Charter school offers students and families a week of special events

Jason Koon The Herald of News

New Dimensions School hosted grandparents, family members and a special guest author as part of its fall book fair last week, September 12-16.

Margaret Peterson Haddix, New York Times best-selling author, visited the school on Friday to meet with the students. Haddix is ​​best known for two series of college and young adult books, “Shadow Children” and “The Missing.”

“It’s exciting for our students to meet an author whose books they’ve read,” said David Burleson, director of New Dimensions. “His books are used in the Battle of the Books competition and are one of the most widely read authors of young adult books.

The school’s book fair, which ran all week, put several volumes of Haddix up for sale. Burleson said the school’s two annual book fairs are one of the main ways New Dimensions emphasizes literacy and instills in students a love of reading.

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The school also scheduled its first Grandparents’ Day of the school year to fall the day before Haddix’s visit. Grandparents’ Day is a regular day when the school welcomes grandparents and other special guests to accompany children to school.

Last week, the grandparents and special guests had lunch with the students and accompanied them to the book fair, where they could buy books for the students or donate books to the school. Grandparents and special guests also visited the classrooms and participated in a special photo opportunity.

“This year’s Grandparents Day was the biggest and most attended ever,” Burleson said. “We had around 700 grandparents with us. Our students were excited to show their grandparents their classrooms and give them a tour of the school.

The school had been unable to host the Grandparents Day for over a year due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, but was able to resume the tradition last spring. Burleson said it had been a relief to be able to reopen the school to grandparents and other family and community members.

“Having the support of grandparents and letting them know how important they are in the lives of their grandchildren is very important to us,” Burleson said.

New Dimensions School is a K-8 public charter school in Morganton with an enrollment of over 500 students. For more information about the school, visit

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