Entries by Jeanna Baxter White

Cognitive ToyBox: Building a Culture of Data-Informed Instruction in Davie County Preschools

Despite a challenging 2020-2021 school year due to complications around COVID-19, Davie County preschools continue to help children get a strong start towards kindergarten readiness. One beneficial tool that preschool teachers continued to utilize was Cognitive ToyBox, a game-based assessment platform. Davie County Schools (DCS) has now used Cognitive ToyBox for four years to help […]

Mebane Foundation Continues to Support the Inspiring Brookstone Schools Program

Three tables of kindergarteners are busily working away. Four children construct bridges for the Three Billy Goats Gruff, others are building houses for The Three Little Pigs, and the third group uses manipulatives to sequence Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? “The foundation of literacy is understanding the relationship between words and their […]

Wolfpack Readers Tutoring Program Gives Teachers Hands-on Experience While Students Gain Reading Skills

Ella reads as Becky Dorman points to each word. For the next hour, the second grader will receive systematic, evidence-based instruction in the foundational skills needed for literacy success. The Wolfpack Readers after school-school tutoring program is part of the Yadkin Wolfpack Literacy Partnership (YWLP) between the NC State College of Education and Yadkin County […]

Mebane Foundation and Local Businesses Come Through For Davie Youth and 4-H Programs

When Mebane Foundation President Larry Colbourne saw a plea in the Enterprise for sponsors for Davie County’s 4-H summer camps he immediately asked himself, “What would Allen (Mebane) do?” — then he wrote a check.  “Allen read the paper every morning and I remember vividly how he’d call me into his office and tell me […]

Smart Start Thanks Community for Help Meeting Mebane Foundation Challenge Grant

Drumroll please! Smart Start of Davie County is proud to announce that the $10,000 Mebane Foundation Challenge Grant has not only been met but exceeded! Thanks to generous contributions from the Davie County community, Smart Start has raised $33,345 to fund its family support and literacy programs.  “We are humbled by the donations from local […]

Davie County Schools Implement Heggerty to Support Phonemic Awareness

“Deep,” says Susan Shepherd to her first-graders. “Deep,” they repeat.  “Replace the /p/ with /l/,” she says. “Deal,” shouts her students.  Shepherd is guiding her students through their daily Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lesson. Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes, and it’s one of […]

Early Literacy Videos Support Davie County Pre-K Teachers and Families During Pandemic

Once the camera is ready, Stephanie Nelson begins to record another learning video for Davie County’s preschool teachers and the families of children who are learning from home. Nelson, Davie County’s preschool collaborative teacher, was hired with funds from DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), a five-year, $2.5 million grant initiative between Davie […]

Mebane Foundation Issues Challenge Grant to Support Davie County Smart Start

Instead of kicking up their heels, Davie County residents are being challenged to click a link. In lieu of its 10th Annual Hometown Hoedown, Smart Start of Davie County is partnering with the Mebane Foundation to promote early education initiatives in Davie County. Through this partnership, any donation made to Smart Start of Davie County […]

DavieLEADS Professional Development Provides Lifeline for Teachers During Pandemic

By Jeanna Baxter White When Davie County Schools launched DavieLEADS four years ago, they could not have known that the initiative’s professional development component would provide a lifeline to teachers as a pandemic forced them to quickly adapt to new ways of teaching.      “No one could have been prepared for a pandemic. However, a lot […]

Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Help: Davie County Non-Profits Need Your Help Now More Than Ever

Susan*, a single mom with two children, temporarily lost her job as a waitress when the pandemic hit and was evicted from her basement apartment because she could no longer pay her rent. She didn’t qualify for unemployment and her ex-husband, who also lost his job, was no longer required to pay child support. The […]

Mebane Foundation Grant Expands Reach Out and Read Program in Davie County Medical Practices

By Jeanna Baxter White Anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of a child entranced by the soothing cadence of Goodnight Moon knows that shared reading is magical. “One of the best ways to engage with young children is through looking at books together. Every time a parent or caregiver snuggles with a child […]

Yadkin Wolfpack Literacy Partnership: Equipping Teachers to be Literacy Leaders

During the day, Lindsay Harper teaches kindergarten at Courtney Elementary School in Yadkinville, NC. But one evening a week, she becomes the student as part of the Yadkin Wolfpack Literacy Partnership (YWLP) between the NC State College of Education and Yadkin County Schools (YCS) designed to improve reading proficiency in the district by helping teachers […]