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- Smart Start received a $222,500 grant as one of eight organizations nationwide selected for a W.K. Kellogg Foundation effort to help more vulnerable children begin school prepared for success. One thousand children in Nash, Edgecombe, Clay, Cherokee, Jackson, Haywood, Swain, Graham and Macon counties and the Cherokee Indian Reservation will benefit from the one-year demonstration grant. Called “Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids” (or SPARK), the national initiative will develop strategies that create more seamless transitions to school for vulnerable children ages 3-6. As a grantee, the Down East and Region A Partnerships for Children will lead planning efforts among schools leaders, caregivers, families and child advocacy groups to enhance their system of preschool services. Other areas selected as SPARK sites include Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington, DC. For more information about the SPARK initiative or Smart Start, visit the website.
- The 3rd Annual Leadership Forum, presented by Corporate DevelopMint, will be held on May 2 & 3, 2002 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, South Carolina. This year’s theme will focus on “Protecting = the Future of Civic Health.” For information on past Leadership Forum discussions, go to our website.
- The fourth annual Battle of the Bands at the North Carolina School of the Arts has raised more than $1,000 to benefit AIDS Care Service of Winston-Salem. The Battle of the Bands AIDS Benefit was held April 5 in the School’s Fitness Center, located on the campus at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Seven student bands competed.
- The North Carolina School of the Arts has received a second $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundation, Inc., of New York for student scholarships. The new grant will be added to the existing William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund at NCSA.
- The 17th Annual Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Celebration, presented by the Caldwell Arts Council and Tri-State Sculptors, will be held on September 7, 2002 from 9am – 4:30pm. The event will be held in beautiful JE Broyhill park, downtown Lenoir, N.C. (between Hickory N.C. and Boone N.C.). It’s free to the public and Sculptors may enter the competition for $35 in advance, or $45 on-site. For more information or prospects please visit our web site or call 828-754-2486.