Achievements, Promotions and Recognition
• Walker-Spivey Elementary School in Fayetteville has been named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The award recognizes schools, school districts and postsecondary institutions for reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness, and offering effective sustainability education. Walker-Spivey is one of 39 schools across the country and one of only three in North Carolina to receive the award.
• Fayetteville State University has been recognized for the fourth-best 2020 Online RN to BSN nursing school program in North Carolina by RegisteredNursing.org in its fourth annual nursing school program rankings. FSU offers a fully online RN to BSN program for nurses looking to advance their careers.
• GroundSwell Pictures, a nonprofit organization in Fayetteville, has announced five new board members. They are Erika Forbes, George Lanier, Michelle Downey, Courtney Lucas and Prudence Mainor. GroundSwell Pictures is the umbrella organization that hosts Indigo Moon Film Festival.
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On the job
• The Cumberland County Board of Education has named Kimberly Robertson as new principal of T.C. Berrien Elementary School. Robertson is currently principal of Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School.
• Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation has received a $50,386 grant from Truist Financial Corp. to buy telemedicine equipment needed to help treat COVID-19 patients.
• Student Health Services at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke has been awarded a Student Health Emergency Mini Grant from the UNC System in the amount of $7,500. The grant will allow the department to expand resources and services for students amid the coronavirus pandemic.
• The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority recently approved 17 grant requests to local communities. In the Cape Fear region, the city of Lumberton received two grants. A $350,000 grant will support the expansion of a building at Gibson Cancer Center, an outpatient cancer treatment facility that is part of Southeastern Health. The project will allow the center to add 7,377 square feet of space. The center expects to create 28 jobs while investing $4,348,000 in the expansion. A $400,000 grant will help complete an approximately 4-foot-high earthen berm around Rempac Foam Corp.’s 250,000-square-foot manufacturing plant to prevent flood damage from future hurricanes. This brings the total RIA support for the project to $1.5 million.