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Education

  • Buster the Bus teaches safety to schoolchildren

    ASH—School bus safety is important for students of all ages to learn, know and follow. Buster the Bus, a remote control school bus that talks, moves and teaches students the importance of bus safety, visits students in Brunswick County Schools.

    Shonda Johnson, safety assistant, brought Buster to Waccamaw School on Friday, where he spoke with kindergarten and first-grade classes. Johnson and Buster taught  students what to do while waiting for the bus, how to enter and exit, how to be a safe rider and other facts about bus safety.

  • Supply Elementary starts Asian Culture Club

    Supply Elementary School now offers education about Asian culture. The Asian Culture Club, made up of 17 fourth- and fifth-grade students, meets after school every Friday to learn about China, Korea and Japan through Internet research, literature and guest speakers. The club received a grant from Donors Choose to purchase literature and get guest speakers from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Western Carolina universities. Workshops are based on Taiko drums, calligraphy, tea ceremony, Tae Kwon Doe, Kung Fu and karate.

  • Superintendent's Corner: Democracy’s Promise: Educate Every Child

    We find ourselves at the beginning of the 21st century with the greatest educational challenge in the history of our great country. Many Americans do not place the same value on education, as did citizens of past generations.

    We must regain the commitment to public education that has almost vanished during the past few decades. What has happened to the American dream? And if American adults have stopped dreaming, who is modeling the urgency of an education for our youth?

  • 4-H visits Bolivia Elementary School

    4-H member and Roger Bacon Academy student Amber Yurgel visits with Bolivia Elementary School students during National 4-H Week. With her bag of books in tow, Yurgel read to Ms. Stammer's, Ms. Brown's and Ms. Lewis’ classes. The mission of 4-H’ers is to make a difference in their communities, in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as  catalysts for positive change. For National 4-H Week, Yurgel chose as her community-based project to share some of her favorite books and tell about her experiences with 4-H since age 5.

  • Buster the Bus visits Bolivia

    Bolivia Elementary School students had a  special visitor during Bus Safety Awareness Week. 'Buster the Bus' visited with pre-k, kindergarten and first-grade students. Buster shared with students how to safely enter and exit a bus at their appointed stop and safe bus behaviors when riding to and from school. Buster the Bus is an interactive, remote-controlled vehicle sponsored by Brunswick County School’s Transportation Department.

  • Goodies for grandparents

    James Bortle enjoys cookies and juice with his grandparents, Connie and Norman Six, during a recent celebration of Grandparents Day at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School. The well-attended event was coordinated by Fran Thomas, parent/volunteer program facilitator. Each grandparent received a flier  'Simply Grand: The Importance of Grandparents' by Dawn Marie Barhyte, a former teacher in New York.

  • CIS plans car auction

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) is offering a 1946 Chrysler Windsor for auction as part of the seventh annual Benefit Gala for Children on Thursday, Oct. 16, at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center.

    CIS board member Shirley Babson arranged for the car to help in this year’s fundraising efforts.

    “I think auctioning the car is a wonderful way to raise money for CIS,” said Babson, who has spent more than 30 years working for children.

  • Youth celebrate 4-H week

    Youth all over the county joined together recently for National 4-H Week.

    Their activities began at the county commissioners’ meeting last week when an official proclamation was made to observe Oct. 5-11 as National 4-H Week.

    More activities will follow, including: a county employee fitness walk, card-making workshop to make gifts for veterans, teens reading to kindergarten classes, dancing lessons, plus dinner and a movie in the Brunswick County Botanical Garden.

  • School board member calls for superintendent's termination

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert publicly announced his dissatisfaction with Superintendent Katie McGee at a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

    He made a motion to terminate her contract, which died due to a lack of second.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson, vice-chair Charlie Miller and member Jimmy Hobbs were silent after the motion was made. Board member Scott Milligan was absent from the meeting.

    “I think it’s her time, she should go,” Gilbert said after the meeting.

  • Board candidates speak out at forum

    SUPPLY—Teaching creationism and evolution is a hot topic among voters trying to decide which candidate to choose in the upcoming Brunswick County Board of Education election.

    At the candidate forum Tuesday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium, an audience question gave candidates their chance to voice their opinions on the topic, which has drawn much controversy since the board’s September meeting when a parent questioned why it wasn’t taught in Brunswick County schools.