Northside students win soybean poster contest

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Soybean Poster Contest Winners from Northside Elementary: 1st Place - Natalie Gallop, 2nd Place - Abby Temple, 3rd Place - Jaidyn Alexander, Honorable Mention - Makenna Turner

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From staff reports

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The sponsors of the N.C. Soybean Festival hold a poster contest each year for fourth-graders in Pasquotank and surrounding counties. The N.C. Soybean Festival was held on Jan. 16 this year at the K.E. White Graduate Center. The theme for the event and the poster contest was "NC Soybeans: The Possibilities Are Endless." All poster contest winners, including one honorable mention, were 4th graders from Northside Elementary.

The winners include: 1st Place - Natalie Gallop; 2nd Place - Abby Temple; 3rd Place - Jaidyn Alexander; Honorable Mention - Makenna Turner

Sawyer hosts Science Night

J.C. Sawyer Elementary held a Science Night for families recently. Students in 4th and 5th grade displayed and demonstrated their Science Fair projects. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade performed various science experiments in their classrooms.

District wins ribbon for communications 

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public School District was among 38 school districts in North Carolina to win Blue Ribbon Awards for effective school communications and public relations.

The awards were presented by the North Carolina School Public Relations Association during the Association’s annual Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony and brunch on Friday, Jan. 26 at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro.

ECPPS won awards in the following categories:

▪ Special Events & Programs – ECP Backpacks (GOLD AWARD)

ECPPS has worked collaboratively with others in the community to initiate a program that provides weekend food for children who may be experiencing food insecurity. ECP Backpacks began this school year with a goal of serving 200 children a weekend; however, approximately 271 have been served each weekend since it started.

▪ Special Events & Programs – 2017-2018 ECPPS Parent Academy (SILVER AWARD)

ECPPS offers a Parent Academy each fall to provide parents and the community the opportunity to gain a better understanding of various programs, instruction and curriculum, and opportunities offered through our district. Attendees are able to choose sessions that are of particular interest to them. The 2017-2018 Parent Academy was held on Sept. 23, 2017 with over 30 in attendance.

A Blue Ribbon Award is the highest honor a school district can receive from the North Carolina School Public Relations Association. The award recognizes excellence in school communications and public relations in eight categories: digital media engagement, electronic media, excellence in writing, image/graphic design, marketing, photography, publications (print and electronic), and special events and programs.

Members of the Georgia School Public Relations Association judged the entries. There are three award levels: gold, silver, and bronze. The judges score entries based on content, quality, effectiveness, and overall impression.

“Our awards program is about recognizing the quality work of school public relations professionals and bringing attention to their outstanding efforts to support and promote our schools,” said NCSPRA president Todd Hagans, who serves as chief communications officer for Gaston County Schools.