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Avis Arnold-Foster uses a variety of different teaching methods to get her students interested.
Photo by Courtney Gaillard
These bins at Goodwill are usually full of donated items.
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wins state award
BYT. KEVIN WALKER
Last Christmas. Avis Arnold
Foster noticed a neatly wrapped
present with her name on it under
neath her mother's Christmas tree.
Arnold-Foster ripped away the
festive wrapping paper to reveal an
apple-shaped cookie jar with a
card attached that read, "an apple
for my teacher." The gift was the
most meaningful Arnold-Foster
had ever received. Her mother had
died suddenly a week before
Christmas and Arnold-Foster took
the gift as her mother's final way
of telling her she was proud of all
she had accomplished in her 20
plus-year teaching career.
"It made me more motivated,"
Arnold-Foster said earlier this
week from her brightly decorated
classroom at Diggs Elementary
"I said to myself, I am going to
be the kind of teacher she wants
me to be."
Inspired by her mother, Arnold
Foster decided to compete for the
N.C. Association of Educators'
coveted Human Relations Award, a
prize given annually by the group
to an educator or student who
demonstrates humaneness, honesty
and sincerity in the school envi
ronment and many other noble
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The Power of Black Dollars
New study gauges the
spending habits of
African Americans using
statistics from several
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A new analysis of the spending
habits of blacks in the United States
estimates that African Americans
earned more than $540 billion in
income in 2000. That amount is
more than the gross national
incomes of nations like Australia.
Mexico and Switzerland, according
to the analysis.
Using a broad array of statistical
data, including stats from the U.S.
Department of Commerce and the
Bureau of the Census. Target Market
News .- a Chicago-based company
that studies the buying habits of
black consumers - in conjunction
with Coca-Cola released last week
The Buying Power of Black Ameri
ca. an in-depth look at not only what
blacks earn but also the goods and
services the population spends its
income on. This is the eighth such
analysis that the companies have
The study is intended to demon
strate to advertisers and others the
influence African Americans have in
the marketplace. The study shows
that African Americans spend con
siderable amounts of money for
every product and service imagina
ble. In some instances the average
expenditures by black households is
higher on average than that of white
rtouseholds in this country.
Among the findings in the study
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Photo by Bruce Chapman
Shanna Canty shops at the Food Lion store in Walkertown earlier this week with her
daughter and friend, Sharita Fuller. A new study says that African Americans spent
about $54 billion oh food in 2000.
BY COURTNEY GAILLARD
THE CHRONIC! E
Goodwill doesn't want you
to put off your spring cleaning
until April or later this year.
After experiencing a drastic
decrease in donations. Good
will officials are urging the
public to hurry to their closets,
basements and attics to face the
unwanted treasures they need
to part with once and for all.
Typically from January
through March, donations to
Goodwill are slow but the sur
plus of year-end donations usu
ally lasts through April, when
the tedious "spring cleaning"
begins. Although Goodwill's
end-of-year donation drive was
successful, with a 23 percent
increase in sales for the 19
retail stores throughout 31
counties in North Carolina,
merchandise is rapidly being
depleted. As a result. Goodwill
is running out of items to sell
and forced to tap into its
reserves more heavily than it
normally would at this time of
Donations to Goodwill are
important for a number of rea
sons and affect the economy,
job market and the community.
Profits made from the sale of
merchandise in Goodwill retail
stores allow the organization to
put people to .work by prepar
ing. training and placing indi
viduals with disabilities and
other employment barriers in
Goodwill is usually pre
pared to cover the slow months,
but with the volatile economy
and stagnant job market, more I
consumers are turning to retail
outlets such as Goodwill, as ,
opposed to their regular stores. I
to get bargains, said John Cun- (
ningham, vice president of
retail operations for Goodwill
of Northwest North Carolina.
"Assuming that the increase
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Womble back from Africa...again
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
Fresh back from a nearly two
month trip to Africa, state Rep. Larry
Womble has as many stories to share as
he has souvenirs to pass out to friends
Womble is no stranger to the moth
erland. His most recent trip made Kts
15th visit in a row. He has been going
each year since visiting the continent in
the late 1980s as a member of the
Friendship Force Inc.. an organization
that tries to broker cross-cultural
friendships by matching individuals
with host families in foreign countries.
After saving some money. Womble
came back to Kenya on his own. taking
his host family up on an offer to return
to their home.
"They told me if I ever got the
opportunity to come back on my own,
they would be glad to host me and
show me some of the places that I did
not get a chance to see," Womble said
last week. "They made the offer as a
serious gesture, and I took it as that."
While Kenya, and particularly the.
capital city of Nairobi, has been the
place Womble has visited most, his
adventures in Africa have also taken
him to 11 other African nations, includ
ing Ghana. Egypt and Somalia.
Womble has never had trouble
finding a place to lay his head. He
rarely stays in hotels when he visits
Africa but stays with an ever-growing
and tight-knit circle of friends he has
met through his trips. These friends
have not only given him shelter but
given him a hands-on look at Africa, a
view rarely seen by outsiders.
"They have taken me to parties,
social events, out shopping....l wanted
to see the real Africa, not just the Africa
they showed tourists, and I was
impressed with the people and their
lifestyle and the kind of personalities
they display," Womble said.
In turn, Womble has welcomed
many of his African friends to his own
home. Just before he left in January for
Kenya, he hosted his most recent
African guest. Before his first visit.
Womble admits to holding many of the
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Photo courtesy of Larry Womblc
Lorry Womble shakes hand with Ambassador Johnnie Carson.
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