Families in Hoke County are excited about the new and unique Sandy Grove Middle School, located south of Rockfish. The school generates more energy than it consumes using solar panels, excellent insulation capability, a geothermal heating and cooling system, high efficiency lighting, and a superior building control system. The lobby of the school includes a touch-screen display with interactive lessons that teach how the new school building applies technology to generate energy and monitor performance. (This video was taken with the parent's permission.)
Fayetteville's Institute for Community Leadership (ICL) has just launched its 10th anniversary year with a record-setting 37 participants in the 2013-2014 leadership program. The program is a joint community effort designed to provide highly motivated citizens with the knowledge and skills to truly "make a difference" in improving the quality of life in Cumberland County through collaboration, volunteer efforts, and wise leadership. In a nutshell, the participants in the program are the leaders of the future for the Fayetteville and Cumberland County area.
Ade Lewis, ICL Executive Director, and Dr. Larry Shaw, President of FTCC, welcomed the group and reminded participants that improving the quality of life for even just one person is a wonderful and significant accomplishment. Much of the first meeting was devoted to allowing the participants to get to know one another and to discuss their own expectations for the seven-month program. The ICL leadership program has produced 258 graduates during its first 10 years and six alumni made short presentations to provide encouragement and advice to the 2013-2014 participants.
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