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VIDEO: Program teaches children about wildlife, natural resources

“This is the best day ever!” were the sentiments of South Boston Elementary School second graders who attended this year’s JAKES event on Tuesday at Edmunds Park. 

Halifax JROTC scores final victory of season

While most other high school students remained at home resting and preparing for prom, a small group of JROTC cadets were on the move toward Yadkin, N.C. for the annual — and very last — Forbush Drill Meet  recently. 

Halifax Regional recognizes spirit of Planetree Caregiver of the Year

And the winner is…Rosa Skipwith. On Monday, May 7, in coordination with National Hospital Week, Rosa Skipwith was named 2012 Spirit of Planetree Caregiver of the Year. 

Providence community celebrates Noland Day Country Fair on Saturday

The 23rd annual Noland Day Country Fair will be held Saturday in the Providence community. 

Halifax envirothon team headed to state competition

Halifax County High School students recently swept first place in the 2012 Area V Dominion Envirothon competition, presented by Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. 

Powered parachutists take to Virginia air to complete goal

A group of 13 powered parachutists and their spouses from all across the country flew over South Boston and other parts of Halifax County on Thursday evening and Friday making Virginia the 48th and last state in the continental United States in which they have flown.

Historian to speak to genealogical society Saturday

The next meeting of the South Central Virginia Genealogical Society will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. 

Traveling farmer gives farewell salute to military

The Gazette-Virginian’s “traveling farmer” who began his military career 38 years ago in 1973  when he joined the U.S. Air Force at the suggestion of his father finally feels it is time to retire.

Kids Kollege plans in the works

Teachers are already working and planning to make the July Kids Kollege program an exciting, stimulating experience for the children.   

Parsons-Bruce Art Association official has engaged some of the best instructors available to work with children ages 4-12 in a variety of areas including art, music, theater, crafts, computers, robotics and science. 

• Kids Kollege theater teacher, Sandy Slayton, has worked both on the stage and behind the scenes.  She directed “Winnie the Pooh” and “Ramona Quimby” for the Halifax County Little Theater.  Slayton has organized and implemented summer theater camps for Little Theater, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and three Sleepover Theater Camps at The Prizery.  She has 28 years of teaching experience on the kindergarten and first grade level.  Slayton will be offering two theater classes this summer through Kids Kollege.

 • Susie Robbins, one of Kids Kollege’s art teachers, has been working in Kids Kollege for approximately 18 years.    She studied art at Longwood University and has been The Prizery Pre K Arts Academy art instructor and lead teacher since the program began in 2005. Robbins is known for her creative ideas and special rapport she has with the students.  Her art class, Christmas in July, will be offered during the second session.

• Robotics, the science of the future, will be taught by Regan Priest.  Priest, the youngest member of the Kids Kollege team, will bring his special computer knowledge and skills to the classroom.  Priest, a Halifax County Middle School robotics instructor, will teach classes on three different levels for three different age groups.

• Wanda Williamson who has worked in the Kids Kollege program for 10 years will teach reading and science classes.  A veteran teacher of 34 years with the Halifax County School System, Williamson is certified to teach developmental reading to children from preschool through 12th grade.  She has a master’s degree in reading and serves as a reading specialist at Cluster Springs Elementary School. She enjoys getting to know the children who attend Kids Kollege and loves being able to teach fun, hands on lessons.

• Desiree Shaffer will teach art and music in Kids Kollege.  Shaffer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in graphic design and illustration.  She painted furniture for the Wind Rose and has done designs for gift wrap, paper ribbon and gift cards. Her clients included such companies as Shamrock, MPR, Lexington Furniture, San Francisco Music Box Company and American Greetings.  She has taught art to home-schooled students for many years and has offered classes at The Prizery for the past two years.  She is proficient in many areas of art; having chosen Around the World in Art, music makers, and drawing to present to Kids Kollege participants this summer. 

• Annette Ferguson is one of the most popular teachers in Kids Kollege.  She has worked with the program since its inception and has developed quite a following of students.    Ferguson has been involved with crafts in a number of local venues including the Holiday Living Show.  Students enjoy her class and always delight in the projects they can take home.  Ferguson, the librarian at Cluster Springs Elementary School, also will be teaching a class for younger students which focuses on books as well as puppets, songs and crafts. 

• Diane Holmes, computer teacher, taught Kids Kollege in the 1990s and has taught computer applications classes for Southside Virginia Community College.  Her expertise was also utilized when she wrote and implemented the technology curriculum for the Halifax County Elementary Gifted and Talented Program. Holmes, a retired teacher in the gifted and talented program, has the capability to turn the ordinary into fun and give students the techniques needed to create imaginative and professional documents.

• Linda Owen, supervisor of elementary education, for Halifax County Public Schools, will be offering a satellite class in the northern part of Halifax County.  She is very excited about the opportunity to offer her CSI class to students along the county line who do not have transportation to participate in the other Kids Kollege classes.  Owen has worked with Kids Kollege before and is enthusiastic about the chance to do this again.  

 Registration for classes will be Saturday, May 19, from 10-12 at The Prizery. Those who wish to register before this date can access kidskollege.files.wordpress.com or parsonsbruceartassociation @google.com. 

For additional information, contact Peggy Crews at 572-4778 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pat Burgess at 476-6210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ward Burton gives back to injured service members

This Friday, Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation and Freedom Alliance are set to cohost the American Hero Event in Clover.