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The Parent Trip 3: Winter Weather Ideas!

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Ideas galore! Looking for something to do with your kids as the weather turns cold? The Parent Trip has you covered... tune in and hear some of these amazing ideas! Also, we finally learn what a "tween" is and re-live our college days with a Parent Trip tribute to the Solo cup. Join us on this crazy trip! Running time: 62 minutes Read More »

Education Matters 6: Fostering Business Partnerships

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Join Tracy and Lamar for a discussion with special guests, Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College and John Bray, President/CEO of Vanguard Furniture, regarding the importance of building partnerships between businesses and education. Workforce development, higher education availability, preparing for the economic future, and much more are discussed in this very important episode. Read More »

The Parent Trip 2: Healthy and Happy Eating

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The holiday season is here! So that means... lots of yummy food! But how do we keep our kids from only visiting the dessert table? Does it really work to sneak their veggies in other dishes? The Parent Trip welcomes Michelle Rimer, Director of The Solmaz Institute, on this journey to learning some tips for keeping your family happy and healthy on holidays... and every day! Running time: 64 minutes For more information on The Solmaz Institute at Lenoir-Rhyne University, visit their web site at http://solmaz.lr.edu/. Read More »

Education Matters 5: Math, Science, and Robots!

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Creative, abstract, innovation... Math? Joining Lamar and Tracy this month on Education Matters with guests Dr. Jeffrey Isenhour Principal of Jacobs Fork Middle School and Crystal Glenn, Executive Director of CVCC Workforce Development & Innovation Center. The group discusses the growing need for math, robotics, and science in the business world today. What are our schools doing to enforce that? What can get these kids excited about these fields? Education Matters - so tune in and educate yourself! Read More »

The Parent Trip 1: Bon Voyage Parents

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In this, the newest show on The MESH, Carol Anne and Mary-Margaret admit they need help! Raising kids is tough and they've just started. So, The Parent Trip hopes to search for the answers and guidance on raising todays kids. We used to play outside until the street lights came on and our parents knew we'd be home by then. Would you allow that now? What about teaching your kid how to properly use technology? Healthy eating, self confidence, and much more are discussed in this first episode. Read More »

Education Matters 4: Preparing Students for Careers

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Tracy and Lamar bring in two special guests - Cynthia Eades, Human Resources Director for Catawba County, and Todd Ashworth, Financial Consultant with Renaissance Financial Managers - to talk about the importance of getting businesses to connect with students. The group talks about how, with better preparation, students can become more competitive in the future job market. What does the future hold and what more can we do? Read More »

Storytime Station: The Butterfly Lizard

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In this month's edition of "Storytime Station", Western North Carolina author Kenneth Elliott, Ph. D., reads his own book "The Butterfly Lizard". While searching for new playmates, the Butterfly Lizard realizes for the first time that he is different from others. His journey becomes a quest for understanding of himself and the differences of the playmates he finds. In the end, he realizes that our differences are what give each of us our uniqueness and makes the world a fun and amazing place. Kenneth M. Elliott has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management, and is currently the Executive Officer of Technology Services at Catawba Valley Community College. The artwork and illustrations in the book, and in this video podcast were created by Ben Precup. Read More »

Education Matters 3: Preschool Education

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Tracy and Lamar discuss the importance of Preschool Education and the challenges these programs are facing across the state. Their special guests this month are Kim Salyards, Executive Director for the Catawba County Partnership for Children, and Brice Melton, Development Head for Early Childhood, Health and Physical Education for Catawba Valley Community College. To visit the web site for the Catawba County Partnership for Children, please visit http://www.catawbakids.com/. To visit the web site for Catawba Valley Community College, please visit http://www.cvcc.edu/. Read More »

Storytime Station: The Cat Who Acted Like a Dog

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This month's Storytime Station book is "The Cat Who Acted Like a Dog", read by Tracy Hall, Executive Director of Education Matters in Catawba Valley. The author of this month's book is Laura Mims. Laura has a master’s degree in education and taught elementary school before leaving the profession to raise her family. The original story of The Cat Who Acted Like a Dog began as an assignment for one of her children’s literature classes while studying at UNC-Greensboro. She currently lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband and three children and works as a content writer for an online marketing company. Illustrations for this book are by Dan Robinette, a graphic designer in High Point, NC. Read More »