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New mission, vision, values paint picture of success for East Elem. photo

New mission, vision, values paint picture of success for East Elem.

East Elementary School has a new mission, a new vision and a new set of values – all created to make the school a shining star among Union County elementary schools. “Creating a new mission, vision and values frames why we exist, the type of school we want to create and how we need to behave in order to create that school,” said East principal Denny Ferguson. Getting community to embrace the new concepts was evidenced recently when the school invited the community to come to an event called “For the love of reading.” Pictured at left, East Elementary kindergarten student Alex Carranza, center, gets some quality reading time with his family during a recent "For the Love of Reading" event at his school. 

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East Elementary's schoolwide Relay For Life blows past its goals photo

East Elementary's schoolwide Relay For Life blows past its goals

How much does an elementary school student understand about raising money for cancer research? At East Elementary School, students understand quite a lot. East Elementary principal Denny Ferguson said the faculty decided to make their Relay for Life school-wide initiative more than just a fundraiser. “They wanted to get the kids involved, let the kids understand what they’re raising money for and the importance of it. They wanted to bring that experience to the students,” Ferguson said. The school simulated a Relay for Life event at the school, race and all, setting a goal of raising $600. When all was said and done, however, they had raised $800. (This greatly added to the yearlong total of $3,500 raised over several fundraisers.)

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