Tomorrow’s Mountaineers Today

Collaboration is key to success at Appalachian’s lab school

Our youngest Mountaineers — those who attend our lab school in Walkertown — are doing very well. The Appalachian Academy at Middle Fork is one of nine schools in North Carolina selected to partner with a state university to advance literacy. The academy is approaching the close of its first full year with positive reports all around.

Dr. Robin Groce, our director of planning and implementation for the lab school, reports the academy’s fifth-graders achieved an 81% increase from their fourth-grade scores on their “winter check-in” pre-assessments for the North Carolina End-of-Grade Reading Comprehension Test.

The support and engagement of the students’ families, the surrounding community and the academy’s staff are major factors for these impressive outcomes. Kudos to every individual who touches the lives of these young learners.

The academy features a full faculty of 29, including eight Appalachian graduates — seven of whom hold master’s degrees. Additionally, one faculty member holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and 15 are currently enrolled or are enrolling in advanced degree programs at Appalachian. The academy also receives expertise and guidance from an on-campus team and advisory board.

 Please enjoy this short video on the Appalachian Academy at Middle Fork. The collective enthusiasm for learning at the academy is evident in this short video.

East Carolina University NC RiteCare Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic Annual Visit


The Orient of NC Scottish Rite is planning to visit the ECU RiteCare Clinic at 1:30 PM on Tuesday April 2nd.    We will meet some of the children, our speech therapy students and the faculty.  Light refreshments will be served.

We are planning to eat lunch at the Sam Jones BBQ Restaurant (715 W. Fire Tower Rd., Winterville, NC 28590) at 11:30 AM.

Please RSVP so I can make the necessary lunch reservations.

After lunch we will meet at the:

ECU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic

Allied Health Sciences Bldg

600 Moye Blvd

Greenville, NC 27834


The Valley of Raleigh will meet at our SR Temple at 9:30 am the morning of April 2nd  to car pool.

Business or business casual attire please.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Michael May 33°

Orient of NC RiteCare Chairman

Valley of Raleigh,  AASR