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congratulate the MHC kindergarten students

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam congratulated prospective SEED Fund students in Martinsville-Henry County with a video.

Governor Northam told this year’s Kindergarten class, “We believe in you. We want to be with you every step of the way and help you make your dreams come true. Listen to your parents and teachers when they tell you college is possible and is waiting for you at home. We know you can do it. We are so proud of you and what your future holds.

The Harvest Foundation announced in September an investment of $ 10.3 million over 13 years to ensure that the Patrick & Henry Community College SEED fund will provide free college education to MHC high school graduates.

Jeannie Lowery is a kindergarten teacher at GW Carver Elementary School who said she was grateful to the Harvest Foundation and P & HCC for investing in the future of local children.

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“It’s a great feeling to tell a kindergarten child about their dreams for the future, to go to college to make those dreams come true and to know that it’s a reality for them,” Lowery said.

$ 5,000 grant to help P & HCC STEM students

The Patrick & Henry Community College Foundation received a $ 5,000 grant to support students in P & HCC Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs [STEM]. The award was made possible by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and the Micron Opportunity Fund.

The purpose of this grant is to help students in STEM programs continue their path to college graduation. The $ 5,000 could help cover expenses such as books, supplies, transportation or child care. Without additional help, these uncalculated costs of attending college can become a barrier to completion for some students. This grant could help alleviate these kinds of concerns, helping students to focus instead on achieving their academic goals.

“For many of our students, unforeseen expenses can be critical in their academic journey. A flat tire, a change in work hours that requires them to pay for extra child care, or a number of things can hinder a student’s completion, ”says Tiffani Underwood, director of the P & HCC Foundation. “Grants like the Micron Opportunity Fund really make a big difference in helping students get the little extra they need to keep going. “

According to Micron’s website, the company “partners with universities around the world to support programs and people that inspire the next generation of innovators and technology leaders. Our grants support student experiences, faculty researchers, and programs to help create pathways for underrepresented students to achieve their engineering aspirations.


Journie Barbour of Henry County graduated from the Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.

Mountain Mission School donations doubled thanks to the game

To inspire support for Mountain Mission School this Christmas, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund is offering to match 100% of personal donations made to the school, up to $ 25,000.

For over 100 years, Mountain Mission School (MMS) has served as a refuge for children in need across the region and the world. The Buchanan County School houses, clothes, feeds and educates about 200 children, from toddlers to teens, including a few dozen from the City of Hope in Tanzania, which is sponsored by Teamwork International Ministries.

These City of Hope children and teens regularly visit the Martinsville-Henry County area, especially during school vacations with Regina Chacha from Martinsville, President of Teamwork.

The school does not accept any government funding, in order to stay true to its historic Christian mission, a press release said. Several churches in the area support the school, including Horsepasture Christian Church, which hosted a fundraising spaghetti dinner for it in November.

More than 90% of the seniors in the school go to college.

“The service we provide is unique,” ​​says Chris Mitchell, president of Mountain Mission School. “We help families in crisis by caring for their children on their behalf, at no cost to them, for as long as they need it, while they try to put their lives in order. We allow parents in economic distress, in prison or in rehab to retain guardianship of their children, so they do not have to abandon them. We are there for families in the area, whether they need our help for a few months or 18 years.

Carter B&T attends HBCU Heroes

Carter Bank & Trust has partnered with HBCU Heroes to support their vision of advancing, uplifting and inspiring the HBCU student community.

In conjunction with HBCU Heroes, Carter Bank & Trust will serve and invest in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) programs, including making available $ 10,000 in need-based scholarship funds for students attending the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

“This partnership offers us an extraordinary opportunity to participate actively and financially in the development of the leaders of tomorrow,” Carter Bank & Trust Chairman Brad Langs said in a press release. “Our value lies in the success and strength of the individuals and communities we are privileged to serve. “

HBCU Heroes, co-founded by NCAA Basketball All-American and former NBA player George Lynch, strives to empower HBCU students to compete in American business, big tech, entertainment, healthcare / well-being, sports management, entrepreneurial avenues and more to make meaningful financial progress.

Based in Martinsville, Carter Bank & Trust is a $ 4.1 billion state-chartered community bank with branches in Virginia and North Carolina.

Longwood / NCI program announces graduates

Five local students recently completed elementary education courses with Longwood University through the New College Institute (NCI) and have secured jobs at schools in Martinsville and surrounding areas, according to a statement from the New College States. Institute.

Caitlyn Cockram, Meghan Marlowe, Morgan Norman, Taylor Conklin and Ryan Orton graduated on December 6 and are now eligible to walk with other 2022 graduates at the Longwood launch ceremony on May 21.

Cockram, who is also a recipient of the Joan of Arc Leadership Medal, spoke at a completion celebration at NCI attended by Margaret Omwenga, NCI Program Manager and Acting Dean of Longwood’s College of Education, Dr Lissa A. Power-deFur.

Longwood also included the 2020 and 2021 graduates whose celebrations have been postponed due to the pandemic.

The graduates of the Class of 2020 were: Brittany Boulden, Candace Holmes, Emily Cowher, Taylor Walker, Casey Favor and Lauren Wood.

The 2021 graduates were: Kaisey Campbell, Betty Hairston, Emily Martin, Austin Turner, Olivia Jones, Amy Patterson, Tara Williams, Kelli Floyd, Jarrett Mays, Mariah Shaffer and Allison Pace.

In the past three years, there have been 22 graduates of this program with, 21 having obtained associate’s degrees at P & HCC before continuing their bachelor’s degree with Longwood at NCI, according to the release.

NCI hosts the HBCU trade fair

About 150 people recently attended a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair in Martinsville.

The event was held at the New College Institute (NCI) in partnership with Martinsville High School with the aim of “raising awareness of HBCUs and encouraging students to consider applying,” Senior School Counselor Marcia Hairston said in a statement.

Participating schools included Bennett College, Elizabeth City State University, Livingstone College, North Carolina Central University, Saint Augustine’s University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University.

Representatives from the United States Army, the Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc., the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and the Virginia Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program also attended.

Members of the Pan-Hellenic National Council, called the Divine Nine, also participated and included locals of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.


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