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Learning what Yadkin County students love about the state

Today was the second day of our week-long journey across the state. We began in Elkin and traveled through historic Rockford Village. 

We stopped at East Bend Elementary School in Yadkin County to visit the fifth grade class. Prior to the trip, we learned the fourth grade class took a course on bike safety, and we wanted to learn from the pros. 

The students shared many important lessons: “Wear a helmet.” “Use hand signals.” And our favorite, when they learned of our adventure: “If you are going to go that far, you probably should train first.” 

We asked the fifth grade class what they love most about North Carolina. Their answers included “beaches,” “the people,” “freedom,” “the weather,” and “the schools.” Watch below to hear some of their answers. 


Laura Lee

Laura Lee is the former content director and managing editor for EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

Born and raised in Union County, North Carolina, Laura attended Benton Heights Elementary School, Unionville Elementary School, Charlotte Latin Middle School, and Piedmont High School. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies. After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked as an educator with a civic education organization and then as a program administrator for two Fulbright grant programs.

She received her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007. In law school, she served as president of the Student Bar Association and was a Davis Society inductee. She also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Laura briefly strayed from her Tar Heel allegiance in 2011 to obtain a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland where she was an Eleanor Merrill Fellow. She then worked at NPR producing content for the Washington desk, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation

From 2013 to 2017, Laura oversaw daily production of North Carolina Public Radio WUNC’s The State of Things, first as assistant news director for talk programming and then as managing editor. 


Liz Bell

Liz Bell is the early childhood reporter for EducationNC.