At first, Christian Dishman misunderstood what the announcement was all about. “Honestly, I thought it was an actual college scholarship because I didn't quite read all of it,” the SanLee Middle School eighth grader said. “But I just went through with it because it sounded like fun.” The announcement was actually for the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) Middle School Enrichment Scholarship, a yearly award given to nine North Carolina middle school students. No matter, he still won. So this summer, Christian will attend a summer camp at a North Carolina university thanks to being one of nine North Carolina middle school students who were chosen.
All the world may be a stage, as Shakespeare wrote four hundred years ago, but the stage that matters most to senior Stephen Cameron is the one at Southern Lee High School. It's where he saw the play – a school production of “Steel Magnolias” – that inspired him to try acting himself. It's where, a year later, he got his own start, performing in a school production of “The Arkansaw Bear.” It's where his first original script, a story built around a musical revue, came to life. It's that stage that, to hear Southern Lee Principal Chris Dossenbach put it, allowed Cameron “come out of his shell.”
As a child, Emanuel Aragon Cruz could look out the window from his home in northern Lee County and see the cooling tower at the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant. Looking out that window at the steam rising in the distance was what got him interested in the field of nuclear engineering. “I would look over there and wonder what was going on,” Aragon Cruz said recently. “It was what first made me think about a career in nuclear engineering.”
In Christina Stone's fifth grade classroom at B.T. Bullock Elementary, every student is a champion. Stone's classroom is just one of two in North Carolina – and about 40 in the entire country – to participate in the Classroom Champions program, which pairs athlete mentors from the Olympics and Paralympics with students in the U.S. and Canada via video conferences.
“I Read, You Read” is happening at Deep River Elementary in February and March, and we need you to be a part of it! You’ll tutor a child in reading right from your own desk, without ever leaving your home or office. If you have a passion for reading, a computer, and a Skype connection, you can help a child get caught up to grade level in reading.
Kelly Hagerty has a simple mission at Lee County High School – make sure every student who wants to attend college is able to do so. Hagerty is in her first year at Lee County as a college advisor through the College Advising Corps, a national organization aimed at increasing the college attendance rate among low income students and those who would be the first in their families to attend college. Through a partnership with Duke University and grant funding from the Belk Foundation, Hagerty became the first College Advising Corps counselor in Lee County Schools.
6:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:00 PM Finance Committee Meeting