Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2017

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Younger Set Spotlighting our kids 1 Students Help Weave 'Time Capsule' To commemorate the 10th anniver- sary of Elon Park Elementary, stu- dents have collaborated with Victo- ria Sowers of Sandy Creek Weavers in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to produce a Fabric Time Capsule. Two 9-foot-long weavings/tapestries have been created on a 300-year-old loom, with each child weaving into the capsule a special item represent- ing his or her interests and talents. The project — funded by the Arts and Science Council and the school's PTO — will be displayed at the school. 2 Pradhan Installs PC Labs in Nepal Ardrey Kell High sophomore Avideep Pradhan and his father, Abin Pradhan, a native of Nepal, recently partnered to supply computers and an interac- tive digital curriculum to technologi- cally disadvantaged elementary and middle school students in Kathmandu. Avideep funded his project, "eBlack- board," with $950 of his savings, which his father matched to purchase the equip- ment — which added back-up power sup- plies, monitors and keyboards to create a system that can run on solar power. When Avideep and his fam- ily arrived in Nepal last summer, two nonprofits helped them install com- puter labs in a pair of schools. Avideep and his father are now planning to install computer labs in five more schools in remote Nepal. Info and donations: www.eblackboard.org. 3 Commander Makes Surprise School Visit Navy Commander Bob Ramos and his wife, Toni, recently surprised their chil- dren, Desmond and Vivian, when Bob returned from deployment in Kabul, Af- ghanistan, and appeared at a flag presen- tation ceremony at the children's school, Elon Park Elementary. Bob also used the occasion to ask Toni to marry him again. 4 TV Show Features Treehouse Library The Omni Montessori School in Bal- lantyne was featured on Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters" show in January to document the creation of the only known library treehouse on a school campus in the nation. The Owl's Nest Treehouse, as the library is called, was a gift from a generous, longtime family of Omni Montessori School and built by Nelson Treehouse and Supply. Info: www.omni-montessori.org. 4 3 2 1 BALLANTYNE SPRING 2017 25 Wire

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