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fresh veggiesForsyth Industrial Systems (FIS) in Winston-Salem is growing in more ways than one. The Forsyth Technical College Compensatory Education (CE) class has started their own garden under the instruction of the CE Instructor Sade Aiken with support from staff members Star Tom, lead developmental specialist, and developmental specialists Patty Temples and Betty Smith, who garden as a hobby. Not long ago, students pulled their first squash from the garden and learned to prepare and cook the vegetable. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe and watermelon are also growing there. The production of the garden teaches numerous skills, such as responsibility, socialization, teamwork, leisure choices as well as lessons about nature and agriculture.

The Unique Seniors (pictured) at FIS have also taken on a project of their own. Last winter, a tree in front ofUnique seniors the entrance to FIS was removed leaving an empty, dull, unattractive void, according to Sharon Burns, program director at FIS. Ann Haynes, a liaison from the Parks and Recreation Department who has dedicated her time and talents to supporting the elder population at FIS, suggested the Unique Seniors plant marigolds in that empty space. The area started out with just flowers, but the group, along with instructor Cheryl Cole, developmental specialist, wanted to make it even more appealing by adding butterflies and artificial birds. The group is very dedicated to the upkeep of the newly created natural space, Sharon said.  It is an eye catcher to all who enter FIS.

Jail-a-thon in Scotland County 2Developmental Specialist William Abram (pictured right) was among several Monarch staff from Scotland Enterprises who were led away in handcuffs by local sheriff’s deputys and “arrested,” for a worthy cause. William said this is the second year the Jail-a-thon fundraiser has been sponsored by the Friends of Scotland Enterprises, a group of families, guardians and volunteers of people supported at Scotland Enterprises. The Friends organized the event where some staff and community people pretended to be arrested to raise bail money from friends, colleagues and others. The proceeds raised will be used for educational, employment, social outings and other programs for the people supported at Scotland Enterprises, according to Ronnie Quick, president of the Friends group, who said the fundraiser is one of several planned. 

Friends of Scotland Enterprises’ advisory board is led by Ronnie Quick and is comprised of Dan Royals, Myra Bodenhamer, Shirley Jones, Steve McLean, State Rep. Garland Pierce, and Sheriff Shep Jones. To read more about the fundraiser, click here to read an article about the fundraiser that appeared in the Laurinburg Exchange.

Sept. 13 – Monarch’s Vocational Opportunities in the Community (VOC) will host its sixth annual VOC Appreciation Dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Asheboro Friends Meeting - Fellowship Hall 230 East Kivett St. in Asheboro. The event is to recognize and express gratitude for the parents/guardians, the community as well as VOC participants.  A debut performance by the “Shakers and Movers,” the VOC Handbell Choir, will be part of the program. Special guest  N.C. State House Representative for District 70 Patricia B. Hurley is scheduled to attend. For details or to RSVP, contact Bunny Schoolcraft, VOC site director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (910) 633-7268.

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