The Junior Beta Club and High School S4A Club will hold a fall book drive to help create classroom libraries at Virginia Cross Elementary School where some Chatham Charter students are volunteering. Please bring new or gently used books to the car rider line or to various drop boxes around campus. We will be collecting books through Nov. 22.
See the Grades 10-12 Family Night Agenda here. This event is for students in grades 10-12 and their parents/guardians.
October 19th update: Water and non-perishable food items are being collected through Monday morning, October 24.
The donation drive that began the week of October 10 to help victims of flooding following Hurricane Matthew has turned into a continuing community effort. As of Monday morning, October 17, a tractor trailer was required to transport all the items donated to people in Robeson County by residents of Siler City and surrounding communities. A group of twelfth graders and adults from Chatham Charter School joined police, city workers, and community members in loading the truck at four Siler City locations that will deliver collected items to Fairmont later Monday.
INSPIRED TO HELP
Chatham Charter Board Chair Kathy Wilson was inspired to help organize the local efforts after watching the news coverage of flooding from Hurricane Matthew with her daughter, who is a high school senior. They talked about how they could have the biggest impact to support those in need. Wilson considered Chatham Charter alone has 550 students and many might have extra clothing items they had outgrown that their families would be willing to donate.
She also realized if the Siler City community set up a donation drive for clothing, the money flood victims receive from other relief organizations could be used for other needs. Wilson noted that even if the used clothing was only worn during home and business cleanup efforts, it could fill a void.
“People want to help but don’t always know what to do so if you can take a step of faith and set up the infrastructure, people will participate,” commented Wilson.
Wilson began Monday morning, October 10, by organizing a clothing donation drive at Chatham Charter. As the project progressed, Walmart discounted the bins purchased for collection. Police Chief Gary Tyson, Siler City Town Manager Bryan Thompson, First Baptist Pastor Tony Capehart and church member Ed Spence, who was also working with the NC Baptist Men’s response, were instrumental in a growing Siler City effort to reach out to those in need. In addition to the Town of Siler City (City Hall, the Fire Department and the Police Department) and First Baptist Church also signed on as collection centers. The items being collected also expanded to food, water and blankets. The Town had committed one of its trucks to deliver the donations to Robeson County on October 17th, but the number of donations exceeded the truck’s capacity. Darrell Andrews Trucking generously filled the need with one of its trucks.
Jacquanette Thompson, a Siler City resident with family in Robeson County has been volunteering in the flooded area, helped Chief Tyson and other organizers make connections to deliver the items to the most helpful location, a church in Fairmont.
The organizers have decided to continue gathering community support through targeted collections. There will be a “product of the week” announced on WNCA AM 1570 radio and through the school, business and community partners.
On Wednesday morning, October 13, students, staff, parents, and other community supporters including Sheriff Mike Roberson and members of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office gathered at the Chatham Charter school flagpole to take a morning walk in support of diabetes research. Coordinated annually by teacher Debbie Coore, the JDRF One Walk is a national campaign to raise funding type 1 diabetes research. Over 370 walkers used a campus track designed by K-8 PE teacher Kelly Marshall, who also led the sendoff and music during the walk that totaled close to one mile. To date the school has raised approximately $3,500 in the effort.
The school has a theme of "Together to 20" for the 2016-2017 school year leading up to its 20th anniversary as a public charter school. Support of civic activities like the JDRF organization walk is an example of how the school community bands together to make a difference on campus and in the surrounding area.
"I think these types of gatherings are important to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes. When people see events like these, events they can be involved in, I think it can help to educate and clear up any misconceptions people may have about the disease. It can also educate people on how to recognize the disease early on. This knowledge could continue to raise awareness, recognize signs of Type 1 Diabetes early on, and allow someone to save a life," said twelfth grader Caleb McLaurin.
See the video slideshow here: https://youtu.be/mF77JOvj6aE
For more information about the JDRF One Walk visit http://www.jdrf.org/triangle/2016/06/03/jdrf-one-walk/
(Additional information will be added to this press release during the day on Wednesday.)
Do you have extra clothing and/or shoes you could donate to a clothing drive Chatham Charter School, the Town of Siler City and First Baptist Church are co-sponsoring through Monday, October 17, for families who have lost these items in recent flooding? We have adopted a theme this year of “Together to 20.” This is an opportunity for us to reach out as a school family and local community to fellow North Carolinians in need after Hurricane Matthew. There are immediate needs in the Robeson County so items collected by Monday will be taken there by the Siler City Police Department.
Gray bins will be placed in each building for donations. For sorting purposes, please send children’s sizes to the lower building and larger sizes divided by guys and girls/women to the middle and high school halls. Thank you for joining together as a school to support others at this time.
While the school is concentrating on clothing items, the Town and church are also accepting blankets, canned food and bottled water.
The Town also has bins at the police station, fire station, and town hall in case anyone wants to deliver items Friday or over the weekend. (Chatham Charter will not be open then.)
In order to accommodate high school students who would benefit from riding the afternoon bus, the high school will shift its beginning and ending time fifteen minutes earlier beginning January 3, 2017. The high school day will be from 8:30AM-3:30PM. (The building will still open daily at 7:30AM.)
There will be an informational meeting in the library on Wednesday, October 12, at 3:20PM for parents and 3rd-8th grade students who are interested in participating in the Chatham Charter School Science Fair. The science fair will take place on December 1, 2017. Information will be made available to high school students through Hear Ye, Hear Ye student announcements site.
If you want to sign up to participate in the Science Fair, register below:
From the Athletic Boosters: Have you seen our new look? Thanks to the recent kindness and generosity of a Chatham Charter family, our middle school cross country team has brand new jerseys that will help keep them cooler while running! They are looking sharp and running fast! The Chatham Charter Athletic Boosters are so thankful to have such supportive families! You guys are awesome!
The Chatham Charter elementary Student Council hosted a Star Gazing Night for K-12 families on Monday evening, October 3, from 7:00-9:00 pm on the campus field behind the playground.
High school science teacher Gary Oakley led a program to kickoff the event. He took the group on a spooky solar system stroll using a scaled model of the solar system. They began with the sun as a focal point and discussed the distance and size of planets if the sun was the size of a light bulb. Everyone was encouraged to download free apps, Star Walk 2 and Google Sky, and star gaze while relaxing in chairs and on blankets in the field. The app allowed viewers to identify consolations and planets using their electronic devices. Two families even brought telescopes and observed Mars and Saturn. Though it was a fairly cloudy night, Saturn’s rings were visible.
“The students had a great time. This was also a teaching opportunity for parents to help them become more comfortable using the apps and gain confidence as they help their children navigate some of the topics we teach in science,” noted Oakley.
Student Council members wearing glow necklaces acted as “gazing guides” to help everyone use the app. Other attendees bought glow sticks as part of a PTSA fundraiser to light their way around the playground and field.
There were also outdoor stations that included a jigsaw puzzle of the solar system at which teams competed to complete the puzzle first.
“We were thrilled with the turnout. It shows the commitment our families have with providing their children with a complete educational package that extends past the classroom,” said Mary Key, who is a third grade teacher and one of the Student Council advisors.
The evening event was an extension of classroom science study from elementary through high school grades. For instance, sixth grade students discussed how Venus is often visible at daybreak and dusk last week in a lesson.