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Student writing contest open to grades 3 through 12


   Burlington Writers Club’s 2018 Student Contest is open to all Alamance County students who attend a public, charter, church-sponsored, private or home school from grades 3 through 12.
Deadline for entries to be mailed by teachers is Feb. 17.
Categories include poetry and fiction. First-, second-, third-place and honorable mentions will be recognized with Certificates of Merit and trophies at an awards ceremony in April.
   For more details and mailing instructions, visit or call contest chairwoman Belinda Smith at 336-343-9969.

Showcasing talents: Eastern Alamance High School’s Winter Dance Concert is Dec. 17

By Karissa Ruiz
Special to the Times-News

   MEBANE — The Winter Dance Concert on Dec. 17 is an opportunity for Eastern Alamance High School dance students to “showcase what we have learned throughout the year to our friends and family,” said sophomore Ava Pearson.
The show is at 3 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 4040 Mebane Rogers Road.
A combination of all grade and skill levels as well as Eastern’s dance team will be performing. The students prepare for the concert at the beginning of the semester by learning various movement phrases. The movements are awarded to each class based on their obtainment of each dance. Students must learn to retain the movements and an understanding of the art within a semester. Perfection is not sought throughout these weeks, but each dancer puts in their best effort to assure they receive the most opportunities to display their talents.
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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…

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