7/24/15 Eastlawn kicks off year-round school session

Academically gifted teacher Donna Kimbro shares a lesson with her class on the first day of school Thursday at Eastlawn Elementary School. Thursday represented Kimbro’s 43rd first day of school and seventh at Eastlawn.

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Academically gifted teacher Donna Kimbro shares a lesson with her class on the first day of school Thursday at Eastlawn Elementary School. Thursday represented Kimbro’s 43rd first day of school and seventh at Eastlawn.

Eastlawn kicks off year-round school session
Learning Goes GLOBAL
By Isaac Groves The Times-News 7/24/15  
Reprinted with permission.  

   Teresa Moore has seen a lot of first days at Eastlawn Elementary School, including her first day of school as a student.

   “So not only did I go to school here, I came back here to work,” said Moore, 54.

   In 1981, Moore became a teacher assistant at Eastlawn after getting her associate’s degree from Alamance Community College.

   “I’ve been here ever since,” she said.

   Eastlawn is one of the five year-round schools in the Alamance-Burlington School System to start 2015-16 on Thursday. The others are Haw River, North Graham and South Graham elementary schools, and Graham Middle School.

   Now, Moore is the school secretary and treasurer, which gives her the chance to get to know pretty much all the parents. Some of them she knows already.

   “A lot of them came here as students, and now they’re coming back with their children,” Moore said.

   She sees some of her old classmates, too, bringing in their grandchildren.

   After all these years, Moore has seen a lot of changes, like when Eastlawn converted to a year-round school in 2008, which she loves since it gives the students and their teachers regular breaks to avoid burnout.

   This year, she is getting used to Eastlawn becoming a Global Passport School, meaning each grade will focus on a different part of the world. Kindergartners will learn about Oceana, which includes Australia and the island nations of the Pacific. First-graders will learn about Asia, and each successive grade will learn about a different part of the world — South America, Africa, Europe — finishing up with North America in fifth grade.

   Teachers get training on incorporating lessons about the regions they are teaching about and have “culture corners” in their classrooms.

   The culture corner in Sonya Charlton-Wirth’s class focuses on Turkey because that is where her mother came from, and she still has relatives there who can send over things like traditional clothes.

   Principal Dan McInnis said the Global Passport program will give Eastlawn students a broader perspective on the world, which will help them when they apply for college and start careers.

   “I think it just allows them to become global thinkers and be more competent in global matters,” McInnis said.

   Also working to give Eastlawn students an advantage , Donna Kimbro, the academically and intellectually gifted teacher at Eastlawn, had her 43rd first day of school Thursday, and her seventh at Eastlawn.

   She said she keeps teaching because her students are excited and eager for opportunities, and many hope to be the first in their families to go to college. That is one reason Kimbro started a program to send Eastlawn students to visit colleges.

   “It’s just to see what their futures could be,” Kimbro said.

Teresa Moore, the treasurer and school secretary at Eastlawn, marked her 35th first day of school — first as a student, then as a teacher assistant and staff member — on Thursday.  
Teresa Moore, the treasurer and school secretary at Eastlawn, marked her 35th first day of school — first as a student, then as a teacher assistant and staff member — on Thursday.