Kids Issue, Part 1: Time Travelers
Cover Design Credit:Scott Southwick
Cover Photography Credit:Kaylee Alison, 10th grade, Charles D. Owen High School
For this year’s Kids Issue, Xpress asked local K-12 students to create art and writing around the theme “Time Travel: Where would you go and why?” They responded by taking us on a journey from the Big Bang to the distant future with colorful and thoughtful drawings, essays, poems and short fiction.
Kids stuff: Keep your sense of humorCactus, the Asheville-based hip-hop artist also known as Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, discusses encouraging self-express, the lessons children can teach adults and the importance of embracing failure as a means…
The Rumpus establishes home base in AshevilleAlyson Sinclair and Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn discuss the literary magazine's rich history and their plans for collaborations with Asheville's writing community.
Asheville Creative Arts premieres its first baby theater productionUnlike any of Asheville Creative Arts' previous productions, Shell is categorized as “baby theater.” Such performances are intended for children 5-years-old or younger (accompanied by their caretakers).
Around Town: Screening will feature movies made by local studentsA long-time educator will present a screening of movies made by Asheville students. Plus, the Prom Dress Exchange is back for a second year, Free Radio Asheville is immortalized in…
What’s new in food: Little D’s opens in North AshevilleAsheville Proper owners open Little D's in North Asheville. Also, Asheville Food and Beverage United plans an industry pop up; Mills River Farm Market seeks a permanent home; and more.
Mental health respite offers place to rechargeIt provides a safe, homelike environment where individuals can slow down and recharge — ideally tempering their current mental health struggles into a more manageable state.
Kids stuff: The impact of social media on today’s youthJocelin Rosas, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County community school coordinator at Erwin Middle School, discusses student resiliency, social media and the importance of mentorships.
Kids stuff: The perks of native wildlife educationJordan Rutherford, the guest services coordinator at the WNC Nature Center, share his thoughts on the benefits of outdoor education and the center's most popular exhibits for kids.
Kids stuff: Peer-to-peer mentoringJasmine Middleton, head of sustainability at OpenDoors Asheville, discusses the launch of AVL Rise, the compassion that tutors bring to their work and the importance of exposing young children to…
Kids stuff: Positive food experiencesDebbi Timson, Growing Minds Program Coordinator at ASAP, discusses healthy eating habits, local foods and the positive results that come when families cook together.
Kids stuff: Mentorships make a differencePaul Clark, communications coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, speaks to the importance of mentorships and the positive impact such relationships have on area youth.
Kids stuff: Fostering curiosityMillad Nooraei, YWCA Director of Early Childhood Education, discusses his organization's history, the challenges it faces and ways parents can be involved in their child's development.
Kids stuff: Respect the youthsEllen Bowditch, a retired elementary school teacher and volunteer tutor with Literacy Together, discusses her work with the local nonprofit, the importance of community involvement and the need to show care…
Q&A: Nesbitt Academy senior named county’s Distinguished Young WomanHigh school senior talks about dance, how she avoids burnout, and the experience of performing in the Distinguished Young Women program. (Public speaking is hard.)
Kids stuff: The benefits of gardening and cooking for young childrenJordan Diamond, Bountiful Cities' FEAST program and garden coordinator at Lucy S. Herring Elementary School, discusses cooking with kids, the benefits of gardening for young minds and the joys of…
Tips for cultivating early readersReversing a decline in reading levels requires multi-pronged approach from parents, libraries and schools.
Kids stuff: Buy-in and trustDavid Bird, a language arts and Spanish teacher at The Learning Community School, discusses the challenges middle school students face, the patience that goes into teaching and misconceptions teachers deal…
‘Smart bus’ system coming to Buncombe County SchoolsThe new technology will include GPS tracking of school buses, onboard cameras and an accompanying parent app.
Workers tell city leaders about fear and frustration over downtown crime, violenceViolent and disturbing incidents downtown are leaving workers frustrated and frightened. One business owner at an Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce listening session asked the assembled crowd, “How many people…
Safety, transit concerns raised at first Asheville budget meetingTom Tesser was one of several commenters from the Asheville Coalition for Public Safety, a recently formed advocacy group that looks to build support for the APD. Five of the…
Letter: Woolly worms don’t lie"Many residents have never experienced the absence of 'mountain winter,' which tourists flee and only the brave endure."
My story: We need to protect our mountain forests"Instead of leveling the woods in a property planned for development, a percentage of trees could be saved, especially mature trees that would help newly planted trees and others thrive."
Letter: Asheville should try Japan’s policing approach"Koban policing puts beat cops on the ground where they interact and get to know residents, visitors and even the unhoused in an effort to keep a city running smoothly,…
Letter: Just say no to spending millions on McCormick Field"And they 'want,' they 'like' the Tourists. So do we, but City Council and the city manager are making a huge mistake paying this unreasonable price to keep them."
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