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Cabarrus GOP - Part 2
March 28: Cabarrus Republican Men's Club's Guest is Andrea Palo
Tweet Andrea Palo - the Executive Director of Communities in Schools (CIS) of Cabarrus County - will be speaking about about helping students stay in school and make the right choices.
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Palo wants to fill empty school board seat | Independent Tribune
Palo, who served one term on the board, has asked her supporters to contact the current school board members and encourage them to put her in that position again.
After the news broke, Palo said she received phone calls from people and decided to put her name in the hat. Palo said she sent an email to her supporters last week, encouraging them to contact the school board and request that she be put back on the board. The email mentions that, in the November 2010 election, Palo lost by fewer votes than Williams, who also lost his reelection bid, after serving on the board since 1996. In the 2010 election, Palo received the fourth highest amount of votes for the three open seats on the board, and Williams received the fifth highest amount of votes, of the six candidates. In addition to including the initial election results and contact information the school board, the email from We The People also includes a note from Palo. "It is my understanding they are considering Wayne Williams who lost by over 1,000 votes," Palo wrote. "Mr. Helms and Mrs. Palo were not in the same election." Palo said Tuesday that she intends to send each board member a personal letter stating that she is interested in the seat. View More: Andrea Palo, Board Member, Cabarrus County, Cabarrus County School Board, Chairperson, Cindy Fertenbaugh, Contact Reporter, Current School Board, Former Cabarrus County School Board, Holly Blackwelder, Jessica Groover, Mike Helms, President, Ronnie Long, School Board, Tea Party, Wayne Williams
Board members Andrea Palo and Carolyn Carpenter voted against the motion.
Board members Carpenter, Palo and Mike Helms were in favor of tabling the plans. When the board voted on middle school plans, Palo said she voted against the change to the Royal Oaks area because she was not sure what would happen when the board made a decision about the high school plans. View More: Andrea Palo, Associate Superintendent, Board Member, Cabarrus County Board Of Education, Carolyn Carpenter, Carpenter, Chairperson, Cindy Fertenbaugh, Concord, Concord Middle School, Contact Reporter, County Board Of Education, Diane Byrne, Education, Harold E. Winkler Middle School, Holly Blackwelder, Jay M. Robinson, Jessica Groover, Jim Amendum, Mike Helms, Northwest Cabarrus High School, Northwest Cabarrus Middle School, Vice Chairperson, Wayne Williams, W. M. Irvin Elementary School
Palo finds peace as a choir director
After a tough week as a member of the Cabarrus County Board of Education, Andrea Palo finds her peace as the contemporary choir director at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Charlotte. "It's a peace that I can't explain," Palo said. "It's a good way to finish a busy week." Palo has been a member at the church for about 20 years and the contemporary choir director for more than seven years. "I sang in the choir for years, and I went to communion (one day) and said a prayer," Palo said. "I asked God how (he could) use me. Right after mass, the priest came up and asked if I'd lead the contemporary praise and worship. I felt like that was a calling." She said that singing was something that always came natural to her. "I used to sing in front of my mother's stereo with a candlestick holder," Palo said. Palo also sang in church growing up. Now, she works with choir members whose ages usually range between 10 and 50. "I enjoy working with kids because they are so eager to learn," Palo said. Currently, there are about 10 to 12 members of the contemporary choir, which presents every Sunday. She said her favorite part of being involved in the choir is sharing her faith with the rest of the parishioners. Palo said she enjoys seeing that people are connecting to the mass because of the music. "It's a wonderful feeling to know you are helping someone feel the presence of the Lord," Palo said. Palo said the biggest challenge of being the director is having different personalities in the choir and her not being a musician. "I'm just someone who loves music," Palo said. When she selects the seven to nine songs each week to fit with the readings during mass, Palo said she tries to tap into her sensitive side. "(I think about) which would touch me with the readings more," Palo said. "We have to make sure we are connecting with the parishioners." While she enjoys a song called, "Surely The Presence," her favorite one is "Above All." In addition to selecting the songs, she also conducts the practices on Wednesdays and an hour before mass. In her years as choir director, Palo said she has had some youth participate who have really surprised her with the power of their voices. "Those just fascinate me, and (I like to) watch them grow in their faith," Palo said. "There's nothing more rewarding than helping a child find their faith." Amy Rowland, who is now a freshman in college at UNC Pembroke, has been one of the young choir members who have stunned Palo. "(Andrea) always has a positive attitude and knows how to make you smile and what to say at the right time," Rowland said. "(Andrea) definitely brought it out of me and made me come out of my shell and grow as a performer," Rowland said. Like other members, Palo said she does it because she loves it. "We're all here because we want to be doing it," Palo said. View More: Amy Rowland, Andrea Palo, Cabarrus County Board Of Education, Charlotte, Choir Director, Contemporary Choir Director, Director, Member, Musician, One Of The Young Choir Members, Priest, Roman Catholic Church