Destination Imagination

Both the Tye River and Rockfish River elementary school Destination Imagination teams are headed to a global competition in one month.

Destination Imagination is a national organization with a mission “to engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills,” according to its website.

Both the Tye River and Rockfish River teams will head to the global finals from May 22 to May 25 in Kansas City, Missouri. The competition consists of teams from all over the United States and abroad.

Nelson County Historical Society: Hurricane Camille Program

On April 28 the Nelson County Historical Society will present its second of five programs covering the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille. The program will start at 2 p.m. at the Nelson Center, at 8445 Thomas Nelson Highway in Lovingston. This program will cover the local response the county received from individuals such as then-board of supervisors member Cliff Wood, then-Sheriff Bill Whitehead, then-Court Clerk Austin Embrey, doctors Harry Gamble and Robert Raynor, attorneys Robert Goad and Sam Eggleston Jr., the Rev. John Gordon and others, many of them teenagers at the time, according to Heywood “Woody” Greenberg, secretary of the Nelson County Historical Society. The program will be presented by County Attorney Phil Payne, whose father Dan Payne was one of the group of private citizens and county officials who stepped up in the immediate aftermath of the flood to mobilize search and recovery efforts to find survivors and locate victims.

North Branch School

North Branch Elementary School third and fourth graders have raised $810 for the Heifer International Read to Feed program.

For three weeks, North Branch School third- and fourth-grade classes read 212 books. Family and friends pledged to give each student no more than $1 per book to donate to the Heifer International Read to Feed program. Heifer International is a nonprofit world hunger relief organization.

The students were inspired to raise funds after reading Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier. The story is about an impoverished Ugandan girl Beatrice Biira whose life is transformed by the gift of a goat from Heifer International.

In an email on April 19, Bonnie Holliday, development director at North Branch, said the students chose to purchase two llamas, two goats, three flocks of chickens, three bee hives, one rabbit, and tree seedlings to provide for families all over the world.

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