2nd Grade Field Trip

Blue Ridge Elem, Rebel's Corner

The entire 2nd grade from Blue Ridge Elementary School visited New Echota State Historic Site in Calhoun, GA on October 16. The children were able to tour various historic buildings and visit Sequoyah’s printing press. This field trip was free to the children and was funded by The “Get Outdoors (GO) Georgia” Field Trip Grant which is made possible by the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation.

Just wanted to pass along this opportunity that our entire 2nd Grade had to visit the New Echota State Historic Site. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.



Blue Ridge Elementary School 5th graders welcomed the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

Community, Rebel's Corner

Blue Ridge Elementary School 5th graders welcomed the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall today as it entered Blue Ridge! They waved flags, held banners, and cheered for Vietnam Veterans who led the procession. The event was incredibly moving and brought tears to the eyes of many adults!


Blue Ridge Elementary School Fire Safety winners

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Blue Ridge Elementary School announced their Fire Safety winners on Wednesday, September 18, 2019! Congratulations to these students from everyone at Fetch Your News!

Good Afternoon,

Our 1st place winners of the Fire Safety Poster Contest were announced this morning, and we would like to share this exciting news with you. I have attached the photo of our winners.

“Not Every Hero Wears A Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” Is the name of the contest this year.

Top Row (L-R) Zoe Callihan (5th Grade Winner), Laurel Minear (4th Grade Winner), Addyson Bradburn (3rd Grade Winner)

Bottom Row (L-R) Claire Whitener (1st Grade Winner), Aubrey Tapia (2nd Grade Winner), Sean O’Quinn (Kindergarten Winner)

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Captain Planet Foundation Visits and Cooks with BRES

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Captain Planet

BLUE RIDGE, GA – Blue Ridge Elementary School (BRES) students participated in a mid-morning gathering and cooking activity hosted by Ingles Supermarkets, Dole Packaged Foods, and Captain Planet Foundation to celebrate their Project Learning Garden and Sustainable Initiative.

BRES received a “learning garden” grant from Ingles and Dole in 2019 for their on-campus garden to teach students about growing their own vegetables and living sustainably. The school changes out the plants with each season.

Assistant Principal Gini Bell commented that the kids love the garden and during tomato season, they were outside picking handfuls daily to take home.

Currently, strawberries, peppers, green beans, and lettuce are growing and students harvest them. They also have a cooking class every two weeks to learn about preparing food.

Tasha Gomes, the Learning Garden Manager with the Captain Planet Foundation led the children throughout the presentation. She taught them how to sauté vegetables, season meals, and properly use a knife.

She also instructed the children to not “yuck anyone’s yum” explaining that everyone had different tastes and not to make anyone feel bad for liking something different.

All the students eagerly ate their sautéed green beans and salad, grown and prepared by themselves. Many agreeing that they would like to eat these meals again.

The Captain Planet Foundation began in 1991 and was founded by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle. It’s based on the cartoon, Captain Planet and the Planeteers and strives to ensure that the next generation is environmentally conscious. The organization has conducted over 2,000 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 23 countries internationally.

The Project Learning Garden program provides a context for multidisciplinary learning, ranging from nutrition and science to social studies, math and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins; engaging in authentic science field investigations; manipulating the environment to understand math in real-life applications; recreating historical activities; and writing across all these disciplines.

Only four schools received the grant from Dole and Ingles in 2019, which marked the second year that the organizations partnered to offer Project Learning Gardens to schools in Ingles’ market area. Ingles Grocery stores cover six southeastern states with its headquarters in Asheville, NC.

Ingles works with local farmers to carry more local food than its competitors, and the company has donated more than 18 million dollars to local schools through its Tools for Schools program. The two programs together teach children the cycle of food is a great opportunity for all.


BRES Receives Support from Master Gardeners

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BRES received a $200 check from the North GA Master Gardeners August 28, 2019. The group is supporting BRES to purchase bird seed and plants that provide food for the birds as well. BRES is grateful for the continued support of the Master Gardeners. This year they plan to volunteer time to help BRES with various beds including our pollinator garden and on our community service project restoring the town’s historic, forgotten graveyard.  Included in the picture is Flora Grindstaff (Master Gardener), Jane Brackett (Master Gardener), April Hodges (BRES Principal), Sally Crawford (Master Gardener), Teresa Tate (STEAM Teacher), and Gini Bell (BRES Assistant Principal).

Blue Ridge Elementary School Event

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Everyone had an awesome time learning about Title I, PTO, and Curriculum at our BRES Family Fun Night on August 20, 2019! They had so much fun singing, dancing, learning, and thumb warring! Parents, staff, and students joined in on the first ever Goosechase Scavenger Hunt.


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!


Youth Art Month being held at Art Center

Downtown Blue Ridge, Lifestyle

Many talented Fannin County and Copper Basin young artists had their pieces displayed recently at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center to kick off Youth Art Month.

Blue Ridge Elementary School, East Fannin Elementary School, West Fannin Elementary School, Fannin Middle School, Fannin County High School, and Copper Basin High School were well represented with various arts from rock painting to canvas.

The following Art teachers/mentors were on hand as well:

  • Nancy Watkins

    Nancy Watkins – Blue Ridge Elementary School.

  • Kimberly Huffman

  • Kimberly Huffman- East Fannin Elementary School.

  • Ben Sexton

    Ben Sexton- West Fannin Elementary School.

  • Dana Stone

    Dana Stone- Fannin Middle School.

  • Holly Viccaro

    Holly Vicarro- Fannin County High School.

  • Jennifer Danner

    Jennifer Danner- Copper Basin High School.

Bethany Musselman, Fannin County High School reads the Youth Art Month Proclamation

Bethany Musselman, a Fannin County High School Art student, helped dedicate the month of March as Youth Art Month by reading the 2019 Proclamation.

Each First Place winner from the various schools represented received a Gift Certificate to The Art Center’s store.

  • Hudson York- Blue Ridge Elementary School.

  • Presley Daves- East Fannin Elementary School.

  • Ava Acker- West Fannin Elementary School.

  • Vanessa Medrono- Fannin County Middle School.

  • Bethany Musselman- 2D- Fannin County High School.

  • Alyssa Anderson- 3D- Fannin County High School.

  • Aidan Garcia- Copper Basin High School.

Watkins, Huffman, Sexton, and Stone accepted the First Place prize awards for the students in their respective schools who were not able to attend.

Executive Director Nicole Potzauf commented the Youth Art Month event was one of her favorites at the Art Center which showcases and honors students to help develop creativity in the community.

One young artist, Ireland Wilson, a freshman at Copper Basin High School, sold her first acrylic painting.

Ireland Wilson

She said in a candid interview the inspiration behind her painting was, “I love space. I gave Ms. Danner the idea of a ‘night sky’. We just went with it.”

To view all the wonderful pieces of art from our local youth, please visit the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center at 402 West Main Street in beautiful downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Call (706) 632- 2144 or email BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com for more information on March Youth Art Month.

Susie Delauriers, Carolyn Molder, and Brooke





2019 Upcoming   Youth Art Events



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