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Oct. 18, 2000 -- No. 550

Traveling science laboratory makes stop at Southeast Halifax High School

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (student, faculty/staff tours) and 5 to 7 p.m. (public open house) Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Southeast Halifax High School, 16683 Hwy. 125, Halifax, N.C.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ís 40-foot traveling science laboratory, carrying state-of-the-art technology, will stop at Southeast Halifax High School Oct. 24. The visit is sponsored by Halifax County Schools and UNC-CH.

The laboratory is called Destiny, named by Southeast Halifax High School and Bladenboro High School students. Glaxo Wellcome Inc. awarded UNC-CH a five-year, $1.6 million grant to build the bus, equip it and support operations.

Following is a schedule of planned activities for the day:

9 to 9:15 a.m.: Ceremony honoring Southeast Halifax High School biology students, from Mary Ann Jonesís allied health science class, who won the "name the bus" contest.

9:45 to 11:15 a.m.: Biology students conduct a "mystery of the crooked cell" activity.

11:20 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.: Southeast Halifax High School students tour the laboratory.

1:30 to 4 p.m.: Halifax County students, faculty and staff tour the laboratory.

5 to 7 p.m.: Open house: tours of the traveling science laboratory, slide presentations and more.

A 5:15 p.m. "debut ceremony" will feature remarks from Dr. Viola Vaughan, principal of Southeast Halifax High School; Dr. Willie Gilchrist, superintendent of Halifax County Schools; Dr. Nicholas Didow, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC-CH; Dr. Carolyn M. Mayo, director of the N.C. Health Careers Access Program at UNC-CH; and Dr. Skip Bollenbacher, professor of biology and director of the UNC-CH Partnership for Minority Advancement in the Biomolecular Sciences.


Bladenboro High School contact: Principal Viola Vaughan, Southeast Halifax High School, (252) 445-2027
News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415