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All County Chorus
Director:  Jennifer McQuiston

All-County Chorus Clinic happens every February.  It consists of approximately 350 4th and 5th graders from each elementary school in the county.  Gallberry Farm Elementary usually has 10-12 participants.  Students are chosen in early January based on their singing ability, participation in music class and willingness to participate.  They rehearse once a week after school for an hour and then participate in a reahearsal with the entire county the day before the concert.  The concert is performed on a Saturday afternoon and takes place at the Crown Theatre.

Art Club
Advisors: Jennifer Faatz 

GFES Art Club will focus this year on “Art in Action” and how Art can help our local school community in so many ways. The club is open to all  3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students!

Battle of the Books
Coaches:  Laura Ransom, Heather Blackmon & Candace Cox

The Elementary Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the elementary school level. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. Even during the height of the competition, students and coaches should remember that the goal is to READ, not necessarily to win!

Beta Club
Advisor:  Joni Wiggins

The Beta Club promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Students were invited based upon teacher recommendation, grade point average, and positive character traits.

Broadcast Team
Advisor:  Laura Ransom & Candace Cox

The Gallberry Broadcasting Service began in October 2011 as a way to involve students in a daily news broadcast. The Broadcasting service gives students practice in public speaking skills, investigative reporting and research skill and the opportunity to be positive role models to the student body.  Each morning the GBS Broadcast team bring news, weather, birthdays, and lunch information to our staff and students.  In addition, the Broadcast team does weekly announcements for Accelerated Reader, Bus Heroes, Class Attendance, as well as special interest stories and fascination It is the goal of the Gallberry Broadcasting Service to provide accurate and interesting information to our viewers and to give students the opportunity to explore the field of broadcasting.

Safety Patrol
Advisor:  Veronica Cummings

Safety Patrol develops leadership skills for our students. Membership is open to all rising Fifth Graders. Students complete an application process that includes teacher recommendation, review of grade point average, and a written essay. Patrol members are rotated between semesters. Patrol duties include: knowing and enforcing school rules and regulations; demonstrating respect to administrators, and teachers. In the Fall, Patrol members will nominate and elect a Safety Patrol Lead Captain and co-captains.

Service Club
Coach:  Ashton Smith

The Gallberry Farm “Pay it Forward” Service Club is made up of 4th grades who have been nominated by their teachers.  Students have to exemplify strong academics, “personality plus,” and a willingness to serve others.  The students organize a food drive at Thanksgiving which benefits the Gray’s Creek Christian Center and the 2nd Harvest Food Bank.  At Christmas, they visit residents of a retirement home and sing carols to entertain them.  They also work with some of our classrooms with special needs.  They have an Easter egg hunt and read to our students.  The year-end pep rally is also a showcase for their singing and dancing abilities.


In grade 5, learning to read and notate music gives students the skills with which to explore music independently and with others.  Listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music are also important building blocks of musical learning.  Moreover, to participate fully in a culturally diverse, global society, students must understand their own historical and cultural heritage and those of others within and beyond their communities.  Because music is a basic expression of human culture, every student has access to a balanced, comprehensive, sequential program of study in music.   Our fifth-grade string orchestra students also experience a unique relationship with live performers.  Each year,  our beginning orchestra students attend and perform a performance which features the North Carolina Symphony.  This opportunity is made possible by a joint effort between CCS and the NC Symphony.  All CCS fifth grade beginning orchestra students participate in the Annual Spring Orchestra Festival.

Published by Evelyn Keene on January 7, 2019