Country music singer and songwriter Jimmy Wayne spent time last week sharing his life story with students at York Chester Middle School and Cherryville High School. The assembly programs featured Wayne taking the stage to perform several of his popular songs and tell about how he overcame a childhood in poverty and the foster care system thanks to the love and support of teachers, counselors and an elderly couple who took him into their home.
A morning of crafts, games and carols brought holiday cheer to the residents at Stanley Total Living Center and the group of Kiser Elementary students who came to visit. The fourth-grade classes enjoyed the spirit of the season with the residents as they worked on community service projects together.
As a social worker at Sadler Elementary School, Tabatha Rainey knows how the holiday season puts a strain on local food pantries. That is why she and other Gaston County Schools social workers organized collection drives to gather food and other items for families in need.