Civil Air Patrol Squadron of Hickory Visit Southmountain Estates

Posted by: swright 1 week, 5 days ago

It was a distinct pleasure to have the young men and women of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron and their talented Commanders, Sergeants and families from Hickory, NC descend upon Southmountain Estates community! On May 24 and 25 they held an event with a perfect balance of playfulness, discipline, and good will.

Lily’s Place Hosts Poster Contest for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by: swright 1 month ago

During the month of April, the McDowell County Child Advocacy Center (Lily’s Place) sponsored its Annual 4th Grade Poster Contest in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year’s theme was “Every Child Matters!” and there were over 300 entries from several elementary schools including West Marion, Marion, Glenwood, Eastfield, Pleasant Gardens, and North Cove Elementary.  District Attorney Ted Bell generously donated 2 bicycles and helmets to our grand prize winners from North Cove Elementary and Glenwood Elementary.  The winners were thrilled to receive new bikes as their prize!

Camp Lake James Hosts 3rd Annual School's Out Celebration!

Posted by: swright 1 month, 1 week ago

On Friday, June 8th the children from Southmountain Estates enjoyed the annual School's Out Celebration held at Camp Lake James.  Camp Lake James staff and members from 1780 and the Old Wildlife Club sponsored a fun afternoon of activities and lunch for the children, professional parents and staff.  The pool was full of laughter and the beach at the lake was buzzing with kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding.

Southmountain Receives Grant from Marion Business Association

Posted by: swright 1 month, 2 weeks ago

In April 2019, Southmountain Children and Family Services received the good news that a grant to the Marion Business Association has been approved.  The grant for $3,280 will be used to paint the exterior of the building that now houses Lily’s Place, the McDowell County Children’s Advocacy Center.  Southmountain extends our gratitude to the Marion Business Association for this grant!

Southmountain Staff Teach Student Safety

Posted by: swright 2 months ago

Community outreach and prevention are important parts of Southmountain Children and Family Services’ mission, and community education about child abuse is an important way to meet that goal.  Recently Rhonda Robbins, facility dog specialist with Southmountain Children and Family Services, partnered with McDowell County Sheriff Office Detective Paul Alkire to provide education on Internet Safety to West McDowell Middle School students and their parents. Detective Alkire, Cyber Crimes Investigator, provided tips and instruction on how to monitor internet and cell phone use; how to keep kids safe from on-line predators; and information on cyber-bullying.  This program will be incorporated into 6th grade orientation for both students and parents starting this spring.  The McDowell County Children’s Advocacy Center (Lily's Place) has also been offering a "Personal Body Safety" Program in McDowell County Elementary Schools for over five years. This program uses grade specific, age appropriate language to empower students to tell a trusted adult if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or touches them in an inappropriate way.