Community Night draws crowds


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



Embree Venable enjoys herself at the Mount Airy City Schools’ Community Night.


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Dustin Draughn, a science teacher at Mount Airy Middle School, talks to children at the district’s Community Night.


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Jones Elementary principal Sherry Cox gets “slimed” by a student at Mount Airy High School.


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More than 1,000 people turned out for the Mount Airy City Schools’ annual Community Night.

Carrie Venable, MACS public information officer, called the Community Night a huge success. The annual event was the fourth of its kind. For the two-hour gathering, the district opened Mount Airy High School to everybody from the community.

The event included presentations from students ranging from first through eighth grade, and the high school’s marching band and chorus ended the evening with performances.

“The student performances were amazing, as always,” Venable stated in an email. “We are blessed with dedicated parents, staff, and students who put great energy into their talents.”

Venable said the evening was a rare occasion to highlight the work of the Mount Airy schools to interested members of the community.

Dr. Kim Morrison, superintendent, called the evening “one of our favorite events because it brings a large number of our students and families together to celebrate what is right with Mount Airy City Schools.”

“We had over 1,000 people in attendance to enjoy the fabulous student presentations, student productions, and student projects,” added Morrison. “I am thankful to all of the staff for highlighting our innovations in such a fun and engaging way. A big thank you to all of our partners that allow us to do what we do every day for our students.”

The community night also brought fun for children who attended. Staff members were “slimed” by students who had their names drawn, according to Venable. Principal Sherry Cox and teachers Brad Dowell, Danny Gallimore, Robbie Rives and Abby Gallimore each took turns sitting in the slime booth.

However, Venable noted Cox got the brunt of the attention, as students slimed her 20 times.

The event was also the first year in which the school district’s partners in the community were invited to attend the event.

According to Venable, representatives from Mount Airy’s Parks and Recreation, Police and Fire Departments were on hand at the event. Both Rotary Clubs sent representatives, as did Surry Community College, Go Global N.C., Johnson’s Xtreme Softwash, Chick-fil-A, Project Lazarus and the Mount Airy Youth Foundation.

“We could not accomplish all we do without their unwavering support of our system,” remarked Venable.

Venable said the night was a way to showcase all the district offers, including child nutrition. Thus, a free meal was offered to all who attended.

Embree Venable enjoys herself at the Mount Airy City Schools’ Community Night.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_MAcommunity3.jpgEmbree Venable enjoys herself at the Mount Airy City Schools’ Community Night. Andy Winemiller | The News

Dustin Draughn, a science teacher at Mount Airy Middle School, talks to children at the district’s Community Night.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_MAcommunity2.jpgDustin Draughn, a science teacher at Mount Airy Middle School, talks to children at the district’s Community Night. Andy Winemiller | The News

Jones Elementary principal Sherry Cox gets “slimed” by a student at Mount Airy High School.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_MAcommunity1.jpgJones Elementary principal Sherry Cox gets “slimed” by a student at Mount Airy High School. Andy Winemiller | The News

By Andy Winemiller

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Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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