Did you know that Southmountain Children and Family Services began in 1903 and was called the Golden Industrial Institute? This school began in Bostic, NC in Rutherford County by Miss Emily Pruden as a boarding school for boys and girls ages 5 to 25. The school was dedicated to providing Christian education to anyone unable otherwise to earn a high school diploma.
Did you know that in 1919 the school was sold to Miss Ora Hull and Miss Bertha Moore for only $500? These two women opened their doors with a student body of 65 boys and girls including boarding pupils and children from the immediate vicinity without access to public education. In 1921, the name was changed to Southmountain Industrial Institute.
Stay tuned for more fun facts about the history of Southmountain. We will continue to post stories of the beginnings of Southmountain Children and Family Services!
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Child Advocacy Center Director Beth Cali Presents at National Conference
Beth Cali Director and Forensic Interviewer at the Burke County Child Advocacy Center recently presented research during a training session at the National Adolescent Perpetration Network. NAPN is subsidiary of the Kempe Center for Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect which is attached to the University of Colorado School of …
Southmountain Sponsors Poster Contest For Prevention To Child Abuse Month
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Southmountain Names Burke County Child Advocacy Center Director
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