New Dimensions Charter School continues community building through inviting representatives from different organizations, such as the Morganton Department of Public Safety, to greet students once a month during morning arrival. The guests hand out smiles, hugs, fist bumps, high-fives, and "good mornings.”
In November, Pastor Ronald McLendon of Celebration Family Worship Center, Pastor Lauren Carlson of Calvary Lutheran Church of Morganton, Pastor Keith Burkhart of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Pastor George Logan of New Day Christian Church and Bishop Barry Camp of The Rising Church served as greeters.
“It was an honor to be at New Dimensions to meet and greet the students as they came to school,” Burkhart said. “My prayer is that they saw the light of Jesus in us and it made their day a little brighter.”
McLendon thanked the school for allowing them to positively impact the students.
“We all enjoyed this opportunity so much," he said.
In addition to inviting groups to greet the students, participants in the school’s after school program, Camp Warriors, visited residents at the Grace Ridge Retirement Community. Campers played games, colored pages and had cookies and hot cider with the residents. Sally McIlwain, director of Camp Warriors, also had Hartman's Haven Rescue Organization visit with campers. They learned about the responsibilities that go along with caring for animals.
"What a blessing it has been for our students to be greeted by the police, fire department and several of our local clergy,” said Dr. David Burleson, the school’s director. “The high fives and smiling faces revealed that everyone had a great time. A big thank you to everyone who has helped make a great start to our students’ day at New Dimensions."