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Education

  • Lincoln students plant tree on Earth Day

    LELAND—Jan Boone’s fifth-grade class at Lincoln Elementary School celebrated Earth Day last week by planting a tree outside their classroom window.

    The students chose to plant a tree as a reward for a recent project. The Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington picked two schools—fifth-graders at Lincoln and in Wrightsville Beach—to work with on environmental projects.

    The group came out to the school and talked with students about environmental issues, such as wetlands, plants, and why it’s important to be earth conscious.

  • ROCAME has annual Brunswick County jamboree

    ROCAME had its annual Brunswick County jamboree on March 28, at South Brunswick High School. This year was the third consecutive year South Brunswick served as host.

    Four middle schools and three high schools (more than 150 students, teachers and parents) participated in the math and science events.

    Middle School Winners

  • South Brunswick's Pennell named N.C. Principal of the Year

    South Brunswick High School Principal Vann Pennell may have just been named the North Carolina Principal of the Year, but it’s an award he feels belongs not only to him but also to the staff and students.

    “I’m honored and pleased for the school because it is a complete school award. It’s not a ‘me’ award or an ‘I’ award,” he said. “Without all the things the teachers, students and the community have done, there’s no way you can compete for something like that at the state level.”

  • Students take part in DWI wreck simulations

    As part of a DWI wreck simulation Wednesday, students at Brunswick County Academy attended funerals for three of their classmates, saw another die and two injured in an alcohol-related car wreck and witnessed another student being arrested, charged with driving under the influence.

    The Keys of Life program, presented by the N.C. Department of Crime Control, Public Safety and The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, gave students a real-life perspective on the effects of drinking and driving.

  • Shallotte Middle’s Science Olympiad wins regionals

    Shallotte Middle School’s Science Olympiad team is headed to state.

    The team placed first at the regional competition last month, placing higher than other teams from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

    The team, along with three others from the region will compete in the state competition later this month.

    Science Olympiad is a national organization that helps improve and increase science education through team competition. Members from each team compete in 23 events, which covers a broad spectrum of science.

  • BCC small business entrepreneur series continues on April 8,15

    The Brunswick Community College Small Business Center will conduct two more seminars in an ongoing entrepreneur series at the Odell Williamson Events Center on April 8 and 15.

    Networking will be from 7:30-8 a.m.; a light continental breakfast will be provided. The seminar presentation is from 8-10 a.m. Both trainers are accomplished entrepreneurs who train full-time in their expertise throughout the United States.

    There is no charge for the breakfast or the seminar; however, reservations are required. Call 755-7380 to reserve space.

  • Brunswick Community College offers a variety of enrichment courses

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Coastal Envirothon contest winners named

    On March 24, Weyherhauser’s Cool Springs Environmental Center was host to the Coastal Envirothon on the banks of Swift Creek.

    The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental education program for teams of high school and middle school students.

    The Area 5 and 6 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Weyerhaeuser, NUCOR, Georgia Pacific, Pepsi, Coke, Natur Chem and local farm bureaus sponsored the program.

  • New directors join CIS board

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has announced four additions to its board of directors.

    Donna Williams owns and operates Fitwize 4 Kids in Leland, where she resides with her husband and two children, and brings expertise in leadership development, community resources and fundraising.

  • School resource officer funding in trouble as state cuts education budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools is expecting at-risk funding to be cut a half-million dollars, leaving the board of education wondering where it will find funding to keep all of its school resource officers (SROs).

    The state now gives the district funding for four of its 10 officers, and the funding only goes toward officers in high schools. But with the state budget nearly eliminating this funding, the district is left to find funding on its own.

    The county budget for the 10 SROs is about $635,000, with the average salary at $65,366.