Dr. Fred L. Mock STARS Academy

The 2020 Student Leadership Academy had been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Bernard H. Thomas Student Leadership Academy is held each year in June at the Davidson County Community College. The Academy offers students within the Davidson County Public School System an opportunity to develop and use leadership skills during an exciting week of special classes and projects. Academy leaders emphasize skill development in the areas of self-awareness, listening, speaking, writing, team building, decision-making, problem solving, goal setting and conflict resolution.

prepared to take leadership roles in their individual schools and communities.

Students from each school (rising 5th & 6th) in the Davidson County Public School System will be selected based on their application form and the recommendation of their teacher(s).  Students are eligible to apply if they have not previously attended the Leadership Academy. Applications must be completed by the student in his or her own handwriting and submitted to your local school guidance counselor.  Please submit a legible application.

There is a $25.00 mandatory registration fee to each participating student, due on May 22, 2020.  Please make sure to have your $25.00 mailed in by May 22nd to secure a place for your student. Please mail check to DCEF, P.O.Box 444, Lexington, NC  27293.

Each Leadership Academy student receives a t-shirt and certificate of completion. Participation for all five days of the Academy is mandatory with classes beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 12:00 pm. Transportation to and from Davidson County Community College will not be provided and parents are responsible for insurance.  All classes will originate and end at Davidson County Community College, but may involve some activities away from campus, for which transportation will be provided. Students will be notified by email the status of their applications by late May.  


The 26th Annual Bernard H. Thomas Leadership Academy will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020 through Friday, June 26, 2020, on the DCCC campus.   Application deadline (submitted to your school guidance counselor) is March 16th.   Parents are invited to attend our Closing Ceremony on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 12:30 pm on the DCCC campus/Quad area.

Thanks to everyone who helps make our week at DCCC such a success!  DCEF appreciates all donations which will help support our Leadership Academy for years to come.

To donate, please see our ‘Donate: Honor and Memory’ program on our website. For additional information regarding the Leadership Academy contact: Laura Koonts [email protected]

The 2020 STARS Academy was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Students Teaching And Reaching for Success STARS is a summer day program that was offered by the Davidson County Education Foundation for rising seventh and eighth grade students in all Davidson County Public middle schools. The all expense-paid program began in 1995.

2013 Picture of Stars Activity

Located on the campus of Davidson County Community College, the weeklong program in July provides opportunities for students to build skills in decision-making, self-confidence, leadership, community responsibility and cooperation.

Applications go out to all Davidson County Public Middle Schools each year in March. All applications must be legible. Guidance counselors work with students they think have high potential and could best benefit from the STARS Academy experience. A DCEF selection committee and the STARS Coordinator extends invitations to invited participants before the end of school.  STARS Academy is held in each year in June.

DCEF employed a coordinator to oversee general academy operations. Staff facilitators are present to bring leadership to small and large group activities, team building, individual conferencing, goal-setting and daily evaluation of activities. They all are currently employees of the Davidson County Public School System. Having middle school staff present at STARS Academy has proven to be a very valuable part of the academy program. Then, during the following school year, the staff facilitators continue to communicate with the STARS participants from their school to reinforce lessons learned during their week at the STARS Academy. It is this consistency that keeps the lessons learned during STARS fresh in the minds of these young adolescents.

Transportation to and from the STARS Academy was not provided for participants.  The week’s activities included fun and innovative activities.  The daily hours were 8:30 am  – Noon.   Students and parents were invited to a Closing Ceremony on Friday of the week at 10:00 A.M. in the Reich Auditorium on the DCCC campus. STARS had received rave reviews from participants and their parents. This program truly inspired Students Teaching And Reaching for Success!  Thanks to the wonderful staff for another successful STARS Academy.