Greetings Fellow Alumni,
Our 57th homecoming celebration was a reflection of the words in our alma mater, a song which still evokes emotions as it is sung at the closing of our homecoming banquets.

It was that song that led to the sucessful placement of a monument on the old school grounds. The monument is stately and eye-catching.  Since Homecoming 2015, many alumni and their families have stopped to admire the monument and to read the inscriptions on the bricks that surround the monument.  The first row of bricks that surround the monument were scavenged from the rear of the high school building on the campus prior to its' demolition in 1996.

We are continuing to provide an opportunity for alumni and their families to purchase a legacy brick as long as there is room.    We have uploaded a copy of the flyer for use in purchasing a brick which can be found below.   There is space for several more rows around the monument and hopefully, in time, bricks will be purchased to completely cover the cement sub-base.
Other information pertaining to homecoming will also be posted on this  We will be updating information on a regular schedule. So, please log onto our site on a regular basis.
Thank you for your patience and hope to see you soon!
Stay Connected
Website is updated on a regular basis.
If you have news to share, please email      cmheath@gotricounty.com

Updated Monday, Feb. 17, 2020



Membership Rosters                       
Belhaven Alumni Club
President:  Cynthia M. Heath                                        
Vice President:  Rydia M.  Spencer                    
Secretary:  Valery Fonville                                    
Treasurer:  Betty Green
Bertha G. Baker     
Beatrice C. Smith          
Velma D. Murray    
Donald O'Neal          
Jeffery Windley      
Lillie S. White              
Mary C. Bullock   
Joyce C. Johnson    
Willie Spencer
Dimple Oneal
Onika Slade-Credle
Ricky Credle
Brenda Cherry
Kimberly Manning
Delray Jennette
Sophia McCloud
Ashley Meeks
Tammie Griffin
Joyce Oneal
Felisa Spencer
Updated Tues., April 30, 2019

Updated  Tues., Feb. 4, 2019
Friday, May 8, 2020
7:00 PM

Annual Banquet: 7:00 PM

Mary Ebron Grimes, Class of 1970 to deliver keynote address
Tickets: $35 - Purchase by April 22nd reserves a copy of the souvenir book and guarantees banquet accommodations;                                  

See any club member or mail monies to
C. M. Heath                                                            
P. O. Box 121                                                 
Belhaven, NC 27810
$40 for tickets purchased after April 22nd

Guests who purchase tickets in advance are asked to arrive by 6:45 PM for seating.
 Special guests - Classes of 1950, 1960, 1070, 1980 and 1990

Boys & Girls Club on the former BHS campus

Tickets nonrefundable unless special circumstances arise.
Please do not  exchange tickets  without approval of the Club.

As in previous years, a packet will be prepared and labelled with the name of the person  who purchased the ticket(s).  To avoid confusion, the packet cannot be picked up by any  other person with-out the approval of the Club before the Banquet.           

Your co-operation is greatly  appreciated.

Saturday, May 9, 2020
11:00 AM

Parade Begins PROMPTLY
Formation begins at 9:30 AM
Please contact  Brenda Cherry(947 - 5889), Ashley Meeks or any club member for additional info.

Parade formation begins on Railroad Street
All children must be in the supervision of an adult and must wear a helmet if riding on a bike, motorcycle, etc.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

11:00 AM  - 5:00 PM

Alumni Festival
Please contact  Delray Jennette(495 – 3258),  Valery Fonville (964 – 2080), Onika Credle (943 – 4765)   or any club member  for a registration form or for  additional info.
Old BHS School Grounds
225 West Pantego St.
Health Department regulations for food vendors apply.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
10: 00

Alumni Worship Service, 10: 00 AM

Bishop Leon Windley, Class of 1970, Guest Preacher
St. Reddick M B Church
586 Pantego Street

Posted Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

The theme for Homecoming 2020, our 58th celebratory year is

Renewing Friendships, Rekindling the BHS Spirit

Stay Connected
Updates for the celebration will be posted on Club's website on a regular basis.  Log on for updates.

WANTED a few more alumni, patrons and friends to purchase a memorial brick         to complete the square surrounding the Belhaven High School Monument
which was dedicated during the 53rd homecoming celebration.  The first row
of bricks surrounding the monument  con-sists of  bricks that were salvaged prior
to demolition of the building housing grades 6 - 12.

Attendance at the banquet  continues to surpass our expectations. To insure seating and other acommodations, we have instituted  special plans so that those who have purchased tickets in advance will be served first.  If you want to be  assured of a meal and a souvenir book, please purchase your banquet ticket by April 4th.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

No extra souvenir books will be available
during or after homecoming if not reserved in advance.

To purchase banquet tickets, see any club member or mail to C. Heath, PO Box 121, Belhaven, NC 27810.

58th Homecoming Celebration of the Belhaven General Alumni Association
May 8th – 10th, 2020
Order Form(Optional)
Name:                                                                                       Class Year___________



All items will be available for pickup at banquet.  If purchased by mail, a receipt will be mailed. Items may be purchased at the door as available.
Description of Items # Purchased Cost per Item Total Cost
Banquet Ticket(s) which guarantees a  complimetary copy of the Alumni Bulletin if purchased by April 22th and an opportunity to win a door prize.  See any club member or mail to the address below.
  $35 if purchased by April 22nd; $40 if purchased after April 22nd


Alumni Bulletin (extra copy)...due by                April 22, 2020
  $22 per book (note price increase)  
Ad for Alumni Bulletin
Please include the layout and other information  for your  ad.   All pictures will be scanned and returned.

Pricing listed is for black & white; color is double the price for black and white.

Monies due by April 20, 2020.

  quarter page:
$30, B & W
$60 color
  half page:
$40, B & W
$80 color
  full page:
$50, B & W
$100 color
               Business Card:               $20, B & W
$40 color
Vendor Space on School Grounds
Please contact  Delray Jennette(495 – 3258),  Valery Fonville (964 – 2080), Onika Credle (943 – 4765)   or any club member  for a registration form or for  additional info.
  Class Reunions  $30  
Food Vendors  $40
Nonfood Vendors  $35
Brick for Monument, due by April 1st, 2020 to be installed by May 8,2020   $50 per single brick
$100 per double brick
Donation (tax deductible, receipt will be provided)      
  Total Amount Enclosed_______________________
                                                                                                                                   Checks or money orders payable to the Belhaven Alumni Club;  Monies may be collected by any member of the Belhaven  Club or Mailed  to  Cynthia M. Heath,   P.O. Box 121, Belhaven, NC 27810.  Receipts will be issued.

Updated Tues., Feb. 4, 2019
Updated Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Updated Tues., April 30, 2019

To rent canopies, tables and chairs, contact
Grand Rental Station                                                        
6195 Hwy 264 West                                                            
Washington, NC                                                               
252 - 974 - 1030
To reserve banquet tables, please purchase at least 6 tickets by My 1, 2019.   To guarantee a souvenir book, please purchase by April 4, 2019.  If you purchase a banquet ticket by April 20th, you will automatically receive a souvenir book. 

Additionals books may be purchased for $22(shipping inluded).  Note price increase.
To purchase tickets, see any club member or mail to C. Heath.

Updated Tues., Feb. 4, 2019
Updated Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Please complete and return by April 1, 2020 for installation prior to homecoming.

Customer Name:  _________________________________


Phone: _______________________________________

Inscription for brick:
Line 1                              
Line 2                              
Line 3                              

18 letters per line including spaces (up to 3 lines)

Please make checks payable and mail to:
Belhaven Alumni Club
P.O. Box 121
Belhaven, NC 27810

If you purchase a double brick, there will be six lines for imprinting.  The cost of a double brick is $100.

Updated Tues., Feb. 4, 2019

The Belhaven Alumni Club is still offering memorial bricks to memorialize and/or honor Belhaven High School alumni, teachers and patrons again this year .  The unveiling of this memorial took place May 9, 2015 on the grounds where the former Belhaven High School and later the Belhaven Elementary School stood.  The monument is stately and regal.  Many alumni and their families have stopped to inspect the monument and to locate their brick.  We have some space remaining and hope to eventually cover the entire cement sub-base with legacy bricks.
The first row of bricks that encircle the monument were scavenged from the high school building as it was being demolished in 1997.

Bricks may be purchased by completing the form accompanying this information and sending the form and $50.00 for each brick to the address below.   A double brick can be purchased for $100 and will contain 6 lines.  Donations will also be accepted and will be acknowledged.    All purchases must be made byApril 1st if they are to be installed by homecoming 2020.

Questions about the program may be addressed to any member of the Belhaven Alumni Club.

Posted Sat., Nov. 26, 2016
Updated Feb. 16, 2018
Updated Feb. 17, 2020
Solicitation of Ads for the souvenir bulletin has begun!
Whole Page"  $50 b&@; $100 color
Half Page: $40 b&w; $80 color
Quarter Page: $30 b&w; $60 color
Business Card: $20 b&W; $40 color

A purchase of $30+ guarantees a copy of the souvenir booklet.

Please complete the form below if  you are interested in purchasing space for a congratulatory, memorial or business ad.


Mailing Address:____________________________________________________


Email Address:_____________________________________________________

Phone Number:____________________________________________________

Size of Ad:________________________________________________________

Please provide a sketch of your ad in the space below.   If you have a logo or atwork, please attach.  All photos will be scanned and returned.

Please make check/money order payable to Belhaven Alumni Club.  Contact any member or mail to Cynthia Heath
                             P. O. Box 121
                             Belhaven, NC 27810

Monies must be received by April 20, 2020.

Thanks for your support.

Updated Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

57th Belhaven Homecoming Celebration
May 10 - 12, 2019

Vendor Registration Form & Fees
Location:  225 West Pantego Street
        Belhaven, NC 27810
Ø  All vendor fees are non-refundable. 
Ø  Absolutely no unattended vehicles may be left on the festival grounds the night before the festival.
Ø  Vendor Registration Forms must be returned by April 30, 2019. 
Ø  You must provide your own tent, tables etc.
Ø  Set-up will begin @ 7:00 am on May 11, 2018.
Ø  Please provide a detailed description of your booth items on the form.
Ø  Vendors will have from 5-7 p.m. to pack-up.  All vendors must be off festival grounds by 8 p.m.  Each area will be inspected for trash.
Ø  Each vendor is responsible for leaving the vendor area in the condition that it was originally received, i.e. removal of all debris such as boxes and trash.  
Ø  The Belhaven Alumni Club is not liable for any accidents.

Last Name:      _____________________  First Name: ______________________ MI:  ___


Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________     State:  _______    Zip Code:   _________


Telephone (              )   _________________________

Vendor Spaces of 20' x 20'are available as follows:
  $40 for food vendors                                              $35 for all other vendors
  $30for class reunions (no sales)

Mail application and monies to Valery Fonville, P. O. Box 41, Belhaven, NC 27810. 
Make checks payable to the Belhaven Alumni Club.
Additional information: 
*Vendor Status:    Profit                                           Non-profit   (must be completed)
For further information or application, please contact the following:
 Valery Fonville(964 – 2080 or  Delray Jennette(405 – 3258)  or  Onika Credle (943 – 4765)
Each person is responsible for contacting Grand Rental Station @ 252-974-1030 to rent tables, tents, chairs.
Health Department regulations for food vendors apply.

Updated Tues., Feb. 4, 2019

Contact Info for Vendors for Commercial Floats

Mark Harris
Cell:    919-410-5543
Home: 919-528-1763
Email:  trianglefloat@yahoo.com
Cost: $700

Triangle Float Co.
3006 Hwy 96
Franklinton, NC 27525
Phone: 919 528 2076
Cost:  Unknown at this time

Clyde Naylor at (252)717 - 3556                                                                          
Cost:  $400(slight increase)


Anyone desiring a commercial float should contact either of the three vendors listed above.

Posted Sat., Feb. 8, 2014
Updated Sat., Feb. 15, 2014



No hotel rooms have been blocked for this year's celebration.
If you are in need of housing, the following hotels are located in Washington and may have vacancies:
Days Inn............................(252)946-4141
Hampton Inn.....................(252)940-4556
Quality Inn.........................(252)946-5500
Washington Motel..............(252)946-5161
Several of the hotels listed above will provide discounts if you are a government employee  or member of AARP.

In previous years, some homeowners rented accomodations for the week-end.  We will post information as it becomes available.

Posted Thurs., April 11, 2013
Updated Fri., Feb. 21, 2014
It's About Time
In March of 1946, a small contingent of concerned citizens from Belhaven's Black com-munity appeared before the Beaufort County Board of Education requesting the establishment of a high school in Belhaven as there were enough students to warrant their request.  Their request was granted and not only was this a landmark decision but it was also the year in which completion of an additional year(grade 12) became a requirement for graduation from the Beaufort County Schools.
Belhaven High School opened its doors in the Fall of 1946 and remained opened until Sep-tember 1968. During its' existence, students and alumni became highly successful and respectable citizens throughout the country winning many accolades.  The Belhaven School District for Black students was expanded in the mid- thirties to encompass the students residing in the Leech-ville, Winsteadville, Sidney and Haslin neigh-borhoods.  The district was expanded again  in the mid-fifties to absorb Black students living in the Bath School District.
 Labor Day 2014 will commemorate 46 years since the doors of Belhaven High School closed due to a federal injunction requiring the dismantling of the  dual school system in Beaufort County, North Carolina.  The Board of Educa-tion complied immediately resulting in the renaming and realignment of schools and the transfer of students and teachers throughout the System.
Thus, the 1968 - 1969 school year began with the former Belhaven High School campus and buildings designated as Belhaven Elementary School housing grades 1 - 6.  Students and teachers of grades 7 - 12 were reassigned to John A. Wilkinson High School.
Since that time, BHS alumni and families have preserved the legacy of Belhaven High School as we have continued to gather annually in May for homecoming celebrations. What an accom-plishment though Belhaven High School exists only as a memory preserved in the minds and hearts of its former students, surviving teachers and patrons and as pictures in the archives maintained by the Belhaven Alumni Club!
Each year as former students of BHS blend their voices in singing the school song, they are flooded with memories of high school days gliding swiftly by and of  our strong bonds formed that shall never be broken.
Progress on activities surrounding the historical monument along with plans for Homecoming 2015 will be uploaded on  the Club's website  on a regular basis.  Keep checking us out!      

Posted Mon., Sept. 1, 2014    
Reminder - Deadline to purchase a brick is April 1, 2020.

Thanks to all who have purchased a brick or donated funds for the monument which was unveiled during Homecoming 2015.

A special plea to alumni scholars who are no longer attending school and their families are asked to make a special donation toward preserving the legacy of Belhaven High School. 

Bricks may be purchased in honor of a living person or in memory of a deceased person who is a former student, staff member, teacher or administrator of the former Belhaven High School.  If you are the descendant of one of the following, we invite you to purchase a brick or donate to the purchase of the monument.

Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us for another historic celebration.  You don't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Posted Sun., Nov. 16, 2014
Updated Mon.,Feb. 17, 2020

BHS Monument
BHS Monument
A view of the tile atop the monument
A view of the tile atop the monument
The monument surrounded by imprinted bricks.  Project funded by alumni and patrons of the former Belhaven High School
The monument surrounded by imprinted bricks. Project funded by alumni and patrons of the former Belhaven High School
Due to the large number of email errors that I have continued to receive, updates will not be emailed to individuals unless you have verified that your email account is current.  

The last few emails that have been sent to alumni and patrons on our list mail have been returned stating that the address is not correct.  If you would like to remain or be added to our list, please send an occasional email with your correct or preferred address.

Thank you for your interest but it is time-consuming to "search" for the incorrect address.


The Dates:  May 8 - 10, 2020

The Event:  58th Homecoming Celebration

The Guests:  former BHS students and their families, guests and descendants;  former JAW students(1968 - 1989), survivng teachers and NHS former students

Special Guests - Classes of 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980 and the Class of 1990 which was the first class to graduate after merger of Wilkinson and Bath High Schools


Please check our website for details about each event during the Celebration.


If you are planning to attend the banquet, please purchase your ticket by April 20th to guarantee a copy of the souvenir book.  We will have a limited number of copies printed due to printing costs.  If you do not purchase in advance, we cannot guarantee a book but the early bird gets the worm.  However, we are asking that you purchase your ticket ASAP prior to the banquet.


We are on our way to the printers by April 25th.  If you are planning to purchase an ad, please do so by April 20th.


We have also compiled an order for additional bricks to be placed around the monument.  If you are purchasing a brick, please do so by  as we will email our order on April 1st to guarantee return and installation before homecoming.


Please join us and if you cannot, please say a prayer for the success of the celebration.


We are also asking that you help us to spread the word about our 58th Celebration.


Thanks for all you to do!

Updated Fri., Feb. 17, 2020
In search of a vendor for professional floats -
Clyde Naylor

Posted Fri., April 8, 2016

Banquet Tickets will become available for purchase on March 10th.  The price, $35 if purchased by April 20th, will increase to $40 if purchased after April 20th.

Solicitations for the purchase of ad space in our souvenir journal is in progress.  See any member to purchase or mail money and information to be included in the ad to cmheath@gotricounty.com.   Deadline is April 20th.

Vendor space is also available for rent during the Alumni Festival.   See contact information on this page and other information.

Hope to see you in a few weeks.

Posted Mon., Fe.b. 4, 2019
Updated Feb. 17, 2020
Be mindful of our deadlines.  We will do our best to acommodate those who provide advance notice to
1.  Insure seating at the banquet = last year, we had standing room only;
2.  Reserve a souvenir book via purchase of a banquet ticket and/or special purchase of souvenir book = no extra books will be available at the banquet or after homecoming due to printing costs;
3l  Space for class reunions and vendors will be reserved;
4.  Food vendors will have completed documentation as required by the Dept. of Health;

Thank you for your assistance!

Posted Tues., April 2, 2019

Looking for parade entires from HBCUs.  Last year, a student attending ECU introduced the idea of alumni from the various colleges sponsored a parade entry.  The entries consisted of various vehicles adorned in the school colors and emblazoned with the school's name and an oversized replica of the school's mascot.
Hopefully, we can repeat this for 2019 and perhaps, make it an annual addition to the parades.   

Posted Mon., April 30, 2019

We are monitoring the situation with the viral pandemic and will decide shortly as we have deadlines for the publishing of our souvenir book and finalizing the head count with the caterer.

Be safe.  Be vigilant.

Posted Mon., Mar. 16, 2020
Alumni Reflections on  Homecoming 2020                                                            

 Normally,  we would all be recuperating from a fun-filled week-end in which we enjoyed the company of our former schoolmates, friends, family and acquaint-tances.  Plans were coming together very well.  The caterer had been contracted, our keynote speakers for the banquet and worship service had committed to serving as had numerous others who were joining us for the 58th Annual Homecoming Celebration.
It was after deep consideration that plans were halted and we went into a wait-and-see mode.  Once the Governor of North Carolina began imposing bans on mass gatherings, we waited with hopes that COVID-19 would be under control by the third week in April.  Of course, it was not and we suspended all plans.
By this time, we had received monies for ad spaces in our souvenir bulletin, banquet ticket and legacy brick purchases, vendor spaces for the festival and donations to the scholarship fund.  We refunded monies for the ads, vendor spaces and banquet tickets and we appreciate those of you who instructed us to keep the money which we transferred into our Scholarship Fund.
The legacy bricks were ordered and have been installed.  We are still accepting pur-chases as we need 16 bricks to complete a partially filled column as a result of the last installation. Please spread the word about this special opportunity.
 Much has happened since Homecoming 2019.  Thirty-six links were removed from our family chain.  On Saturday, May 9, 2020 another link was removed with the passing of Ramona Clark, the daughter of  the late James and Rosetta Spencer Clark.  Ra-mona was the mother of Shelton, Esther and one other daughter.  She was sister to Michael Spencer and Darlena Clark and one other sister.
No decision on rescheduling Homecoming 2020 has been made as we have been unable to meet since March.  As soon as it is safe, we will resume meeting and make some decisions.  We appreciate all of the inquiries and suggestions but safety is important and we know that we will all enjoy each other but too risky to our health.  We will do something but not on the scale as we had originally planned. Date to be announced.
The past 2 weeks have been a weird experience.  Usually, we see grills gleam-ing in yards in preparation for backyard cook-outs and all over town, the odor of freshly cut grass permeated the air.  There is a flurry of phone calls among members to confirm and reaffirm head counts,  lo-cating a source for chairs and tables, lining of the vendor spaces, stuffing alumni pack-ets for distribution and noticing cars with out-of-state license plates  cruising throughout town.  The air of excitement was noticeably missing but there is always next year.  Lord willing it to be so.

58thHomecoming Celebration
hosted by the
Belhaven  Alumni Club

In  Memory of  Those Who Left Us Since Homecoming 2019
                                                       The Train of LIfe                                                                                                                                         
At birth, we boarded the train of life and met our parents, and we believed that they would always travel by our side. However, at some station, our parents would step down from the train, leaving us on life's journey alone.
As time goes by, some significant people will board the train: siblings, other children, friends, and even the love of our life.

                                                                                       Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum.  Others will go so unnoticed that we won't realize that they vacated their seats! This train ride has been a mixture of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.
A successful journey consists of having a good relationship with all passengers, requiring that we give the best of ourselves. The mystery that prevails is that we do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.  Thus, we must try to travel along the track of life in the best possible way -- loving, forgiving, giving, and sharing.

When the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty -- we should                               leave behind beautiful memories for those who continue to travel on the train of life.

 Let’s remember to thank our Creator for giving us life to participate in this journey
  1. Alonza Weston Jr
  2. Nathaniel Ebron, ‘75
  3. Ethel Swindell Robinson, ‘54
  4. Robert Winstead
  5. Pastor Jimmy Boyd, ‘58
  6. Pamela Foster Tetterton, ‘81
  7. David Poppy Sales
  8. Pamela Holloway Satterthwaite
  9. Arlene Naomi Reid Woodruff, ‘89
  10. Clara Foster
  11. Delores Murray Flynn, ‘68
  12. Alma Marie Davis Whitaker, ‘49
  13. Ida Ruth Barrow
  14. Carl W. Foster
  15. Minne Murray Greene
  16. Ina Ruth O’neal
  17. James Snookie Clark
  18. Sylvia Freeman Sanders, ‘52
  19. Ira McCloud Jr ‘54
  20. Teresa Boyd, ‘68
  21. Carl Winfield, ‘56
  22. Melvin Topping
  23. Robert “Bob Fellow” Palmer, ‘59
  24. Anturus Delane Murray, ‘90
  25. Eleanor Morris Taylor, ‘53
  26. Vincent Murray Sr, ‘77
  27. Gloria Singleton Edwards
  28. Charlotte Boyd, ‘66
  29. Jesse Lee Selby
  30. Lahoma Ruth Arthur, ‘87
  31. Lucy Stanley, 1999
  32. George Edward Winfield Sr
  33. Janice Lee Rodman, ‘85
  34. Eunice Rae Oden, ‘60
  35. Onnie  Mae Fonville Spencer
  36. Evangeline Worrell Howard, ‘62

Acknowledgement of Donations to our Scholarship Fund , 2020
Lavondus Swindell, ’54                     St. Reddick Missionary Baptist Church
Class of 1989                                     Willie R. Satchell, ‘74
Misa Raynor, Attorney-at-Law           Gwendolyn Whitaker Harkley, ‘68
Estate of Alma D. Whitaker, ’49        Wanda W. Wilkinson, ‘70
Cynthia M. Heath, ’64                       Ametro Bellamy Samuels
In previous years, our annual scholarship was presented during the Alumni Banquet.  Though the banquet for this year was cancelled, we are still prepared to award scholarships and will announce our selections as soon as we can meet and  formally select the recipients.
Donations are welcomed at all times.                                   

COVID-19 Update 
                                                                                                                                 At this time, we are pleased to announce that there are no known persons in the Town of Belhaven who have tested positive for the corona virus.  Beaufort County still has a low infection rate and it was only two weeks ago that Hyde County announced its’ first posi-tive test.  Prayerfully, these numbers will not increase and a vaccine will be found resulting in less infections and the global loss of lives. Be safe and be vigilant as the medical com-munity is still issuing warnings about the possibility of a new wave of infections in the Fall.   
                                                                                                                                  In a few weeks, our focus will be on hurricane as the season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th which brings with it a certain level of anxiety.  The shelves in our stores are empty of basic products – food and nonfood.  It is difficult to find general sanitizing sup-plies, paper towels and bath-room tissue.  If they are available, customers are being limited as to the number of  product items that they can purchase at one time.     
                                                                                                                                     As we follow the guidance of the government and medical community, let us remember those who are on the front lines daily and their families as well.                                                                                                                            

Schools have been closed since early March.  Teachers have been providing remote learn-ing and homework packets for those without internet access.  Breakfast and lunch have been provided daily at sites located throughout the county.

The 2020 Census
The enumeration of all residents of the United States was scheduled for this year.  Postcards had been delivered to every resi-dence with instructions for completing the short survey and given 3 options for responding – phone, mail and on-line.   The initial responses were very low and training for door-to-door enumerators was scheduled to begin in Belhaven during the first week of quarantine.   A new date for training has not been scheduled.
Hopefully, all members of our alumni family have responded. The results of the survey are important as they are used to:
  1. determine how many seats each state gets in the U S House of Repre-sentatives;
  1. determine the more than $675 billion are spent supporting vital programs in each state, county and community;
  1. redraw the boundaries of congress-ional and state legislative districts;

The Cens__ __ is not complete without us!
Taking part is our civic duty and in doing so,  we say “I Count!”

                                                         School’s Out

State leaders announced a few weeks ago that all public schools were closed until the end of April.  As the deadline approached,  it was announced that school was closed for the remainder of the year for face-to-face contact. 

There were lots of decisions to be made as to how to continue to provide instruction for students as well as determining whether students successfully completed the classes and grade levels in which they were enrolled.  Some answers have been provided for the public schools in NC and other states are also wrestling with these same questions. 

With schools closing, students are denied participation in graduation ceremonies, athletic banquets, proms and Awards Day programs.  Many schools have attempted to mediate the lack of these rites of passages.

Students scheduled to graduate are in limbo about continuing their education in the Fall and even those planning to enlist in the military are unsure of their future.  If you have a young person in your family or some other group, reach out to them with a word of encouragement as they are all disappointed and rightfully so.
Also, we are greatly indebted to a lot of people who are on the front line battling this pandemic – entire medical community, cus-todial employees, store clerks, law enforce-ment officers, fire & resuce workers, transit workers, truck drivers, postal employees,  those who stock the shelves with supplies and goods, spiritual leaders, first respond-ers, military personnel and others.  Give them a shoutout when you encounter them

      A Special Meal for You Today                                                                                                                                                               A plate of LOVE                                                                                                             A bowl of PEACE                                                                                                           A spoon of HOPE and                                                                                                   A glass of  PRAYER                                                                               
Enjoy your meal for  YOU  are under God’s care.

Alumni Giving 2019
John Heath, ‘65……………..….$ 50.00
Peggy Spencer, ’68………………20.00
Class of 1989…………...………450.00
Class of 1968………….………..200.00
Class of 1970……………..…….300.00  (in memory of Rose Henderson Windley)
Worship Service………….…….130.00
Mary Davis Washington, ’61…..100.00
Class of 1964……….……….….250.00

Posted Fri., May 15, 2020