It's been quite a year! As the end of 2014 gets ever closer, we'd like to take a look at the blog posts you visited the most this year. From celebrating milestones to personal insights to issues that affect middle school students, the topics listed show there are many ways to go about making Asheville and Buncombe County an even greater community for everyone who lives here. You can even re-experience staff members dumping buckets of cold water on themselves. (Remember when that was the biggest thing on the internet?)
Thank you for your trust and support in 2014—we're looking forward to working together in 2015!
Noticing an unmet need, The Peaks Society coordinated our inaugural sports equipment drive. It was no easy feat, but the results included more than 1,000 new or gently used sporting goods items for area kids and families. REALTOR Julie Smith encouraged everyone to de-clutter their spaces and donate unused items to enable kids opportunities to try new sports. The sports equipment drive returns this spring.
We joined with several community partners in 2012 to launch Enka Middle Community School. In a relatively short amount of time, we've seen the strength of this tool in action and plan to expand community schools to other districts soon. As her year as a staff member came to a close, Anna Gettles shared her experience as Community Engagement Coordinator.
A certain seasonal movie favorite involves Ralphie's dad winning "a major award." Well, Buncombe County did win a major award and it's not a leg lamp! We were chosen as one of six communities to be honored with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize for the work many individuals and groups are doing collectively to improve the health of our residents.
2014 offered one of the most brutal winters we've seen in awhile. It lingered through February and March, canceling school and bringing frustration to teachers, parents and students. Ann Von Brock, our Vice President of Planning and Community Investment, explored the reality for many people in our community when school is canceled for inclement weather.
Folks around the world were getting drenched in buckets of ice water all summer...and uploading videos to social media sites. We can't blame them as it was all in the name of charity. The Cold Water Challenge made its way to our steps (literally) and Chris, Kevin and Michelle got creative as they got soaked.