RALEIGH — Several members of the Robeson County Advisory Council recently got a personal tour of the North Carolina State University campus.
Rogena Deese, Rhonda Faircloth, Mack Johnson, Mark S. Moses, Joyce Peay, Ann Underwood, and Robert Wilkes, who were accompanied by County Extension Director Cathy Graham, began their tour at the North Carolina Solar House.
The house, which is powered by solar panels, got the group talking about alternative energy sources.
“I would like to see the people who are on our local school board come up and look at the solar house and get some ideas of what the school children here in Raleigh are doing with solar energy and help spur the curiosity of the kids in our county,” said Wilkes, a small business owner from Orrum.
They also visited the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where they sampled ice cream made with milk from cows at the college. The college has only 80 spots, but had 700 applicants last year.
“It’s good to know we have students there interested in animal health care and that they have so many applying,” said Peay, 4-H program representative. “I plan to go back to Robeson County and share this experience with my 4-H’ers.”
The J.C. Raulston Arboretum, which houses more than 5,000 types of plants from all over the world, was another stop. The plants included redbuds, Mexican oaks, buckeyes, and Japanese maples. The group also viewed some of the landmarks on the campus of N.C. State.
“I think this tour for our county’s advisory council has been an excellent opportunity to give our council members more information to understand the resources at N.C. State which can help us with the issues facing Robeson County,” Graham said. “I hope the advisory council gained in-depth knowledge of the resources located at NCSU.”