Up & Coming Weekly

June 16, 2020

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4 UCW JUNE 17-23, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR Jenna Shackelford jenna@upandcomingweekly.com HOPE MILLS AND SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Baker art@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATES Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Avery Powers, Crissy Neville ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200 FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. PUBLISHER'S PEN A big thank you to every- one who reached out with positive comments about our commemorative 2020 high school edition. And an especially big thank you to Cumberland County Schools for allowing us to celebrate this year's gradu- ates with you! I doubt any of us will forget the unique circum- stances around this year's graduation celebrations. When my oldest walked across the stage a few years ago to receive her diploma, I could not have been prouder. Big days like this don't just happen. For more than two decades, countless people invested in her and her peers. I remember pondering at the time how much it takes to educate a young person. is year, thanks to COVID-19, the task was exponentially more difficult, and watching everyone rise to the chal- lenge was nothing short of inspiring. My daughter is a prod- uct of the Cumberland County Schools system. I am thankful for everyone in it who contributed to her success: the teachers who pushed her to do her best; the ones who called her out when she was trying to get away with doing less; the ones who saw her struggle and offered en- couragement; the ones who taught her how to be an independent thinker; the ones who taught her to love reading. I am thankful to the teachers who sponsored clubs that instilled in her a love of theater, debate, foreign languages, adventure and a sense of civility and love for her fellow man. I am thankful for the adminis- trators who showed compassion when her dad was deployed and our family was struggling. I am thankful for administrators who were always kind and professional. My hat is off to the volunteers who spent time in her classrooms, held fundraisers to benefit lo- cal students and who helped in other ways I'll never know. I'm thankful to all of them — and so many more. Having good-hearted, solid leaders who care for children at the helm of our education system makes all these things an everyday occurrence in this community — even if it's online and not in person. You can't underestimate the im- pact teachers, administrators and school staff have on our young people. e impact of COVID-19 and the confusion of how to move forward were met with grace and common sense, making the most of a terrible situation. In recent years, we've heard many comments about how protected this generation of Americans is. Are we really turning out a generation of easily-offended, emotionally vulnerable snowflakes? For all our good intentions, has the helicopter parenting, cod- dling and overpraising back- fired? I hope not. I choose to believe not. After watch- ing the amazing teachers, administrators and staff of this school system shepherd our young through one of the strangest schools years of our time and watching students rally, reset and complete what is likely the strangest school year they've known, I am confident. Confident in our schools and in our young adults who are going out into the world. Class of 2020, there are many challenges ahead … and just as many opportunities. I cannot wait to see what you do with them! Congratulations, class of 2020! by STEPHANIE CRIDER F&B PUBLICATIONS VOLUME 25 ISSUE 24 June 10 - 16, 2020 Cumberland County's Community Newspaper Commemorative Edition congratul ates class of 2020! HIGH HIGH 92 92 LOW LOW 74 74 HIGH HIGH 90 90 HIGH HIGH 85 85 HIGH HIGH 85 85 HIGH HIGH 92 92 LOW LOW 74 74 LOW LOW 73 73 JUNE 22 JUNE 21 JUNE 19 JUNE 20 JUNE 23 Scattered Thunderstorms Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms PM Thunderstorms JUNE 18 THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY HIGH HIGH 80 80 LOW LOW 66 66 LOW LOW 71 71 TUESDAY LOW LOW 69 69 STEPHANIE CRIDER, Associate Publisher. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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