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SROs, Owen Students Clean Campuses
SROs, Owen Students Clean Campuses
Posted on 03/24/2022
If a clean home is a happy home, then a clean school is a happy school too, and Charles D. Owen High School students stepped up to make their school sparkle this week.Photos by Owen District and Buncombe County Sheriff's Department staff.

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

If a clean home is a happy home, then a clean school is a happy school too, and Charles D. Owen High School students stepped up to make their school sparkle this week.

On Wednesday, March 23, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers (SROs), the Owen Girls’ Soccer Team, and several Owen staff members spent the morning picking up litter on the high school and middle school campuses. Donning their rain gear and holding big orange trash bags, they grabbed everything they could find and had a great time doing it. SROs organized the event and were happy to mentor future leaders.

“The message given today was to teach students to take ownership and pride in their community,” said SRO Matthew Owensby. “All the students involved did a great job and had fun while they were doing it even if they did it in the rain!”

Girls’ Soccer Coach James Fiest was proud of his team.

“The girls didn’t hesitate to step up and represent themselves and the school well,” he said. “It shows good character to leave something better than you found it.”

School Counselor James K. Rumbaugh agreed.

“Not only did they show a lot of school spirit, but they also learned a lot by watching the SROs plan and coordinate the cleanup,” he said. “They got a glimpse at what goes into planning a big event, and that’s a great thing.”

    Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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