Report Cards are out,
DES is in the
By Kelly Bledsoe
Last week school systems throughout
Davidson County found out how well they performed last school year when the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released
the North Carolina’s Schools 2018-2019 Accountability.
Denton Elementary received
their growth and accountability results Exceeding Growth for the first time ever at Denton. In fact, DES had the highest growth
index out of all of the 18 elementary schools in Davidson County. This is a very big accomplishment.
In accordance with the color on the statewide chart for such growth faculty and staff dressed in blue last Friday
to celebrate this wonderful achievement.
According to DES Principal, Dr. Kelsey Greer,
“This is SUCH a huge accomplishment for our school, and my teachers and students deserve to be celebrated. I am so proud
of them and they have worked so very hard over the last several years to make steady, sustainable progress to get these results.”
At Denton Elementary school 90% of the students made growth during the 2018-2019 school year, and the school
tripled its growth index from last year.
These results do not happen without
strategic and focused work on the part of all the teachers and administrators. The dedicated staff at Denton Elementary continues
to put students academic needs and social well being at the forefront of their agenda. As Dr. Greer tells her staff, “We
are doing the right work!”
From here…to there a Labor of Love
Newly Renovated South Davidson Family Resource
Center in Denton opens its doors
By Kelly Bledsoe
For many years, the Griffis Clinic, located at 292 South Main Street sat vacant. That is until Doctors Felizardio
and Florita Mangundayao graciously donated the Griffis Clinic to become the future home of the South Davidson Family Resource
After two years of relentless work, fundraising events, grant writing, favors and
several miracles the newly renovated Griffis Clinic has opened its doors as the new home of the South Davidson Family Resource
The center’s grand opening celebration and visitation will be Sunday, September
15 from 2-4pm. Everyone is invited to come and visit the beautiful “new” facility and learn more about the services
SDFRC charter board member Leroy Hinesley has been instrumental during
the renovation efforts. Hinesley said, “The Griffis Clinic is truly an iconic landmark in Denton and I am honored to
help preserve not only the building but also its history while at the same time expanding the South Davidson Family Resource
Following Hinesly’s vision Sonja and Marion Grubb have devoted an incredible
amount of time and resources into the renovation efforts. They have diligently spent every free moment working in whatever
capacity necessary to make this vision a reality.
SDFRC Director John Shelton has also played
a key role in the renovations and is extremely excited to open the doors of the center to the community. To define exactly
what the resource center will do, Shelton stressed, “It is a resource for the community where parents and their children,
can come for support, learn about structured programs, and receive help during times of need, all for free in a relaxed environment.”
As executive director Shelton will continue to oversee an organization that connects hundreds
of families with community resources that support their most basic needs, such as the emergency food pantry, Weekend Backpack
Program, Clothing Closet, and Emergency Financial Assistance.
SDFRC staff members Linda Cook and Patty Morris are long
time advocates for the center and have played a major roll in the renovation and relocation process. They have continued to
diligently serve the citizens of Southern Davidson County hroughout all the chaos of relocating the center and their efforts
are greatly appreciated.
The list of volunteers who have helped is endless and the number
of community members who have supported the renovation effort is countless. Resource members would like to thank everyone
who supported this project and special thanks to Jesse Rowe, Claudie Harrison, Neil Snider as well as all the businesses who
promoted and supported this cause.
SDFRC is a non-profit agency, incorporated in 1998, with
a goal of providing services and resources to the disadvantaged population and families in crisis in southern Davidson County.
SDFRC is the only social services organization totally dedicated to serving the citizens of Southern Davidson County. The
agency is funded through several means including grants and special funding as partners with United Way, as well as with other
federal and local agencies.
Notably the Griffis Clinic has touched the lives of nearly every
family in Denton proven by the outpouring of support from community members and volunteers. The SDFRC staff and board members
want to thank every individual who played a roll in the miraculous renovation of the center. It is remarkable to think that
the “clinic” continues to serve the families of Denton and Southern Davidson County, and founders, former owners,
and families of “Griffis Clinic” are intensely proud that the building will continue to be used as it was originally
intended: to serve the residents of this community!
More information about the South Davidson
Family Resource Center can be found at http://www.southdavidsonfrc.com/services/services.htm, or visit the facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/SDFRC1/ or call 336-859-5399. Better yet, stop by the new office at 292 South Main Street in Denton.
SDFRC is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30am-12 NOON. All services are FREE.