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Patriots lend a helping hand

Coach, team get behind HOPE Week
By Andrew Stark

Independence booster club president Brian Haislip had an idea he wanted to share with Patriot football coach Justin Hardin.

Haislip thought the coach would be on board, but was overwhelmed with the response Hardin gave him for Haislip’s HOPE Week idea.

“I presented it to coach Hardin and he was 100 percent behind it,” Haislip said. “He put the air in the sails and ran with it.”

HOPE stands for “Helping Others Persevere and Excel,” and the program has allowed two Mint Hill Middle School eighth-graders with special needs— Caroline Backus and Kevin Ramirez—to participate in practice all week and to lead the Patriots onto the field before they battle East Meck last Friday.

“It’s just a great message and what the week is all about for us,” Hardin said. “This is about helping others, perseverance and excelling. I’m a big fan of watching those Make a Wish segments on ESPN, and you can see the impact that children with daily challenges can have on players, coaches and everyone.” […]

Holocaust survivor speaks to Mint Hill Middle School students

By Leah Schmalz

When Irving Bienstock saw the Nazi military starting fires in synagogues, smashing windows, and raiding the houses of Jews on the night that is now known as Kristallnacht, his hope of survival wavered. “At that moment I thought I was going to die,” he said, as he recounted his story to eighth grade students at Mint Hill Middle School last Monday.

Bienstock covered his experience in Germany during the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, when Jews weren’t permitted to ride buses, visit parks, or continue to run their businesses. Most of his extended family was killed and his father was forced to flee. Finally the rest of the family was able to escape the country. His father eventually made it to the United States in 1939 and the rest of the family joined him the following year. Bienstock entered the military and returned to Europe five years later to fight in World War II.  […]

By |May 22nd, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, History|1 Comment

Mint Hill Middle participates in black history quiz bowl

By Michele Dotson
Six students from Mint Hill Middle participated in the Annual Black History Quiz Bowl held for the first time at Carmel Middle School on Saturday, February 22.

Students from the south, east and central learning communities competed in a “Jeopardy”-style quiz bowl and answered questions about black history vocabulary, arts and entertainment, sports, inventors and famous firsts.  […]

By |February 28th, 2014|Mint Hill Middle School|1 Comment

Mint Hill Middle/Queen’s Grant locked down for gun scare

This morning, Mint Hill Middle School and Queen’s Grant community school were briefly placed on lockdown, after Mint Hill Police received a call saying there was a man with a gun near the area.

No suspect was found, and Mint Hill Police urge that the lockdown was only a precautionary measure, and that students at […]

By |March 12th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments