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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 29, 2007

Join Leland elementary school students
for hands-on science at after-school programs

Media representatives are invited to attend after-school science activities on Monday (April 2) at Lincoln Elementary School and Tuesday (April 3) at Belville Elementary School.

Up to fifty students total are expected to attend the programs. Activities will include extracting DNA from strawberries, studying objects and the concepts of size using magnifying lenses and making inheritance bracelets using beads. The workshops will be presented by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Destiny traveling science learning program and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Monday (April 2)
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Elementary School
1664 Lincoln Road North East, Leland

Tuesday (April 3)
4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Belville Elementary School
575 River Road, Leland

The Destiny traveling science learning program is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s formal science education initiative serving pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina. Destiny develops and delivers a standards-based, hands-on curriculum and teacher professional development with a team of educators and a fleet of vehicles that travel throughout the state.

The Destiny program’s activities for Brunswick County schools are federally funded by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. SEPA’s goals are to engage the public in medical research, stimulate interest in science, and encourage the next generation of health professionals.

21st Century Community Learning Centers are operated by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, in partnership with Brunswick County Schools, at Belville, Lincoln and Supply Elementary Schools. The learning centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and they provide free academic and enrichment opportunities for children, particularly those who attend high poverty and low performing schools.

The centers are designed to help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, by offering an array of enrichment activities that complement the daytime academic programs. They also offer literacy and other educational services to the families of the participating students. Emphasis is on academic support and remediation, math and reading, character education, parent involvement and drug and violence prevention.

For more information, go to http://www.destiny.unc.edu

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Destiny contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or bury@unc.edu

21st Century Community Learning Centers contact: Kathy Smith, (910) 754-9593, ext. 1031 or cisafterschool@2khiway.net