Schools

Central Carolina Community College Chatham Provost Allen retires

Central Carolina Community College in Chatham County has changed a lot since Dr. Karen Allen was hired in 1988 — and she was instrumental in bringing about those changes. Twenty-six years later, she has bid farewell to the college, retiring as of June 30. The college hired Allen in 1988 as its continuing education coordinator in Chatham County. In 1996, the Chatham resident became the college’s provost for the county with the responsibility to lead and grow the college as it served Chatham’s growing population and need for vocational, continuing, and university transfer education.

Virginia Cross Elementary’s Wendi Pillars is finalist for All-Star Teachers program

Wendi Pillars, an ESL teacher at Virginia Cross Elementary (VCE) in Siler City, has been selected as a finalist for the MLB, Target and Time, Inc.’s ‘People’ launch “All-Star Teachers” program, which is part of the MLB’s effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education. 30 winning teachers will be recognized at the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star game on July 15, 2014 on FOX, with a winner featured in PEOPLE magazine.

Red Clay Ramblers visit Pollard Middle School band students

Margaret B. Pollard Middle School eighth grade band students received a wonderful surprise Friday, April 4, during their regular band class. Michele Reams, Pollard director had invited The Red Clay Ramblers to join her class, in order to share their music and skills. The musical group wowed the kids with their rendition of “Cotton Eyed Joe,” followed by instrumental warm ups, breathing and metronome exercises, and each group listened attentively to each other. One of the many highlights included student trumpet player, Christopher Keesor being asked to join the group on a piece.

Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation donates baby grand piano for students at Jordan-Matthews

The idea took root two years ago when the All County Chorus performed at Jordan-Matthews. It was an evening of glorious choral music, performed beautifully by the community’s best vocalists. But there was only one wrong note: the piano. “When we wheeled out the old upright from the chorus room, it looked really sad, and its sound didn’t come close to matching the quality of our students’ performance,” said chorus teacher Matt Fry. “That’s when we started wondering if there was any way we could buy a new piano.” So last fall, JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, took up the cause and began a fundraising drive to purchase a used baby grand.