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VGCC students donate books, coats to local elementary school

The Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) chapter at Vance-Granville Community College recently completed a service project to collect books and new or gently used winter coats for children at South Warren Elementary School in Warrenton. Through the drive, VGCC students collected a total of 270 books and 18 coats. Another student club, the Phi Beta Lambda business student organization, partnered with SNCAE and contributed a number of the items. VGCC students presented the donations to representatives of the elementary school at an SNCAE monthly meeting on Dec. 7 on the college’s main campus in Vance County.


“It makes a great impact on our students to have quality reading materials available in our library,” said Tracey Neal, a principal intern at South Warren, who also happens to be an alumna of the VGCC College Transfer program. “Thank you for your support!” Katina Harris of Warrenton, president of the Parent Teacher Association for South Warren, echoed Neal’s sentiments, saying, “We really appreciate the efforts of VGCC students partnering with the community.”


SNCAE faculty advisor Tracey Bennett , an instructor and head of the Early Childhood Associate program, applauded the students, led by chapter president Amanda Pelkie of Oxford, for taking the initiative on the project. Student North Carolina Association of Educators is a pre-professional organization for college students who are preparing for careers in education, with chapters at colleges and universities across the state. SNCAE is a division of the larger North Carolina Association of Educators, the leading professional organization for educators in North Carolina. VGCC students in education , early childhood or college transfer courses are eligible to join the chapter.  


Above: VGCC Student North Carolina Association of Educators members presented books and coats to South Warren Elementary School on Dec. 7. Seated, from left, are VGCC students Goldie Davis of Henderson and Lori Burney of Franklinton; standing, from left, are advisor Tracey Bennett, VGCC students Amanda Pelkie of Oxford, Annie Terry of Henderson, Kini Heyl of Louisburg, South Warren Elementary School principal intern Tracey Neal, SWES Parent Teacher Association vice president Donna Brown and PTA president Katina Harris. (VGCC photo)