Guardian ad Litem, others collect PB&J for pantries

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Guardian Ad Litem intern Karen Dickens is shown with some of the jars of peanut butter and jelly donated for distribution to area food banks during the organization's recent campaign.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program in Judicial District 1 in collaboration with numerous other groups, individuals and organizations conducted a food drive, collecting peanut butter and jelly to stock area food pantries.

Among those involved with GAL are: Sandy Cross Baptist Church, Michelle Murray, Lavar Newsome of Keeping Autism Awareness Moving Proudly, Gates County High School, Boys & Girls Club Edenton - Chowan County, Dare County Health Department, Baum Center, Dare County Center, Manteo High School Peer Power, Pamela Dale & Dare County Environment Health Department.

Inspired by the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his example of service to others, NC GAL District 1 surpassed its goal of 300 jars. The collected items were distributed to several food pantries during the week of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday in January.

When asked why the food drive is for peanut butter and jelly, organizers stated, “Peanut butter is something all food banks need. We added the collection of jelly because we were all once children, and we fondly remember peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a staple of a happy childhood. We believe that our peanut butter and jelly drive will help us bring awareness to the issues of hunger in our communities as well as give our program and our partners’ programs a higher profile across the state.”

The Hunger in America 2014 study completed by Feeding America estimates that food banks are now providing emergency food for an estimated 59,200 people in any given week. Food insecurity remains a serious problem in North Carolina where more than 651,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life.

This is the second state-wide service project undertaken by the staff, volunteers, friends, and supporters of our program. The NC GAL program represents the best interest of neglected/abused children in court.  

The District 1 NC GAL Program is expected to aid countless families thoughout the area

Perquimans emergency teams get training

Over the past two years, Perquimans County Emergency Services has made a commitment to improve the level of care provided to people of the county. As part of that effort, the entire county EMS and 911 administrative teams, earlier this month, completed the EMS Officer I course through College of the Albemarle.

This course is designed to provide training that enhances the knowledge and capabilities of the administrative team. Other recent efforts include:

In February 2017, the 911 Center began using Emergency Medical Dispatch to better screen 911 calls. This ensures the most appropriate resource are provided as quickly as possible.

And in January 2018, EMS began responding to EMS calls at the Paramedic level. With this change, the level of care that clinicians are able to provide increased significantly. 

Thursday Night Post Bingo 

The Hertford American Legion Post 126 recently held "Coasties' Bingo Night" where all proceeds went to the American Legion's Temporary Financial Assistance Fund to aid service families affected by the recent government shutdown.

The American Legion’s national effort has distributed more than $800,000 in assistance grants to Coast Guard families with minor children, with several hundred additional requests being processed. The Legion's National Commander Brett P. Reistad urges members to support this fund and the members of the Coast Guard.

The fund's annual operating budget is about $300,000. Local Bingo proceeds of $300 were designated to the fund. Legionnaires can make personal donations as well to the Fund.

Betts makes fall 2018 Dean’s List at Duke

Parker Betts of Elizabeth City, a freshman at Duke University, was named to the Dean's List with Distinction in Psychology/Pre-Med for the fall 2018 semester. He was among 2,189 students who achieved the honor.

To make the dean’s list with distinction, students must be in the top 10th of their college.

City Beverage Company: 28 Years of Scholarship Giving

City Beverage Company, the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, owned and operated by the Dixon family, has been awarding scholarships through the College of The Albemarle Foundation since 1991. 

Last month, Jimmie Dixon, Jeff Dixon, Mike Dixon and J.T. Dixon, met one of the scholarship’s recipients for the 2018-19 academic year. Tammie Gibbs, a full-time student in general business, plans to graduate from COA in May of 2020. 

Gibbs expressed her gratitude to the Dixons for the scholarship award.

“I decided to go back to school after time spent raising my family and wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps, “ she said. “My father, Royce Jones, also went to COA and majored in business. I am thankful for the opportunity to receive additional help in the form of scholarships to pay for tuition and books. It has allowed me to focus fully on my education.”

“Giving to the COA Foundation and seeing how the scholarships benefit the student is immeasurable. It has been a privilege to meet COA students over the years and hear their stories about how scholarship funds have helped them to reach their goals,” said Jeff Dixon, President, City Beverage Company.