Education Briefs


First Posted: 1/15/2009

West Lumberton honors Dolphins
LUMBERTON - West Lumberton Elementary has announced its &#8220Positive Dolphins” who were recognized for displaying positive behavior for the week of Feb. 13-17.
They were Cameron Oxendine, Melanie Taylor, Kayla McMillan, Toji McClellan, Joe McClain.
Each student is announced during the morning announcements. On Fridays, the five students are treated to a meal with a special guest.

Event benefits Project Graduation
LUMBERTON - A night of dining and dancing has been scheduled for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 14 at the Southeastern Regional Agricultural Center/Farmers Market to raise money for Project Graduation.
Tickets are $100 per couple or $500 for corporate tables of eight people. Entertain-ment will be provided by the band Second Time Around. Ben Chavis, a former Robeson County educator who leads an alternative school in Oakland, will be the guest speaker.
Project Graduation is a drug- and alcohol-free event for high school seniors to celebrate graduation.
For tickets, call Susan Moore at 272-3349, Herman Locklear at 735-2338, Lavern Oxendine at 739-6624, or Howard Branch at 671-3140.

Tutoring program open house today
LUMBERTON - The 21st Century After-School Tutoring program at W.H. Knuckles Elementary has scheduled an open house for 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today.
Parents and visitors are welcome.

Hargrave begins behavior program
LUMBERTON - Janie Hargrave Elementary School recently implemented the Positive Behavior Support System designed to target negative behavior and change it into positive behavior.
A survey was done to determine types of behaviors to look for and what kinds of rewards would follow. West Lumberton Elementary was the first school to start the program.

Lewis on Citadel honors list
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Cadet Alvin D. Lewis IV of Fairmont made the president's list for the fall 2005 semester the Citadel, the military academy of South Carolina.
The president's list is a combination of the dean's list and the commandant's list, the latter of which is compprised of cadets who contribute the most to their companies and who have excellent military and academic records.
Lewis is the son of Al and Carole Lewis. He is a 2004 graduate of Avalon Academy in Dillon, S.C.

Headstart takes applications
PEMBROKE - The Lumbee Regional Development Association's Headstart program is taking applications for children ages 3 and 4 in the Allenton, Rennert and Fairgrove areas.
For information in Allenton, call 618-0032; Rennert, 843-2562 or Fairgrove, 628-9570.

Fairmont High
teams victorious

RED SPRINGS - Fairmont High's &#8220Golden Guards and Knights” JROTC drill teams were victorious at the recent Robeson County All American Drill Team Competition.
The competition was held at Red Springs High.
The Golden Guards and Knights placed in eight of 10 events. The teams were led by Jalessa Pittman, Felton Locklear, Brian Carter, Donovan Oxendine, LaVashti Washington, Nicole Goins, Kendra Evans, Sadarryle Stephens and Cody Deese.
The team is now preparing for the National High School Drill Team Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla., scheduled for May 4-7. Fairmont is currently ranked 11th in the nation.

People to People pick Bernicki
LUMBERTON - Patrick Bernicki, a sixth-grader at Littlefield Middle School, has been selected into the People to People World Leadership Forum.
Bernicki will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., April 17-23. He will earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring the country's prominent monuments and institutions.
Bernicki is the son of William and Jean Bernicki.

Walker named top CIS volunteer
LUMBERTON - Lisa C. Walker was the Communities in Schools' Volunteer of the Month for March.
She has volunteered at Lumberton Junior High for several years. She often steps in as a substitute and helps out with the girls' softball team and other youth activities.

Lumberton residents make Peace list
RALEIGH - Two Lumberton students were named to the honors list at Peace College for the fall 2005 semester.
Michelle L. Atkinson was named a dean's scholar, which recognizes students with a 4.0 grade-point average.
Abby B. Hamilton made the dean's list with distinction, which recognizes students who earn a 3.7 or better grade-point average.

Southside honors top teachers
ROWLAND - Kathy Burnette, a first-grade teacher, and teacher assistants Beulah Fowler, Barbara Serrano and Kimberly Robeson have been named Southside-Ashpole Elementary’s Employees of the Month.
They were treated to lunch by Principal Robert Locklear at B & C Restaurant in Dillon.

Surles makes FTCC dean's list
FAYETTEVILLE - Lumberton native Jason Surles was named to the dean's list at Fayetteville Technical Community College.
Surles is majoring in criminal justice.
He is a police officer at Oak Island. He was named that force's Rookie Police Officer of the Year in 2005. He is a former Cumberland County deputy sheriff.
He attended Avalon Academy and is a Robeson Community College graduate.
He is the son of Jerrol and Elois Surles of Lumberton.

Cool Science deadline is April 14
LUMBERTON - April 14 is the deadline for students to sign up for the county schools' Cool Science Investigation program, part of Summer Enrichment Academy 2006.
The free program is available June 19-22 and June 26-29 for students in grades three through eight. It will be held at Carroll, Fairmont, Pembroke, Red Springs, Rowland and St. Pauls middle schools.
Applications are available at each elementary and middle school and should be completed and returned to each school's principal. Transportation will be provided.

Stuckey attends East Asia seminar
CHAPEL HILL - Debra Stuckey, a teacher at Lumberton Junior High, attended the World View seminar titled &#8220East Asia: Tradition and Transforma-tion.”
The seminar was held March 22-23 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Stuckey was among the 200 school and college educators participating in the seminar that covered such topics as the Chinese education system, East Asian religions and South Korea's rise in information technology.

Local educators get book published
LUMBERTON - A book by two Robeson County educators has been published and is available online.
Gene Freeman and Vickie Taylor co-wrote &#8220Integrating Science and Literacy Instruction: A Framework for Bridging the Gap.”
It was published by Roman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. and can be purchased at www.romaneducation.com. The book connects scientifically-based research and best instructional practices in literacy and integrates it with inquiry-based scientific process.
Freeman is executive director of Support Programs for the county schools. Taylor, the literacy facilitator at Magnolia School, is also a national board certified teacher, former Teacher of the Year, and literacy specialist.

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