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Today is International Women’s Day, and an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact that women have on our community. In celebration of this holiday, I am highlighting three women in our district who lead our community forward. Morgan Meadows, Dr. Cheryl Benson, and Paige Sayles are among the many women in our communities who work tirelessly everyday to move us forward through education, service, and advocacy.
Teacher, Cedar Creek Middle School
Dr. Cheryl Benson
Executive Director, Franklin Co. Education Foundation
Leadership Franklin Chair, Franklin Co. Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Paige Sayles
Chairwomen of the Franklin County Board of Education
Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for United Way
Owner, Blue Collie Coffee Shop
Paige Sayles serves as the Chairwomen of the Franklin County Board of Education as well as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for United Way of Franklin County. In these positions, Sayles advocates for students in our community. An integral part of the United Way mission is helping children and youth to achieve their fullest potential through programs like the Day of Caring and the Build a Backpack program. Sayles demonstrates a passion for education that spans public and nonprofit service; she is a leader in our community and helps to ensure quality education for the students of Franklin County through her positions on both the Franklin County Board of Education and the United Way of Franklin County.
Paige also opened Blue Collie Coffee Shop in May of 2017 in Louisburg. Blue Collie Coffee provides employment opportunities for community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which is especially significant in rural counties like Franklin County which offer fewer opportunities for kids in school or after graduating.
These women are only a few of the many women in our community who are making a difference through their work and service. I am thankful for their leadership in our and their passion for inspiring the next generation of leaders. I hope you will join me in celebrating International Women’s Day by thanking the women in our community for their diligent service.
- Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes