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Polly Pearson recently retired from Catawba County Social Services after 40 years of helping people cope with life’s challenges. Originally hired in June of 1972, she taught people the daily skills needed for a successful life.
Raised during the era of segregation, she attended the Rosenwald School in Maiden and graduated from Central High School in Newton. She earned a certificate as a cosmetologist and practiced that occupation for a short time. But she soon realized she wanted something different. She returned to school, taking courses at Johnson C. Smith University, Catawba Valley Community College and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.
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