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Barbershop to hold school supply drive

Times-News

   GRAHAM — McRae’s Barbershop is holding a school supply drive now through Aug. 24.
Backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils can be dropped off at the barbershop at 105 W. Harden St.
The supplies will be handed out during a free Back-to-School Cookout & Supply Giveaway from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at the barbershop.
Monetary donations also will be accepted.

For more details, call 336-226-0487.

The full experience: N.C. Teacher of the Year & students visit state capital

By Sayer Kirk
Special to the Times-News

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Members of Williams High School’s Student Leadership Academy have a "working lunch" with N.C. Sen. Rick Gunn and state reps. Stephen Ross and Dennis Riddell. [Tammy Ross / Special to the Times-News

   RALEIGH — On May 30, Williams High School’s Student Leadership Academy and members of the 2017-18 Student Council executive board traveled to the state capital to tour the governor’s mansion and capitol building, and to be introduced on the floor of the Senate.
Hosts were N.C. Sen. Rick Gunn, Alamance County’s representative, and his wife, Gayle. They made sure that we got the full experience — including meeting the first lady of North Carolina and the first dog, Ben.
When we arrived in Raleigh, we made the trek to the legislative building where we were met by Gunn and his wife.
Rep. Chuck McGrady took time to speak to us about the importance of social media in a political atmosphere and how he is one of the only representatives with an active blog. We were on a tight schedule and had to be at the governor’s mansion on time for our tour, which was amazing.
North Carolina is one of only a few states in which the governor actually lives in the mansion. This prohibited us from seeing the entire mansion, but the first level was absolutely breathtaking.
From the decorative hinges to the once-white staircase that was scraped with dental tools back to its original color, everything in this mansion is intentional. As we walked outside of the mansion, a woman in a yellow T-shirt and black yoga pants walked into the yard with a beautiful dog. We didn’t recognize her at first. It was the first lady of North Carolina, Kristin Cooper, with Ben. We stopped to chat with her for a little while.
After the governor’s mansion tour, we were led to a conference room in the capitol building where we had a working lunch with Gunn and state Reps. Dennis Riddell and Stephen Ross.
As students, we had the opportunity to ask questions of these elected officials and found out Gunn’s “hot button issue,” getting money into rural communities. Following lunch, we made a quick visit to Gunn’s office where we heard about the many adventures of a senator, saw his marvelous elephant collection, and then had a tour of the roof.
As we stood atop the capitol building, we were told stories about the beige building in the background, and the garden surrounding us.
To conclude our visit to Raleigh, we joined the senators for the General Assembly and we were recognized on the floor, which is a big deal.
Not only were we recognized on the floor of the Senate, but Freebird McKinney, North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year was also recognized.
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The struggle is real: Tips to deal with exam stress

 By Jaclyn Bartlett
Times-News correspondent

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As the 2017-2018 school year draws to a close, students are preparing   for summer vacation.
But these last few weeks are anything but easy. Along with the end of   the school year comes end-of-year testing and whether you’re taking an   EOG (End Of Grade), EOC (End Of Course), or an AP (Advanced   Placement) exam, each seems to be accompanied by long hours of   studying and vast amounts of stress.
End-of-year assessments are required in public schools by several   states for the purpose of testing the knowledge and skill levels students   possess in certain subjects. These assessments generally take place over  the course of several hours and require intense preparation in   order to achieve a high score, causing a great deal of strain on students,   especially those who must now include studying to the list other read more…

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