Chatham County Line - Where all voices are heard

November 2016

Supermoms, please don't put yourself last
by Rachel Flanagan

"Mommy, can you get me some milk?"

"Mommy, can I have a snack?"

"Mommy, where are my cleats?"

"Mommy, can you play a game with me?"


In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Veteran’s Day Poppies
by Ron Ranson

In Flanders Fields
by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Beneath the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


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Chatham Child Development Center wins honor

Chatham Child Development Center was distinguished as a Shape NC Demonstration Site in an award celebration here on October 10. Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children is a six-year, $6 million initiative of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation and The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) created to increase the number of children starting kindergarten at a healthy weight and ready to learn.

Siler City Mayor John Grimes kicked off the celebration, welcoming visitors to the community and speaking about the many challenges families face when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. He acknowledged the great need for programs such as Shape NC which helps to establish healthy habits at an early age and encourage active outdoor play time.

The Chatham Child Development Center (CCDC) has participated in the program for three years, and has been recognized as one of only 16 Demonstration Sites in the state. There are seven sites currently participating in Shape NC in Chatham County, and 213 total in the state. This recognition means that CCDC has met the program’s highest criteria for nutrition, physical activity, and outdoor learning environments. As a Demonstration Site, they will host tours and trainings for child care professionals in the community, sharing their lessons learned for building healthy environments for young children.

The Chatham County Partnership for children coordinates the Shape NC project in Chatham County, and has provided assistance to CCDC in meeting its goals throughout the three-year project. Genevieve Megginson, Executive Director of the Partnership, also spoke at the event. "Encouraging healthy lifestyles for young children and their families has been a strong focus of Chatham County Partnership for Children. We are immensely proud of CCDC for accomplishing this goal and for what they do for their children every day."

At a time when the nation is facing rising health care costs and high obesity rates, Shape NC is taking a preventive approach to proactively address the issue, focusing on the state’s youngest children. Children who are obese by age 6 have greater than a 50 percent likelihood of becoming obese adults, and almost a third of adult North Carolinians are obese. Approximately 38 percent of North Carolina’s children are enrolled in almost 5000 regulated child care centers, where they receive most meals and spend most of their waking hours. Shape NC helps communities and child care sites develop environments, practices and policies that encourage young children to be healthy. To learn more about Shape NC, visit

Smart Start, a network of nonprofit local partnerships led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC), creates innovative solutions to measurably increase learning and the healthy development of children birth to five. Smart Start gives local communities the freedom and responsibility to determine how to increase the health, well-being and development of their children based on the needs and resources of their local communities. NCPC establishes measurable statewide goals and communities determine the best approach to achieving them. For more information, visit

Since 2000, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation has invested more than $100 million into North Carolina communities through more than 750 grants. The BCBSNC Foundation is an independent, philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, focused specifically on improving health outcomes of populations served by safety net organizations; increasing physical activity and access to healthy, local food; and increasing the effectiveness of North Carolina nonprofit organizations and their leaders. BCBSNC Foundation grants address some of our state’s most dire health needs – among them, childhood obesity and the growing disparity in affordable and accessible dental care. More information is available at

Celebrating Dr. Oliver Sacks

Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill is pleased to present member Enid Handler in a multi-visual presentation, that focuses on her 20-years of family experiences and collaborations with Dr. Oliver Sacks, the world renowned author and former professor of neurology at NYU University. This presentation, "Dancing with Oliver," will be held on Friday, November 4, 11 a.m. at Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill 27514. It is free and open to the public. For information, contact Nancy at 703.329.2933 or


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