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Sep. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: CCCC and veterans

There are many reasons to salute our own Central Carolina Community College, which has been recognized for a multitude of accomplishments in recent years.

Many individuals have benefitted from instruction at the college, including our veterans.

This week, N.C. Sen. Ronald Rabin visited the college, and saluted the college for its efforts. "Central Carolina Community College is a great environment for veterans," he said. "The morale and spirit are great — you can't have learning without that. The programs are right-on, good training coupled with job opportunities when they complete it."

That's a grand compliment from a retired U.S. Army colonel. Rabin spoke to the college's Veterans Club during his visit.

CCCC has been designed as a "Military-Friendly School" by Victory Media Inc., a veteran-owned business. In addition, the college has a Veterans Upward Bound program that assists low-income veterans.

CCCC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Tracy Gross says there are more than 300 veterans enrolled at CCCC campuses and centers.

Our veterans deserve support for their service. It's obvious our college is doing its part to serve our veterans.

THUMBS UP: Battling hunger

This Friday will be the observance of the annual Fletcher Rosser Day in Lee County. Rosser was well-known in many ways. He was known for his work in insurance sales. But, he also gave back to his community in many ways.

A supporter of N.C. State athletics and the local Yellow Jackets (his trademark statement after a Yellow Jacket touchdown was, "How sweet it is!"), he was a founder of the Wednesday Morning Prayer Breakfast at St. Luke United Methodist Church. And, he was a huge supporter of the local Breadbasket, which has fed the hungry in our community for many years. The Breadbasket building is named in honor of Rosser.

On Friday, to honor Rosser, there will be a barbecue to benefit the Breadbasket. Barbecue will be available at lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Tickets are $8.

This is a way to honor one of Sanford's most beloved citizens while helping to make sure that our hungry will continue to be fed thanks to the generosity of those who give and serve at the Breadbasket.

THUMBS UP: Greenwood School and Judy McDonald

There are many aspects to an education. While math and science are critically important, other subjects also carry great weight — including the fine arts.

It is impressive that Greenwood School, with thanks to art teacher Judy McDonald, has put together an art gallery which includes the works from students and professionals.

The project, which includes paintings, photography, jewelry and pottery, has been used by non-art teachers as well. One teacher used a temporary donation to the gallery for a writing exercise.

The fine arts are an important part of the learning process -- and it's impressive to see one local school with its own art gallery as a valuable learning experience for its students.