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Elsa Karcher


City & State

Caitlin Gooch isn't holding her horses in stopping childhood illiteracy

Based in Wendell, North Carolina, equestrian Caitlin Gooch uses horses to encourage childhood reading, build confidence and increase representation within children’s literature. Savannah Truesdale, a co-worker of Gooch at the children’s daycare, said Gooch’s positivity and passion for her horses captivated her students' attention and made the lesson come to life. Childhood literacy has immense implications for the development of children.

Poll Workers
City & State

'Celebration of citizenship': Inside the life of an N.C. poll worker

Rachel Raper, the director of elections for Orange County, said poll workers are critical to elections and complete a variety of roles during early voting and Election Day. “Poll workers are on the front line of democracy, and the experience voters have with poll workers shapes their opinions of elections and going to vote” she said. Because of the virus, the polling sites throughout Orange County are following safety protocols by maintaining social distancing, enforcing masks, limiting the number of people inside the polling site, disinfecting the voting sites between each use, not reusing sample ballots and putting up plastic barriers between voting stands. 

Jennifer Moore
City & State

Jennifer D. Moore wants to increase diversity as an OCS Board of Education member

This story is the third of a series featuring the newly elected members of the Orange County Schools Board of Education. Jennifer D. Moore has 12 years of experience in North Carolina's public school system as an exceptional children's instructional assistant. One of her priorities will be providing students with the resources they need for success during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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