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Heritage Day at Enka Intermediate
Heritage Day at Enka Intermediate
Posted on 10/22/2019
A collage showing student activities on Heritage Day.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Enka Intermediate School combines award-winning teachers, state-of-the-art facilities, and the rich history of the American Enka Company!

All three were on display at last week’s Heritage Day. WNC native Michael Reno Harrell, a singer and storyteller, entertained students in the auditorium. Strings teacher Mr. Zinke played musical pieces that showed the development of guitar music from around the world. In the band room, Mr. Kimbrough demonstrated different instruments that were part of the original Enka High School Marching Band. In the media center, students learned how to country line dance. In the cafeteria, the Vinciguerra family demonstrated clogging. In Mr. Cagle's classroom, students sang and performed traditional songs to celebrate their personal heritage -- including Appalachian folk music, Spanish guitar, and folk songs from Mexico and Moldova.

“Heritage Day was fun because it is so important to share your heritage with your friends,” said sixth-grader Bayla Davis, who played the banjo and sang for her peers in Mr. Cagle’s classroom.

In the “round table room,” teachers placed pieces of American Enka Company history on the large, doughnut-shaped table, which itself came from the factory. Students held a handkerchief made of Enka's famous rayon fibers and looked at photos and monthly magazines that chronicled Enka life during the company’s heyday.

The school’s design itself pays homage to the American Enka Company. The roof lines are a similar design, as is the iconic clocktower. One office area wall is composed of bricks from the former factory. At the same time, the school uses energy-efficient design features, maker spaces, daylight harvesting devices, and small group breakout spaces. In this way, it connects past and future while providing a diverse student body with the highest quality instruction.

“Heritage Day was a great way for us to embrace and celebrate the unique family histories that our students bring to school with them every day,” said Principal Travis Collins. “It was a great day to be a Jet! ‘Grounded in the Past ... Soaring into the Future!’”

WLOS ABC News 13 covered the event.

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