Newsletter Mar 08, 2019

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Women's Day

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.

Morgan Meadows
Teacher, Cedar Creek Middle School 

Morgan Meadows is an agricultural teacher at Cedar Creek Middle School who recently received a $1,500 award from the Franklin County Farm Bureau to use towards supplies in her classroom. Meadows was instrumental in writing the grant that secured Cedar Creek Middle the only agricultural program of its kind in Franklin County. Meadows is an integral part of this program and Farm Bureau recognized the passion she has for agricultural education. With this award, she will able to teach students more effectively with the proper materials for her classroom and help continue the great tradition of agriculture that runs in our community.

Dr. Cheryl Benson
Executive Director, Franklin Co. Education Foundation 
Leadership Franklin Chair, Franklin Co. Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Cheryl Benson serves as the Executive Director of the Franklin County Education Foundation. This nonprofit seeks to enrich the academic lives of all Franklin County Public School students through initiatives that impact student success and incentives to retain highly qualified educators. Dr. Benson uses the skills she has garnered in over 40 years of experience in education in her role as the Leadership Franklin Chair on the Board of Directors for the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. In this position, Dr. Benson directs a course that educates future community leaders on the resources, opportunities, and challenges of Franklin County through interaction with community leaders and leadership courses. By inspiring potential community leaders, Dr. Benson is ensuring the effective leadership of the next generation in Franklin County.

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.



Lisa Stone Barnes

- Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes