Fayetteville – 2015 Clinical Update and Psychopharmacology Review, set for Feb. 26 and 27 at NC State University’s McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh, welcomes Jessie Close as its featured plenary speaker. An ambassador for Bring Change to Mind, a non-for-profit organization founded by her sister, actress Glenn Close, Jessie fights stigma and misunderstanding to create a clearer picture of mental disorders. Her own struggle with bipolar disorder and alcoholism provides the backbone to a courageous story and an enlightened perspective on the state of mental health in America. Her book, Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness, was released, January 13, 2015 by Grand Central Publishing and is a co-authored by Pete Early. Jessie will be available to sign her book for conference attendees at the Quail Ridge Books booth on Thursday, Feb. 26.
Most of her life, Jessie lived with anxiety, confusion and paranoia. As a teenager, she dropped out of high school and contemplated suicide. Jessie recalls, “I lived many years without medication, then, at age 45, I was put on two medications for bipolar disorder. I drank to calm the mania.” She was an alcoholic and mentally unstable. Then her eldest son, Calen, was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, a form a schizophrenia. Jessie asked her sister, Glenn, to help battle the stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness. In 2009, Glenn founded BringChange2Mind.org, an outreach and stigma-fighting mental health advocacy group that provides invaluable resources and inspiration to people and families in need. Jessie also blogs about living with mental illness for BringChange2Mind.org and has made appearances on Good Morning America, Katie, Erin Burnett, and Piers Morgan.
Additional featured speakers for the conference include, Jeff Swanson, Ph.D. on the topic of Gun Violence and Mental Illness; Lori Raney, M.D. on Evidence Based Approaches to Integrated Care, and Andy Short, Ph.D. and Allan Chrisman, M.D. on Mental Health in Disaster Response.
Continuing the tradition of providing quality content for practitioners of mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services, the 2015 Clinical Update and Psychopharmacology Review offers information on a variety of topics related to the treatment of mental illness. In addition to SR-AHEC and Wake AHEC, the conference is jointly sponsored by the Duke Department of Psychiatry, the UNC Department of Psychiatry, the NC Psychiatric Association, the NC Psychological Association and The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse.
Click here for more details on the conference or contact Southern Regional AHEC Administrator for Mental Health Continuing Education John Bigger, at 910-678-7207 or by e-amil at John.Bigger@sr-ahec.org.
**Jan. 24 Event — District PTA Sponsoring Community Wellness Fair
The Cumberland County District PTA is hosting the ARISE and “Spring into Wellness” Community [Wellness] Fair on Saturday, January 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Fellowship Fitness, Inc., located in the Sunny Plaza at 8130 Cliffdale Road. There will be cooking classes, Zumba, Step and Line Dancing classes, as well as door prizes and numerous giveaways. The fair is being presented by the District PTA Council from the Smart from the Start Community Outreach Grant through the National PTA. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In Honor of Educator Shanda McAllister
The family of the late Shanda McAllister will present Ferguson-Easley Elementary School with a check on Monday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the school’s media center. McAllister was a special education teacher who was devoted to the students at the school so much so that her family established a fund in her memory to support Ferguson-Easley School’s Backpack Buddies program. The program provides healthy non-perishable food items for students from low-income families on Friday afternoons so they will have food to eat during the weekend. For additional information regarding the presentation, call the school at 910.483.4883.
Indian Education Parent Committee Meeting
The Indian Education Parent Committee meeting will take place on Monday, January 26 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Parent Committee works directly with the Indian Education Program in providing information and insight on the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. For more information about the meeting, contact the Indian Education Office at 910.678.2460.
2015 Secondary Choice Fair
CCS’ Secondary Choice Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Educational Resource Center, 396 Elementary Drive. The fair will feature booths from middle and high schools with information about Choice schools, academies and programs that are accepting student applications for the 2015-2016 school year. All interested parents and students will be able to talk with booth representatives about the school system’s Choice offerings. For more information, call 910.678.2407.
Special High School Recruitment Event
Cumberland International Early College High School, Cross Creek Early College High School and Howard Health & Life Sciences High School are sponsoring a special student recruitment event on Thursday, January 29 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University. The schools hope to make prospective students and their parents more aware of the numerous educational opportunities each school has to offer. Students who attend these schools graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours. For additional information about the recruitment event, call 910.672.2844, 910.672.1499 or 910.485.1634.
Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meetings are open to the public.
School’s First-Ever Blood Drive
Ramsey Street High School will be hosting its first-ever blood drive on Friday, January 30 from 11:30 – 3:30 p.m. on campus. For more information, call 910.437.5829.
Fayetteville – Each month through the school system’s character recognition program titled ‘Amazing Acts of Character,’ schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.
Two students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:
Jayden Davis, a 5th grader at Walker-Spivey Elementary School – Jayden’s teacher, Ramona McFadyen, describes the 10 year old as “a role model and a leader among his peers.” She said that Jayden is committed to honoring his moral and ethical values and principles daily. According to McFadyen, his adherence to upholding his values, in spite of possible social expectations, was exhibited recently when he was questioned as a witness to an incident at school. “His comment was ‘just because he is a good friend of mine doesn’t mean I’m not obligated to tell the truth,’” said McFadyen. His mettle was also tested recently, when after having been on the A Honor Roll his entire 3rd– and 4th-grade years, he was told he would be receiving the first B on his report card in 5th grade. “Some students would have been visibly upset, disappointed, or asked for extra work to bring up their grade in time for report cards,” said McFadyen. According to her, his response was: “I understand I earned the B. I’m a little sad, but I am going to try harder to earn an A next time.” McFadyen noted that Jayden’s core values are always visible in his patterns of behavior. “Jayden chooses his path with the support and guidance of his family,” said his teacher. “I am a witness to his integrity daily and am honored to share this year with him.”
Donavan Ross, a 10th grader at Massey Hill Classical High School – According to Donna Perdew, the safe schools coordinator at Massey Hill Classical High School, the 16 year old is a certified lifeguard who recently used his training to help save a schoolmate’s life. Perdew said that on October 16 during lunch, a student started choking. Donavan administered an abdominal thrust and dislodged the food from the student’s throat. “As a lifeguard, Donavan is trained to lend assistance when help is needed,” said Perdew. “He did not stop to think, he simply acted with skill and precision. His training, coupled with his quick response, saved another person’s life. This is truly an amazing act of character.”
The ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education. A special trophy and certificate are presented to each student winner.
Fayetteville, NC – October 27, 2014
The second session of “Intro to Horticulture” successfully concluded on October 23, 2014, at Cape Fear Botanical Garden with the graduation of nine veterans including Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project and members of Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion. The ceremony ended with the Warriors participating in the groundbreaking at the site of the new Reflection Garden.
Cape Fear Botanical Garden (CFBG), the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program (CCEMGVA) and Fayetteville Technical Community College Horticulture Technology/Management Program (FTCC), partnered with Joe Brazzle of the Wounded Warrior Project to present the six-week program.
With a focus on stress recovery, the basics of horticulture were introduced to Warriors through interactive and inspirational opportunities to explore new skills during the classes “Achieving Balance,” “New Beginnings,” “Multiply and Propagate,” “Branching Out and Taking Shape,” “Grow, Harvest, Preserve,” and “Rest and Restoration.” Classes were designed to connect horticulture with everyday life, blend hands-on learning and peer support, and provide inspiration, motivation and encouragement to the individuals attending. Therapeutic horticulture also leads to cognitive, occupational, physical and spiritual benefits.
Participants left lasting contributions in the Garden by building a raised bed to grow vegetables for the local food bank and planting a native Paw-Paw tree.
“I am pleased to say that we are planning an expanded program and partnership for the Spring 2015 session,” said Ry Southard, Executive Director, Cape Fear Botanical Garden.
For more information, contact Amy Stidham, Therapeutic Horticulture Director via email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 53485
Fayetteville, NC 28305
SBA Prime Grant Awarded to NC Center for Economic Empowerment & Development (CEED) in Fayettevile
The North Carolina Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) in Fayetteville, NC is a recipient of a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2014 Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act (PRIME) grant awards.
CEED is a nonprofit that serves the Fayetteville area of North Carolina with specialized programs including those to enhance education and job skills and assist clients on the path to home and business ownership. CEED is the parent organization of the SBA Women’s Business Center of Fayetteville. Lexi Hasapis is the Center Director.
The $128,000 award will be used to expand the center’s computer lab, purchase accounting software and provide classes to teach prospective and current business owners how to accurately maintain their business financial records.
“So many of our clients want to learn accounting software, but lack the budget to buy it and the time to take classes,” said Hasapis. “The SBA PRIME grant will help us deliver training to help our clients accurately track revenue and expenses efficiently as they seek the capital they need to grow and succeed.”
Twenty-four nonprofit organizations from 16 states and the District of Columbia were named this year. Grant awards ranged from $94,000 to $250,000 and totaled $3.5 million. The grants require a 50 percent matching funds contribution by each recipient organization.
The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex will celebrate Lafayette’s birthday in grand style with our annual Festival of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Early America on Saturday September 6, 2014 from 10:00 to 5:00 in Arsenal Park. Focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, the program features costumed re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including woodworking, music, toys and games, silhouette drawing, and militia drills. The merry cadences of Tryon Palace’s renowned Fife and Drum Corp will transport the crowd back to colonial days with performances at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 pm. Musical historian Simon Spaulding will also perform. Other living history groups include: Camp Flintlock, a colonial group that provides demonstrations in music, open fire cooking, and more; the North Carolina Highland Regiment, an 18th century group depicting Highland loyalists from the upper Cape Fear River valley; and Captain Dry’s Militia Company. Firing demonstrations will take place at 11:00, 12:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm.
Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities including making a tricorn hat or mob cap, weaving, and rebus puzzles. Our stocks and pillory provide a great photo opportunity as visitors learn about colonial crime and punishment.
There is another reason for this celebration of early America. This year marks the 225th anniversary of North Carolina ratifying the U.S. Constitution. A large replica of the ratification document will be on display and visitors can add their name, recreating the actions of the delegates.
Concessions will be available on site from R-Burger. Fayetteville’s newest high quality mobile food vendor will be serving fresh ground hamburgers, specialty burgers, and fresh cut fries. Funnel cakes, hot dogs, and pork rinds will also be available.
Admission to the event and all activities are FREE! Activities take place in Arsenal Park located in the Haymount Historic District on the old Arsenal grounds at Arsenal Ave/Myrover Street minutes from downtown Fayetteville. For more information visit www.ncculture.com and search Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex.
This event is part of the Lafayette Birthday Celebration held annually in Fayetteville. For more Lafayette Birthday Celebration events visit www.lafayettesociety.org.
This project is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses, individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the NC Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources. Additional funds provided by the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation, Inc.
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For more information about the museum, call 910-486-1330 or access www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov.The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on cultural resources is available at www.ncculture.com.
FAYETTEVILLE – On April 27 at 2:00 pm, Dr. Matt Farina will present Civil War Medicine: Myth and Realty at the Museum of the Cape Fear. Dr. Farina returns for a fourth year as we delve into many aspects of the Civil War. In the past, Dr. Farina has presented on Dr. Mary Walker, Union surgeon who was given the Medal of Honor, and on the death of Stonewall Jackson, who had been shot mistakenly by NC troops.
This year, Dr. Farina will deal with some of the truths and myths about 19th Century medicine and will cover the practical advances that occurred during the war, but are often overlooked. “Civil War medicine has been described as the 3 “B’s” – butchery, barbaric and brutal,” says Dr. Farina, who is a physician. He further states that we must look at medicine, and even soldiering, in the context of the time in which it occurred. Civil War medicine was flawed; but whether we believe it or not, great advances occurred in medicine because of the war. A replica capital amputation kit and other medical items will be on display as part of this presentation.
This is a free event open to public.
Dr. Matt Farina is a retired pediatric cardiologist. His interest in the Civil War goes back to his childhood and a visit to Gettysburg Battlefield. He is a member of the Capital District Civil War Round Table of Albany and the Rufus Barringer CWRT of Southern Pines. He has presented Civil War medical topics to round tables in New York, Vermont, Maine, North and South Carolina and Melbourne, Australia.
This program is held in conjunction with the NC Civil War 150th commemoration. For more information, go online to: http://www.nccivilwar150.com/default.htm.
For more information about the museum and other programs, please visit http://www.ncdcr.gov/ncmcf.
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The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.
Economic Injury Loans for Small Businesses
SBA Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center East – 101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30303
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in North Carolina as a result of excessive rain and flooding that began on June 1, 2013.
The disaster declaration includes Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties in North Carolina.
“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.
Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers.
The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.875 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to email@example.com. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than November 5, 2014.
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For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
Fayetteville – Because of inclement weather experienced from February 11 – 14, students and staff in all Cumberland County Schools will be attending school tomorrow (Saturday, March 1) in order to make up the time missed from classroom instruction. Schools will operate on a two-hour early release schedule. Prime Time is offering afterschool care until 4:00 p.m. to parents who have previously registered for the Saturday program.
All Saturday & Good Friday Make-Up Dates
Traditional Calendar Schools — Saturday, March 1; Saturday, March 15; and Friday, April 18
Year-Round Calendar Schools — Saturday, March 1; Saturday, March 15; and
Saturday, April 5
Howard Health & Life Sciences, Cross Creek Early College, Cumberland International Early College & A.B. Wilkins High Schools — Saturday, March 1; Saturday, March 22; and Saturday, May 3
The schools will be following a two-hour early release schedule.
Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) will dedicate its 16th home to the Fredericks family this Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2 PM. This is the 16th FAHFH home dedication for 2013, and the 136th home dedication since its incorporation in 1988.
Unbeknownst to the Fredericks family, which consists of a single, working mother and her five children, a group of volunteers, Party with a Purpose, has set out to donate and deliver household furnishings, Christmas presents and decorations. The house will be ready for the holidays, complete with a Christmas meal.
The public is invited to attend the “Home for the Holidays” themed home dedication to see how FAHFH is impacting lives in Fayetteville and Cumberland County through home ownership. Join FAHFH staff, volunteers and board members at 2027 Gillingham Circle, Arran Lakes West subdivision.
The Fredericks family is currently living in a rental property in Fayetteville. The family worked alongside several volunteers to obtain the required amount of sweat equity hours.
The Gillingham Circle property is one of many Bank of America properties that have been donated to Habitat for Humanity in support of the FAHFH’s efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families in Fayetteville.
The donations are part of a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International through which the bank will donate up to 2,000 vacant properties for renovation or reconstruction over the next three years. Low-income families will work with FAHFH volunteers over the next 12 months to rehabilitate local donated properties.
A portion of the properties donated by Bank of America will be included in the bank’s recent commitment to make up to 1,000 properties available to nonprofit organizations providing housing opportunities for military veterans. Other properties will be renovated to provide relief for families affected by disasters.
About Habitat for Humanity
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Incorporated in 1988, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation and is a designated 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service.
Join us at the J.P. Riddle Stadium to support our big fundraiser of the year!
FRIDAY September 13th: Game Time from 4:00 to 9:00 pm, Music & Dancing from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 19th Hole open 4:00 to 9:00 pm.
SATURDAY September 14th: Game Time from 11:00 to 6:00 pm, Kids’ Activities, and Bounce House from 11:00 to 6:00 pm
The main event is a fun game of miniature golf, but there will also be “Golfing with the Mascots”, a bounce house, Rock Climbing, face painting, a dunking booth, auctions, food and more!! As we draw closer to the event, we will pre-sell tickets and tee times for those that want to secure their spot.
Friday, $5.00 in advance or $8.00 at the gate per person. This includes mini-golf, bounce house and live music from “Third Degree” Cover Band from 6-9 pm.
Saturday, $1.00 in advance or $2.00 at the gate per person. This includes mini-golf, Rock Climbing (from The Climbing Place), bounce house & face painting.
All proceeds from the event will go towards giving Fascinate-U Children’s Museum a much needed face-lift and help us move toward our future strategic plans.
Have questions? Give us a call at 910-829-9171.
Saturday, August 10th, 11:00 am – 1:00pm
Celebrate with us the beginning of a New School Year! Meet “Drake” our Dragon along with some of the most beloved mascots from our business community and have a blast with great entertainment. Enjoy Rock Climbing, Exotic Zoo animals, Magic Show, Model Trains, bookmark crafts, presentations from local organizations; health, safety and educational information and more! Also, kids will have the chance to enter drawings for school supplies and other kids’ giveaways!
$2.00 Admission Special and free for museum members.
2013 Partnership’s KidStuff: Where Playing is Learning
The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County (PFC) is proud to present Partnership’s KidStuff to the families and children of our community, for another year of fun, learning and success!
A child’s first 2000 days matter most; 2000 days from the time the child is born until she begins kindergarten. During these 2000 days, 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens. Wiring that forms the brain’s architecture happens. The development of social skills happens. Learning happens. At the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County (PFC), our role is to partner with the community to give every child every opportunity for success during these first 2000 days. When children are given quality early childhood experiences, they will be ready to learn upon entering school, require less remediation, are more likely to graduate from high school, and will develop into productive citizens and valuable employees.
For young children, playing is learning. For the tenth year, PFC is partnering with the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival to provide a free and safe, child-friendly play area for children ages 5 and under and their families. This year will be no exception, as PFC plans to incorporate old activity favorites with new activity stations on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th.
Nestled alongside Ray Ave. within Festival Park, a change in location from previous years, Partnership’s KidStuff will give children and their families an opportunity to travel “pathways to success” visiting fun activity areas provided by: Fundamental Sports Clinics, LLC, Play Date of Fayetteville, Music Together of Fayetteville
Art Buzz for Kids by Wine and Design, Kohl’s Cares, City of Fayetteville Storm Water Services
First Impressions Academy, the Little Gym, and Army Community Service.
PFC’s President, Eva Hansen, is excited about this year’s focus on future success at Partnership’s KidStuff. “We are excited to continue embodying our mission as we plan and promote Partnership’s KidStuff. We pride ourselves on providing resources, services, and support to families that need it most. In turn, those families are better equipped to prepare their children for future success. Not only are we reiterating that concept through the activities and information provided at this year’s Partnership’s KidStuff, but we are incorporating it into the overall theme,” Hansen said. “I look forward to traveling the pathways to success with many children and their families April 27 & 28th.”
As families travel down pathways to success, they will want to ensure a pit stop at the ever so popular, Toddler Zone. This plush play area allows PFC’s youngest travelers the opportunity to get out of their strollers and have a great time in a safe environment. For older, adult travelers, Partnership’s KidStuff offers informational areas where caregivers can learn more about the valuable resources and services offered through PFC, as well as other local organizations. Part of this learning process takes place in the Evaluation Station during the completion of the annual Family Needs Assessment, administered by PFC. Information gathered from the Family Needs Assessment is used to improve and strengthen existing programming within PFC and partnering organizations, so as to better align with community need.
Recognizing the importance of community support, Eva Hansen states, “It is only through the generosity of gracious sponsors and supporters of our formal fundraising event, the Soirée, that we are able continue producing such a successful Partnership’s KidStuff area for children and families to enjoy. Our sponsors embrace the Smart Start principle that it takes the entire community to ensure all children are prepared to succeed. Many thanks to the Soirée’s top sponsors including: Rooms to Go, City View Magazine, Beasley Broadcasting Group, Cape Fear Valley Health, and the Fayetteville Observer.
The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County (PFC) is the nonprofit organization that supports early care and education professionals and parents with resources to prepare children for success in school and nurture responsible, productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to the community. Decades of research report that positive, nurturing relationships with parents and other caregivers directly affect the way a child’s brain is “wired,” resulting in better health and social skills. PFC achieves its mission through administration of the Smart Start school readiness initiative and NC Pre-kindergarten program in Cumberland County as well as several other grants. To learn more about the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County call (910) 867-9700 or visit www.ccpfc.org.