Sharp County Statistics. Michelle Bryson LIBM 6360 Developing Information Collections Fall 2011. Resource. US Census Bureau. ( n.d .). American Fact Finder . Retrieved September 11, 2011, from US Census Bureau Fact Finder: http://factfinder.cencus.gov. The Learning Community.
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LIBM 6360 Developing Information Collections
US Census Bureau. (n.d.). American Fact Finder. Retrieved September 11, 2011, from US Census Bureau Fact Finder: http://factfinder.cencus.gov
Sharp County is an area that is low income. It has a high percentage of elderly, uneducated, and unemployed persons. Two communities in the area were started as retirement villages. Most of the populations are from out of state. There are several businesses and churches in the area. Several give to the school and help the children with school supplies. A Christmas tree or Angel tree is done in several locations where patrons buy anonymously for children at Christmas time. The Lyon’s Club helps with glasses. The school has a backpack program where food is sent home on Fridays with children who do not have enough to eat over the weekend for various reasons. The Garden Club gives the elementary school teachers a monetary donation every year at Christmas. There is a high rate of drug abuse in the area which causes some grandparents to raise their grandchildren.
The middle school does a parent night for each of the quarters in the school year in which show cases the students. The elementary and the high school could be more involved with parents such as this instead of the just two parent teacher conferences a year. The middle school has also worked with and written a grant for a school garden and have students in a Garden Club. The elementary and high school does not offer anything like that. The high school does have two plays by the Drama Club and the FFA puts on a fundraiser called “The Hee-haw Show” modeled after the nineteen eighties television show. The elementary and middle school does a Watch DOG Dad Program in which male role models spend the day shadowing their student or students around for a whole day. This has been very successful in the elementary and middle school level. The local Baptist church always supplies a lunch during district professional development days in which they also have supplies to give the teachers. The middle school and high school teachers usually do not participate. The local businesses also take turns that week as teacher appreciation. However, the high school is usually left out on this. It seems that the three campuses are operating as three separate pieces of a whole that needs to come together as a unified whole.