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Creative Classroom Grant Applications Are Available

Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) has announced that the application process for 2019-2020 creative classroom grants is now open the Foundation has set aside $18,000 again for these grants out of the more than $25,000 available to enrich classrooms, send students to Close Up Washington, scholarships for alumni and support for teacher leadership initiatives.

All teachers and staff employed with Transylvania County Public Schools are eligible to apply for grants. The grant application can be found online at http://www.TCSEF.org/ Grants/Grant-Application.

Grants will be awarded in January 2019 and winners will have 18 months to use awarded funds. Applications are due Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. and the grant committee is looking forward to seeing what creative ideas teachers and staff come up with this year!

A few 2018/2019 grant winners:

•Amy Schoenacher and Sarah Justice from Rosman High were awarded $712 to take students to the Chihuly exhibit at the Biltmore Estate. A group of art students were able to take their trip this past May.

•Third grader teacher Hayley Leland was awarded $670 for her grant “Growing Plants and Young Minds.” With the funds she was able to purchase equipment and supplies for science students to grow squash and milkweed in their classroom under artificial light and then transplanted the seedlings in May.

•Jessica Webb and Mandy Blake at Davidson River School were awarded $430 for their grant “Encouraging a Sense of Community.” Along with the school’s student lead leadership team, Webb and Blake’s grant was able to expand their Rebound Program by establishing Davidson River School News. The funds were used to purchase audio and digital equipment to allow students to create and deliver school announcements through the school intercom system as well as record and upload the news segments to the school website.

The Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) exists to promote, develop, and encourage public and private support of the Transylvania County Schools (TCS) and its goals for education. TCSEF solicits contributions of any kind that benefit the students and the graduates of TCS.

By providing financial support for programs and projects that are not funded through government revenues, TCSEF is a leading resource for helping to preserve, maintain, advance and enrich public education in Transylvania County.

Brighton McConnell Receives 2018 Tinsley Journalism Scholarship

The Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) has announced Brighton McConnell, a 2015 Brevard High School graduate, as the 2018 recipient for the Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley Journalism Scholarship, an award of $1,500.

Brighton is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in broadcast journalism. Born-and-bred in Western North Carolina, he has always had a love for writing and public speaking. While at Brevard High School he began acquiring knowledge in journalism from working on the BHS Broadcaster for two years. This experience compelled him to pursue journalism on the collegiate level and led him to Chapel Hill’s journalism school.

While pursuing a broadcast journalism degree, he is focusing on radio and television which he feels is an ideal career path for him because he believes it is a direct way of presenting news and connecting with audiences.

McConnell has been active with the Carolina Connection and 97.9 WCHL, which has furthered his writing and speaking skills. He has also edited copy for the student run newspaper The Daily Tar Heel and contributed to the journalism school’s weekly TV news show, Carolina Week. He has also had his work featured on Chapelboro.com.

The Tinsley Journalism Scholarship was established by the Jim Bob Tinsley Museum and its board of directors in recognition of Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley. Since 2012, TCSEF has awarded more than $8,000 for this scholarship.

Tinsley was born in Brevard in 1921 and was educated in Transylvania County Schools. His long career entailed many areas of journalism and communications. Tinsley was an author of books on wildlife, a photographer of Transylvania County waterfalls, and a professional country and Western musician. He received many awards and honors for his lifetime work. Tinsley passed away in 2004.

For questions regarding how to support the Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley Journalism Scholarship, contact TCSEF executive director, Shannon Allison, at (828) 513-0389 with any questions.

2018 Taste of Transylvania Proves to be Best Ever

First Citizens Bank in cooperation with the Transylvania County Schools Education Foundation (TCSEF) presented the 7th annual Taste of Transylvania on May 1 at the Brevard Lumberyard.  The evening featured some of Transylvania County’s favorite restaurants which served delicious samples of h’ors d’ouevres, entrees, and desserts, an exciting live auction, fun raffle baskets, and live music from the Warren Gaughan Trio resulting in over $27,000 raised to benefit the Educational Foundation.

Again this year, the TCSEF committee invited three judges to taste and to grade each dish based on presentation, originality, preparation, taste, texture, and overall execution.  The judges included Rebecca Green, Brevard Middle School teacher and 2017 Teacher of the Year, Liz Carrico, a local nurse and foodie who has experience as a professional chef and caterer, and Rick Hastings, the kitchen manager for Rockbrook Camp for Girls who has over 30 years’ experience as a chef.

After a thrilling live auction that featured two fly-fishing trips donated by Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman and Davidson River Outfitters in Pisgah Forest, as well as Brevard Music Center tickets, a mother/daughter package from Keystone Camp, Connestee Falls Golf, and two Carolina Beach Condo packages donated by Domokur Architects, Kevin Smith announced the ”Best of” Winners.  For a return win, the best h’ors d’ouevre was awarded to the Schenck Job Corps Culinary Arts program for their Smoked Duck Confit and Apple hors d’oeuvre.  The Pavilion at Key Falls Inn won both best entrée with Old Charleston Shrimp & Grits and the Taster’s Choice award as the overall favorite of the guests in attendance. Finally, Magpie Meat & Three was awarded best dessert for their Chocolate Stout Mini Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream.

The event also welcomed over 20 Creative Classroom Grant recipients who were available to share with guests some of the creative and innovative projects currently happening in Transylvania County Schools.  TCSEF awarded $18,000 to TCS teachers in January 2018 for programs that included Health Models, Microscopes for Veterinary Science, to support an Economic Marketplace for 2nd Graders, support for the visual arts, enrichment clubs and programs, core curriculum and many more.

Funds raised at the 2018 Taste of Transylvania will be used to support grants and activities of the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation which is dedicated to the enrichment of educational opportunities for our students and to support the Transylvania County Schools system.  The participation with, and resulting proceeds from, Taste of Transylvania has grown each year and TCSEF would like to thank the sponsors, participating restaurants, attendees, and those businesses and individuals who donated auction items.

Taste of Transylvania is held on the first Tuesday in May.  For more information or to become an annual member with the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation, please visit TCSEF.org.

TCSEF Welcomes New Executive Director

Shannon Meadows Allison

Shannon is a native of western NC and a resident of Transylvania County since 2014. Born and raised in Henderson County and a fourth-generation, 2001 graduate of Hendersonville High School she values her family roots that run deep in these mountains. Her benevolent spirit, passion, and determination have served her well in her endeavors and developed her into a truly compassionate servant leader.

Her love of the North Carolina mountains led her to Appalachian State University where she earned a track scholarship and graduated with a BA in Business and Marketing in 2005. Upon graduation she moved to Charlotte, NC where she began an exciting and fast paced career in the global supply chain industry. In 2007, she joined the Supply Chain Management Academic Advisory Board at Appalachian State University as Vice Chair and worked closely with the faculty and board to develop the Supply Chain Management Program. She remains an active member of the advisory board and enjoys supporting and interacting with the students and faculty.

In her corporate career she was employed by DHL, CEVA Logistics, Phoenix International (now CH Robinson) and UTi Worldwide (now DSV Global Transport and Logistics) in business development roles where through a strategic and consultative sale approach was consistently a top performer. By working with local businesses to fortune global 500 companies her experience encompasses a variety of functions across the supply chain- small package shipping, international air and ocean freight, contract logistics, and supply chain consulting. What she enjoyed most about her experiences in global supply chain were the relationships she developed and still has today locally and across the globe, working with a team to develop solutions to improve supply chain efficiency, exposure to a variety of industries- manufacturing, consumer and retail, furniture, automotive, high tech- and most of all she enjoyed that every day brought new challenges!

Shannon is still passionate about supply chain but has longed for an opportunity to pursue something that allows her to make a difference in her community- particularly in the lives of children. Her life experiences have deepened her passion for children and given her perspective to see the tremendous value in a good education. Her community involvement has developed a profound appreciation for the non-profit sector and has given her respect for the critical work these organization do to improve the quality of life for our community. All this combined has confirmed her desire to lead and serve in a way that will benefit the children of Transylvania County and create opportunities for an exceptional education experience. Shannon is very excited to join Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation as Executive Director and looks forward to the opportunity to apply the skills and experiences she acquired in her corporate career to further the efforts of the Transylvania County Schools and the foundation.

Shannon has been married to her husband Beecher Carl Allison, Jr., also a western North Carolina native, since 2011 and the last 5 years she has been a full-time mother to their 2 young children-son Beecher G. and daughter Myrick. The Allison’s reside on their family farm where they look forward to raising their family. Shannon and Beecher are active members of Brevard First United Methodist Church where they serve in a variety of capacities. Shannon is Board Chair- Weekday Children’s Program, Volunteer Liaison- Mission Team, and Strategy and Visioning- Church Leadership Council. In addition, she is in the current VISION Transylvania class that will graduate in May of this year and is a tutor at Davidson River School. Shannon enjoys exploring the great outdoors or working on the farm with her family, live music and festivals, crocheting, sports, and cooking- especially beef from our farm!

Over $100,000 Awarded to Transylvania County Schools

During a recent Board of Directors meeting for the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation, Peter Johnson, TCSEF Board Treasurer, reported that TCSEF has surpassed $100,000 in awards since the Foundation was reactivated in 2009.  Further, the Board of Directors approved $22,900 in awards for the current fiscal year, which will bring the gift total over $148,000.

TCSEF supports activities related to public education in Transylvania County.  Over $22,000 was paid out during the past fiscal year alone and included teacher grants, the Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley Journalism Scholarship, the Cornelius Hunt Memorial Endowment and the Voso Leadership Award.  In January, the Foundation supported 32 individual grants for Transylvania County Schools’ teachers and staff, which included Health Models for Teaching at Rosman High, Mapping America in 3-D at Davidson River School, Calculus in Motion at Brevard High and the return of the National Geographic Giant Map to explore outer space at Rosman Middle and High Schools.  This past June, Emily Whiteside and Julia Smith attended the Close Up Experience in Washington, DC with awards from the Voso Leadership Award and the Cornelius Hunt Memorial Endowment and the Tinsley Journalism Scholarship was presented to Brevard High graduate, Emily Shea.

TCSEF is best known for their annual grants that are awarded to Transylvania County Schools’ teachers and staff each January.  Since 2016, the Foundation has been able to award $18,000 in grants each year.  Most of the funds for the grant program are raised through Taste of Transylvania, a fundraising event held annually on the first Tuesday of May.  However, TCSEF would like to secure, as well as to expand these gifts.  In 2016, the Board of Directors approved a capital campaign with a goal to raise funds to bring the endowment to $300,000 by 2020.

To help reach this endowment goal, the TCSEF membership program was introduced and features six levels from the Young Alumni to a Dean’s List Membership.  The Young Alumni Membership allows recent graduates (those that have graduated from high school within the past 5 years) to be able to economically begin their own legacy of giving.  Each level of membership provides a discount on tickets to Taste of Transylvania, a TCSEF decal and digital recognition as a TCS Educational Foundation supporter.

Emily Shea Awarded the 2017 Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley Journalism Scholarship

The Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) is proud to announce and to congratulate Emily Shea, a 2014 Brevard High School graduate, as the 2017 recipient for the Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley Journalism Scholarship, an award of $1500.

Emily is a senior at UNC-Asheville majoring in mass communication with a focus in journalism.  After beginning her studies at UNCA as a pre-medicine major, Emily discovered her passion for writing during a Basic Journalism course last fall and she has not looked back.  Over the past year, she has diligently worked to develop her journalism skills.  Emily is a regular contributor to several area online publications and she was especially excited to have one of her articles selected to be featured with the Huffington Post in March 2017.  Emily’s dedication to her craft has led her to be selected as the editor-in-chief for the UNC-Asheville chapter of the Odyssey Online.

Emily regularly volunteers with the Black Mountain based non-profit, Bounty & Soul.  This summer, she is working as a Health Communications Intern with the organization, which allows her to practice journalism by writing for social media and marketing campaigns that focus on tackling food insecurity in Western NC.

The Tinsley Journalism Scholarship was established by the Jim Bob Tinsley Museum and its board of directors in recognition of Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley. Since 2012, TCSEF has awarded $7000 for this scholarship.

Jim Bob Tinsley was born in Brevard in 1921 and was educated in Transylvania County Schools. His long career entailed many areas of journalism and communications. Mr. Tinsley was an author of books on wildlife, a photographer of Transylvania County waterfalls, and a professional country and western musician. He received many awards and honors for his lifetime work. Mr. Tinsley passed away in 2004.  For questions regarding how to support the Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley Journalism Scholarship, please contact TCSEF Executive Director, Cressa Megown, and 828.513.0389 with any questions.

Taste of Transylvania 2017 Exceeds Expectations

This event is made possible through the support of the fabulous restaurants in Transylvania County.

First Citizens Bank in cooperation with the Transylvania County Schools Education Foundation (TCSEF) presented the 6th annual Taste of Transylvania on May 2 at the Brevard Lumberyard.  Fourteen Transylvania County restaurants provided over 20 delicious samples of h’ors d’ouevres, entrees, and desserts, while guests were entertained by the Jason DeCristofaro Trio.

A new feature to the event this year was the judged awards.  The TCSEF committee invited three judges to taste and to grade each dish based on presentation, originality, preparation, taste, texture and overall execution.  The judges included Jessica Whitmire, the Food Sciences teacher at Brevard High School who also has a background in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Caroline Kerchner who is the pastry chef at the Admiral in Asheville and a Brevard High School graduate, and Lynne Foster, the market assistant at the Transylvania County Farmer’s Market and a volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center.

Guest Judges worked hard throughout the evening.

This year, the best h’ors d’ouevre was awarded to the Schenck Job Corps Culinary Arts program for their Thai Beef Wonton.  Blue Smoke BBQ, a local food truck returned this year to again win the best entrée with their Smoked Roast Beef.  Finally, for the fifth year, Blue Ridge Bakery won best dessert with a Banana Foster Bread Pudding.  Guests were still given an opportunity to vote for their favorite and the Taster’s Choice award went to Dugan’s Pub, who prepared a Thai Shrimp entrée.

Experiencing one of the TCSEF 2017 Grants – Traveling with Google Cardboard

With over 15 grant awarded teachers in attendance, guests were given a glimpse of how funds are being given back to Transylvania County Schools.  The TCSEF Mini-Grant program awarded $18,000 across 32 grants to TCS teachers in January 2017 to support innovative programs that included Health Models, a 3D Printer, a Portable PA System, Raised Geographic Maps as well as many others.

Funds raised at the 2017 Taste of Transylvania will be used to support grants issued in 2018.  The support for Taste of Transylvania has grown each year and TCSEF would like to thank the sponsors, participating restaurants, attendees and those businesses and individuals who donated auction items.

 

The 2018 Taste of Transylvania is tentatively scheduled for the first Tuesday in May.  For more information or to become an annual member with the Transylvania County Schools Education Foundation, please visit TCSEF.org.

Taste Committee Hard at Work

On May 2, the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF), in partnership with First Citizens Bank will host the 2017 Taste of Transylvania.  As the main fundraising event for TCSEF, which is a nonprofit that exists to promote, develop, and encourage public and private support of the Transylvania County Schools and its goals for education, the Taste of Transylvania has allowed TCSEF to steadily grow fundraising that has resulted with $18,000 in grants awarded to Transylvania County Schools’ teachers and staff in both 2016 and 2017.  By providing financial support for programs and projects that are not funded through government revenues, TCSEF is a leading resource for helping to preserve, maintain, advance and enrich public education in Transylvania County.

As one of the most anticipated local events of the spring, the Taste of Transylvania involves months of planning and preparation from a dedicated group of volunteers.  Beginning in December, members of the TCSEF Board of Directors form the Taste Subcommittee to organize and to plan the 2017 event.  As a nonprofit, TCSEF is supported by a group of volunteers who are all active residents of Transylvania County committed to supporting public education.

Volunteer committee members spend months contacting restaurants to participate and businesses to sponsor, solicit auction items as well as organize all of the logistics to create an amazing and fun evening.  Beyond our dedicated board members, we have the support of residents that also volunteer in organizing the event and help during the evening from welcoming ticket holders to cleaning up at the end of the night.  If you would like to support Taste of Transylvania as a member, as a volunteer or with an auction donation, please contact us at foundation@tcsnc.org.

With the dedication of volunteers such as Emily Mehta Farlow, Marty Griffin, Frances Bryant Bradburn, Susan Breedlove, Courtney Mason, Beth Hampton and Kevin Smith, the Taste of Transylvania is an example each year of how community members come together to support Transylvania County Schools through an evening of fun. Tickets for the sixth annual Taste of Transylvania are on sale now at TCSEF.org.  The evening will feature at least 15 Transylvania County restaurants/caterers, Broad Street Wines, Oskar Blues, live music and an auction and has proven to be one of the best local events each spring.

TCSEF Sticker Contest, Winner Announced

Congratulations Sophia M. at Brevard Elementary School.  Ms. Frady, BES Art Teacher worked with her classes to create designs that reflect why “Learning is Fun” and 3rd grade student, Sophia’s design was selected as the winner.

We worked with the TCArts staff to select the winning design from artwork submitted by Brevard and Rosman Elementary Students.  The winner, as well as some of our honorable mentions from both BES and RES will be highlighted during the TCArts Student Art Show on display at the TCArts Community Center throughout the month of April.

Stickers will be on sale soon.  TCSEF will be at the student reception on April 13 as well as during the Gallery Walk reception on April 28.  Tickets to the 2017 Taste of Transylvania will be available as well as TCSEF memberships and stickers.  Proceeds benefit the TCSEF and our efforts to support Transylvania County public schools.

Where in the World is Rosman, North Carolina?

This grant was awarded to Rosman Middle/High School media coordinator Sarah Justice for her grant “Where in the World Is Rosman, North Carolina.”  The $610 TCSEF grant enabled Justice to rent a 25’ x 25’ National Geographic floor map of Europe for two weeks.  Included with the map is a trunk of supplies and activities that allow educators to create curriculum-aligned activities and lesson plans to support geographical literacy.

The moment you walk into the Rosman Middle/High School media center, you know something is different.  Instead of tables, chairs, and shelves of books, you see a huge map of Europe spread out across the floor.  Yes, it’s 25’ x 25’ and students have an open invitation to walk throughout the continent–sock feet only!  It’s an effort to get students up close and personal with geography and how geography has created opportunities and problems for the world’s peoples now and since the beginning of civilization.

The morning I visited, teacher Sara Cathey’s 9th grade Earth Science class was scheduled to visit.  Although they had studied latitude and longitude previously, the map gave students an opportunity to practice those skills and apply them in identifying landmarks and topographical features by calculating coordinates.

Map keys began to make sense once students could stand in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains and look northeast toward the Ukraine.

Map keys began to make sense once students could stand in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains and look northeast toward the Ukraine.

First, however, Sarah Justice, the schools’ library media coordinator, asked students to sit down on a European country of their choice.  She then proceeded to guide them through a discussion of map reading on a very large scale.  Countries are labeled in black capital letters; oceans, in blue caps.  Each country’s capital is identified by a star surrounded by a circle.  Red lines are major roadways; polka dots, deserts.  They talked about where most capital cities are located (near water) and why; why some border lines are dashes instead of solid (they are referred to as disrupted borders because wars change borders constantly); and how to find latitude and longitude when a round world is laid out on a flat surface.

Rosman High School 9th grader Chesney Hightower works with her team to find the latitude and longitude of the Aegean Sea.

Rosman High School 9th grader Chesney Hightower works with her team to find the latitude and longitude of the Aegean Sea.

And then the fun began.  Justice and Cathey allowed the students to self-select into four teams.  Each team had four cards, each with a coordinate identified.  Students were to find the coordinate using two plastic chains that identified the exact latitude and longitude, and then answer one or more questions about that coordinate.  What is the name of the peninsula located near 60°N, 15°W? Scandinavia.  What is the inland ocean near 40°N, 50°E? Caspian Sea.

The team that finished first was able to use a special View Master that uses the Google Street View and Google Cardboard apps with a smartphone to have a virtual reality tour of such places as the Eiffel Tower, the Sistine Chapel, or Looking Glass Falls. Even the most jaded teen was intrigued when, after finding the Eiffel Tower’s coordinates on the floor map, he was handed a View Master that allowed him to “stand” on a Paris street and look up at the Eiffel Tower, then back down, and turn around to see the buildings on the other side–just as if he were on that Paris sidewalk in person!

Earth Science student Chellbie Messer (left) awaits her turn as Tabitha Nelson (right) scans the Eiffel Tower from top to street level through the View Master using Smartphone apps Google Street View and Google Cardboard.

Earth Science student Chellbie Messer (left) awaits her turn as Tabitha Nelson (right) scans the Eiffel Tower from top to street level through the View Master using Smartphone apps Google Street View and Google Cardboard.

Since the map is at the school for ten days, almost all the middle and high school classes have had a chance to visit it based on their specific curricula.  For instance, the American History class is using the map to enhance their study of World War II.  They can calculate latitude and longitude to locate the places where the world leaders were, plot troop movements across borders, and locate important battles.

The 8th grade finance classes found European capitals, noted the waterways near each, and discussed the relationship between geography, transportation, trade, and economic development.  They even talked about how various countries share the same waterways or highways, and how this might lead to cooperation or tension.

Seventh grade Math has learned how to use the map’s scale to measure distance, planning a vacation that takes them across Europe using airplanes, trains, boats, and cars.  Starting from Prague, teams received a destination–Tromsø, Norway; Murcia, Spain; Kaliningrad, Russia; or Reykjavik, Iceland. Each team had to find the shortest route for their journey while using all four modes of transportation, taking into consideration both time, distance.

Art used latitude and longitude to find sixteen European museums on the map, then used Google Street View and Google Cardboard to tour some of the museums’ collections virtually.

A high school multimedia, web design class talked about map design, with Justice pulling various types of maps–from an intricate, artful Shakespeare’s England map, to state road maps, to Google or Apple maps on a smartphone–to illustrate how map design follows and determines map function.

A health occupations class divided into groups of students to use the map to identify a country needing assistance and design a brochure to convince Doctors without Borders to provide aid for their targeted population.

Third graders Colton Hudson (left) and Jack Patterson (right) traveled from T.C. Henderson to Sweden via National Geographic map activities in the Rosman High School media center.

Third graders Colton Hudson (left) and Jack Patterson (right) traveled from T.C. Henderson to Sweden via National Geographic map activities in the Rosman High School media center.

But Justice has found ways to share this unique resource with the community.  TC Henderson’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes spent the afternoon learning about map symbols and how to use the map keys.  And the school hosted a community night so that parents and interested individuals across the county could shed their shoes, don their imaginations, and walk across Europe.  

Photo Credits: Kevin Smith, Transylvania County Schools
Frances Bryant Bradburn is the 1:1 Teaching and Learning Consultant as part of a Golden LEAF Foundation grant to the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University.