Parent Teacher Magazine Gaston County Schools March/April 2018 - Page 5

l A R GES T TU COM E BING FLY W PAR K Over 30 lanes IN T ITH HE S U S! OUT H of fun! Gaston County Family YMCA Launches 2018 Annual Campaign to Support Community Needs The Gaston County Family YMCA is launching its annual campaign March 1 to ensure that everyone in Gaston County has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. E IPLINES IN TH Z T S E G N O L E ONE OF TH Over 4 miles of ziplines! • • • • • • • • US LANES ARE 400-1000 FEET LONG 2 MOVING CARPET LIFTS 100% SNOWMAKING LIGHTING, ALL LANES 20 CABLE RUNS HEIGHTS OVER 200 FT OPEN YEAR ‘ROUND RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE! Off Hwy 105 Between Boone & Banner Elk | 828.963.6561 Every day, the Y works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues, such as school readiness, food insecurity, and water safety. “Throughout Gaston County countless people know the Y. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think, said Molly D’Avria, Director of Advancement. “The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a charity, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.” This year, the Gaston County Family YMCA hopes to raise $423,000. Funds raised will support nutrition programs, water safety initiatives, financial assistance for membership and programs and so much more! To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Molly D’Avria at or stop into your local YMCA. You can also learn more or give online as Students participate in all-district band Gaston County Schools had 16 students selected to participate in the South Central All-District Band Clinic held January 26-27 at Stuart W. Cramer High School. More than 350 students from 10 counties were selected through an audition process for the clinic. The Gaston County students are: Justin Chapman, Chavis Middle Mercy Le, Cramerton Middle Garrett Chitwood, Bessemer City High Taylor Hope, Cherryville High Payton Huffman, Cherryville High Lathan Birmingham, Stuart W. Cramer High Robbie Holmes, Stuart W. Cramer High Mary Elizabeth Martin, Stuart W. Cramer High Chris Schiavoni, Stuart W. Cramer High Ariana Stephenson, East Gaston High William Buzzeo, Forestview High Sophia Raspanti, Forestview High Trivice Sadler, Highland School of Technology Kathleen Huffsmith, Hunter Huss High Garvin Collins, South Point High Luke McCormick, South Point High Jackson Peck, South Point High Seline Pons, South Point High Christopher Seay, South Point High Nationally-recognized clinicians Tiffany Hitz of Herndon, Virginia and Stephanie Tomberlin, band director at Porter Ridge Middle School in Indian Trail, led the middle school bands. Ed Kiefer from Thomasville and Dr. Kevin Photo Courtesy: Mike Hensdill, The Gaston Gazette Geraldi from Greensboro lead the 11th and 12th grade band. Kiefer is a 2017 North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame inductee, and Geraldi is an associate professor of conducting at the UNC-Greensboro. Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker stated, “The all-district band clinic is another way for schools to provide students with an opportunity to engage in music, band, and concert performance. Being selected for the all-district band is a significant honor because it requires students to have exceptional musical talent and the ability to join with other students, learn music, and prepare a concert for the public in just two days.” Booker added, “We are extremely proud of the 16 students who represented Gaston County Schools in the all-district band program. They are among the most talented student musicians in our region, and we commend them for their outstanding achievement in band and music.” Stuart W. Cramer High School was the host school for the all-district band clinic for the third consecutive year. Parent Teacher Magazine• March/April 2018• 3