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Elizabethtown Middle School receives Juvenile Crime Prevention Council grant

Elizabethtown Middle School was recently awarded a grant administered by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. According to Mrs. Elizabeth Cole, Principal, Dr. Margaret Lawrence was instrumental in writing the grant which allows students to receive tutoring in reading and math after school.

Cole indicated that students receive instruction on conflict resolution, perseverance, goal setting, resiliency and much more. Dr. Renee Steele, site coordinator and seventh grade social studies teacher, stated that she has collaborated with the Bladen County North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office to provide STEM related sessions as well as group discussions on life skills. Dr. Steele said that Mrs. Stacie Kinlaw, 4-H Youth Development Agent, has provided hands on activities on topics to include, but not limited to, Cake Chemistry, Static Electricity, and Incredible Wearables Health Science Technology. Ms. Elizabeth Blanks, 4-H Life Skills Coordinator, has provided sessions on problem-solving, anger management and other life skills related topics.

Recently, Dr. Steele coordinated the BioNetwork to, not only visit the seventh grade science class, but they provided an interactive session for the after-school students. She stated that the students were engaged and enjoyed solving a fictional crime. Prior to the Christmas holiday, Steele invited a mobile art company to the after-school program. Students painted a holiday related picture to take home or give as a gift to a loved one.

Mrs. Elizabeth Cole stated this after-school program is designed to teach to the whole child while providing them opportunities to be successful in and out of the classroom.

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