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Reach Roundup: If students hold a walkout, who should dictate the consequences? 



If students hold a walkout, who should dictate the consequences? 


America’s Basketball Heaven| ESPN 2/20/18
Kinston, NC happens to be greatest per capita producer of NBA players in the country. This article is a great read considering March Madness is just getting underway, plus it reveals that North Carolina had a nuclear bomb scare in the early 1960s.   

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Papers. Here’s What I Learned | NYTimes 3/7/2018
I am fascinated by the discussion around news diet. The author focused on receiving news from old-fashioned newspapers for two months instead of the daily diet of push notifications.


Last week, my colleagues and I participated in the myFutureNC listening session in Lenoir. We then headed to Isothermal Community College in Rutherfordton. We closed out the week in Asheville with visits to Avery’s Creek Elementary School and Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. We racked up hundreds of miles, and we met with dozens of students, school leaders, and community members.

A common theme of all of the conversations was resilience in the face of challenges. Isothermal introduced us to their Rutherford Early College robotics team (who gave us sweet team jackets!). The early college robotics team inspired us with their energy for learning, yet, leadership illustrated the crushing challenges their region faced economically. One leader drove home the point by quoting an old movie, “I’ll never trust happiness again.”

A-B Tech has an award winning culinary program, a partnership with Mission Health that is advancing health care in the region, and more. They also have a food pantry, a clothing closet, and they are working with Single Stop to better serve all of their students.

What does this mean for our state? And for you?

For one, it is important to remember that North Carolina is a large state with complex challenges, and the solutions often require a community-oriented response unique to their people and their opportunities. For another, as we develop narrative arcs and possible solutions, we must remember that place matters.

I want to hear your stories of resilience and place. Will you email me, text NATION to 73224, or tweet me @NationHahn?

All the best,


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Reach NC Voices Team

The Reach NC Voices team includes Nation Hahn, director of growth for EdNC; Molly Osborne, director of policy; Analisa Sorrells, chief of staff and associate director of policy; and Alli Lindenberg, engagement specialist.