Newsletter from the Office of Senator Angela R. Bryant


I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door and electronic door are always open to you!  You are also invited to attend any and all Sessions and Committees.  Visit the website for Session and Committee meeting times.  As always, thank you for your support!


  • GRANTS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS: AT&T Sponsors New VGCC Summer Bridge Program; Two Grants Awarded to Support VGCC Agricultural Project from the Tobacco Trust Fund; VGCC Agricultural Project Receives $25,000 Grant; Youth Advisory Board Service Learning Grants Available; Travel Abroad: Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Opportunities Abroad for U.S. K-12 Educators; City Approves Incentive Grant for Vescom

·         LEGISLATIVE NEWS: Annabelle Webb – Youth Legislative Assembly

  • IN THE NEWS (Warren Record; Wilson Times; Henderson Daily Dispatch; The Daily Herald; The Nashville Grapic; Rocky Mount Telegram)

·         SIDE NOTE: Senator Bryant’s Interim Oversight and Study Committees

  • SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Facebook and Twitter


April is Financial Literacy Month!


In her article, “Happy Financial Literacy Month” published this April with Forbes, Anna Maria Lusardi stated, “April is Financial Literacy Month. You might suspect there is a problem with financial literacy in America, if an entire month is dedicated to it! And you would be right.” Read the full article here.


NCCEE is working to further financial literacy efforts throughout NC in April and every month! For every $10 contribution made today, we will be able to provide a financial literacy simulation for 10 students. For every $100 contribution made today, we can provide a full day of professional development for 1 teacher, which will benefit up to 150 students in one year alone. NCCEE is an independent charitable organization that does not receive state funding. Your contribution is tax deductible.


Contribute today to support financial education for the youth and future of NC.



It’s financial literacy

month, and

it’s tax season!


Get your class into the financial literacy spirit with these personal finance themed lesson plans free from EconEdLink.


Tic Tac Taxes (gr. 3-5) assists students in identifying various taxes and the services they help governments provide.  

The Mathematics behind Progressive and Regressive Taxes (gr. 9-12) shows the impact of tax structures on households with different incomes.    

Preparing a 1040EZ Income Tax Form (gr. 9-12) explains W-2 forms and how to prepare for filing taxes.   

Check out EconEdLink for more financial literacy resources! And download the April 2016 Financial Literacy Calendar filled with 30-days of resources for every classroom.


Senator Bryant’s Interim Oversight

& Study Committees:


Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety


Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee


Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee


Joint Legislative Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources


Leg. Research Commission Study Committee on Homeless Youth, Foster Care and Dependency


Joint Subcommittee of the Justice and Public Safety Oversight Committee and Health and Human Services on Mental Health Oversight Committee


Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice (Advisor)




·         Arts Council of Wilson Eyes on Main Street: Downtown Wilson will feature International Photography Exhibits from April 9th through July 10th. Opening party, Sat. April 9th at 5pm. Corner of Nash and Douglas Streets.

·         Roanoke Valley Expo, Thurs. April 21, 11:00am-6:00pm, Roanoke Valley, Becker Village Mall.  For questions call 252-537-3513.

·         The Boys and Girls Club of Halifax Wine Tasting Fundraiser: Friday, April 22, 6-8pm, Chockoyotte Country Club, 800 Country Club Road, Weldon. Contact Susan Hodge at 2525321039 or email

·         NC Council of Community Upcoming Trainings 2016:

Friday, May 6th: Ethics;

Thursday, May 12th: Motivational Interviewing and Group Psychotherapy; Thursday, May 19th: Clinical Supervision;

Wednesday-Thursday, May 25th – 26th: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing.

For more information about these events, please email

Warren County Senior Center Activities,  for more information on all of these events call  2522571122 or email

April 23rd – SpringFest, Historic Courthouse Square, Warrenton. June 5th – 11th – 7 day, 6 night trip to New Orleans, LA.

June 17th — Juneteenth Celebration, starting at 11am

June 24th – RAPIDD Picnic, Bullocksville Park, starting at 9am.

·         Create Your Success Skills Training Workshop: Six sessions will complete the training series on the following dates:  April 25, 27, 29 and in May 2, 3, & 4, 2016.  Persons completing the six sessions will receive a VGCC-HRD Unit Credit; and a Skills Training Certificate.  Training will be offered at the Warren County Library.  If additional information is needed, call at (252) 456-9058 or (252) 820-5384.

·         Downtown Alive 2016 Concert Series and Downtown Farmers Market in Historic Downtown Wilson, 207 Green Street behind the City of Wilson Customer Service Center is Wednesday, April 27th. 5:30pm.Call Susan Kellum at 252-399-2228.

·         The Alliance of NC Black Elected Officials (ANCBEO): 11th Annual NC Black Summit on April 21-22, Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley, 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612.  For information email,

·         Volunteer with The Boys & Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties to Build a Playground. More than 200 volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 23 from 7:45am-3pm. Buck Leonard Park, 929 South Grace Street. Rocky Mount, N.C. RSVP to Wendy Brabble,

·         Medicaid Expansion and Reform: Legislative Forum Honoring the Memory of Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum, April 26th at 6:30 – 8:30pm. Auditorium, Criminal Justice  Building on the campus of NCCU.  Contact the Coalition for Health Care of North Carolina at or (571) 334-8265.

·         The Wright’s Center Board of Directors and Advisory Committee 27th Anniversary Gala Celebration: Thurs. April 28; 6pm at the R.T. McCarter Fellowship Center – 225 S. Glendale Avenue Rocky Mount, N.C. RSVP by April 15th. For tickets and more call 252-442-8363.

·         EastPointe The Effects of Heroin and Our Community: Thurs. April 28th, 6pm-7pm, Nash Community College, 522 N. Old Carriage Road, B Building Auditorium Room 2101. To register contact Brooke Mickelson at 252-407-2402. 

·         EastPointe Youth Mental Health First Aid 8-hour course:  Fri. April 29th and May 2nd Two Day Course. 9:30 Registration and Program at 10:00-3:00pm. Greene Central High School, 140 School Drive Media Room, Snow Hill.  To register contact Brooke Mickelson at 252-407-2402. 

·         Commissioner’s Budget Calendar – Meetings in Armory Civic Center

May 2nd – Presentation of Proposed FY 2016-17 Budget

June 13th – Public Hearing at 5:45pm

June 22nd – Special meeting to adopt FY 2016-17 Budget ordinance

EastPointe Anxiety Disorders: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way:  Thurs. May 5, 10:00am – 11:00am, Eastpointe Rocky Mount Site, Meeting Hall, 500 Nash Medical Arts Mall. To register contact Brooke Mickelson at 252-407-2402. 

Eastern NC Black Girls Rock: Fri. May 13, 7-10pm, Speaker Judge Ericka James, 8th District Court Judge, Flame Restaurant and Banquet Center, 2301 Neuse Blvd, New Bern. For ticket information contact Lindia Hughes at 917-539-3042

·         The Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities 2016 Quarterly Meeting: Mon. May 16 from 1-3pm; Wednesday, Aug 10th from 1-3pm and Tuesday, Nov. 29th from 1-3pm. All meetings will be held at the Eastpointe, 500 Nash Medical Arts Mall, Meeting Hall. For more information, please contact Action Planning team members Michele Cherry with Vidant Edgecombe Hospital at

·         Esquires for Education Inc. Summer Camp: Golf and Swim Lessons: Monday, June 20th-Friday, June 24th OR Monday, June 27th-Friday, July 1st from 9:00am-3:00pm at Beechwood Country Club,  205 Country Club Road, Ahoskie, NC 27910. Registration closes March 3rd. For registration email or call 252-325-4676.

·         North Carolina Military Business Center – Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium: Two locations: Tuesday, June 7th; Medical: Support to the Warfighter, NC State Univ. and Wednesday, June 8th – Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter, NC Biotechnology Center, Hamner Conference Center. For more information and to register for this event, please visit

·         Esquires for Education Inc.: Now recruiting for Character and College Prep Program.  For more information, email or call (252) 325-4676.

·         2016 N.C. Rural Assembly by The Rural Center: Monday-Tuesday, September 26th-27th. For more information, please call (919) 250-4314.





Golden Leaf Foundation Grant

The Golden Leaf Board of Directors voted to provide $175,000 to the Weldon City School System to fund professional development and student and teach devices at Weldon Middle School. Golden LEAF has provided a number of school districts with assistance in acquiring and deploying devices, as well as professional development and other support.   As the State moves toward digital learning, we have engaged thorough evaluations to help advise districts like Weldon in how to make sure that the maximum benefit is obtained for measurable goals such as increased attendance, higher graduation rates, and better test scores. This digital learning investment will help the middle school students be prepared to matriculate to a STEM High School with two academies:  Health Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing.


AT & T Sponsors New Vance-Granville Community College Summer Bridge Program



VGCC’s new ‘VanGuarantee’ to help area residents afford higher education

Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of VGCC, announced a major new commitment to eliminate financial barriers to higher education for residents of Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties. Williams said a new need-based scholarship program, called the “VanGuarantee,” is designed to cover tuition, student fees and textbooks for eligible students whose financial needs are unmet by federal financial aid and other means of support. She made the announcement at a meeting of the VGCC Board of Trustees and was joined by school superintendents and members of the boards of education from the four counties served by the college. Click on this link for more details in the  — the VanGuarantee.



Two Grants Awarded to Support Vance-Granville Community College Agricultural Project from the Tobacco Trust Fund


VGCC’s “Cultivating and Growing Agricultural Communities” project has received a pair of $25,000 grants:


The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission has awarded a $25,000 grant to Vance-Granville Community College to support students in a pair of training programs.


The grant, for a project entitled “Cultivating and Growing Agricultural Communities,” will help cover the cost of tuition and other fees for eligible students in the “NC REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship” and


“Heavy Equipment Operator” courses offered by VGCC. Grant funding will also support instructional staff, marketing and supplies related to the programs. Learn more by clicking on the link provided.N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.


Vance-Granville Community College Agricultural Project Receives $25,000 Grant

Vance-Granville Community College has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Rural Community College Agricultural Cooperative Initiative, with funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


The grant is for a project entitled “Cultivating and Connecting Agricultural Communities” that seeks to strengthen agricultural cooperative partnerships in Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties. A different component of the same project received grant funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Read more by clicking on the link provided Rural Community College Agricultural Cooperative Initiative/USDA.



    Youth Advisory Board                    
Service Learning Grants Available


Inform your principal or superintendent about this opportunity. The Grant applications for the 2016 State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Service-Learning Grant program are now open. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000 and Request for Proposals (RFPs) must be submitted online by Friday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Complete details and contact information are available at


Grant requests must focus on one of the following issue areas, chosen by the YAB. The list has been refined to better align with the needs of those applying for grants:

  • Community Safety and Justice
  • Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap
  • Economic Empowerment and Financial literacy
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Health and Wellness
  • Arts and Culture

To be eligible to receive a grant from the YAB, applying organizations must be a registered 501(c)3 organization, public K-12, charter, or higher education institution within the United States. _______________________________________________________________________

Travel Abroad: Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program

Opportunities Abroad for U.S. K-12 Educators


Announcing the launch of the 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program  Online Application for U.S. K-12 educators! Are you a U.S.:

  • Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
  • Guidance counselor?
  • Curriculum specialist?
  • Gifted and Talented or Special Education coordinator?
  • Media specialist/librarian?
  • Other type of K-12 educator who spends at least 50% of your time working with students?

You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 2-8 weeks via the Fulbright Program!


Through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, U.S. K-12 teachers and educators can apply for grants to engage in 2-8 week collaborative projects abroad. Participants consult with and support projects with schools, non-profit organizations, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations abroad. The grant award funds travel costs, lodging, meals, local transportation, and related costs. 


Teachers may travel to: Botswana, India, Mexico, or Vietnam. Click here to view individual project summaries for details on program opportunities. 




Application deadlines:

April 18, 2016 (Summer 2016 programs)

May 9, 2016 (Fall 2016 programs)  


Eligibility Requirements:   

Application Info:


This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.



City Approves Incentive Grant for Vescom

The Daily Dispatch

A wallcovering and upholstery company with its U.S. headquarters on Ross Mill Road in Henderson will expand with the help of incentive grants from Vance County and Henderson.

The Henderson City Council unanimously approved a $175,337 grant to Vescom at the Council’s meeting Monday night.

City Manager Frank Frazier said the incentive grant is consistent with the city’s strategic plan, which includes increasing investment in the city and retaining jobs.

Read more about this great opportunity at





Annabelle Webb

Youth Legislative Assembly – April 1- 3rd



Annabelle Webb of Henderson, NC was sponsored by Sen. Bryant to participate in the Youth Legislative Assembly during the weekend of April 1st – 3rd.  She attended mock sessions, a banquet, dinner and dance throughout the weekend. The students stayed at the Brownestone Hotel in Raleigh.


“It was an extremely enjoyable experience that prepared me for my future in politics.  I am beyond blessed to have worked with the people that I will work with for the rest of my life. 




I gained a better understanding of the bill to law process in action.  I would like to thank Sen Angela Bryant for this great opportunity”, says Annabelle.




Warren Record

·         First Baptist Church of Soul City works to minister to community

o   For more than four decades, First Baptist Church of Soul City has strived to serve God and minister to residents of the local community. Newly-elected pastor, the Rev. Lucinda Williams, said that the church currently is working to develop more programs to minister to community residents. Throughout all of its efforts, First Baptist Church of Soul City will strive to prepare its members for works of service


·         Free career, life skills training offered

o   An upcoming free training program will provide a chance for Warren County residents desiring to enter or re-enter the regional labor market to have sustainable career goals and objectives.  People completing the six-day course will be eligible to receive a VGCC-HRD unit credit and a skills training certificate. 


·         Bynum Protest Dismissed

o   The request for an election recount or new election made by a county commissioner candidate has been denied following a seven-hour hearing last week.

·         Norlina board schedules hearing on noise ordinance revisions

o   During its regular monthly meeting Monday night, the Norlina Town Board scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. on May 2 to hear citizen comments on proposed changes to the town noise ordinance. The board discussed tightening the restrictions outlined in the existing ordinance during its March meeting after the town received a number of citizen complaints within several weeks about blaring radios within the town limits. The main concern was that the language of the ordinance was too vague in its definition of what is too loud.


Wilson Times

·         Fitz-Gerald pitches spay-neuter program to county

o   Max Fitz-Gerald, owner of For the Love of Dogs shelter, asked the county commissioners Monday to partner with city officials in an effort to develop a countywide spay and neuter program. Fitz-Gerald, an advocate for animals and supporter of no-kill policies, said the move could reduce the county tax burden, if fewer animals were left in the hands of animal control.—Fitz-Gerald-pitches-spay-neuter-program-to-county

·         Shred-A-Thon planned Saturday

o   The Wilson Police Department will hold its annual Shred-A-Thon event on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Police say the event helps folks to protect themselves against identity theft by shredding pre-approved credit card offers, old bills, out-of-date account statements, check stubs, receipts and other personal documents that include confidential information.—Shred-A-Thon-planned-Saturday


o   Wilson’s pharmaceutical companies join residents in effort to fight hunger  —-HUNGER-FIGHTERS-


Henderson Daily Dispatch

·         GVPH to counties: We need more money

o   During Granville Vance Public Health’s board meeting Tuesday night, Director Lisa Harrison said the department will ask Granville and Vance counties for $575,000 each, beginning this coming fiscal year, for the next three years to help them transition through Medicaid reform and other health care changes.


·         Warren commissioners approve sale of Peck Manufacturing property

o   In their meeting Monday evening, the Warren County commissioners approved the sale of a property, formerly owned by Peck Manufacturing Co., to Ted Echols of Cast Stone System for a purchase price of $50,000. The property consists of several buildings located on 28 acres on Harper Street in Warrenton.


·         Running for success

o   “Girls on the Run” program at Aycock Elementary School preparing for annual Girls on the Run 5K on May 7th, in Oxford.


The Daily Herald

·         Northampton County students could be on the move

o   The Northampton County Board of Education board will host a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. April 18th, hoping to share a proposed re-configuration and get feedback from those who live in the district.

·         Grant awarded to Lincoln Height Community Center

o   The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Community Investment Program recently awarded a $7,500 grant to the Lincoln Height Community Center in Roanoke Rapids to support the renovation of its building and its community outreach and children’s programs.

·         Reser’s Cares sponsors youth

o   Sponsors RR Youth Basketball Association. Participating in organized sports teaching kids importance of working together as a team to achieve goals.

·         Children’s Theater Series presents ‘The Frog Prince’ at HCC


The Nashville Graphic

·         Town of Red Oak to partially fund Eagle project at ball field

·         Fisher receives 25 year service award


Rocky Mount Telegram

·         ECC instructor honored by ECU

o   For 25 years, Renee Pearson has been helping families – particularly women and children – find their way through a variety of issues, from behavioral difficulties to domestic violence problems to sex offense cases.

·         Joyner honored as ‘Main Street Champion’

o   Rocky Mount man was among a group of people from across the state recently recognized for their commitment to downtown improvements and strong communities during an awards breakfast in Goldsboro.





Sen. Bryant,

On behalf of the Lincoln  Height Community Center we sincerely want to thank you for your contribution to the center.  We were touched by your generosity and willingness to assist us. We are looking forward to you making a visit once the changes have been completed with heat and air central system.  Words cannot express how you have helped to improve the center.

With  much gratitude,


Carolyn Battle


Dear Sen. Bryant, Grantors Contributors:


We are yet rejoicing for your donation as well as giving of thanks to God for your generosity.  Lincoln Height Community Development Center was awarded with a $7,500.00 donation to repair the heating and air units.


Florine Bell, Founder Lincoln Height Community Development Center, Inc.


Dear Sen. Bryant,

The Humanities Council’s public programs bring people together to explore the many cultures and heritage of North Carolina.  I served as project director for “Looking at Jazz: America’s Art form.”  It was import for the community of Wilson because the history of jazz is much more than the history of an extraordinary musical genre – it is also the story of central social, political and cultural issues. Sincerely, Becky Collison, Project Director.



Dear Honorable Sen. Angela R. Bryant:

On behalf of our parents, students and staff, I would like to personally thank you for the “Honor Roll Certifcicates” we received. The certificates arrived just in time for our school wide awards recognition ceremony.  We are so glad that you have takend the initiative to recognize, and promote student academic excellence for our South Warren Elementary students. Sincerely, Michelle Dunbar, Principal.

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