WFES Character Award May

West Fannin Elem

The Character Ed word for the month of May was Perseverance. The definition is “sticking with things until they are finished without giving up”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month. Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Isaac White, Willow Stiles, Lennon Lee, Harrison McDonald, Addy Martin, Mia Housley, Justin Leal, and Jonah Johnson. Middle row: Lilli Potzauf, Sophia Carroll, Israel Wood, Kaylee Dyer, Konnor Housley, Marshall McDaniel, and Leksi Wollschlager. Back row: Ella Oliver, Matthew Payne, Owen Mann, Reese Lewis, Ava Acker, Nevaeh Morgan, Danica Padrutt. Not pictured: Cole Burk and Delilah Naylor

BRES Grant Award Winner

Blue Ridge Elem, Rebel's Corner

BRES was awarded a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Grant this Fall. Over the past 5 months we have received a $500 garden enhancement gift card that we were able to purchase items for our current school gardens. Teachers have participated in online professional development on ways to incorporate grade level standards in our learning garden activities. Today we received a fully equipped mobile cooking cart and classroom lesson kits!

From the Captain Planet Foundation:

I’m thrilled to be writing you today to let you know that Blue Ridge Elementary has been selected to receive Project Learning Garden, a garden based education grant program from Captain Planet Foundation.

In partnership with Dole Packaged Foods and your local Ingles, we are able to provide PLG to Blue Ridge Elementary so that your students and teachers can get growing in the coming semester.

Your school will receive the following:

Raised garden beds or a $500 Garden Enhancement gift card
Professional development for teachers and for school garden teams
Access to standards-aligned lessons and curriculum/science supplies to teach those lessons and take learning outdoors
Fully-equipped mobile cooking cart
Colorful, interpretive garden signs
Attached, you will see information about what resources your school will receive (a garden, mobile cooking cart, professional development, standards-based lessons and supplies, etc.) and there is more information about the program on our website here.

This grant is being offered to you at no cost thanks to our friends at Dole Packaged Foods. We’d love to work with you to bring Project Learning Garden to your students and teachers! If we do not hear from you within the next week, we may move on to another school, so please reply with any questions you may have or to confirm your interest!


Anthony Sabia awarded the Ann Higdon Math Award

Fannin Middle

Anthony Sabia, son of John and Jennifer Sabia, recently won the Ann Higdon Math Award. He earned the highest score on the Math portion of the 17-18 Milestones Test. Anthony is pictured with his 8th grade Math teacher, Vicki Henry.

Cartecay Vineyard receives highest award for Chimney Blush

Featured, Lifestyle

Cartecay Vineyards’ Chimney Blush recently received the highest award given for a Hybrid Grape Wine.

The award was received at the Georgia Wine Trustees Wine Challenge:The Thomas McCall Award for Best Hybrid Grape Wine 2016.  This competition for Georgia wineries is Co-Directed by Jane Garvey and Douglas Mabry, with Parks Redwine presiding as Chief of Judges.

The Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge recognizes the excellence of Georgia-produced wines as well as other wines produced by Georgia wineries using grapes and fruits grown in other states.  ALL ENTRIES MUST BE FERMENTED IN GEORGIA


The “NOT 100% Georgia grown” entries MAY list Georgia as an appellation on their label as Federal law allows 25% of the grapes or fruit to come from outside the state and still be labelled Georgia. Even wines with NO fruit grown in Georgia may be an eligible entry IF the wine is “produced” (i.e., fermented) in Georgia. It may also be “produced” by one Georgia winery and “vinted” by a different Georgia winery.

A wine whose label says “Made and Bottled” infers that at least 10% of the wine is made by the winery or company listed. If the label says “Vinted and Bottled,” the winery on the label may have had little to do with the making of the wine in that bottle.

Technically, a wine “vinted and bottled” by an out-of-state (non-Georgia) winery COULD be eligible for entry IF the wine was actually 100% fermented by a Georgia winery. A wine “Produced and Bottled” would have to be 100% fermented by a Georgia winery. Thus, if a wine so labeled is NOT from a Georgia winery, that wine may NOT be entered in the competition.
Cartecay Vineyards’ wines also received the following medals at the event: Chimney Blush, Gold; 2015 Vidal Blanc, Bronze; 2014 Traminette, Bronze. - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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