by Bob Keith

HNG Foundation recognizes LLCA teachers

Each year LLCA recognizes a “Teacher of the Year”. This program honors educators who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. “This annual award also affirms our commitment to celebrating and attracting high-quality teachers who model best practices in teaching,” said Barbara Cohen, School Director. The last two recipients of this award have been Kay Dawkins and Nancy Sarratt. The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation granted each teacher $500 to use in any special way to supplement their own personal teaching style and plan. See pictures below. For more information on the Foundation grant making process, go to 

Shown is LLCA’s 2019/2020 “Teacher of the Year” Kay Dawkins, kneeling on the right, on a field trip with her class, holding a pen on which is perched a monarch butterfly. The kids are fascinated with her, the butterfly and this teaching moment.
Nancy Sarratt (left) is presented the LLCA’s 2020/2021 “Teacher of the Year” award by Barbara Cohen, LLCA’s Executive Director. Nancy was subsequently granted $500 by the HNG Foundation for excellence and leadership.

Prime “summer” time fun

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Olympiad, August 13th – 15th. Come out on the evening of August 13th at 7pm to watch the athletes finish a grueling 10K run from Ingles to the beach at Rumbling Bald. Enjoy a cookout and free ice cream sundaes while spectating. Saturday marks the 16th Sprint Triathlon starting at 8am on the beach at Rumbling Bald. We have hundreds of returning athletes seeking to achieve their personal best. Then at 9am, for the youngsters, there will be a Junior Olympiad consisting of six events to test the skills of the young and mighty. This event is run by LLCA and is always a hit with the kids. They love the T-Shirts and the medals they can earn. On Sunday morning we have a 5K run up the access road to Chimney Rock. Spectators entering the Park before 7:15am get into the Park for free. You can then observe a beautiful sunrise, cheer on the runners as they finish the race and/or hike the trails in the Park. It’s a great time to get involved in this exciting and special community activity and enjoy the wonders of and spectacular Chimney Rock State Park. Have a splendiferous summer!

For more information on the Olympiad, go to