News in briefWritten by Admin
Big Brothers Big Sisters needed in Haywood
By becoming a Big Sister or Big Brother you can help a child start on the path to success in their life.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County is in need of men and women (ages 18 and up) to reach out to young people, ages 6 through 15, who are in need of adult attention, guidance and support. The organization is striving to provide the proven positive impact of a mentor at a critical time in children’s lives.
All of the youth and their families who are involved with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters have asked for a one-on-one mentoring relationship. They are waiting for their “Big.”
Volunteers share simple activities with their “Little” twice a month, spending several hours together, for a minimum of a year. The relationships between “Bigs” and “Littles” result in positive changes for the youth, such as better grades, improved attitudes and better decision-making skills. And while the youth benefit, adult volunteers often say that they are receiving more from the relationship than the kids.
Individuals interested in volunteering this year should contact Program Coordinator Kip Rollins at 828.356.2148.
NCCAT works to make learning play
Teachers and school administrators looking for a way to make Summer Reading Camp have the same energy as a traditional summer camp can get help at the 2014 North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Literacy Festival.
NCCAT, a national leader in professional development for teachers, is holding its literacy festival in Cullowhee March 24–27. The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each evening on the organization’s campus, located at 276 NCCAT Drive. The festival is free and open to all area teachers and administrators.
“Each evening we’ll learn a few activities and use them to teach or reinforce a particular literacy skill,” said NCCAT Lead Fellow Deb Teitelbaum, who will be leading the festival. “For example, we might start by playing sight-word tag with the group.”
The series of activities each night will help educators make the summer reading program more like camp and less like summer school. The program is designed to engage students in the hope that they will better grasp necessary literacy skills.
Read to Achieve, part of the Excellent Schools Act of 2012, requires current third-grade students in North Carolina public schools to pass the new End-of-Grade exam to be promoted. Students who do not pass the exam will be given an option to attend a summer reading camp or repeat the third grade.
Festival participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for what promises to be a fun and enlightening evening.
Sarge’s Animal Rescue hosts annual meeting
The 2014 Annual Meeting of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be held Thursday, March 20, at the Shelton House Barn, 49 Shelton St., Waynesville.
Refreshments will be served beginning at 6 p.m., with the business meeting and guest speaker running from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The business meeting will include a review of the year — the “State of Sarge’s” — and election of new board members.
The guest speaker will be from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville.
Non-GOP conservatives invited to convention
The Haywood County Republican Party will hold its annual convention and precinct meetings on March 15 at the Canton Armory.
Local candidates, state candidates, and U.S. Senate candidates have been invited to speak during the 9:45-10:45 a.m. time slot. Rep. Mark Meadows of the 11th District will be the keynote speaker.
Many voters who are not registered Republicans have asked to hear the conservative candidates speak. To satisfy this request, this year all conservative voters are invited to attend the speeches preceding the Convention.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
www.haywoodncgop.org and 828.506.0939.
SCC’s 20th-annual Job Fair is March 20
Over the years, Patty Kirkley has helped find jobs for many Southwestern Community College students, graduates and community members.
The career counselor annually oversees activities like mock interviews and soft-skills training, all of which are designed to equip job applicants with the skills they need to land the employment opportunities they desire.
No single event, though, is as significant in helping job candidates connect with prospective employers as the one that’ll take place March 20 at SCC’s Jackson Campus: the 20th-annual Job Fair. Employers can register in advance by going to this link on SCC’s website: www.southwesterncc.edu /job-fair-registration-form.
Employers can begin setting up at 8 a.m., and the event runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, a snow date of March 27 has been set.
“The most rewarding part is when I walk into local businesses and see our graduates thriving in a job that our team at SCC helped prepare them for years ago,” said Kirkley, who’s been at SCC for more than six years. “For so many of them, it started with an event like our Job Fair. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet employers in a particular field, and it’s a great chance for the employers to see the excellent talent pool we have here at Southwestern.”
More than 50 employers from throughout and beyond SCC’s service area of Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary annually attend the Job Fair. Last year, more than 270 students, alumni and members of the community turned out for the event.
The event is open to all SCC students, alumni and everyone in the community. Job seekers do not need to register to attend.
Learn how the Waynesville police department works
The 2014 Class of the Waynesville Civilian Police Academy is set to begin classes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Waynesville Police Department.
The Civilian Police Academy gives citizens the opportunity to become more familiar with a wide range of police department activities including, but not limited to, police operations, uniform patrol, traffic services, investigations, K-9 units, DWI detection, school resource officers/DARE, drug abuse, crime scene processing, special response teams, and domestic violence. Attendees are also given the option of participating in a field trip to the firing range.
The Academy meets for eight weeks on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 13 through May 1. Applications are available at the department and due by March 4.
Pre-K registration in Haywood
Haywood County Schools is now registering students for the district’s pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program.
Interested parents should call Jennifer Welch at 828.456.2400 and ask for the child’s name to be placed on the callback roster for the 2014–15 school year. This first step lets the school system know that the family is interested in Pre-K.
Haywood County Schools has 72 Pre-K slots at four elementary schools available for the 2014-2015 school year. Having a child’s name on the callback roster does not guarantee placement in the program. Rather, it places the child on a list of students to be screened.
Parents will be called to register children for a specific screening time and date. Registration packets will be available at the central office located at 1230 North Main Street in Waynesville beginning March 17.
Children must be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31 to qualify for enrollment.