Reader letters, Sept. 23

Sep 22, 2013

School coverage is a valuable service

To the editor:

I was delighted to see The Mountaineer of Sept. 18.  We owe a grateful thank you to Vicki Hyatt and the staff of the Mountaineer.

The front page carried a large colored picture and a wonderful descriptive article of Karen Henson and her kindergarten at Bethel School. On page two as another colored picture of Sally Hundley, Teacher of the Tear, with Chuck Francis, Chairman of the School Board.  The adjoining picture is of all the school teachers of the year for each of the county schools which were named in the article.

The editorial “Geothermal grant can have positive ripple effects” discussed the positive effects of the grant received by Haywood Community College with the leadership of John Mark Roberts.

Further in the newspaper was the inspiring story of Dakota Absher and Jordan Cartwright in his determination to get his GED before his baby was born.

The inspirational story states that Absher in the first few weeks of their daughter’s life, her dad went from a dropout, to a graduate to a college student. The parents stated their daughter would be a college graduate someday.

For this publicity for education we owe Vicki Hyatt and The Mountaineer a  sincere thank you.  We can be assured with this leadership that Haywood County will have a great future.

Doris Hammett, MD

Asheville

Bethel school appreciates officer presence

To the editor:

Today’s society has witnessed a number of school tragedies. At Bethel Elementary, an extra effort has been taken this year to help calm those fears.

On any given day of the week you might find Haywood County’s Sheriff Greg Christopher, D.A.R.E. Officer Deputy Heidi Warren or a number of other deputies walking the halls.

You might also find them opening car doors in the car line or eating lunch with students in the cafeteria. They might be high-fiving second graders or in a deep conversation with a fifth grader.

For that, the staff of Bethel Elementary would like to say thank you. Thank you for caring for our students and staff. For caring so much, that you take the time from your day to come spend with us.

In a world of uncertainty, we aim to provide our students with a place to come and feel safe, protected, and welcome. We sincerely thank the Sheriff’s Department, Dr. Garrett and the Board of Education.

The staff of Bethel Elementary School

 

Camp Hope event a success

To the editor:

I would like to say “thank you” to everyone who helped make our first event at Camp Hope a success.

The weather was beautiful, the music was terrific, the food was great, and the atmosphere was exciting!

A heartfelt thank you to the numerous volunteers who donated their time and talents.  Their hard work greatly contributed to the enjoyment of our guests.  A grateful thank you to our many sponsors and donors, business owners, town officials and our festival coordinator Tracy O’Neil.  Again, “thanks” to everyone who  volunteered, sponsored, donated, performed and attended.

Pam Kearse

Friends of Camp Hope

 

The enthusiasm was very evident

To the editor:

The Waynesville Public Art Commission would like to thank everyone who came to the Friday, Sept. 6 dedication celebration for the art- created by Grace Cathey, the downtown mini-park’s final piece “Wildflowers of the Smokies.”

Ms. Cathey was very happy that so many were there to enjoy the unveiling of her beautiful wall panels.  We would also like to note that bee balm and butterfly weed, two of the three plants depicted in the metal art, are growing in the mini-park, as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The commission would also like to thank everyone who contributed financial support, as well as all the artists who helped our fundraising efforts to bring this striking addition to our downtown collection.

The mission of the Waynesville Public Art Commission is to engage the community and enrich public spaces through original public art that celebrates Waynesville’s unique, historic, cultural, natural and human resources.

The mission statement has two words in particular—original and unique—that are the guiding force behind our decisions on the subject matter for each of our calls for artists.

Without a doubt, with your help we have fulfilled our mission and look forward to future art endeavors with you.

All of our public art is entirely funded by public donations, so they truly do belong to you, the people of Waynesville.  With this artwork we have wonderful visual images of the values we wish to celebrate and cherish.

If you are interested in donating, volunteering or learning more about the WPAC, please call the town at 452-2491.

Jan Griffin

Former Chairman

Waynesville Public Art Commission

 

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