Over the past two years, North Carolina saw the largest increase in participation in the federal Women, Infants and Children program, according to an October study by the Food Research & Action Center. The WIC program provides nutrition, breastfeeding and food information resources to pregnant women and mothers with young children.
CHCCS middle school teacher Brandon Cartagena's teaching philosophy centers on the preservation of Hispanic culture, he said. Though he teaches social studies lessons in Spanish, not every student he teaches has a Hispanic background. For him, Cartagena said, teaching content in Spanish is a way to learn the language other than explicitly having language lessons.
Jason McCarter, the owner of Craftboro Brewing Depot, said that the brewery's third anniversary happened to be close to Germany’s Oktoberfest celebrations. So, he decided to fuse the two together.
"Freedom Hill" was directed by Resita Cox, a filmmaker and UNC alumna. The film is a documentary on environmental racism and its effects on Princeville, N.C. Princeville has experienced repeated flooding following hurricanes, and the majority-Black residents of the town were often forced to live close to the flood-prone Tar River.
The local League of Woman Voters chapter will celebrate its 75th anniversary this Thursday at the Stone Center. The League aims to provide nonpartisan resources to voters and to engage people in civic participation. The local chapter, founded in Chapel Hill in 1947, will invite national League Vice President Jennifer Rubin to speak at the event.
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. At this time, the only known cure for sickle cell disease is receiving bone marrow transfusions from a close family member. Gene therapy, which uses the patient's own cells, is currently considered experimental. “Basic science and clinical research – both will help us better take care of a brand new population of adults that have sickle cell disease,” Dr. Jane Little, director of UNC's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease program, said.
Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, founded by the Southern AIDS Coalition in 2019, was celebrated on Aug. 20 to help spark conversations about HIV and reduce the stigma surrounding the virus in the South.
Pristine Onuoha, a rising senior at East Chapel Hill High School, won the Genes in Space Challenge on July 28. Her genetic research experiment concerning telomeres will be launched into space next year.
This June, three members of UNC fraternity Pi Kappa Phi — Ethan Mou, Cole Bright and Bo Bell — set out on a 3700-mile cross-country cycling marathon to raise awareness for people with disabilities.