Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - March 10, 2016
and Workforce Development Committee
County Schools is involved in a partnership with Region A Partnership for
Children and was recently awarded a grant for the Parents as Teachers program.
Grant funds are from the Sisters of Mercy. This program serves birth-to
preschool age children and their families and assists them with critical
developmentally appropriate skills.
contract has been signed for the next RHS Carpentry house project, with
construction to begin in fall of 2016.
western regional Special Olympics games will be held at Robbinsville High School
on Friday, April 22. Approximately 400-500 athletes from western NC will be in
attendance. Please join us that day and be a “Fan in the Stands”.
Lego FIRST Robotics teams have had their initial inter-squad scrimmage. They
will compete with other western NC teams on April 2 at Cherokee Central High
School. Approximately 40 GCS
students are participating on this STEM team. The teams are continuing to look
for sponsors. Anyone interested in
sponsoring this activity, please contact Myra Waldroup at 828-735-0041.
March 11- GCS will hold a dedication ceremony for the new RHS baseball field.
The name of the area will be called the “Loudon Orr Memorial Sports
Complex”. The ceremony starts at
3:45 pm. T-shirts and hotdogs will be given out to the first 200 fans.
March 3, GCS hosted Science Night. Agencies,
groups, and individuals provided interactive STEM projects for the community,
particularly for children. This
event was a huge success, serving over 600 participants.
was presented with a check for $1,750 from Champion Credit Union as a result of
their savings incentive program for customers. GCS joined 8 other LEAS in
western NC to receive these funds.
County Big Brother/Big Sister Program is underway and was given a huge financial
boost last weekend with RHS Senior, Case Hooper, raising over $5,000 in several
events as part of his Senior Project.
March 10, is “Rock and Read” Parent Night at Robbinsville Elementary School.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
246 currently registered
and Mountain Culture Committe
Committee meetings have
started to begin implementation of the Graham County Asset Map project
An Emerging Opportunities
Grant proposal has been approved at the state level in the amount of $20,000. It
is now being reviewed at the Washington ARC office.
Natural Resources and Water Quality Committee
cleared down trees, limbs and litter (10 bags) on the Long Hungry 3+ mile
section of the Santeetlah Bike Trail. County employees cleared the remainder of
volunteers completed First Aid and CPR Certification administered by the US
have cleared approximately 3 miles of the Belding Trail with 2 miles remaining.
completed 2 ,1/2 days, of work clearing trees, brush and cleaning up litter (17
bags) at the Nantahala Gorge Overlook on highway 129.
8 overlooks and cleared view obstructing saplings and brush from 3 overlooks on
the Cherohala Skyway.
Partners of Joyce Kilmer created and staffed a booth at the high school science
Partners of Joyce Kilmer and the Benton-MacKaye Trail Association led multiple
Cherohala overlook litter removal (weather permitting). Meet at the Forest
District Office on Massey Branch Road at 10:00 am to carpool. Snacks and
will be provided.
Roadside litter clean sweep. Email
10:00 am Lake Santeetlah clean up. Email
Joyce Kilmer 80th Anniversary Event, reserve your booth or activity soon.
Contact Joe Bonnette at
and Infrastructure Committee
Work continues on the
Graham County Internet Access project with BalsamWest funded by the Appalachian
Region Commission (ARC) for increased internet access to serve the Tapoco/Meadow
Branch area of the county.