Sandie Grant didn’t grow up in Yadkin, but she wishes she did.
The former school teacher and coach was looking for a rural place to call home when she left Bethesda, Md., for college. She heard about Appalachian State University from a teacher and thought the college would be perfect for her.
“I had a teacher in high school that taught physical education, that’s what I wanted to go into,” Grant said. “She had went to Appalachian. So I remember my mom and I looked it up in the catalog and it sounded really good. Ever since I got on campus, I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”
She moved to North Carolina and Boone to be a teacher and coach sports. Her student teaching led her to Forbush in the spring of 1969.
“Teaching is what brought me to Yadkin County,” Grant said. “The country life just really appeals to me. I love to be outside, I love to play sports, and that wasn’t really an acceptable thing for a girl back then. Here I think it’s always been acceptable.”
She has stayed active in the county ever since.
Following her undergraduate work, Grant moved to Boonville Elementary for two years, and then Starmount High School. She coached and taught there for her entire 27-year career.
At one point Grant coached a variety of sports but eventually whittled it down to just tennis.
She also has been involved in several outreaches in Yadkin.
“I retired in 1998 and ever since then I’ve just gotten involved in good community-based organizations,” Grant said.
Grant has served on the Board of Managers for the Yadkin Family YMCA in Yadkinville for 10 years.
“I joined the Y before the building was even built, because I knew that was something I was going to be involved with,” Grant said. She is active in the yoga program there.
She is a charter member of the Yadkin Valley Cruisers. She served as the first president of the organization for three years and still writes the monthly newsletter.
Grant has been the treasurer for the Yadkin County Dictionary Project for eight years.
The project puts together a paperback dictionary for all third-graders in the county free of charge. Included in the dictionary are 30,000 words, lists of the American presidents, information on every state, multiplication tables, and other useful information.
The dictionary is a very popular project. Grant said many times the dictionary becomes the main one for the child’s household.
This is the eighth year the group has donated dictionaries. They also produce a thesaurus.
She is also a member and the current president of the Yadkin Civitan Club, and serves on the Board of Directors for Yadkin Home Place.
Reach Taylor Pardue at 835-1513 ext. 15 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.