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Gift that lasts a lifetime: Recipient of Samaritan’s Purse shoebox project shares story

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent


Alex Nsengimana, 29, was once an orphan in Rwanda. He now works at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Boone. [Ginger Canovai / Special to the Times-News

   Operation Christmas Child, a project through the Samaritan’s Purse organization, plays a substantial role in showing children in Third World countries God’s ceaseless love for them, even during hardship and tribulation.
Using shoeboxes filled with gifts such as toys and books, Operation Christmas Child witnesses to children in need throughout all parts of the world. This commendable organization has collected and delivered more than 135 million shoeboxes to children in 150 countries and territories since it began in 1993.
For 29-year-old Alex Nsengimana, life hasn’t always been easy. Throughout his early childhood, Nsengimana witnessed the growing hatred that festered between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes in Rwanda, and was only 6 years read more…

Living history: Home-schoolers connect with WWII veterans

Commentary by Joy Lynne Chavis
Special to the Times-News


Alamance County home-schoolers pose with World War II veterans on Oct. 24. [Photo submitted

   Alamance County home-schoolers are     currently taking an active role in a World War   II  history class.
Teacher Anna Liese Call is helping make   history come alive through the eyes of veterans   who experienced this war firsthand.
In the Link Up Veteran Project, each student   met with an assigned World War II veteran     and  wrote a paper from the interview   experience. After writing the paper, we   designed a poster presentation to complement   the paper and highlighted each veteran’s   experience in the war.
Students are gaining valuable knowledge by    read more…

‘George: Behind Enemy Lines’ – Find out what happens to hero of Williams’ Homecoming Show

By Jannisha Francis
Special to the Times-News


Williams Homecoming Show, "George Behind Enemy Lines," will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Williams High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5. [Lucas Cecil / Special to the Times-News

   William High School is buzzing with excitement for its annual Homecoming Show.
Williams students will perform “George: Behind Enemy Lines” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Williams High School Auditorium, 1307 S. Church St., Burlington. Lucas Cecil, Williams chorus teacher, will serve as the artistic director.
Josiah Edwards and Lily Russell, both seniors, will play George and Georgette, respectively.
“This is my third year in the homecoming show and it means the world to me to play the lead, Georgette.” Russell said. “We have worked really hard to turn it around from years past and I believe it’s going to be a great show this year.”
Alexa LaPierre, senior, wrote this year’s show, which will be directed by Brianna Roman, also a senior. The show features George Bulldog, William’s star quarterback, as he gets redistricted by rival Asheboro Blue Comets right before the big Homecoming game.
“George does get redistricted. It turns him into a jerk, but he finds his read more…

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