyway I can,” he said.






Historic Bain School Dinner & Silent Auction at Pine Lake Promises Entertaining Evening

Can you imagine being the owner of an original barn painting by Mint Hill artist Larry Ferguson?   Or a drawing of Dennis the Menace by Marcus Hamilton?   Would you enjoy dining on Angus steaks from DD’s Farms in Mint Hill?  How about an exquisite floral arrangement by Abbey Rose Florist?  A two-night getaway in Historic Charleston?   A few gift certificates from local businesses?

If the answer is Yes, plan to attend the Historic Bain School Dinner & Silent Auction at Pine Lake Country Club in Mint Hill on Thursday, May 29.  Individual tickets are $50; table sponsorships. $500.  The ticket price includes food and beverage valued at $25, resulting in a tax-deductible gift of $25. Reservations are due May 25. Continue reading


Historic Bain Spring Fundraiser Set for April 5

The Historic Bain Restoration Committee will hold a spring fundraiser on Saturday, April 5, in the Kerr Building, Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, 11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill.

Visitors are invited to shop for attic treasures, books, garden plants, and food items at the Bain School Village between 9 am and 5 pm.  Featured village shops include Uncle Harley’s General Store, Miss Bertie’s Dress Shop, Bain Garden Shop, Antiques & Second-Hand Shop, and the Community Book Store. Organizers of the event are looking for new and used furniture, clothing, books, and other items to sell at the event. Continue reading


Bain recipient of field to fork garden

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Fuel Pizza Garden

Students at Rama Road worked with their teacher to grow vegetables and herbs used to make a healthy pizza last spring. Bain Elementary School has been awarded a Field to Fork pizza garden for the spring of 2014. Basil, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers are some of the vegetables that will be grown at the school located on Bain School Road.

Kids love to play in the dirt.

Kids also love pizza.

Organizers of a local gardening project are banking on this combination to give kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and herbs to make a pizza.

Fuel Pizza Café of Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, and LandSculptors, LLC to bring “Field to Fork” Pizza Gardens to fifteen elementary schools, including Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill.

Working with their teachers, selected students will plan, grow, and harvest their own vegetable garden. After harvesting the produce, they will take a field trip to FUEL Pizza where they will be taught how to use their own vegetables to make whole wheat vegetarian pizza.

The idea behind the project is to get children excited about eating vegetables they wouldn’t normally eat by fostering a personal connection to the gardens they tend. Continue reading


LeGrand named Principal of the Year for the East Learning Community

Bain Elementary School principal John LeGrand with wife Beth and children Michael and Frannie pose in front of the congratulatory banner that was presented to him by East Learning Com- munity Tonya Kales. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Bain Elementary School principal John LeGrand with wife Beth and children Michael and Frannie pose in front of the congratulatory banner that was presented to him by East Learning Com- munity Tonya Kales. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Bain ElementarySchool principal John LeGrand was named Principal of the Year for the East Learning Community at a surprise ceremony in the school’s cafeteria on Thursday, September 12.East Learning Community Superintendent Tonya Kales presented the award.

Several area principals and administrators attended the brief ceremony to show their support. LeGrand’s wife and children, as well as his parents and step-mother were also in attendance.
LeGrand began his career in CMS as a teacher at Mint Hill Middle from 2003-2005 before becoming an Assistant Principal at JM Alexander Middle School in Huntersville from 2005-2006. From 2006-2008 he was an assistant principal at Independence High School, moving to Bain as an assistant principal in 2008 before becoming Principal in 2010.  Continue reading