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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 »

Education Matters 2: Mentoring

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Lamar and Tracy bring in special guests Chris Johnson with Young People of Integrity and John Eller with Catawba County Social Services to talk about the concept of "mentoring" and the impact it can make on students. The group also discusses how best to implement a mentoring program, and specifically talk about their "Lunch Buddies" program for helping middle school students. To learn more about the "Lunch Buddy" program, download a flyer at this link. To learn more about the Young People of Integrity program, please visit http://www.youngpeopleofintegrity.org. Read More »

Education Matters 1: Why Education Matters

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Lamar Mitchell from Champions of Education and Tracy Hall from Education Matters discuss the format of their new show, address the budget issues facing the educational community in North Carolina, and talk about ways organizations or individuals can get involved with helping make "education matter" in our area. Read More »