The Mount Airy Board of Education expressed its gratitude at its regular business meeting Tuesday to First Baptist Church for its support of the Hungry Bears Backpack program at Mount Airy Middle School (MAMS).
School Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little told the board the church decided to focus its efforts on a missions project to benefit the local school in place of its usual global missions effort. He said members were encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items and money which was collected by two groups.
The team with the most collected would get to put a pie in the face of the losing team’s leader. Little said both teams tied so “everybody got a pie in the face.” He said more than 1,000 items had been donated for the MAMS and Representative Julie Little presented Board Chairwoman Wendy Carriker with a check for $61.13 for the backpack program.
“It (the donations) filled up the back of a mini van,” said Little. “They had to find a place to put all the food. We are so grateful.” Little later pointed out newly painted designs in Tharrington Primary School and said they had been made possible by contributions from David Rowe and Moody Funeral Services.
He said Jones Intermediate School had recently wrapped up its summer session, leaving two weeks for getting the building ready for the opening of the school year Monday. He said vintage pictures from Mount Airy High School’s past were now on display throughout it’s campus.
Little told the board the system’s Career Technical Education department members had toured Rock Solid Dimensional Stone Company, Weyerhaeuser, Ottenweller Company and Pittsburgh Glass Works as part of an ongoing program to learn more about the needs of local business and industry.
“This is part of not only education or students but our teachers in what our local economy needs to have. We are trying to open our vision up on opportunities,” Little said. “There’s a lot of jobs locally to prepare our kids for. Part of that is education ourselves.”
The next work session of the board is set for Sept. 2 and a business session has been scheduled for Sept. 16.
David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on Twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.