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Minority achievement awards planned

Posted Thursday, February 8, 2007

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The academic success of every student not only contributes to the overall success of the educational system, but to the community as well. Students who succeed in school become valued contributing members of our society.

The Chatham County Raising Achievement/Closing Gaps Task Force has been working for the past two years in finding ways to help minority students raise their achievement and become academically successful.

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.”

For the second year, the Task Force is hosting the Minority Achievement Awards Celebration for minority students who have achieved a passing score on the states end-of-grade tests. The 2007 ceremonies will be held in two locations on Saturday, February 24. The first will be at Northwood High School at 10:00 a.m.; the second will be at Jordan-Matthews High School at 3:00 p.m. Last year almost 900 students and family members attended the two events.

“We had such a great response from the community last year that we decided to hold another and make it an annual event,” said Nancy Harman.

“This year, we have over 950 students eligible for awards,” said Mary Harris, a central office staff member. “Each family will get an individual invitation to the celebration site closest to their home. We hope to have standing room only in the auditoriums,” she continued.

“Students honored will have an opportunity to come to the podium, state their name and receive a medallion signifying their accomplishment,” said George Greger-Holt, a member of the task force and school system employee.

In addition, participants will be treated to entertainment and a special guest speaker, Mervin Jenkins, Principal of Horton Middle School. A reception for the students and their guests will follow.

Dr. Ann Hart, Superintendent of Chatham County Schools, has been an avid supporter of the Chatham County Raising Achievement/Closing Gaps Task Force mission.

“Any way we can support students and families and recognize success strengthens their path to student achievement,” she added.

Contributions to the event can be made payable to the Chatham Education Foundation and can be sent care of Mary Harris, Chatham County Schools, PO Box 128, Pittsboro.

 
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