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A New Learning Environment: Breaking Ground on Grant Projects
AnneMarie Bretz, a first-grade teacher at Poplin Elementary, is one of two Poplin teachers who received a grant from the Union County Education Foundation in October 2014. Bretz’s mini-grant of $500 will be used to create a Land Lab. Bretz says, “We will use this seed money to begin to create a unique learning environment at Poplin. We are going to create a bird blind, bird and butterfly feeders, and a compost area.” Bretz hopes the Poplin school community will participate in creating and maintaining this new learning environment. It is going to need soil, rocks, plants, flowers, and trees. Bretz says she hopes that this fund will be used to provide the vegetation needed for birds and butterfly to hide and feed.
It's time for kindergarten registration
As February draws near, 5 year olds across the county are gearing up for the start of kindergarten. Kindergarten registration begins Feb. 9, and will continue through Feb. 13. Parents may register their child at the elementary school located in their attendance area. School officials believe that kindergarten is the building blocks on which educational careers are built. Director of Elementary Education Cindy Croffut said kindergarten students are instructed in reading, writing, math, social studies and science.Full Story