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New Wake Forest Deans Focused on Building Connections, Host Ice Cream Social

Wake Forest Charter Academy is starting their school year with a new team of deans. To celebrate and help bring teachers, staff, and students together for a meet and greet, the school hosted an ice cream social with games and prizes.
Erika Hathaway taught at Wake Forest last year and is now the dean of grades 5-8, but K-4 Dean Randi Woodruff and Special Education Dean Rebekah Ring are new to the school this year.
 Adults standing next to an ice cream truck.
Wake Forest Charter Academy hosted an ice cream social with Lumpy’s Ice Cream truck.

“It was definitely an amazing event,” Woodruff said. “Several parents and students came to us saying how great it felt to be out in the community and being with the school family to socialize and build relationships again.”
Students rode bikes, ate ice-cream from Lumpy’s Ice Cream truck, danced to music, and won prizes. New teachers met with staff and students and got acclimated to the building.

People playing Get to Know You games.
Staff and students played “get to know you” games.

The new team of deans is working to build a feeling of togetherness with the theme of Building Connections. Led by Principal Brandi Gill, the team is working to continue the connection between students and staff.
“We are working hard to prepare for the school year and are excited about the foundation that has been built and the goals we have set for this amazing school at Wake Forest Charter Academy. It is truly a hidden gem.”
 People enjoying ice cream.
Participants enjoyed Lumpy’s Ice Cream.

Have a great school year, Wake Forest!
Wake Forest Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Wake Forest, North Carolina, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes over 95 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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