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Clear Creek Elementary art teacher David McGee displays some of the Fundred Dollar Bills his students created in class. McGee’s students are involved in a country-wide initiative to bring aware- ness to the dangers and prevalence of lead poisoning in children.

Clear Creek Elementary art teacher David McGee has been working with his students to discover how art can be used to raise awareness about social issues. They are preparing their own representations of $100 bills in order to alert government officials to the dangers of lead poisoning.

Unseen lead contamination in both residential and working environments puts hundreds of thousands of children and adults at risk each year. The industrial use of lead has been limited since the 1970s, but residual lead dust, primarily from gasoline and paint, often remains in homes, yards, parks, and playing fields.

Additionally, experts warn that vinyl mini-blinds, hobby materials such as fishing weights or brass items, and old unsealed bathtubs can be additional sources of lead exposure.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 1.59.01 PMAlthough adults can be affected by lead poisoning, the danger to children is the greatest. Prolonged exposure to lead can af- fect brain development and cause learning dis- abilities. Other consequences include lowered IQ, behavior and attention problems, hearing damage, nervous system and kidney damage. Continue reading

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Bain Daze first steps to saving historic school

Bain Daze

Ladies of all ages participated in the Victorian hat contest. Margaret Cochran, second from right, wore the winning hat, designed by Abbey Rose Floral Artistry, who was also a sponsor of the event.

The first ever Bain Daze was held at Mint Hill Park on Fairview on Saturday, September 21, and young and old came out to support fund raising efforts to save the historic school building from the wrecking ball.

The school, which dates to 1889 when it was known as Bain Academy, was the first graded school and college preparatory school in Mecklenburg County.

Around 1922 the school was turned over to Mecklenburg County and it was redesigned into a two-story brick structure with a belfry. For many years its graduates would meet at the school for reunions and gatherings.  Continue reading

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UNCC’s Austin Duke visits Alma Mater

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.43 PMThe students and staff at Independence High School had a surprise on Friday, September 13 during the morning announcements. Former student and current UNCC football standout Austin Duke returned to the Big-I’s morning news broadcast to share some information about his post-secondary educational experiences as well as his role in UNCC’s inaugural football season.
“It’s a great time to be a Niner!” says Duke, who is studying business and marketing, and planning a career as a sports agent.
Duke appeared on the school’s morning news show to promote UNCC as a possibility for this year’s high school seniors. The university will have representatives on campus in the coming weeks and they are anxious to promote a different kind of campus than most students are familiar with. Continue reading
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Principal readies Bain for transition

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By Michele Dotson - Staff Writer

Finishing touches are being completed at the newly constructed Bain Elementary School in preparation for the start of school in August. The project, which cost more than $15 million and took about 18 months to complete was paid for with 2007 bond money.

The school was first slated only for upgrades, but approval for a new structure came once it was determined to be more cost effective to build from scratch.  Construction began in early spring of 2012. nths to complete was paid for with 2007 bond money.

Principal John LeGrand has spent the summer organizing the move from the adjacent building and readying the school for the return of teachers on August 19.

“I have been addressing our instructional focus, of course, but I’ve been surprised how I’ve been pulled into dealing with lots of logistics this summer.” Continue reading

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New Clear Creek principal named

The Charlotte-Meck- lenburg Board of Education appointed Deborah McSwain Heath principal at Clear Creek Elementary. Heath is currently an assistant principal of instruction at Independence High School.

Deborah McSwain Heath

She began her career with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a language arts teacher at Carmel Middle School in 1987. She has also taught language arts and social studies at Druid Hills Elementary, Albemarle Road Elementary, Northeast Middle, and Mint Hill Middle schools. Heath became a principal intern at Independence in 2006 and an assistant principal in 2007.

Heath has a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle grades education.

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Supt. Morrison unveils entry plan

Incoming CMS Supt. Heath Morrison held a media briefing May 25 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. Dr. Morrison unveiled his entry plan, which establishes a framework for his few months on the job. He officially begins his new duties on July 2, but has been visiting Mecklenburg County regularly since being appointed in April.

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