Part one of "Same difference: The mural," completed by students at Scroggs Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Sarah Cornette. 

CHCCS teacher wins Fulbright Award, creates art with students around the world

Sarah Cornette, an art teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district received a grant from the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching for a semester research program. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX, allows for applicants who receive the award to participate in either a short term or semester long research program. Cornette spent her semester split between three places, gathering perspectives from different children in different parts of the world. With the objective to gather the answer to what kids think is important to their community, Cornette collaborated with children in two parts of Greece and in Chapel Hill. Despite language and cultural barriers and some expectations that did not meet reality at first, Cornette produced a three-panel work of art that, according to her, won't be complete without some additional voices. 


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is one of two public schools systems in Orange County. The system is run by the CHCCS Board of Education, which is comprised of seven elected officials who hold four-year terms. Under the board is the superintendent. The current superintendent is Tom Forcella.

The district includes 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, a middle college with Durham Technical Community College and a school for children at UNC Hospitals. These schools serve more than 12,000 students across Orange County.

Learn more about the district's Board of Education here

Browse board meeting agendas and videos here

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Photo courtesy of Hank Hultman

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Photo courtesy of Nicole Bell

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