Perquimans community supports Hunter-Daugherty fund

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N.C. State University Goodnight Scholars interact with Hertford Grammar School students as they work collaboratively.


From staff reports

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Kim Hunter Daugherty left a legacy of passion, love and life-changing work. A natural gift that she demonstrated was being able to turn a quiet student into being a student able to socialize and feel comfortable with others.  

According to Kim’s friends and co-workers, she put her heart and hands into every task she was given and because of the love she poured into her community --- her community is now rallying to endow the fund recently set up in her memory.

According to Foundation Executive Director Brenda Lassiter, if the fund is endowed, the account will last forever. “The account will be managed by the Foundation Board and only the earnings on the account (each year) will be distributed. That will allow the initial contributions to remain untouched, and the Kim Hunter Daugherty Education Fund to always be in existence.

Lassiter says she has been in contact with the Beech Springs / Bear Swamp Ruritan Club, the Parksville Ruritan Club, Hertford Baptist Church Youth Group and others who wish to help raise money to endow the special account set up in her memory. “Both Ruritan Clubs are planning to have a meal fundraiser in the next couple of months,” she said.

“We are in the early stages, but our plan is to begin awarding a scholarship to a senior at Perquimans High School or mini grants to teachers beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year. Mrs. Daugherty was very enthusiastic about her students and her job. This is a great way to honor her memory,” says Foundation President Antoine Moore.

Donations can be made to the Foundation at P.O. Box 337, Hertford, N.C. 27944, and are tax deductible. The initial distribution from the Fund is expecting to be made during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Wolfpack scholars visit HGS

Academic excellence, professional achievement and civic engagement are the cornerstones of the N.C. State University Goodnight Scholars Program. Last week, some of those scholars brought their expertise to Hertford Grammar School.

Goodnight Scholars spent the day with 5th grade student scholars at Hertford Grammar School. “We were excited to welcome the students to our campus,” said Principal John Lassiter. “These students are influential and informed advocates for STEM and STEM education and inspire active participation in leadership and group collaboration activities.”

Lassiter says he believes that a student’s zip code should not determine the quality of education a student receives and local educators work diligently to prioritize STEM education. According to Lassiter, Hertford Grammar School’s schedule is designed to offer STEM as a connect class to every student under the direction of HGS Teacher of the Year Mrs. West. The class, STEAM, adds an additional focus on the Arts.

“As a NCSU Teaching Fellow, it is a blessing to partner with my former school to bring hands on learning activities to our students,” said Lassiter.

PCHS students learn about jobs

Twenty Perquimans County High School students recently participated in the fourth annual Discovering Possibilities job shadow program sponsored by the Perquimans Chamber of Commerce.

The following businesses participated in the program: Brew-2-Rescue, Perquimans Art League, County Clerk of Court, Hertford Baptist Preschool, White’s Dress Shop, Perquimans Register of Deeds, ‘Bout Thyme, Perquimans County Manager Frank Heath, Perquimans Tourism, A & L Garage, JT’s One Stop, Small Town Trends, 252 Bistro, Captain Bob’s, Tommy’s Pizza, Relax-Albemarle Screen Printing, the Perquimans Senior Center, Planter’s Ridge and Story’s Seafood and Grill.

The program was coordinated by Chamber Director Sid Eley and Latonya Frost, career development coordinator for Perquimans County Schools.

Hamilton challenge comes to Perquimans schools

A solar powered doghouse, day care, lawn services, umbrella cup holder and more.

Those were some of the ideas students from Perquimans County High and Middle schools presented to Brian Hamilton during his visit to Perquimans.

Hamilton is the founder of the Hamilton Foundation, a non-profit focused on opening the door of entrepreneurship for all.

The students completed the Hamilton Challenge, a seven-day journey that takes innovative ideas from conception to a potential business.

During Hamilton’s presentation, he advised students to continue their education but also inspired students to expand their options by exploring the principles of starting, running, and growing their own real businesses.

The talk helps introduce the values of entrepreneurship to young minds: a strong work ethic, honesty, and commitment. Students leave the talk with a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship as a career path and as an avenue of financial stability.

Hamilton told the students, “my success can be traced all the way back to the days of starting small businesses when I was young. If you start your own ventures as a youth, your ability to succeed in life increases.”

Jill Cohen, the director of Career Technical Education coordinated the event for Perquimans.

“We are the first school district in northeastern North Carolina to complete the Hamilton Challenge,” Cohen said. “Our students have creative ideas that could easily transfer to business opportunities. Mr. Hamilton listened to our students, asked them questions to clarify their ideas and encouraged the students to refine their products/services. We had a full day for Brian, with presentations at the Hertford Rotary Club and at Perquimans County Schools CTE Business Advisory Council.”

Pierce Attends NCCAT Program

Stacey Pierce, media coordinator at Perquimans Central School, recently participated in professional development at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) as a result of receiving the A. Craig Phillips Honored Educator Scholarship.

The scholarship was established in honor of Dr. A. Craig Phillips who served as State Superintendent of North Carolina from 1968 to 1988.

The Phillips scholarship pays tribute to the legacy of an outstanding North Carolinian who spent his life finding ways to strengthen administrators, empower teachers, and motivate parents to support education for all children.