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Biltmore Church Loves Schools
Biltmore Church Loves Schools
Posted on 08/25/2020
As schools work to meet student needs, a long-supportive ally of local education is making efforts to assist.Featured Photo: Educators at Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School hold up helpful items received in care packages from Biltmore Church.
Story/Photos By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

As schools work to meet student needs during the pandemic, a long-supportive ally of local education is making efforts to assist. Classrooms across Western North Carolina will feel the impact of the generous “Biltmore Church Loves Schools” initiative this August, which worked to identify and meet tangible classroom needs, as well as encourage teachers as they face unique challenges this fall.

Sand Hill-Venable staff hold their #828strong coffee mugs.As part of Biltmore Church’s effort, 1,500 Western North Carolina students will receive school-supply backpacks with 900 designated for Buncombe County elementary schools. In Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, and Macon counties, 1,500 teachers total will receive a care package including helpful and encouraging items like tissues, hand sanitizer, pens, coffee pods, a plant, and an #828strong mug. The church also raised $32,000 to purchase a number of automated Swivl cameras for remote learning classroom use, hand sanitizer for 400 classrooms, and other needs in Buncombe County.

“We’re locking arms. It’s like everybody is on one big team,” said Missions Pastor Curt McClure. “We’re just thankful we can be a part of it.”

Along with Missions Intern Clay Carreno, McClure visited with Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin and Assistant Superintendent Joseph Hough last week to share the details of their fundraising effort. McClure explained that the motivation was to bring the community together, encourage teachers, and to put their beliefs and values into action.

Biltmore Church staff stand with BCS administrators in August, 2020.“Biltmore Church has been there for our teachers and students for a very long time,” said Dr. Baldwin. “Thank you.”

On August 29, Biltmore Church will also send groups of volunteers to about 20 BCS campuses to assist with outdoor tasks like weeding, mulching, and landscaping. Additionally, the BCS Family Resource Center will begin using the church’s Arden campus to distribute food boxes this week.

Carreno hopes the gift boxes for teachers will help some to find encouragement when they need it.

“We hope this is supportive and helpful for the time that you’re going through,” he said. “We see you. We love you.”

Looking for more? In December, Biltmore Church hosted an Employability Seminar for BCS students.

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,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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