Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Anderson was a famous contralto. She sang opera in Europe and America.
Marian Anderson was 42 when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt invited her to sing her legendary open-air concert at the Lincoln Memorial on 9 April 1939. First Lady Roosevelt invited Marian to perform this concert after 
the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her perform at Constitution Hall because she was black. The concert is legendary in the American civil rights movement and, despite Anderson's many other musical successes, became the signature moment in her long international career. Anderson broke many other color barriers, including becoming the first African-American to sing at the White House and at New York's Metropolitan Opera. When Marian would sing to segregated audiences in America she gladly received applause and standing ovations from both blacks and whites. However, when she took her bow, she would often bow in appreciation to the African-American side of the audience first.   She died on April 8, 1993.  

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Mrs. Richardson and Ronald McDonald
(Mrs. Amiee Richardson, principal, and Ronald McDonald)

Dawson Elementary School staff and students were thoroughly entertained and motivated to stay active during a Stay Active program sponsored by the C.A.T.C.H. team.  Ronald McDonald visited Dawson Elementary school on Thursday, January 22, 2015 to help educate students about the importance of staying fit and active while keeping the children engaged with magic and wonder. He began by asking children what is their favorite sport to which many answered basketball, swimming, and dancing.  He then explained that those favorite sports are actually ways to stay active. He further explained to children the importance of eating healthy foods explaining that food to the human body to what gas is to a car. During one segment, McDonald magically made a carving of his friend Hamburgler disappear. When he turned his back, much to the children's delight, Hamburgler appeared on his back. Lastly, McDonald blew up a huge inflatable cube.  He instructed the children to pass the cube up and down the aisles before a two-minute song ended as a way to get the children up and active.  As the program concluded, Ronald McDonald took the time to take a photo with each and every class and individual who wanted to. He also chatted with a few of the staff and students before exiting the building.  The Dawson family is very grateful to Ronald McDonald and his assistant for entertaining, motivating, and taking the time with the children. It was an amazing program, and Dawson would be delighted to have them again!! For more photos of the event please visit the photo gallery in the upper right hand corner of the Dawson's home page. 

(pictured left to right Angel Morgan, Xavier Staton, and Key'Shia Whitaker)

The board game Scrabble has become a favorite past time among the Dawson students. Students crowd around a friendly, competitive game of Scrabble during recess, lunch, and class down time. Key'Shia Whitaker (pictured above) is in fifth grade and is the Student Government President. She had this to say about Scrabble, "I like Scrabble because it helps you learn how to spell words that you never knew before, and you can visualize the words." 


Scrabble is a word-making game. It's designed for two to four players and the object is to score points by forming words from lettered tiles on a game board. Everyone starts out with a seven letter tiles and builds off the word constructions set out as the game progresses.The words are formed across and down like a crossword puzzle and, you have to be able to find the word in a standard dictionary. Each letter tile has a point value and several spaces on the board has a point value as well. 

Unbeknownst to the children at Dawson, Scrabble provides them a rich learning opportunity. Scrabble requires and builds strong vocabulary and spelling as well as math skills in order to tally up points.  If you play on teams, you must work together, which builds social skills and team work. Even if children are not strong spellers, Scrabble gives them a chance to play with letters and develop their interest in words, especially if they play with peers who are stronger spellers. Children can learn the rules of spelling, and, hence, improve reading comprehension. Scrabble also encourages the use of the dictionary, which is a book that children normally will not use otherwise. It's no wonder why Dawson students cherish this game!! They are getting fun-fill entertainment while improving their reading and vocabulary whether they are aware of these facts about Scrabble or not!

Information provided about Scrabble is courtesy of:'s_Vocabulary_and_Spelling_Skills.html


Welcome to Dawson Elementary

Andrea Dagnalan
Dawson Congratulates our 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Andrea Dagnalan.  She is the second runner-up for the District's Teacher of the Year Award.  Ms. Dagnalan teaches Exceptional Children at Scotland Neck Primary School and Dawson Elementary School.  She is a native of the Philippines. She received an AB Social Science/Political Science/Sociology degree from the University of the Philippines. She received a Masters of Arts Degree in Special Education from the University of Manila.  She is currently engaged and has a two-year of daughter. Ms. Dagnalan, we are very proud of you, and we are delighted to have you on our staff. Please keep up the good work!! 


 Dawson Elementary School is located in a quiet, rural area of northeastern North Carolina on the boarder of Enfield and Scotland Neck. It currently serves 135 students has 27 employees including grade level teachers, Exceptional Children (EC) teachers, teacher assistants, a nurse, counselor, school librarian, custodian, cafeteria staff, physical education teacher, and an in-school suspension coordinator. The current building was built between 1957 and 1961 near the same area were the second Dawson Elementary was built.  However, the first Dawson Elementary School was built in 1910 and was an old wooden building known as the Masonic Lodge.  Sometimes Cedar Creek Baptist Church (still located next to the school)  was used as a classroom in Dawson's early days.  The second Dawson Elementary School was built in 1940 and was made of cinder blocks.  Today, Dawson Elementary School is built of bricks, and still stands to serve and educate.

Here is a list of Dawson's principals from 1910 until the present: Mr. Steptoe, Mrs. Malissa Smith (Addie's principal as a child), Mr. Patterson, Mr. Mcgacheah, Mr. C. Carraway, Mr. Dandee Clark, Mrs. Cooke, Mr. R.L. Solomon, Mr. Ronald Hayste, Mrs. Arjonah Balmer, Ms. Archibald, Ms. Arrington, and Mrs. Aimee Richardson. (As Addie and I conduct further research on the principals, names will be added if there are any, and the order will be corrected).

Addie (Historian)                         Addie and House Born In
The history of Dawson was provided by Mrs. Addie Clark Bobbitt Draughan (pictured above) who was born and raised a stone's throw away from Dawson in a house that still stands.  She is a local historian and author.  She has written and published several novels as well as several books of poetry. Mrs. Addie, born March 10, 1922, is a long time member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church and graduated from Dawson's seventh grade class in 1939. Afterwards she attended grades 8-11 at the Franklin Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC. Lastly, she graduated from Brawley High school. We are very grateful to Mrs. Addie for provided information about Dawson elementary School's history that few are alive to tell about.  Thank you, Mrs. Addie, and you are invited to Dawson anytime!

 Dawson's Operational Hours are from 7:30am until 4:00pm.

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