• October 20, 2014 • Education, • Public Safety

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory has asked North Carolina education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business leaders to work together with the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus the public’s attention on methods to ensure all state schools are safe as Safer Schools Week is observed this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014.


    “The N.C. Center for Safer Schools has recently updated me on the progress it has made over the past year in partnership with state and local agencies, schools and communities to ensure our children are kept safe while they are learning,” Governor McCrory said. “As we observe Safer Schools Week, I encourage all North Carolinians to become active in your children’s lives and in their schools, and learn how you can help keep our schools safe and secure.”


    Established by Governor McCrory in 2013, the N.C. Center for Safer Schools – based in the Department of Public Safety – is a customer-focused information center for research, training and technical assistance related to school safety, crisis prevention and response. Working with federal, state, local and community-based organizations over the past year, accomplishments of the Center and its partners include:

    • Development and training of a new critical incident response video to help standardize and educate school faculty and staff on how best to respond in a lockdown and other school emergencies.
    • Development by N.C. Emergency Management of a web-based portal to provide schools with a standardized method for identifying elements of their safe schools plan. Emergency Management is also developing a secure web-based portal to provide more rapid access to school-specific key elements needed by first responders in the event of a critical incident.
    • Facilitation of training by the Department of Health and Human Services that provided many new trainers of Mental Health First Aid for Youth to help parents, teachers and those in the juvenile and adult justice system become more aware of the role mental health challenges play in the behavior pattern of youth in our schools.
    • Development of online training for teachers and school support staff by the Department of Public Instruction to assist them in using school resource officers more effectively.

    During Safer Schools Week, the Center’s executive director, Kym Martin, and School Safety Specialist Mike Anderson will participate in the 20th National Symposium on Juvenile Services in Greensboro, hosted by the Department of Public Safety. Martin and Anderson will be joined on Wednesday by William Lassiter, DPS deputy commissioner for Juvenile Justice, for a presentation on the prevention, intervention and crisis response techniques involved in creating safer schools.


    Safer Schools Week also occurs in conjunction with Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month in North Carolina, proclaimed by the governor on October 1, 2014.


    For additional information on the Center for Safer Schools, including its latest progress report, please visit


    Click here to download a copy of the proclamation. 

  • October 17, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory congratulated the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina A&T University and Appalachian State University after they received the People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award for the 2014-2015 school year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


    “I would like to congratulate these universities on being awarded this grant,” said Governor McCrory. “Innovation and cutting edge projects like these are the best of what North Carolina is about and will undoubtedly impact our environment and future in a positive way.”


    Students at Appalachian State University in Boone are developing biomass greenhouse-heating systems to extend growing seasons for resource- limited farmers.


    Students at UNC Charlotte are integrating next generation nanoscale solar skin in order to reduce the solar heat gain and glare while producing electricity.


    Students at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro are working to reduce runoff from roofs and providing biological diversity in urban areas.


    Since 2004, the P3 Program has provided funding to student teams in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, committing over $10 million to cutting-edge, sustainable projects designed by university students. Nationally the grants were awarded to 42 teams of college and university students.


    For more information on the P3 Program:


October 19, 2014Education, • Public Safety

WHEREAS, our schools make substantial contributions to the future of North Carolina and to the development of our state and nation's young people as knowledgeable, responsible and productive citizens; and


WHEREAS, excellence in education is dependent on safe, secure, healthy and peaceful school settings; and


WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of many students, teachers and school staff are unnecessarily jeopardized by crime and violence, and distractions such as substance abuse, gangs, bullying, poor discipline, vandalism and absenteeism in our schools; and


WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of all citizens to enhance the learning experiences of young people by helping to ensure fair and effective discipline, recognize behavioral and developmental challenges, promote good citizenship, and generally make school safe and secure; and


WHEREAS, all leaders, especially those in education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business should eagerly collaborate with each other and the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus public attention on school safety and identify, develop and promote both innovative and evidence-based answers to these critical issues; and


WHEREAS, numerous schools and local education agencies throughout the state, along with national programs, are among those innovative answers; and


WHEREAS, the observance of America's Safe Schools Week will substantially promote efforts to provide our state’s schools with positive and safe learning climates;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim

October 19-25, 2014, as “SAFER SCHOOLS WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.









October 1, 2014Education, • Public Safety

WHEREAS, bullying is physical, verbal or emotional harm or intimidation directed at a person or group of people; and


WHEREAS, each year,approximately thirty percent of United States youth may be impacted by bullying, either as culprits or as a victims; and


WHEREAS, an estimated one hundred sixty thousand students in kindergarten through twelfth grade miss school every day due to a fear of being bullied; and


WHEREAS, bullying can take many forms, including verbal, physical, and most recently in cyberspace; and


WHEREAS, bullying occurs on neighborhood playgrounds, in schools, and through technology such as social media; and


WHEREAS, targets of bullying are more likely to acquire physical, emotional and learning problems and students who are repeatedly bullied often fear such activities as riding the bus, going to school and attending community activities; and


WHEREAS, various researchers have concluded that bullying is the most common form of violence, affecting millions of youth in the United States each year, either as a bully or a victim; and


WHEREAS, children who bully are at greater risk of engaging in serious violent behavior; and


WHEREAS, a large percentage of children who are bullied believe that adult help is infrequent and ineffective; and


WHEREAS, it is important for North Carolina parents, students, teachers and school administrators to be aware of bullying, and to encourage discussion of the problem as a school community;


NOW, THERFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 2014, as “BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend this observance to all citizens;


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this thirtieth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.





  • September 23, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory was named as a member of the National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee by NGA Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and NGA Vice Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.


    The Education and Workforce Committee has jurisdiction over issues in the area of education (including early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary) as well as in the areas of workforce development. Members of the committee ensure that the governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy. 


    “North Carolinians deserve the very best in education, and I look forward to engaging committee members from other states as we strive to reach that goal,” Governor McCrory said. “Since taking office, my administration has made it a priority to enhance our state’s already successful education areas and shrink the divide between commerce and education. I’m hopeful this group will push our state further ahead in these areas, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”


    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will serve as chair, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will serve as vice chair of the committee.


    Founded in 1908, NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism. For more information, visit

  • September 19, 2014 • Education, • Military and Veterans Affairs

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory is partnering with our state’s U.S. senators and representatives to raise awareness among young North Carolina students about the rewarding educational opportunity available through attendance at one of our nation’s Service Academies.  


    The governor and several members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation will be hosting Service Academy Day information sessions throughout the state for high school students and their families highlighting information on how to apply for the US Military Academy in West Point, NY; the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; and the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.  In addition, young scholars may compete for slots at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.


    "For those who apply for and are selected for one of our service academies, I thank you in advance for your service to our nation and for the sacrifices you and your families will be making for all of us," Governor McCrory said. "After your long and distinguished military careers that may take you to the far reaches of our globe, I hope you'll plan to return to North Carolina, the greatest state in the greatest country in the world."


    U.S. senators and representatives nominate students in their districts to attend our nation's service academies each year. Information sessions are open to any high school students interested in applying.


    Office of Governor Pat McCrory 

    Reps. Mike McIntyre and Walter Jones  

    September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

    Armed Forces Reserve Center  

    3623 Carolina Beach Road  

    Wilmington, NC 28412  

    RSVP:  (919) 612-5438  


    Office of Governor Pat McCrory 

    Reps. Walter Jones and G.K. Butterfield (Rep. Jones is scheduled to attend.)  

    September 27, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

    Armed Forces Reserve Center  

    3000 South Mill Street  

    Winterville, NC 27590  

    RSVP:  (919) 612-5438  


    Office of Rep. Richard Hudson 

    September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

    Concord High School  

    481  Burrage Road  

    Concord, NC 28025  

    RSVP:  (704) 786-1612  


    Office of Sen. Kay Hagan 

    September 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 

    Forsyth Technical Community College 

    West Campus Auditorium 

    1300 Bolton Street 

    Winston-Salem, NC 27103 

    RSVP:  (877) 852-9462 


    Office of Governor Pat McCrory 

    Reps. David Price, Renee Ellmers, George Holding and Mike McIntyre  

    October 4, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

    Joint Force Headquarters  

    North Carolina National Guard  

    1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607  

    RSVP:  (919) 612-5438  


    Office of Governor Pat McCrory 

    Reps. Mark Meadows and Patrick McHenry  

    October 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

    North Carolina National Guard   

    Armory, 100 Minuteman Drive  

    Asheville, NC 28806  

    RSVP:  (919) 612-5438 


    Office of Rep. Virginia Foxx

    November 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Wilkes County Public Library

    215 10th Street

    North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

    RSVP: (336) 778-0211


    Office of Rep. G.K. Butterfield

    Fall, 2014 – Specific date/location to be announced. 


    All Academy Night

    February 15, 2015 

    7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

    Cardinal Gibbons High School 

    1401 Edwards Mill Road 

    Raleigh, NC 27607 

    RSVP:  (919) 787-2704 


    Office of Rep. Robert  Pittenger

    Spring, 2015 – Charlotte.  Specific date/location to be announced. 


    Office of Rep. Mark Meadows

    Spring, 2015 – Hendersonville/Marion.  Specific date/location to be announced

  • August 22, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory is encouraging high school students to apply for the Governor’s Page Program. Upcoming dates for the one-week internship in Raleigh are available beginning  September 8.


    “As students are heading back to school, we are encouraging families to get more information about the Governor’s Page Program and apply for available Fall dates,” said Governor McCrory. “The page program provides valuable firsthand experience in how government operates. It is training North Carolina's high school students and the next generation of our state's leaders about the importance of public service."



    Governor McCrory hosted nine North Carolina high school students from around the state at the capitol last week. They were the last group of students for the summer participating in the Governor's Page Program.


    Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the function and roles of state government while learning about the importance of public service. Pages selected serve one week terms and are granted a stipend of $150.00 per week to offset the costs of expenses incurred.


    Each applicant must be a North Carolina high school student in good academic standing between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.


    Read more about the program and upcoming dates here.


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