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2016-4-27

Brunswick Academy Spanish Club Raises Money For Children in Ecuador

The Brunswick Academy Spanish Club held a donut sale on Monday, April 25 to benefit children in Ecuador through Child Fund.  Child Fund exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in many parts of the world.  Today there are 570 million children living in extreme poverty.    The money will help  the earthquake victims in Ecuador.  Child Fund's sponsored children are all accounted for and safe, but some lost their homes.  Donations to Child Fund will help them get back on their feet. 

EDUCATION FOUNDATION SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS

The Greensville County Education Foundation will be offering scholarships to students in grades four through eleven who are interested in attending academic summer camps.

Students must have or be in the process of applying to a program and must have personal and school recommendations to qualify.

The first priority of the committee is to assist students who may not ordinarily have an opportunity to spend a week or two on a college campus.  However, all students are encouraged to apply.

The students can pursue special interests in math, science, art, speech, drama, journalism, music, sports, history, technology, engineering, business, politics or leadership skills.  While not a full scholarship, this program provides some financial support.

Among schools attended in the past are East Carolina University, Norfolk State University, Ferrum College and Johns Hopkins University.

Students have found the experience helpful in forming such goals as becoming doctors, veterinarians, actors, and politicians.  Several students have said that the hands-on experiences have helped them more clearly understand subjects taught in school.

Parents of students interested in this program may contact a School Counselor at Greensville Elementary, Belfield Elementary, E. W. Wyatt Middle School and Greensville County High School.

  • School Counselors can provide more detailed information.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible.
  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 13, 2016

Any individual, parents of past recipients, organization or business can make a tax deductible contribution to the Education Foundation for the scholarship program by contacting Curtis Young at the School Board Office, (434) 634-3748.

CAAN-DUU and District 19 Community Services Board Hosts Event as Part of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting To Prevent Underage Drinking

The Other Side of Alcohol

When Communities Talk, Prevention Is Possible

 On Thursday, May 12th, the Coalition Against Alcohol, Nicotine & Under-Age Drug Use (CAAN-DUU) in conjunction with District 19 Community Services Board will host “The Other Side of Alcohol” Town Hall Meeting as part of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about  underage drinking and promote parental & community engagement strategies to prevent those under age 21 from obtaining and using alcohol.   

“Underage drinking is threatening the future of our children. We must act now to educate them about the many, and sometimes deadly, consequences of early alcohol use,” said Regina Smith, District 19 Prevention Manager.

Underage drinking is a major public health concern in our community and throughout the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 9 million—or one in four, 12- to 20-year-olds—reported alcohol use during the past month. Of these, about 5 million were binge drinkers, meaning that they consumed five or more drinks on at least one occasion. Underage drinkers are at risk for negative consequences, including lowered academic performance, involvement with law enforcement, risk of violence and sexual assault, and death.

Illegal use of alcohol can result in severe, even deadly, harm to themselves and others.  Data indicates that early drinking increases the odds that children will get hooked on alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.  Kids who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop serious addictions to alcohol.In Virginia, statistics for under-age alcohol use are slightly higher than the national average (26% of Virginia youth ages 12-20 report alcohol use in past 30 days). 

“We need to stop pretending alcohol isn’t a problem, and be open about how it is affecting our community. Talking about it is only the first step; we must do whatever it takes to prevent underage drinking and secure the futures of our young adults. Each of us has a role and a responsibility,” said local parent.

According to national data, parents’ voices do count when it comes to underage drinking. This approach, along with other environmental strategies, has proven to reduce the incidence of underage drinking.

“The Other Side of Alcohol” Town Hall Meeting will be held Thursday, May 12th at the Hampton Inn by Hilton 898 Wiggins Road in Emporia, Virginia  at 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  Guest speakers and additional resources will be available to promote ways to prevent and reduce rates of under-age alcohol use in your community.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact (804)863-1689 ext. 3193.

The Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking was created with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.  To learn more about this national initiative, go to https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings. And join the online conversation, #CommunitiesTalk.

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