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   Dec 22 2014
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   Dec 23 2014
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   Dec 24 2014
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   Dec 29 2014
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Native American Program
On Monday, November 24, 2014 Dawson Elementary School students were provided with a unique opportunity to hear about the history and heritage of the great Native American cultures and people that still reside in the region. In celebration of Native American Heritage and Thanksgiving Day, Dawson Elementary School welcomed Mr. Terry Rollins, chair of the North Carolina Storyteller's Guild, who traveled from Washington, NC to share great Native American folklore as well as instruments with Native American inspiration with the Dawson staff and students. Mr. Rollins did a separate presentation for PreK-2nd graders and the third-fifth graders. Each time he began the program with the sound of a steady drum beat in order to silence the children and draw them in. He then asked the children if they were aware of any Native American tribes in the area. Then he proceeded to tell amazing stories about how certain Native American tribes believe fire came into existence as well as the well-known story about the baby rattle snake. Students were captivated as he used sound effects, such as a rattle for the rattlesnakes, as he told stories. We are very grateful to Mr. Rollins for visiting with us and for sharing such wonderful information about Native American Heritages through storytelling. We are also grateful to Ms. Jennifer Arnold, third grade teacher at Dawson, for organizing the event. For more pictures of the presentation, visit the photo gallery at the top right hand corner of the homepage. 
fall fest
On Friday, November 7th Dawson hosted their annual Fall Festival.  Students and their families were able to enjoy a cake walk, a game of bingo, face painting, a bounce house, dancing, a bag toss, and races.  Foods like french fries, hot dogs, potato chips, and honey buns were also available for purchase.  Additionally, families were able to shop at the book fair on its final day. For more photos of the Fall Fest, please visit the photo gallery at the top right corner of the home page. 


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!

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