Teacher of the Year, authors and nonprofits top list of achievements

Many people are doing great things in our community but do not always get the recognition. Here are just a few of the accomplishments and achievements by area residents — as well as a few upcoming events sponsored by local nonprofits.

Forgotten history

On Wednesday, archeologist Nichole Wagner will present “The Forgotten History of Camp Patterson” at the New Bern Historical Society Lunch & Learn at 11:30 am. at Carolina Colors Pavilion, 3300 Waterscape Way. Wagner is district archaeologist for the Croatan National Forest and Uwharrie National Forest.

During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps was started as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It began as a means to provide educational, recreational and job-training opportunities for young men ages 17-23.

Each man was paid $25 per month, and $20 was sent home to their family. On Jan. 5, 1935, Company number 5420-C was officially named Camp Patterson and was one of two companies serving in the Croatan National Forest.

The cost is $22 for Historical Society members and $26 for nonmembers. Reservations may be made at www.NewBernHistorical.org or at the society office at 511 Broad St., or by calling 252-638-8558.

Prepaid reservations are required. Paper tickets are not issued for this program. You may check in at Carolina Colors Pavilion with your confirmation.

Tonya Sinclair Swindell releases her first book and donates copies to the hometown library.

Poet donates books

Tonya Sinclair Swindell has published her first book, “Nourishment & Encouragement: Poetry for your Mind, Body and Soul,” a collection of 25 original poems that include aspects of history, current events and inspiration. She recently donated copies to the New Bern Craven County Library to be included in the local author section.

She is the daughter of Delores Sinclair of New Bern, a former assistant principal, coach and driver’s education teacher at Pamlico County Schools and the late William Sinclair. She is a 1991 graduate of New Bern High School.

Slime fundraiser to raise funds to support DARE programs.

slime for a cause

Craven County Partners In Education and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office will hold a DARE to Slime Fundraiser to raise money for the continued training of DARE Officers, both new and current. It will also assist with purchasing teaching materials and graduation supplies.

Twenty-five percent of the money will be donated to the North Carolina DARE Officers Association, which supports training for DARE Officers across the state. Slime Celebrations will be held at each participating school the week of June 6-9. The partnership helps bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

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