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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, September 24, 2015, Page B7, Image 17

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Assistant principal creates school anthem BY KIM UNDERWOOD WINSTON-SALEM/FORSYTH COUNTYSCHOOLS Thanks to the "Flat Rock Anthem" video, everyone can get a glimpse of Flat Rock Middle being a fme school. The idea for creating a song for the school and a video to go with it came from assistant prin cipal Daryl Florance. He readily acknowledges that it grew into something more through the col laboration of other adults and the students at Flat Rock. Eighth grader Bryaunna Wright, sev enth-graders Nasier Smith and Yadhaliz Perez were among the students Florance invited to offer ideas for the project. "It was exciting," said Wright. Wright said that when she thinks about what makes Flat Rock a good school, she thinks about how the teachers and others at the school do their best to help everyone. For the video, Smith came up with the idea of having a scene in which the students work in the classrooms. Then they start moving to the music when they listen to the song over the public address system. "We're showing what we believe in at Flat Rock," Smith said. Perez ended up being one of the students in the video. Knowing that people would be watching the video made her a lit tie nervous. But she thought it was important for everyone to know that at Flat Rock, students behave responsibly. "The video turned out really well," said Principal Becky Hodges. "It's fabulous. Students relate to it and are excited to see themselves in it." Music has been an important part of Florance's life. He started singing in church as a child. "I remember being in the choir when I was 7 or 8," said Florence. "My grandmother was over the choir." When Florence went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a N.C. Teaching Fellow, he joined the Neo Black Society Gospel Choir. After he graduated in 2003 and became a teacher at Page High School in Greensboro, he wrote a song called "Let the Banjo Play", while teaching his social studies students about the black roots of the banjo. "Ultimately we created a video in class in which we talked about the story of the banjo," Florence said. "I had so much fun with that." After completing a master's degree in school administration at Gardner-Webb University in 2013, he was offered the job at Flat Rock. He began thinking about possibilities for helping to instill pride in students and to increase the profile of the school. "I wanted to create something that helped identify what we are all about," he said. Flat Rock is one of the many schools in the Winston Salem/Forsyth County School System that has adopted a pro gram known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). By the end of his first year, Florance had wrote a song with lyrics that incorporat ed the PBIS guidelines. After the song was played at an assembly at the beginning of Florence's second year, physical education teacher Jimmy Wormack choreographed a rou tine for the Flat Rock Middle School Step Team to perform with the song. When it was time to create the video, teacher Noreen Cortez Harrigan and Sheldon Beatty, a regular substitute, helped with the staging. One of Florence's former stu dents, Kierre James, also known as KJ the Kidd, sung on the video. Florance, his wife, Shonda and their two children, Damia and DaShaun, were involved with the video. For the direct link of "Flat Rock Anthem", go to ?v=ixucHsvLNog&feature=yout The video is also being shown on the school system's sta tion Cable 2. Submitted Photo (L-R) Bryaunna Wright, Yadhaliz Perez, assistant principal Daryl Florance and Nasier Smith. Two students awarded book scholarships SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE ; Sethos Court 105, an auxiliary of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of the Nobles Mystic Shrine, Inc. (AEAON MS), honored two young ladies with scholarships of $250 each to assist the cost of books as they enter into col lege. Scholarship recipient Brittany Patrick is a graduate of Carver High School, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology /Pre-Med at Johnson C. Smith University. Amethyst Johnson, graduate of Parkland Magnet High School, is currently attending North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The objective of Sethos Court 105 is to work in the community and assist in serving those who are in need in our commu nity. Rosalyn Joyner serves as the Illustrious Commandress. Submitted Photo (L-R) Imperial Deputy of the Oasis Erica Woods, PC Veronica Sawyer, Maxine Gwyn (aunt of Brittany Patrick), Brittany Patrick, Illustrious Commandress Rosalyn Joyner, PC Larn Dillard and Dt. Hattie B. Fulton, Scholarship Committee Chairperson. Not pictured is scholarship recipient Amethyst ReMae Johnson. Book Review Book provides treatment tips to navigating life through depression or grief BYTERRI SCHUCHENMEYER FOR THE CHRONICLE You're tired of having red eyes. You're tired of crying, too; tired of an empty soul, runny nose, and dry mouth but you know there are more tears inside you and they need to come out. Whoever said that big girls don't cry needs to know that that's not true: as in the new book "Welcome to My Breakdown" by Benilde Little, sometimes crying is only the beginning. For many years, Clara Little liked to say that she knew her last child would be a girl. She predicted it, and it happened - perhaps through force of will because, says her daughter, Clara was that kind of per son: self-reliant and strong. Clara worked long overnight shifts, but made sure that her house was spotless. She helped care for her neighbors and her family, giving her children a good upper-middle-class life at a time when that was a rare thing in their mostly African American New Jersey community. Her giv ing spirit and her no-non sense personality remained well-known for the rest of her life, and when Clara died, her many friends mourned along with her family. For Benilde Little, the death of her mother was a crushing blow - the biggest in a series of events that bruised her already-fragile, sensitive soul. Two months prior. Little lost her father in-law. After her mother's death, her best friend's mother died, the financial market collapsed, the Littles' income fell. Little's dog got sick, menopausal symptoms exacerbated, and her husband was diag nosed with cancer. For months, Little could barely function with out dissolving in tears. She had trouble getting out of bed, she stopped calling on friends, and her writing career all but halted. Seemingly everybody had advice and most offered support but, powerless to pull herself up and know ing that this was more than just grief. Little began seeking help for a diagno sis of clinical depression. She tried therapy sessions, prescriptions, distractions and exercise, but she still couldn't stop crying and she couldn't erase certain mental images that plagued her. There were good days, but they were eclipsed by the very, very bad days - until she began to see things that further opened her eyes. We've all had times in our lives when nothing goes right. "Welcome to My Breakdown," shows what it feels like when one of Those Days lasts for years. Indeed, although it's hard to accurately explain the depths of depression or grief, author Benilde Little still gives readers a good sense of the senseless, and of the confusion that's felt when one is completely, totally powerless to explain why certain harmful emo tions are so sticky and can't abate. We're also taken on a trip through a few of the various treatments that work - and don't - before Little finds a shaky conclu sion. Be aware that there's quite a bit of back-story filler and empty name dropping here but since this book could be a comfort to anyone experiencing grief or depression, the pay-off might be worth the journey. For that person, "Welcome to My Breakdown" could be a memoir well-read. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books. f y^e^c^rnte I I^Lu, /3/Le*sht<ryyri j/ a memoir BENILDE LITTLE Author of the bcauclling novel Good Hair Mu P es NORTHWEST CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS Ttckeh (Table And Individual) Purchase at www.muJplesnc.ofg fvision*jj|j Children To Plate Souvenir Booklet Ads: Contact 336.721.1215

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