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Story By Molly Harrison

Good things have happened and good things are coming. We know you want to be in the know about everything that’s going on in Brunswick County, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening on the local scene. For more, flip to What’s Happened (page 21), Business Buzz (page 27) and What’s Happening (page 98).

Champions for Children Breakfast

Smart Start of Brunswick County recently hosted its Champions for Children Breakfast at Brunswick Community College Student Center. Community leaders from throughout the county were invited to participate in an interactive presentation led by Tracey Zimmerman from the North Carolina Partnership for Children.

Zimmerman’s presentation, “The First 2,000 Days,” focused on the importance of quality care for young children. She pointed out the fact that there are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child begins kindergarten. Experiences during these 2,000 days have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success. That is because children’s earliest experiences literally determine how their brains are wired; lay the groundwork for future health; and form the foundation of the social and emotional skills needed for academic and workplace success. With quality early childhood education, children will be school ready, have higher graduation rates and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees. Zimmerman encouraged guests to become Champions for Children to bring a greater awareness of the critical need to address early care, health and education of young children.

Children enrolled in the NCPK program at Brunswick County College Early Childhood Education Center provided the entertainment at the Champions for Children Breakfast. To learn more about Zimmerman’s presentation and the First 2,000 Days initiative, go to www.first2000days.org . To learn more about educating young children, contact Smart Start of Brunswick County, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that young children are healthy and ready to succeed; their web address is www.smartstartbrunswick.org .

Brunswick County NAACP Event

Brunswick County NAACP held its fundraiser, The Freedom Fund Banquet, on September 15, 2012. The venue for the community event was Brunswick Community College’s Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores. More than 250 people attended the banquet, which included a reception, silent auction, dinner program and entertainment by musician El Jaye. Gene R. Nichol, J.D. Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, was the keynote speaker and addressed issues of poverty in North Carolina. Nichol is also director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.

Dr. Susanne H. Adams, president of Brunwick Community College, served as honorary chair. John Elliott, director of East Region Government and Community Relations at Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, was the Freedom Fund Person of the Year Honoree.

The NAACP branch members thank all sponsors, contributors and supporters for a successful event.

BCC Building Dedication Honors WJ and Sibyl McLamb

Brunswick Community College (BCC) and The Foundation of BCC paid tribute to the WJ McLamb family for their dedication to the college and its students by officially naming Building “D” as the “WJ and Sibyl McLamb Building.”

At a ceremony of friends, family, students and staff on October 16, Dr. Susanne Adams, president of BCC, and members of the McLamb family, including Sibyl McLamb, WJ McLamb and their daughter, Teresa McLamb, spoke to the crowd. WJ and Sibyl both recounted the early days in Brunswick County when there wasn’t even a high school for students. WJ McLamb and Sibyl (Bellamy) McLamb grew up 2 miles apart in families that understood the value of education. So, in the 1970s, they joined in the efforts to establish a technical school in the county. At the time there was a dire need for education in the trades as well as other occupations. Later, in the mid-1980s the McLambs chose to honor WJ’s father and to further help local students by establishing the WJ McLamb, Sr. Scholarship. After an additional donation to the scholarship, it was re-named The WJ McLamb Family Endowed Scholarship to honor their entire family’s support for BCC. The family remains a compassionate advocate of the school.

Author Celia Rivenbark Visits Southport

The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport and The Friends of the Museum were proud to host Celia Rivenbark, well-known humorist, author and nationally syndicated columnist, at the Southport Community Building on November 20. Rivenbark graced the audience with her quick-witted presence for a stimulating commentary on American culture. Her latest book, You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl, is one of many humorous reads. Other notable publications from Rivenbark include Belle Weather: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Scattered Hissy Fits and Bless Your Heart, Tramp.

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