August 13 was a special day. The first cohort of NOC students from Parkview and Marsh Pointe Apartments in downtown Beaufort successfully completed their summer learning program with the help of dedicated NOC staff, teachers from Beaufort Elementary School, committed parents, and the management team of the two apartment complexes. NOC, BCSD, and the Beaufort Community can be proud of this program which has given hope and opportunity to children and families in need of support.
John Leadem, Program Manager, Beaufort Program, said:
The final week of the Virtual Summer Learning Program was marked by much enthusiasm and a drive to finish the program on a positive note. Fourteen students achieved perfect attendance; seven at each center. Each of the fourteen perfect attendance students received McDonald’s gift cards. For their high academic performance and attendance, Zymere Davis at Parkview and Ja’Niah Milledge at Marsh Pointe won bicycles. Six other children received Walmart gift card and the remainder chose from some “premium” gifts in the Pirate’s Treasure Chest. The celebrations were highlighted by a visit by Dr. Sharma who spoke passionately to the children about education, the value of hard work, and their bright futures. We also were honored by the presence of Principal Melissa Holland and the new Beaufort Elementary School Principal Vickie Goud. Ms. Holland greeted the students warmly and shared some special words about the value of NOC in their educational plans and our partnership with the kids’ school and teachers. A special moment at Marsh Pointe occurred when one student’s (Omarion Cohen) grandmother Linda appeared at the door of the classroom with four pizzas for the kids in thanks for the great summer Omarion has experienced. The children were delighted as they ate pizza and made their own-ice cream sundaes, including whipped cream, crushed cookies, and flavored syrups. In addition, the lunch program sent each child home with a bagged lunch. Many hugs and “see you in Augusts” were exchanged and the children left the centers with certificates, progress reports, gifts, and other items in hand. A fine ending to a successful summer campaign.