ANDIE BRYMER / HERALD
These and many more eighth grade students are helping raise money for cancer
8th grade students at KM Middle
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Eighth graders at Kings Mountain Middle
School are proving they can make a differ-
ence. Approximately 100 students are col-
lecting money for cancer patients and for
cancer research. The students are also plan-
ning a trip to Washington to lobby for more
federal funding of cancer prevention and
Teachers Susan Allen, Bryan Feldman,
Tim Setzer and Lisa May are attempting to
show the students the joy of helping others.
It appears the teachers will meet their goal.
“It makes you feel responsible,” said stu-
_dent Brandon Mitchell.
“I feel good about it. I did something for
someone,” said Alex McDaniel.
Cancer survivors and family members of
people who died from cancer are sharing
their stories with the students. As part of the
project, each student will learn about an
individual with cancer. The students will
then take these stories to Washington when
they lobby legislators.
Last week, the mother of Casey Burnette
visited the school to talk about her daughter
who died at age eight. Casey was diagnosed
with leukemia on Aug. 19 and died Dec. 10
after undergoing radiation and chemothera-
py. She would have been in seventh grade
“We're going to take her name to
‘raising funds for cancer research
Washington,” said Kaitlin Teague.
Hearing Casey's mother speak made
Chelsey Loman ask herself some tough
“I asked myself what would I do. I'm not
sure. [ would be scared,” Loman said.
The students have met with cancer sur-
* vivors at White Oak Manor and Summit
Place Assisted Living Community.
Learning first hand about cancer has
given Jordan Page a new appreciation for
The students have also sent a banner col-
lage to a local man with cancer. They heard
back that the man was pleased.
Last weekend the students spent the night
at the school during a 24 hour read-a-thon.
During middle school home football
games, they will collect money for Carolina
Panthers football players Mark Fields and
Sam Mills. Both men are battling cancer.
Patterning their fundraiser after the pro
team, students will be in the stands collect-
ing $1 bills for each touchdown and sack.
A fundraising barbecue sale is slated far
Sept. 24. For more information about this,
call Paula Scism at 704-739-7196.
Allen and the other teachers believe that
opening the doors to the community makes
students better citizens. The teachers are
looking for some long term payoffs.
“Maybe they'll come back to Kings
Mountain (after college) and make a differ-
ence,” Allen said.
School needs volunteer grandparents
Senior citizens are needed for a volunteer
program at East Elementary School.
Seniors will work with about 60 fourth
graders once a week for six weeks. Children
who don’t have grandparents nearby will
have an opportunity to get attention from
Seniors also will get to dispel myths about
The program takes place from 10 to 11
a.m. on Mondays. Students and seniors will
work on crafts, eat lunch and other fun
Seniors interested in volunteer “grandpar-
enting” may call the Patrick Senior Center at
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September 11, 2003
New riederal law means
no more test exemptions
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Kings Mountain District
Schools’ board members
learned during their
Monday night meeting that
federal No Child Left
Behind legislation means no
students will be allowed to
exempt out of end of course
John Goforth, director of
curriculum and instruction,
told the board that all chil-
dren, regardless of excep-
tional classification or
English language ability,
will face some sort of evalu-
ation. This could be in the
form of a standard written
test, portfolio or observa-
“There is no such thing as
an exempt student any
more,” he said.
Before this legislation, -
Kings Mountain exempted
between two and three per-
cent of its students.
exempted up to 10 percent,
He also informed the
board of another change.
Students who fail a class
due to attendance issue will
no longer receive a 65.
Instead, a new grading cate-
gory - no credit due to
absence - has been created.
In other business, board
members heard a report
from Mark Pritchett, director
of the CSTOP program. The
program serves Kings
County and Shelby City
Students facing suspen-
sion attend this program,
located in Shelby, instead.
Students complete their
regular assignments and
work with counselors on
behavior issues. Upon
returning to the home
school, the student is paired
with a mentor. Program staff
also follow up with the stu-
The program was
designed to eliminate prob-
lems associated with sus-
pended children being left
unsupervised. The program
also helps students keep
from getting behind due to
“This is a wonderful
thing. Sending children
home has never been the
answer,” said Stella Putnam,
Superintendent Dr. Larry
Allen announced that a stu-
dent penny drive has raised
thousands of dollars for the
“This thing has absolutely
gone wild,” he said.
The board approved 28
new substitute teachers.
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