Union Elementary earns Lighthouse School Award

By: By Chase Jordan - cjordan@civitasmedia.com

Teachers Union Elementary School are being honored for their innovative ways of educating students.

The school, located in Clinton, was recently selected to receive the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASCD) Lighthouse School Award. It’s presented annually to three schools in the state which have advanced student achievement through creative ways, while nurturing a positive and supportive climate.

Principal Dr. Linda Carr and officials from Sampson County Schools (SCS) are excited about the award. In a SCS news release, Carr stated that she believes that all children can learn and held educators to high standards.

“School also should be fun,” Carr said after learning about the award. “At Union Elementary, our staff members are tremendously supportive of our students. We are a family that is committed to preparing our students for the next level of learning. This recognition is such an honor for our school and community.”

Assistant Principal India Rich-Moultrie shares the same sentiments of Carr. She said it’s a tremendous accomplishment and is enthused about the Lighthouse Award.

“The school is vert excited about receiving it,” Rich-Moultrie said.

Carr and members of Union’s grade level leadership team are scheduled to accept the award at the NCASD annual conference on Feb. 2 at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst. Each year, NCASCD also recognizes educators and administrators for their accomplishments in education. In addition to taking a plaque back to Sampson County, Union Elementary will also receive $1,000.

SCS Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy congratulated Carr, students, faculty and parents from the school for the achievement.

“Sampson County Schools is proud that Union Elementary is among a select few to be chosen for this statewide recognition. Our community believe in the importance of public education, and Union Elementary is a wonderful model for elementary schools in our state.”

Union Elementary exceeded its state growth expectations for 2015-2016 academic year. Some of aspects of improvement include reading and math.

NCASD is affiliated with the global Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), which includes 125,000 members in more than 138 countries. Founded in 1943, ASCD develops and delivers innovative programs, products and services to assist educators.


By Chase Jordan


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