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Maggie’s Garden Opens at Ribbon Cutting on Friday

maggie's garden ribbon cuttingAn outpouring of love for late Discovery High School Guidance Counselor and Newton-Conover High School English Teacher Maggie Daniels was evident this Friday at Discovery High School.

Maggie’s legacy was beautifully captured in a garden that was opened to the community at its ribbon cutting Friday morning by Destinee Carpenter, its primary benefactor.

Coming full circle at the ribbon cutting on August 21st, 2015, this former Discovery High School student completed this project as a direct result of a fully-funded GoFundMe public campaign — also functioning as her Senior Project.maggie's garden 3

“I’m not really doing this 100% for me. It is something that makes me very happy. Having something beautiful is going to make a lot of students happy,” Carpenter said.

In addition to the serene Koi Pond, the garden contains a beautiful tiled mosaic that was designed by Carpenter herself, as well as a gold-plated pair of Maggie’s favorite shoes — her Toms.

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Destinee Carpenter, former Discovery High School student and primary benefactor of Maggie’s Garden.

Destinee’s efforts have helped and will continue to help all who have been affected by the tragic loss of Maggie, and look forward to the positive impact that Maggie’s presence will have on the life of Discovery High School staff and students for years to come.

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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