School System Provides Assistance to Community Organizations and Families
Each year during the Christmas season, the Onslow Christmas Cheer program provides assistance to individuals and families across the county. This year has been no different. Through the generous support of the Onslow County community, the program was able to serve more than 5,200 people. A major contribution to this effort came from the students and staff of the Onslow County School system. Assistant Superintendent Lesley Eason presented information regarding the tremendous work of our students and staff for those members of our community needing assistance this holiday season. In addition to Christmas Cheer, schools made donations to a number of different charities throughout the county. Mrs. Eason identified the following as recipients of donations: Soup Kitchen, local families adopted by the schools, Share Your Christmas, Operation Christmas Child, local community charities, the Hem of His Garment, and military care packages. Altogether, these groups received almost 13,000 cans of food – along with 9 turkeys and 52 boxes prepared for Operation Christmas Child – from seven different schools.
Other county schools, along with Central Office staff, participated in an informal “competition” to make donations to Christmas Cheer. The results were determined by dividing the total number of cans collected by the school enrollment and identifying a number of cans per student. The following schools were recognized for the highest number of cans per student:
Blue Creek Elementary – 7.0 cans/student
Thompson Early Childhood Center – 4.8 cans/student
All together, schools and Central Office staff collected 31,405 cans for Christmas Cheer. When combined with the collections for other groups, Onslow County Schools collected 44,351 cans for donation to those less fortunate throughout our county. The generosity of our students, staff and families went a long way to help families within our communities this Christmas season.
OCS Recognized for Commitment to Crime Stoppers
Jacksonville/Onslow County Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization that offers rewards to those who provide information that helps identify perpetrators of crimes in the Onslow County area. They work in partnership with all of Onslow County, including all municipalities, Marine Corps installations and the schools. Offering rewards of up to $2,500, Crime Stoppers has been able to help solve over 300 cases in the past year. In December, Onslow County Schools was recognized for our support of the program in the community. Each year, the Crime Stoppers organization provides schools – at no cost to them – with posters, flyers and other items describing the program – helping students understand the important role they play in creating a safe and civil community. Onslow County Schools is proud of our commitment to, and the positive impact of, the Jacksonville/Onslow County Crime Stoppers.