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Feliz dia de los Muertos!

The Pender High Afterschool program hosted a fantastic cultural info session to teach students about Dia De Los Muertos! The holiday is celebrated from October 31 to November 2 and allows families to welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. Students could choose from […]

Celebrating the New Hanover County Office Grand Opening

A crowd of supporters gathered in the sunshine outside a quaint, white house at 1209 Market Street Wednesday to celebrate the next chapter for Communities In Schools of Cape Fear. Staff of the youth serving non-profit looked on proudly as New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple and Senator Michael Lee reflected on the successful legacy […]

Freedom School Student Spotlight: Yayla

Yayla is a rising 6th grader and she has attended Freedom School for the last two years. She is a quiet leader with a wonderful demeanor and bright spirit. Yayla likes to cheer and dance and is truly loved by all who have the pleasure of spending time with her! She encourages her peers through […]

Student Spotlight: Jenson

This week’s Student Spotlight shines on Jenson, who’s been participating in the Penderlea School Transition Camp! He is 8 years old and will begin 3rd grade this fall. Jenson grew up in Willard and appreciates exploring the outdoors, building things, and playing soccer. His favorite subject is math and he especially loves putting his skills […]

Student Spotlight: Kennedy

This week’s Student Spotlight celebrates Freedom School scholar Kennedy! She’s a 5th grader at Gregory Elementary and a three year veteran of Freedom School. Kennedy grew up in Wilmington. She’s the youngest of her siblings and at the ripe age of 10, she’s already an aunt of six! She enjoys reading books with characters that […]

Graduate Spotlight: Madison

Today’s Student Spotlight highlights Pender County student and Baby Steps program participant Madison! Madison began the school year as a junior, but thanks to her hard work and determination, she GRADUATED from Pender Innovative Learning Academy this week, a full year early!! She joined Pender County’s Baby Steps program as a sophomore, expecting a baby […]