Entries by Jeanna Baxter White

Kindergarten Readiness Showing Promising Gains in Davie County

By Jeanna Baxter White Kindergarten readiness in Davie County has already shown tremendous gains in just the first two years of DavieLEADS, according to a report by Davie County Schools. Funded by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Mebane Foundation, DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed) is an early learning and literacy […]

Smart Start of Davie County – Prepare Your Children for Success!

By Jeanna Baxter White Four-year-old Tommy carefully considers the boxes of toys lining the Smart Start bookshelves before selecting a kit labeled “Sand and Water Play.” His mom, Emily MacCaull, waits patiently, allowing him to choose for himself. These toy kits are just one of the many resources Smart Start of Davie County offers residents […]

Mebane Foundation Grant Helping Bookmarks Deliver Thousands of New Books to School Libraries

By Jeanna Baxter White They are piled on tables, stacked in boxes, and filling up the small back room, but the employees at Bookmarks don’t mind because these books will soon provide Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School libraries with hundreds of desperately needed shiny new books through “Book Build.” Since the winter of 2018, 10,000+ books have […]

Davie Students Sharpening Literacy Skills at 2019 Read to Achieve Camp

By Jeanna Baxter White Can 16 days transform a child’s educational experience? One hundred forty-four Davie County students are finding out as they attend this summer’s Read to Achieve camp at Cornatzer Elementary School. Read to Achieve camp is designed to help third-graders meet state requirements in reading to advance to the fourth grade. The […]

DavieLEADS Brings Letterland to Faith-Based Pre-K Classrooms Across Davie County

By Jeanna Baxter White As the opening notes of the Letterland theme song began to play, fifty excited preschoolers dressed as their favorite Letterland character began to march in a slow circle around the churchyard. Annie Apple led the parade followed by Bouncy Ben, Clever Cat, and all of their fellow Letterland characters. The students […]

Cognitive ToyBox – Achieving Early Literacy in Davie County

By Jeanna Baxter White Davie County Schools is continuing to make strides in addressing key challenges to kindergarten readiness. Through DavieLEADS, a partnership with the Mebane Foundation, Davie County Schools has had the unique opportunity to pilot solutions that can move the needle in early childhood education. From the outset, Peggy Nuckolls, director of preschool […]

Yadkin County Schools and Mebane Foundation Strengthen Partnership

By Jeanna Baxter White Based on the early success of a two-year $100,000 partnership between Yadkin County Schools, the Mebane Foundation, and Unifi, the Foundation’s board solidified its intentions to invest heavily in Yadkin County Schools by voting unanimously at its most-recent semi-annual meeting to award an additional $57,000 to the school system for the […]

Apseed ~ Supporting our Youngest Readers

By Jeanna Baxter White “We aren’t looking for advocates anymore, we are looking for accomplices and we have them in Davie County,” says Greg Alcorn, founder of ApSeed Early Childhood Education. “The Mebane Foundation has been the rockstar of all partners for ApSeed.” The Mebane Foundation and ApSeed Early Childhood Education joined forces last spring […]

Make and Take – DavieLEADS Supporting Early Literacy Teachers in Davie County Schools

By Jeanna Baxter White For two hours on a Monday afternoon, the Central Davie gym resembled a workshop. Seated at long tables, teachers were talking and laughing while cutting word strips, sorting and bagging colored squares, and taping the edges of shower board to create small whiteboards. The teachers were attending one of three “make […]

DavieLEADS ~ Guided Reading “Often Becomes Their Favorite Part of The Day”

By Jeanna Baxter White It’s 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 12th, and hundreds of Davie County Schools’ teachers and administrators are filing into Davie County High School for Davie Experience 6, a full day of workshops and collaborative sessions designed to provide professional development for all certified staff in the district. A key workshop for […]

DavieLEADS – Building Momentum on Encouraging First Year Results

By Jeanna Baxter White Davie County Schools is on a roll–an honor roll. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released its statewide End-of-Grade (EOG) test data for 2017-18, and Davie County has moved from 45th to 17th out of 115 districts in 3rd-grade reading proficiency.  Based on last year’s test results, Cooleemee Elementary […]