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Education

  • BCC recipient of New Generations grant

    Youth in Brunswick County are often raised with goals of attending college after high school and establishing themselves as a successful businessperson. Many youth dream of remaining in Brunswick County as adults and raising families of their own.

    But too often, these youth can’t find suitable work in the county to sustain their dreams. The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center recognized the issue and is working to put a stop to this phenomenon throughout the state. The goal is to involve youth and young adults in economic and civic life.

  • Board of education to review accreditation at July 24 retreat

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will review findings from a recent Advance Ed accreditation process at an upcoming retreat in July.

    Jessica Swencki, spokeswoman for Brunswick County Schools, said school staff received a final, written report from Advance Ed on Tuesday, June 26.

    Board of education members received an oral report from an Advance Ed representative at a special called meeting in April, but Swencki said the upcoming retreat would provide a thorough review of all written findings.

  • Education briefs

    Riegert named to dean’s list
    Emma Riegert of Oak Island was named to the spring 2012 dean’s list at the University of Charleston. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
    The University of Charleston is a small, private college with about 1,400 students from 31 states and 26 countries.
    It offers 24 undergraduate majors, master’s programs in business and physician assistant studies, and a doctorate in pharmacy.

  • Students say goodbye to the school year

    Students and staff in Brunswick County said farewell on Friday, June 8, marking the beginning of summer vacation.
    Throughout the system, schools celebrated the end of the year with special traditions, including promotion ceremonies for those moving to middle and high schools.
    Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary celebrated the successes of fifth-grade students in front of a packed house of friends and family. The promotion celebration was sponsored by the school’s PTA.

  • Summer food service program begins June 18

    Beginning June 18, all Brunswick County children younger than 18 years old can receive a free breakfast and lunch five days a week for eight weeks.

    Jessica Swencki, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman, said the program is a collaboration between the school system and Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), which will sponsor the summer food service program.

    There are no income eligibility requirements to receive the meals—it is open to all children in the county, Swencki said.

  • CIS awards 23 scholarhips to area students

    Communities in Schools (CIS) has awarded 23 $1,000 scholarships to Brunswick County students this year, and five are the first in their family to attend college. This brings the total amount of scholarships awarded by CIS to more than $100,000.
    Early College High School graduate Shanice Newkirk received a $1,000 scholarship donated by Dinah Gore.

  • Education briefs

    Cedar Grove names Bulldogs of Month
    Cedar Grove Middle School has named its Bulldogs of the Month for April, May and June.
    Eighth grade
    Gavin Reed, Brittani Wilson, Garrett Hansen, Matthew Grissett, Emillio Bonifacio, Savannah Prevost, Dalton Reagan, Michael Nelson, Danielle Duncan, Brook Benton, Olivia Pittman, Nahisha Garcia, Darcy Evans, David Venegas, Caleb Renfrow, Dakota Hewett and Maria Isabel Santamaria.
    Seventh grade

  • CGMS Students collect books for Literacy Council

    A few members of the Cedar Grove Middle School Junior National Honor Society decided to have a book drive to help out The Brunswick County Literacy Council. The society requires all members perform eight hours of community service each semester.
    The book drive lasted the entire month of May and the deadline was May 30. A grand total of 1,338 books were collected. Sixth-grade students donated 293 books, seventh-grade students donated 713 books and eighth-grade students donated 332 books.

  • Students win patriotic art exhibition

    Students from South Brunswick High School are the local winners in the annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Competition sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 in Calabash, Post 8866 in Holden Beach and Post 10400 in Boiling Spring Lakes.
    During an award ceremony at the school on May 7, the ladies auxiliaries presented certificates and checks to the following students:
    Post 7288: Myles Williams, first place; Emily Coring, second place; and Sarah Hennessey, third place.

  • Collecting their weight in food

    Karen Ogden’s K-1 students were issued a challenge to collect their weight in food. The Tip the Scales for Food challenge was launched in late March. Each child was weighed and the collective total of their weight was 384 pounds. They immediately issued a plea to the other students and teachers in the school for help in collecting at least 384 pounds of food for the local food pantry.