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PTO auction is March 22
The Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS) Parent Teacher Organization will host a silent auction and student talent showcase from 6-8:30 p.m. March 22 at Odell Williamson Auditorium. For more information or donating to the auction, contact BCECHS at 754-8565.

Smart Start festival set for March 13 and 15
Smart Start of Brunswick County and Parents as Teachers are sponsoring Block Fest 2012 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13 and 15 at Brunswick Community College Early Childhood’s education building.
Block Fest N.C. is a free research-based exhibit that raises awareness of early math and science learning by offering hands-on block play experiences to families with children between the ages of 8 months and 8 years.

Bus Drivers celebrated
They are the first smiling faces 7,325 Brunswick County students see each morning to begin their school day. They are responsible for the safe transport of our most precious cargo. They collectively travel the roads of Brunswick County, both gravel and paved through all types of weather, 10,405 miles each day.
These dedicated and courageous men and women are the 146 bus drivers and 24 bus monitors of the Brunswick County School System.
While their efforts are sincerely appreciated year round, Gov. Beverly Purdue declared Feb. 13-17 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. The recognition is in conjunction with the nationwide Love the Bus program, which is designed to raise awareness and appreciation for drivers and to provide parents and students the opportunity to learn more about the economic and environmental benefits of school bus transportation.
According to a release issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, in North Carolina, students who ride one of the state’s 13,700 school buses contribute to a statewide community savings of $245 million and 67 million gallons of fuel. The nation’s school bus system eliminates the need for 17.3 million cars and 2.3 billion gallons of fuel annually. Additionally, according to the National Academy of Sciences, a child is at least 13 times safer in a school bus than the average of other ways to get to and from school.
The N.C. Fuel Calculator has statewide and county-specific fuel savings data and is available at www.ncbussafety.org.