Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - May 19, 2016
and Workforce Development Committee
– In partnership with NC Dept. of Public Instruction, GCS will offer free
digital reading books to all students PK-12. Students will be able to download
up to 20 books at a time from a library of over 5,000 titles. EBooks can be
loaded onto any device. Many services will be available from read aloud to
dictionary skills.Bus Safety Grant
– GCS received a $10,000 grant to purchase “Buster the Bus”, a 3 ft high
remote control bus, that teaches bus safety to students and teaches adults about
how to avoid passing a stopped school bus.
Leader in Me
–To be implemented in the fall at Robbinsville Elementary School, The
Leader in Me is Franklin Covey’s whole school transformation process. It
teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a
culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a
for Success – 3rd
Annual School Supplies Drive at Graham County Schools. GCS will be collecting
School Supplies or money for supplies until August 1.
Updates – New
track completed, donation of fill dirt for future softball field being
delivered, completion of RHS Outdoor Classroom by summer 2016.
– construction on an outdoor classroom facility will begin this summer.
Volunteers or funding to support this project would be greatly appreciated.
Clan Mask Dedication
– May 24, 2016 there will be a clan mask dedication ceremony at the RHS
Outdoor Classroom at 9 a.m.
Free Microsoft Office 365 for Students
– Graham County
Schools has set up a program with Microsoft allowing all ACTIVELY ENROLLED students
to download Microsoft Office for free at home.
completed a wind garden which includes flowers, a rock wall, benches, and a wind
RHS Carpentry – students have
begun work on their third housing project.
Work Keys Career
– Thirty CTE students completed the Work Keys Career Readiness Assessment and
2 students earned a GOLD Certificate, 15 students earned a SILVER Certificate,
and 8 students earned a BRONZE Certificate.
The Career Readiness Certificate is a credential that employers often
look for when hiring new employees. This assessment allows students to
demonstrate their competency, skills, and readiness for the workforce.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - DPIL Numbers:
239 currently registered
and Mountain Culture Committee
· Graham County Map Asset Project – The Committee has been busy doing presentations of the Graham County Asset Map project. Members have made presentations to Fontana, Santeetlah, and Graham County Travel and Tourism and everyone has been supportive of the project. The first financial support has been received from Fontana’s TDA. The committee has also been busy working on getting a map on paper so there is a visual aid of the project. This will give investors a better idea of what is to be accomplished and inspire additional financial support.
Emerging Opportunities Grant – the Appalachian Region Commision 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
Roadside Litter Clean Sweep
– 65+ volunteers collected 205 bags of litter off of our roadsides and
overlooks. In addition to our individual volunteers, the Stecoah Baptist Church
youth and staff, the Cherokee Youth Center youth and staff and the Thunderbird
Homeowners Association all provided sizable groups for this effort.
Santeetlah Litter Clean Sweep
– 7 volunteers collected 27 bags of litter and some large items off of the
Lake Santeetlah shoreline. Special thanks to Brookfield Renewables for the use
of their pontoon boat and staff.
– Several committee members attended a meeting at Stecoah Valley Center to
provide input for bicycle routes and infrastructure for the county.
of Joyce Kilmer
– 20 volunteers and US Forest Service personnel helped with a Joyce Kilmer
Memorial Forest work day. Accomplishments include a new handicap accessible
picnic spot, mulching around and unveiling of a new entrance sign, trail
clearing, roadside clean-up and other small jobs to enhance the visitor
experience. The Partners of JK invested $5100 for the sign and improvements from
donations and $1500 was received from a "Boots on the Ground" grant
from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.
– Partners of Joyce Kilmer and The Benton-MacKaye Trail Association guided 14
hikes and wild flower walks during this period.
– Retired US Forest Service personnel Hoot Gibbs, Marshall McClung, Jim Buckel,
Buster Stewart and Larry Icenhower provided 155 hours of trail maintenance on
the Belding trail and two remote cemeteries over the last few months.
- The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) provided 5 trail workers
for two days in the Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock wilderness area.
Partners of JK will host a hike to Bob Stratton Bald at 10:30 Memorial Day. Meet
at the Cheoah Ranger Station. A hotdog picnic will be held at Spirit Ridge
on the Cherohala Skyway at 5 pm.
Chase the Dragon Hill Climb will be held on June 11th and 12th at Maple Springs
Road near Joyce Kilmer. The Partners will have a sales booth and manage parking.
o A combination meeting of the Partners of Joyce Kilmer and the GREAT Natural Resources, Recreation & Water Quality Committee will be held on June 8th at 10:00am at the Cheoah Ranger Station
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.
Leadership and Government Committee
Graham County Leadership Training Project - funding
has been received from Southwestern Commission’s Opt-In Implementation Fund to
provide leadership training sessions for Graham County residents and students. The
leadership training project will include three (3) sessions of 4-6 hours in
length addressing key areas of leadership development. Partners for Session I
include Graham County Cooperative Extension, Tri-County Community College and
Southwestern Commission. The
initial session will be held on July 27, 2016 at 9 am at Stecoah Valley Center.
Please register with your name and email address at the GREAT Office at (828)
479-9008 or GREAT@dnet.net by June 20, 2016.