8th grade student Elyssa Zimmerman from Southern Middle School, 9th grader Grace Johnston and 10th grader, Alyssa Stroker from Pinecrest High join Bill and guest co-host, Patrick Coughlin, President of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, in an inspiring and uplifting conversation about their school experiences and aspirations. Their discipline, organizational skills, passions, and commitments are revealed thru their observations about family, their role model inspirations, and their ability to see the world with a broader lense. The formulas Elyssa, Grace & Alyssa have learned, inherited and practice will serve them well at every stage of their lives.


Are You Smarter Than a Moore County 5th Grader

Patrick Coughlin (President and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce) and Andrew Lyons (VP of First Bank), board members of the Public Education Foundation of Moore County (PEF) join host Bill Sahadi of Fore Properties to discuss PEF’s fundraiser, Are You Smarter Than a Moore County Schools 5th Grader. The 2nd annual event will be held Thursday, November 15 from 6-8pm at the Robert E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School.

Andrew and Pat with kids

Special guests on the show include two of the 12 elementary school teams competing on November 15. Representing Southern Pines Elementary are Jada Harrington, JT Mayo and Caleb Nocton. Team members from Pinehurst Elementary are Ava Booker, Noah Lyons and Claire Murden. Teams from Sandhiills Farm Life and Westmoore Elementary will be back to defend their crown.

These 5th graders are all special young people who have earned the right to be part of this important fundraiser. Their organization, preparation and skill sets will make all Moore County residents proud of the type of students that the Moore County Schools are developing and nuturing.

These 5th graders will inspire you as they did all the adult participants in this radio show.

Crazy Andrew and Pat with kids


Patrick Coughlin, the Moore County Chamber of Commerce President, and First Bank’s Andrew Lyons, the Chamber’s Vice Chairman of Community Development and President of the Public Education Foundation discuss Leadership initiatives by the Chamber under their guidance. Some of the programs discussed are Junior Achievement, the Educator Leadership Institute, connecting academics to practical application, and the upcoming November fundraiser, “Are you smarter than a Moore County School’s 5th grader?, which supports the Public Education Foundation for our local teachers. As our world continues to change at a frenetic pace, the discussion of these initiatives as a community based directive gives our local students, work force and citizens a chance to prepare for the changes in our local and global work environment.

Moore County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Spence – Feb. 18th – 19th

New Moore County School Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Spence is this weeks guest. Dr. Spence is joined by Patrick Coughlin, President of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Laura A. Staal, Professor of Education at UNC Pembroke, mother of 5 children in the Moore County school system. Dr. Spence takes a “big picture” view of his new position, the role of education today and how his experience in Va. & Houston, Tx. has prepared him for this new chapter. His candor and passion are quite revealing about his family and his new role in Moore County.

Moore County Schools