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NCPacks4Patriots is providing a taste and touch of home to those serving our country in combat zones. The holidays are the hardest times to be away from your family and friends, so let’s show our troops how much their service is appreciated by sharing a bit of home with them.

Items needed:

  • Small Christmas trees (1-3 ft)
  • Lightweight unbreakable ornaments, garland, lights, wall hangings
  • Stockings and holiday treat bags filled with toiletries, snacks, small gifts like socks, handheld video games, card games, puzzle books, DVDs, CDs, hand and foot warmers.
  • Holiday-themed DVDs, CDs of holiday music
  • Financial support to mail packages

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Last week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the standardized test scores for the 2012- 2013 academic school year. The data uses a culmination of both standardized end-of-grade and end-of-course tests to determine the performance of area students. The results showed that both Macon and Jackson counties fall just behind the state average of 44.7.

With an overall score of 43.4, the Macon County School District fares better than neighboring Jackson County, which sits at 42.4 passing rate.

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As the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service nears its centennial celebration, the organization is holding a series of 12 listening sessions across the state in November and December 2013. Cooperative Extension, which provides educational programs in 4- H, Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences and Community Development to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, is seeking public input as the organization launches a strategic planning initiative for the future. Residents of Macon County are invited to attend the listening sessions. The listening session closest to Macon County will be at Swain County Technology and Training Center, 45 East Ridge Road in Bryson City. The session will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m.

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Read to Achieve initiative eliminates social promotion.

Monday night, Carol Waldroop spoke to members of the board of education regarding the districts plan to implement the state's new Read to Achieve law, which was passed by the General Assembly during the 2012 session.

North Carolina’s Read to Achieve program, which takes effect this school year, is an attempt by lawmakers to introduce mandates intended to ensure that all children who advance to fourth grade have the reading skills to succeed and test at proficient levels.

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