Those hoping to volunteer with New Hanover County public schools may soon be required to get a background check—at his or her own expense. On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved two new changes to its volunteer policy.
Since 1985, an invasive marine species has been drifting its way up the Atlantic Coast. Originating in the Indo-Pacific, lionfish infiltrated North Carolina waters around the year 2000. With no local predators, the venomous carnivore feasts on native species—leading to what some marine conservation groups call an ecological crisis. Keri Kenning, Communications and Affiliate Program Manager at Reef Environmental Education Foundation, or REEF, suggests the lionfish dilemma has both a human cause and potential solution.
The school band at Wilmington’s D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy is poised to gain about a hundred sixth- and seventh-grade musicians, thanks to a huge donation of instruments. Students, parents, school board members and local elected officials are gathering for a ceremony Friday in the school’s auditorium to witness the unveiling of each instrument, and thank donor Bob Moulton, owner of the Durham-based National Pawn store chain. And this is just one of many new opportunities available to students of the recently-reopened D. C. Virgo School.