Westside Elementary - Project Compassion
About 85 fifth-grade students took part in Project Compassion — a challenge issued by Teacher Melinda Hollenbaugh to raise money to help others. They chose Heifer International as their theme and made a goal of raising $500 to provide animals to families to raise on their own, thereby helping them to help themselves. Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. The students were honored at Spirit Day for actually raising three times their goal — a whopping $1,795.00.
At first, the students thought a $5 gift or more would be what they could raise; but as their enthusiasm caught on to helping others and the idea that it would be passed on, their battle cry became, “Mama wants a llama!” Families who receive a gift become donors as they pass on the gift to other families in their community, allowing them to help others as they were helped. A llama costs $150, a Heifer $500 and a pig $120. The students can now afford all of those and then some. All of the fifth-graders were joined in raising funds by parents and staff.
Hollenbaugh said, “Our fifth-graders are pretty pumped about being able to send such a generous amount. I am so thankful for a caring, compassionate and giving school community that not only takes care of our needs here in Greenbrier, but the needs of others in far away countries. The total $1,795.00 raised for Heifer International included my $150 birthday llama.” The Top Givers were Ethan Monin, Abigail Smith, Caitlyn Clements, Morgan Southall, Keelee Carroll, Luke Frank, Ashlee Verkler, Alyssa Ross, Bryce Allison, Anthony Juarez, Emma Rehm, Parker Evans, and Claire King.
Persimmon Ridge Golf Association Donates to EES Panther Pals Program
An Eastside tradition was started several years ago by Leigh Barnett Reed who later was partnered with Courtney Williams to help support and provide for Eastside children and their families throughout the school year. The tradition has continued and grown stronger with community support. Persimmon Ridge Golf Association has been a loyal supporter of making this a successful program to assure that all students’ needs are met throughout each school year. Sherry Hogg, Eastside counselor, alongside the Eastside staff work diligently to assure that needs are identified and provided for in what is known as the Giving Tree Program. This year Persimmon Ridge Golf Association made a substantial contribution in support of the Panther Pals Program in the amount of $2,700.00. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for the continued support of our community and families. We are truly blessed to be a part of the Greenbrier community and are proud to work together to assure our students get the very best each and every single day.
Eastside "Believe it or Not" Math/Science Night
EES school staff and families joined together in a fun-filled night of "Believe It or Not" Math/Science Activities as well as enjoyed some delicious pastries, hot chocolate, coffee, Christmas music and pictures with Santa on December 11th. The Eastside Entertainers also performed for families as they arrived to the school for the events. Thanks to all who came out and made this night a success.
Kelli Martin Honored by AAEOP
Mrs. Kelli Martin was recently honored by the Arkansas Association of Educational Office Professionals as the 2014 AAEOP Educational Administrator of the Year, in Little Rock, AR and was presented with an engraved plaque. She was chosen by the Greenbrier Chapter earlier in the school year as Greenbrier Schools Administrator of the Year and then her nomination was forwarded to be considered for the state honor. The Greenbrier AEOP is very blessed to be able to nominate and assist Mrs. Martin in receiving such a well deserved award. Mrs. Martin was joined at the Awards Luncheon on Nov. 6, 2014 by her husband Shawn Martin; her parents, Ronnie and Janie McGaha; Greenbrier AEOP Members; Mr. Scott Spainhour, Superintendent; Dr. Lisa Todd, Deputy Superintendent; and Pat Tapley, Business Manager.
Thank you Mrs. Martin for being such a highly respected and motivated administrator and for being the educational leader our district, students, staff and community needs.
FCCLA in Action
GHS FFA Teams Compete Nationally
GHS FFA teams recently competed at the National FFA Convention & Expo in Lousiville, KY.
First Picture- Agriculture Mechanics Team, Ranked Bronze on the national level. Pictured (Left to right) Brandon Lewis, Skylar Reynolds, Brock Roberts, Luke Turner, and Grant White.
Second Picture- Milk Quality Product & Evaluation, ranked Gold on the National Level, and placed 12th in the Nation. Pictured (left to right) Rodney Wiedower, Sam Harris, Nicholas Johnston, Jacob Logsdon, and Kaylin Moore.
A special election will take place in Greenbrier on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Patrons will have the opportunity to vote on a millage increase for the Greenbrier School District.
The current millage rate is 38.0. The District is proposing to raise the millage rate by 2.9 mills to fund a new elementary school in the Springhill community to address the increasing student population. Additional details outlining the District’s specific plans for the millage will be available soon.
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