Education Committee

  •   Meets:  3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30AM at the Tammy's Place at 239 Hwy 158 in Littleton, NC 27850
  •   Email:  education@lakegastonassoc.com
  •   Chair:  Jeff Dowhan   -  (252) 586-1220

Committee Mission Statement / Function

Mission... 

To explore, develop and implement programs in concert with local schools to support the education and enrichment of our youth.

 

Primary Function... 

The LGA recognizes the need to have good, local schools that will entice professionals, skilled craftsmen and their respective families to move to the area to provide the goods and services to have a thriving lake community. There are multiple opportunities for the LGA to support local students and their schools predominantly through volunteer activities. The Committee was formed to explore the opportunities to support our youth and schools, align them with the skills, education and interests of our membership, and then develop and implement programs that are both educational to our youth and rewarding to our membership.

 

 

Current Projects

Update of 2019 School Year Education Committee Activities

We held our third annual meeting with the five county school superintendents on November 8, 2018. The meeting was a good forum for the LGA to review our education activities with the superintendents as well as receiving their inputs and advice. The superintendents also provided highlights of their new programs and shared their ideas with each other.

 

Our activities have slowed down during the holiday schedule but we are communicating with James S. Russell Middle School and William R. Davie Middle School in scheduling in-school presentations.

 

Scheduling and coordinating of education centers and locations for this Spring’s Lakeside Learning Days (LLDs) is beginning. Warren County Middle School is the first to forward potential dates for a LLD.

 

David Murphy is representing the LGA in regard to being on the STEM based Community Engagement Leadership Team for Halifax County Public School System (Team). Given Halifax obtains approval from the NCPI for the STEM program the Team will provide input to the school system to help communicate the STEM Plan, assist in providing STEM based learning opportunities, and assist in establishing business & community partnerships and funding. Note, there is no commitment or expected commitment by the LGA to provide funding. The LGA’s role primarily lead by David is to provide consulting and advice for the program as well as identifying contacts for the school that may be supportive of the STEM program.

 

In-School Presentations

LGA presentations have begun at William R. Davie Middle School on career, vocational, and life skill subject matter. Presentations on the Art of Negotiation and Health Care Careers have been made. Upcoming presentations are scheduled for NASA/Aerospace and the career path for an Information Security Analyst before the end of the calendar year. There are other presentations being developed for 2016 with more opportunities available through the balance of the school year. We have developed a generic guideline to be used by any individual that may be interested in providing a career, vocational, or life skill presentation. These presentations can be made to individual AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes or a whole grade level.

 

In addition William R. Davie Middle School is sponsoring a Hometown Career Day Program on Wednesday, November 18 from 8:00am - 2:30pm. There will be approximately 25 local companies participating. The school has requested LGA support and we will have three LGA speakers in attendance.

Club Support

The students have selected their school clubs for the 2015-2016 school. The selected clubs are Poetry, Future Farmers of America, Production (Stage), Chess, Journalism, Drama, Cooking, Fitness, Girls’ Aerobics, Reader’s Theatre, Crochet, Music, Books, Campus Beautification, Glee Club, V-Tech (computers), Photography, Media , Math, Movie Critic, and Leadership. Each club has a faculty sponsor and all of them embrace support by the LGA members. The clubs typically meet the last Friday of the month from 2:05 pm to 3:25pm.

 

Club participation provides LGA members with additional opportunities to support the students and only requires several hours of time monthly. To date, six LGA members have participated in club days with the students.

LGA Member Support

We thank our participating members for all the support they have provided to date. We have received positive feedback from the school administration, faculty, and students. Our volunteers have also voiced enjoyment and personal satisfaction for the service they provide.

 

Any member interested in using their career experience and knowledge to support additional presentations to the students or is willing to participate with a club is welcome to meet with the Education Committee or communicate your interest by emailing us at education@lakegastonassoc.com. The Education Committee meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am at Tammy's Place at 239 Hwy 158 in Littleton, NC 27850 and you are welcome to come and participate. In the future, when we identify enough volunteers, we plan to expand the volunteer program to support schools in other counties in the Lake Gaston area. We look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to volunteer, please click here to view and print our volunteer form.