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Heritage Club helps to feed local school children
Monarch’s Heritage Club recently collected money and presented a check for the funds to the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry to help ensure children in the area have more in their back packs than just Heritage Club -book bagbooks and school supplies.

Lakesha Tillet, Nicholas Winslow, Darlene Freeman and Artrice Heckelman, with support from Cindy Spencer, developmental specialist, who attend Monarch’s Heritage Club wanted to help some local school children who, unfortunately, go without enough to eat throughout the weekend. In an effort to offer support to these students and their families, staff and participants of the day program were able to help through a community effort – the Book Bag Program – started by Edenton-Chowan Schools to support students by sending them home each Friday with book bags that contain meals and snacks. To read more of this story, click here.
Pictured above (l-r): Artice  Heckleman, Darlene Freeman and Nick Winslow.

Equestrians bring home Gold Medals
Channing SkinnerChanning Skinner (pictured right), who attends the Lighthouse Club of Currituck, and Charles Cutting, of the Beach Club, competed in the 2012 Special Olympics North Carolina Equestrian Tournament in Raleigh earlier this fall. Both brought home numerous outstanding awards. Skinner earned several awards, including a Gold Medal for Equestrian Western Working Trails. Cutting also won several medals, including a Gold Medal in the Equestrian Western Equitation competition.

Lighthouse, Beach Clubs and Nature Conservancy team up
Nags Head Woods projectThe Nature Conservancy and Monarch’s Lighthouse and Beach Clubs began planting a butterfly garden  at Nags Head Woods Preserve last month. The garden sits alongside a one half mile accessible trail which opened in Nags Head Woods in June 2011.  This trail allows individuals with disabilities as well as parents with young children, the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the woods. Individuals from Monarch’s day programs have just finished their third year of volunteering in the Native Plant section at Roanoke Island Aquarium. In Spring 2013, Monarch, the Children’s Museum, Nags Head Woods, and other interested partners will attempt to attract species of butterflies native to Nags Head Woods and will jointly release these magnificent insects into their beautiful new homes.  

Author Ken Capps to visit New Bern book club
ken cappsKen Capps, author of Forgiving Waters, will visit the Next Chapter Book Club in New Bern during their Monday, Jan. 7 meeting. Capps will discuss his book, which was set in Texas during a time that racial division was both expected and tolerated. A young key character in the book, Beauregard Lee Kelso learns at an early age some painful truths about the breaking and mending of souls. Now decades later at the age of 83, the old cowboy struggles with decisions of his past that won’t allow him peace of mind. Erma Brault, site supervisor at the Health Drive day program in New Bern who facilitates the book club, extended the invitation to Capps to offer book club participants and readers the chance to interact with the author. 

The Monarch Lighthouse Club Bell Choir performedLighthouse bell ringers during the 2012 Veteran’s Day Luncheon hosted by the American Legion Post 26 and the Unit 26 Ladies Auxiliary. The event was held to honor and celebrate local veterans for their service in the U.S. Armed Forces and was held at the Dare County Center in Manteo on Nov. 9. A photo of the group appeared in the Coastal Times, a local newspaper. The choir also performed at the Outer Banks Health and Wellness Expo 2012 this month. These recent performances are two of many public performances by the group.

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