• Just Watch it Grow program: Children sprout new taste buds

    With fast food and quick meal preparation options aplenty, it’s easy for negative eating habits to develop in children.
    According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Special Nutrition Division, roughly one third of all children ages 2-4 are overweight or obese.
    That’s why Helen Gabriel, program and evaluations director for Smart Start of Brunswick County, and her colleagues started Just Watch it Grow.

  • Education briefs

    Webber named NSTA fellow
    Jennifer “Jenny” Webber is one of eight North Carolina teachers and one of 244 nationwide selected as a Fellow in the 2012-2013 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) New Science Teacher Academy.
    Webber teaches science at Cedar Grove Middle School.
    The 2012 Fellows were selected based on several criteria, including a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator.

  • ESWVS students visit Autumn Care

    Jane Skubic and her first- and second-grade students at the Evelyn Smith Wray Village School (ESWVS) enjoy a special field trip during the holiday season when they visited Autumn Care to spread some holiday cheer.
    The children visited patient halls and sang Christmas carols. They also delivered tidings of joy and handmade Christmas cards to the residents, and enjoyed the trip as much as the Autumn Care staff and residents.

  • School system asks public to weigh in on facilities plans

    The next step in the creation of an updated Brunswick County School’s Facilities Master Plan will rely on parent involvement.

    School officials will host three community focus group meetings next week to get input from parents and community members about how to meet the educational needs of students.

    The meetings are set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at North Brunswick High School; Wednesday, Jan. 23, at South Brunswick High School; and Thursday, Jan. 24, at West Brunswick High School.

  • BCC to offer advanced nursing training on campus

    Brunswick Community College was the site on Dec. 4 for the signing of an agreement that will result in advanced nursing training on the college campus.

    With the bridge articulation agreement in place, UNC Pembroke will offer its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at the college.

    BCC President Susanne Adams welcomed the UNCP contingent to campus.

    “Working with our university partner to serve this rural region has been a labor of love for us,” she said. ”Our nurses are eager to continue their education.”

  • Education briefs

    WBHS names students to honor roll
    West Brunswick High School has named the following students to its first nine-weeks honor roll:
    A honor roll
    Ninth grade: Jillian Benton, Carrie Broome, Mariah Cashman, Isaias Castaneda, Courtney Chappell, Donita Daley, Cam Davis, Connor Durham, Gabrielle Hoffman, Hayden Huffman, Anna James, Katelyn Keaton, Megan Kesky, Bryana LaDue, John McNeil, George Nance, Gavin Reed, Aleigh Rhyne, Joseph Stanley, Kasandra Trotter, Austin Turner, Brittani Wilson, Thomas Yaemmongkol, Samuel Zeng.

  • School board approves new at-risk youth assistance for high schools

    A new organization will begin assisting Brunswick County’s at-risk high school students in the new year.

    Men and Women United for Youth and Families (MWUYF) received approval from the Brunswick County Board of Education Dec. 4 to begin working with the four county high schools to help students receive educational and employment training.

    Randolph Keaton, director of MWUYF, said the nonprofit organization has offered education and employment training to Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick residents out of their office in Delco for the past 10 years.

  • Brunswick County schools hires new human resources director

    Brunswick County Schools’ new executive director of human resources was on his way to the North Carolina coast before he was hired.

    And part of his job once he get here will be enticing new teachers to come to the coast, too.

    Mark Pasier, currently director of human resources for Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia, was selected by Superintendent Edward Pruden’s search committee. The hire was announced during a special-called meeting of the board of education on Dec. 18.

  • Drummer teaches lessons of respect

    Funding provided through a Brunswick Arts Council Grass Roots grant is bringing to life the character of “Mufasa, the wise and noble Lion King.”
    The Communities in Schools (CIS) After School Program has contracted with Cheick Sissoko, an accomplished African drummer from West Africa, to teach students from Lincoln and Town Creek elementary schools about the diverse world and how cultures differ, both now and in the past.

  • Education briefs

    High makes dean’s list at SCAD
    Rebecca High of Bolivia has been named to the dean’s list at Savannah College of Art and Design for the fall 2012 quarter.
    Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list.