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Sleigh ride brings students to Wilmington

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Thirty-two children from Georgia took a sleigh ride with Santa today from Atlanta to Wilmington thanks to Atlantic southeast Airlines. Call it a direct flight to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington.

Most of these children had never heard of Wilmington, much less the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, but the museum was their home away from home for a day.

The trip was their reward for academic success.

“Some of them put one hundred percent effort into reading and taking some accelerated reader tests, and they made it!” said Symirna Jean-Simon of Hendrix Elementary School in Georgia.

As much fun as the museum was, the flight to the Port City was definitely one of the highlights of the day.

“It was exciting to see the kids faces, hitting the buttons on the plane, to go through the turbulence and be above the clouds,” said Kevin Wade of Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

This was the first trip to Wilmington for all the students. As for Santa Claus? He’s been here before.

The hardest part about Tuesday’s whirlwind outing was having to say good-bye, but the students did not leave town empty handed.

“It was a big adventure with a lot of activities. This place is the best,” said fourth grader Dakota Bernard.

This was one terrific field trip and after a trolley ride to the Wilmington International Airport, it’s all aboard, and the students can think about heading home

This is the 7th year for Santa’s special sleigh program for Hendrix Elementary School and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, but it’s the first time the sleigh flew into Wilmington.

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videoThirty-two children from Georgia took a sleigh ride with Santa today from Atlanta to Wilmington thanks to Atlantic southeast Airlines. Call it a direct flight to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington.

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Wilmington kids need help “making it”

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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A Wilmington mentoring program needs your help. “Kids Making It” teaches kids business and life skills, through woodworking, and art. They sell their creations at a downtown shop.

The non- profit program is funded by grants, and donations. Now the group is looking for a boost from Clorox. Clorox selected “Kids Making It” as one of 50 agencies in country in the running for a $10,000 grant.

The top 5 vote-getters on Facebook will win the money, plus be featured in People Magazine. To cast your vote for “Kids Making It” go to their Facebook page. You can vote once a day, through January 17th.

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A Wilmington mentoring program needs your help. “Kids Making It” teaches kids business and life skills, through woodworking, and art. They sell their creations at a downtown shop.

The non- profit program is funded by grants, and donations.

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Candlelight vigil will honor people killed in car crashes

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Wilmington | A local nonprofit aimed at reducing drunken-driving crashes will hold a remembrance Friday for people killed in recent car crashes.The Tree of Life and Candlelight Vigil begins at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Battleship North Carolina.

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Real estate firm eyes purchase, redevelopment of blighted Nesbitt Courts

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

The gloomy gray and khaki-colored Nesbitt Courts public housing development on the city’s south side is under contract to be sold to the Caper Corporation, a real estate development firm in Wilmington. But Walter Pancoe, president and part owner of the company, on Tuesday downplayed the company’s role, saying it is still in the process of…

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Here Now – Family gathers, sells mistletoe to help others

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Every year since son Nolan was 18 months old, the Fischer family has climbed into Rob’s fishing boat and ventured out onto the Northeast Cape Fear River near Castle Hayne to gather mistletoe. They sell boughs of the traditional holiday kissing bush and use the proceeds to buy toys for needy children.

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