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Minority Achievement Awards ceremonies held

Posted Monday, February 26, 2007

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Chatham County, NC - On Saturday, February 24, the Chatham County Raising Achievement/Closing Gaps Task Force hosted Minority Achievement Awards Celebrations for minority students who have achieved a passing score on the states end-of-grade tests.

Because a total of 1,190 students in grades three through eight were eligible for the awards, two ceremonies were held on opposite sides of the county to accommodate all award recipients and attendees. The first celebration was held at Northwood High School at 10 a.m. The second event was held at Jordan-Matthews High School at 3:00 p.m.

Nancy Harmon, Co-chair of the Task Force, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance as the program began. Dr. Ann Hart, Superintendent of Schools, welcomed everyone in attendance. Henry Foust, Co-chair of the Task Force and a Spanish teacher at Northwood, explained the purpose of the event. Mervin Jenkins, Principal of Horton Middle School, spoke on the topic of student achievement and encouraged students to continue striving for excellence. Each ceremony culminated with the presentation of awards to the students. A reception followed the ceremony.

The mission of the Task Force is to “come together as a bridge between the community and education system to create a community that supports each child to excel academically and to reach their potential by preparing them to take advantage of all opportunities to achieve their goals.” This marks the second year that the Task Force has hosted the Minority Achievement Awards Celebrations.

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