A special thanks to the 53 children attending Salem Sloan Child Enrichment Center who traced and designed paper dolls in their likeness. These paper dolls will represent Alexander County and be part of a display during the May legislative session in Raleigh. This effort coordinated by MomsRising will call attention to the importance of children’s issues and encourage legislators to Stand Up for Early Learning. While the dolls may be two-dimensional, our children aren’t. Well-rounded, quality care is important to the future of each individual NC child. NC mothers and families support funding quality early learning programs, and we encourage our legislators to ensure that these important programs receive adequate funding in the budget. There will be extensive media outreach on the day of the display to garner media attention in Raleigh.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Margo Mosley, an Extension Agent in Family and Consumer Sciences at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, was awarded the Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award at the 2012 National Smart Start Conference. The award, named for Smart Start’s former president, recognizes outstanding service to young children and families in North Carolina. Mosley was nominated by the Alexander County Partnership for Children. A $1,000 cash award will be made to the partnership in her name.
For more than 27 years, Margo Mosley has worked on behalf of the children and families of Alexander County. She served on the original Smart Start planning group that held nightly meetings at a local restaurant to develop Alexander County’s plan to bring Smart Start to the community. She has never looked back—serving as board chair twice and leading or being a member of almost every committee at the Partnership.
In addition to Smart Start, Mosley has been instrumental in establishing and enhancing numerous efforts in the community. She helped create the Alexander International Center, an organization that works with the international residents of Alexander County. She volunteers with Forgiven Ministries, working with the children of prisoners when they visit the prison.
In August Margo will retire as Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences with the NC Cooperative Extension. In nominating Margo, the Alexander Partnership noted, “While a void will be felt through Margo’s retirement there is comfort in knowing that Margo’s work in Alexander County has made Alexander County a much better place. It has often been said it is important in one’s life to use everything you have. Margo Mosley has certainly used everything she has for the children and families of Alexander County. Her legacy will continue long after her retirement.”