REUNION 2015 – Registration

The Morgan School at Patterson Preserve
July 31 – August 2

Don’t Miss Early Bird Rate – Postmarked by June 1 !!

NAME _______________________________________________

YEARS ATTENDED_________________________ GRAD. YEAR ________

ADDRESS ________________________________ PHONE _____________________

CITY/STATE/ZIP ___________________________ PHONE _____________________

EMAIL ___________________________________ FACEBOOK _________________

PLEASE CIRCLE THE PLAN(S) YOU WANT – Full Plan includes all meals and events


.                    Early Bird         Early Bird            After June 1         After June 1
.                    Full Weekend   Full Weekend     Full Weekend       Full Weekend
.                    (with room)       (no room)           (with room)           (no room)

YOU                  $75                   $50                    $100                      $75

Name                $50                   $50                     $75                       $75

Name                $25                   $25                    $50                        $50

Name                $25                   $25                    $50                        $50

Name                $25                   $25                    $50                        $50


All rooms will be in Wiese Dorm. Please BYO linens, pillows and towels (fan).
Availability for Weise is first come, first served.
Prices are for full weekend, no Saturday only prices.

Please send payment and registration to:
Patterson School Foundation, PO Box 500, Patterson, NC 28661-0500

Remember, Early Bird Rates must be postmarked by June 1, 2015!


Register to Win!

Don’t forget to drop by PEC (the Equestrian Center) for the Horse PULL tomorrow afternoon.  There will be 4 or 5 drawings (no cost to enter, just  register with Andy as you go in).  Drawings for free Horsemanship, riding lesson or trail ride, or $25 off our summer classes (Making:  Wine, Cheese, Soap, Bread, Jam, Drop Spindle Spinning, Permaculture, Dieta Healthy Eating)!  Must be present to win.  Did I mention a drawing for free use of the facilities for a birthday party (pony rides are extra)!

Patterson Equestrian Center Horse PULL

Horse pull picturePatterson School Equestrian Center
Address:    2039 Hwy 268, Lenoir, NC  28645
Date:          April 4, 2015
Time:         2:00 start  –  Gates open at 12:00
To register horses to participate, please arrive before 1:00
Current Coggins required.

First place for light and heavy weight is: $250
Second place:          $200
Third place:              $175
Fourth place:           $125
Fifth place:               $100

For your comfort, bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Food Vendor available onsite.
Hotdogs, Hamburgers, BBQ, Chips, Drinks, Desserts

For more information, contact:
IRA GREENE   at   828-266-1208        or      282-493-3210

Save the Monarch!

monarch_800Since the 1990s, the number of Monarch butterflies has decreased an incredible 90% due in part to the widespread spraying of toxic herbicides, made by Monsanto and other agro-chemical manufacturers, which destroys their main breeding habitat.  Monarch butterflies exclusively lay their eggs on milkweed, and their caterpillars rely on the plant as their only food source.

I just took action to stand with progressive champion Rep. Chellie Pingree to demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.

Please consider signing this petition too!

Sign the petition here:

PSF Celebrates Community Involvement and Generosity in 2014!

Patterson School Foundation Celebrates the Community’s Generosity in 2014!


Patterson School Foundation gives thanks as they celebrate their many successful milestones achieved in 2014. The highlights include surpassing their Hickory Hall Campaign’s initial goal for $50,000 to renovate Hickory Hall (their kitchen and dining room), the Patterson Equestrian Center’s Open House last month, and the establishment of the Patterson Riding Club! There is, indeed, much to rejoice in their year’s accomplishments.

The Hickory Hall Campaign was birthed from a matching $15,000 challenge, which was challenged again at a Patterson School alumni luncheon. All of the board members contributed, and the enthusiasm for Patterson School Foundation’s renewal has become contagious. As Hickory Hall’s two newly rebuilt roofs tout their healthy status, the excitement for the kitchen’s resurrection continues to grow.

The attached photos capture some of the highlights of their recent Christmas party, which were filled with kudos and much gratitude to the many generous volunteers who have facilitated Patterson School Foundation’s recent regeneration.

Chef_Keith_CCC-TIOur new friend Chef Keith Andreasen, Director of CCC-TI’s Culinary Arts Program, enjoyed the Patterson School Foundation Christmas celebration. Having him compliment our organic whole wheat pasta with sauce was noteworthy and much appreciated! From physically healthy food choices to emotionally and spiritually uplifting music — a good time was had by all!



Dr. Brady Adkins, pastor of the New Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Granite Falls, and the exceptionally talented New Grace Trio, set the Christmas tone for a joy-filled celebration and season.



Evelyn Garvey, Director of the Patterson Riding Club, was also toasted for her successful co-ordination of fellow volunteers who have worked many hours in the last 6 months of resurrecting the Patterson Equestrian Center. Evelyn Garvey, Giddy on Up 4-H leader in Caldwell County, supervised her team who won a ‘First Place’ for their recent County Fair 4-H project “Growing with Caldwell County”, which showcased their prized efforts at resurrecting the Patterson Equestrian Center.

Andy_Carlton_&_Joanie_Guglielmi croppedThe Patterson School Foundation board, and their many friends and volunteers, were able to meet their upcoming Patterson Equestrian Center Barn Manager, Andy Carlton. Andy will be residing on Patterson’s campus, and will begin boarding horses, and training horses and riders on Jan 1, 2015. Hiring Andy to take our newly re-opened Patterson Equestrian Center to the next level will be an exciting step into the New Year, enhancing our community’s access to over 1,000 beautiful acres in the historic Happy Valley!

Hands-on Science

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LENOIR, N.C.—Stacked to the roof with aquatic robots, DUI goggles and pig lungs, the curriculum room at Patterson Science Center is where “science” happens.It’s here that director Amy Bradley and her staff invent the lessons that have brought 25,000 students to the center since it opened in 2012 and made it a stunning success.

“I think it’s hands-on science,” Bradley said. “And we incorporate engineering into everything we do, so I really think it engaged the students in learning and they took an interest and they look forward to coming here.”

The center was the vision of Superintendent Steve Stone, who wanted to enhance STEAM education — the ‘A’ stands for ‘agriculture’ in this case — in Caldwell County schools.

“The industries in Caldwell County are changing,” Stone said. “They tell us we need more kids in robotics, more kids in tech.”

The PSC campus, nestled in the foothills of Yadkin Valley, once housed a boarding school. But it closed in 2009, after years of dwindling interest.

“We’re sitting on 1,400 acres of pristine land, so the school board wanted to create a unique opportunity for our kids, something that’s uniquely ours,” Stone said.

He hired Bradley, a former Hibriten High School science teacher with three master’s degrees and a knack for writing grants, to lead the center.

Bradley envisioned it as a place where students could learn about science, nature and technology in a hands-on environment, and where creativity and science were integrated, rather than at odds.

“We wanted it to be more than just a field trip,” Bradley said.

But she also wanted to make sure lessons were aligned with state and federal science standards.

So, first she wrote curriculum.

Then, she wrote grants.

Now, with the center now halfway through its third year, Bradley has written 33 lesson modules for grades K-12, raised almost a million dollars in grants and runs a top-notch STEM learning center that is drawing students from every neighboring district.

With a full-time staff of three — plus volunteers — the center runs class visits, community outreach events and summer camps throughout the year.

Students have learned how to build water bottle rockets, program robots to escape a labyrinth, conduct forensic investigations, and even get a certification in organic farming and sustainability. They stargaze at night with lecturers from UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and attend classes on 3D printing, receiving free Raspberry Pi microcomputers.

The ability to see science hands-on is what amazed Early College junior Hannah Smart, who attended the Science Expo on Dec. 10.

“We’re creating a Rube Goldberg machine, so our goal is to safely transfer an egg by whatever means into this cup,” Smart said, showing off an egg perched perilously above her head, and pointing to the sling they had built for it on the floor (made out of pipe cleaners).

“I love doing this, working with all of my classmates,” Smart said.

Bradley estimates 95 percent of the center is funded through grants and private donations. Among these are a $37,000 grant awarded by Google and a $500,000 federal Math-Science Partnership grant.

“We want the students to like science and have fun and want to be scientists when they grow up, so I don’t want them to be hindered by the cost,” Bradley said.

And the hard work Bradley and her team put into the center is beginning to pay off.

Last year, they concentrated on fifth- and eighth-graders, bringing 14 classrooms to the center 5-6 times throughout the school year.

By the end of the year, their test scores increased by 20 to 40 points.

“We are proud. We’re really excited,” Bradley said. “That gave us a boost in the clientele.”

Bradley hopes to add more programming for high school students. And she and Stone are looking at taking over the old dormitory building on the campus, which will give them the ability to plan overnight trips and professional development events.

Until then, she’s happy knowing she’s working her “dream job.”

“The most rewarding part is that you see kids smile every day and have that ‘aha’ moment,” Bradley said. “Then, you encounter them in the grocery store or Walmart and they come up to you and hug you and say, ‘I can’t wait to come back to Patterson Science Center!’”

PEC Parelli Play Day

Check our Facebook Events page for information about the upcoming Parelli Play Day on Saturday November 22. Free to come watch!

Challenges: Can You touch it, circle it, move it etc.? Will your horse go over, around, up on, under….It’s all about the relationship.

PEC Open House and Horse Show


Thanks, everyone, for coming out to the Open House on Saturday!  We enjoyed fellowship with all of our new friends!  Unfortunately, the weather dictated that we postpone the Horse Show  until Sunday, which offered a much more favorable temperature.





PEC would like to thank the following people for helping to make Horse Show a success: Angela Annas (judging), Kay Driver (announcing), Sherrie Hodge (registration), Steve Driver (serving refreshments). For setting up and cleaning up and doing any number of chores throughout the day, all of the above and: Austen Burdette, Troy Smart, Rascal Annas, Don Garvey. Thanks to everyone who came out to watch and to ask questions and to support us. And thanks to Kristin Kirby for creating our first Natural Horsemanship Show!

Patterson School Foundation Board Members would also like to thank all the other volunteers (in addition to those who have already been mentioned) who went above and beyond the call of duty, to help make the Open House and Horse Show a success for Patterson Equestrian Center and Riding Club: Chad Gibson, Jack Hubbert, David Sciabarasi, Bryan Elliot, Angie Annas, Jerry Foster, and all the 4-Hers and their wonderfully supportive parents. We would also like to thank Evelyn and Kristin for their coordination, leadership and hard work!