FABLAB Summer Camp Dates Are Set!

fablab-camp-flyer FABLAB Summer Camp Dates Are Set!

Click the image above to view larger.

A FABLAB consists of a suite of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping machines, including a large computer numerical control (CNC) router (the ShopBot), a vinyl cutter, a laser engraver, an electronics work bench, a 3D printer, and the accompanying computers and software for design, programming, and machine communications. This equipment allows students to use computer-aided design to make almost anything they can imagine.

The FABLAB Jackson County in Vancleave will be putting on events throughout the summer for kids of all ages. Please check out the flyer to see what they’ve got coming up.

Learn more »
Comments Off on FABLAB Summer Camp Dates Are Set!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day to be held on April 28th

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is holding a free community event, in conjunction with the Junior Auxillary of Biloxi/Ocean Springs, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active all summer long. Healthy Kids Day® is the YMCA’s national initiative to improve families health and well-being.  Games and activities will demonstrate, motivate, and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:00 -11:00 a.m.

Ft. Maurepas Park, Front Beach, Ocean Springs, MS

Joey Conwill, Wellness Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA–Blossman Family Branch, 228-875-5050

 

Healthy-Kids-Day-2018- YMCA Healthy Kids Day to be held on April 28th
Learn more »
Comments Off on YMCA Healthy Kids Day to be held on April 28th

Spring Arts Festival: Herb, Garden & Art

The annual Spring Arts Festival in downtown Ocean Springs celebrated its 25th year last weekend. Over 150 vendors participated and, while the numbers are still being calculated, it is estimated to have had around 15,000 visitors. The event is looked forward to each year by festival-goers from near and far as well as the local gardening and art communities.

“We are so proud of the amazing turnout of 150 vendors and Nearly 15,000 visitors this year.  The turnout numbers are still being calculated. The weather was amazing and our community and visitors alike were able to get out and find unique arts, crafts and get their green thumb ready for Spring! -We were excited to introduce new vendors and a variety of demonstrations.” ~ Cynthia Dobbs Sutton, Ocean Springs Chamber – Mainstreet – Tourism Bureau

Learn more »
Comments Off on Spring Arts Festival: Herb, Garden & Art

First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi Reads to Moss Point Preschoolers

Click the gallery above to view larger.

First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi visited the Moss Point School District Family Education Center this morning to read with a group of preschoolers. After Mayor Mario King made the invitation, MPSD superintendent Dr. Shannon Vincent worked with her staff to organize the event. Deborah Bryant is passionate about early childhood education in Mississippi and travels throughout the state to encourage it.

Preschoolers from Little People Learning Center and Mary’s Little Lambs arrived and waited excitedly. Excel by 5 Chairman Debby Renfroe entertained the children before Carolyn Moore, School Board President and chief professional officer at United Way for Jackson and George Counties, welcomed Mrs. Bryant.

The children listened intently to an interactive story about ice cream, dogs and dinosaurs that taught the importance of sharing, and even sang along with some of the words.

“Excel by 5 in Moss Point was honored to be included in this event with our State’s First Lady,” said Debby Renfroe, Chairman of Excel by 5, Inc. “Many thanks to Mrs. Bryant and the Moss Point School District for recognizing the importance of reading to the preschoolers from some of the wonderful child care centers in our city.”

Learn more »
Comments Off on First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi Reads to Moss Point Preschoolers

FABLAB Jackson County opening Thursday in Vancleave

image003 FABLAB Jackson County opening Thursday in Vancleave

Chevron and the FAB Foundation will host the grand opening of FABLAB Jackson County in Vancleave on Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m.

The FABLAB is a nonprofit digital fabrication laboratory that encourages students and aspiring inventors in the community to play, create, experiment and build their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).

The grand opening and ceremonial ribbon-cutting program will include remarks by representatives from Chevron, Jackson County School District, FAB Foundation and Mississippi Department of Education. A tour of the facility will follow. Students will also demonstrate the hands-on learning, technology resources, and tools that FABLAB Jackson County offers.  

Chevron is committed to increasing the quality of and access to STEAM education in the United States. Through its partnership with The Fab Foundation, Chevron provides students and teachers with the tools and resources they need to instill an interest in STEAM and inspire the next generation of innovators. 

FABLAB Jackson County is the ninth of 10 Fab Labs that Chevron has brought to areas where the company operates through its partnership with The Fab Foundation. 

FABLAB Jackson County will work to advance STEM education, human-centered design, collaborative projects and the creative economy, connecting people and creating opportunities for learning, research, experimentation and business. Visit www.fablabjacksoncounty.org for more information about the lab.

 

Learn more »
Comments Off on FABLAB Jackson County opening Thursday in Vancleave

Pay It Forward Friday: Team Kids of FBCOS Host Valentine Luncheon for Single Seniors

The children of Team Kids at First Baptist Church in Ocean Springs hosted a Valentine Luncheon for Single Seniors at the church last Sunday. Team Kids, guests, and other volunteers gathered in the church’s activities building, where the tables were adorned with festive Valentine decor. The children then served their guests a delicious meal and presented them with gifts and handmade Valentine cards. The menu included a choice of lasagna or shrimp casserole, garlic bread, salad, strawberry cheesecake, and tea.

“The children are learning to share God’s love and serve others, and they are experiencing the joy that comes from that service. We’ve had this event for several years now, and it is always looked forward to and enjoyed by our seniors as well as the children,” said Cindy Hagler, longtime Team Kids leader. Other leaders include Debbie Trenchard, Susie Cagle, Jane Ellison, and Theary Dodson.

The teachers of these children did a super job in recognizing the seniors of our church. The food was delicious and letting the children serve us was an extra special treat! -Liz Folsom, luncheon guest

Team Kids meets every Wednesday night from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. at FBCOS where they have Bible study, learn about missionaries around the world, and participate in various mission projects.

Go Team Kids!

Learn more »
Comments Off on Pay It Forward Friday: Team Kids of FBCOS Host Valentine Luncheon for Single Seniors

ROCK U 2 Dance/Theater Saturday Lab No. 1

Come and take some fun dance/movement-based classes on Saturday February 3 at Rock U 2 with Summer Baldwin and Michelle Bryant for our first monthly Saturday Lab!  These workshops are for kids to study new genres of dance other than their weekly classes; stress relief techniques for auditions and performances; and learn how to take care of and condition the most important instruments for their art: their own bodies, minds and spirits!  

FEB 3 Labs:

  • Yoga & Conditioning for Dance with Summer Baldwin
    10:00-11:00am (Ages 8+) // $15.00
  • Movement & Stress Relief for Actors, Singers, Musicians & Dancers with Summer Baldwin
    11:15-12:15pm (Ages 8+) // $15.00
  • Breakdancing Basics & History with Michelle Bryant 
    12:30-1:45pm (Ages 8+) // $20.00

 

*If a minimum of 4 kids don’t sign up, the class will be canceled the day before. Pre-register: 228-355-2025

 

Copy-of-dancelab1-4-300x232 ROCK U 2 Dance/Theater Saturday Lab No. 1

Learn more »
Comments Off on ROCK U 2 Dance/Theater Saturday Lab No. 1

Fuel Your School, Chevron Pump $210,000 Into Local Classrooms

Chevron-Pecan-Park-donation-222 Fuel Your School, Chevron Pump $210,000 Into Local Classrooms

Click the image above to view larger.

Chevron-Pecan-Park-donation-222 Fuel Your School, Chevron Pump $210,000 Into Local Classrooms

Click the image above to view larger.

Chevron contributed $210,000 to local public school projects in October and November through the annual Fuel Your School program and an additional company contribution.

Chevron’s 2017 Fuel Your School program generated $50,000 to help fund 70 classroom projects, including 33 focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to help connect real world experiences to classroom learning for 8,803 students at 33 Jackson County public schools.

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Jackson County during the month of October, generating $50,000 to help fund eligible classroom projects at local public schools. Pascagoula Refinery employees were able to contribute an additional $160,000 through employee gift code redemptions on the DonorsChoose.org site.

Learn more »
Comments Off on Fuel Your School, Chevron Pump $210,000 Into Local Classrooms

Chevron Veterans Employee Network Unveils Memorial, Commissions New Flag

VetMem.3 Chevron Veterans Employee Network Unveils Memorial, Commissions New Flag

Click the image above to view larger.

The Veterans Employee Network at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery hosted a brief ceremony on Nov. 9 to commission a Veterans Memorial and American flag.

The memorial and flag pole were installed at the refinery’s PNC campus earlier this year, and the commissioning ceremony was scheduled to coincide with Veterans Day festivities.

The ceremony included remarks and the raising of the American flag by the Moss Point High School NJROTC Color Guard.

The memorial inscription reads:
This memorial honors all American veterans
who, although separated by generations,
shared a common undeniable goal to valiantly
protect our country’s freedom. The memories
of those brave men and women will continue
to live on wherever and whenever democracy exists.
Chevron salutes our veterans, forever a symbol
of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom.

Learn more »
Comments Off on Chevron Veterans Employee Network Unveils Memorial, Commissions New Flag

Mission Accomplished for “Operation: Candy Cane”

P1100238 Mission Accomplished for  “Operation: Candy Cane”

Click the image above to view larger.

P1100238 Mission Accomplished for  “Operation: Candy Cane”

Click the image above to view larger.

This year’s “Operation: Candy Cane,” sponsored by the XYZ Employee Network at the Pascagoula Refinery, provided gifts for many children in the Jackson County and Mobile areas to help make their Christmas special.

The donations benefitted children in the Salvation Army of Jackson County Angel Tree program and Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, as well as St. Mary’s Home in Mobile.

Pascagoula Refinery employees adopted 83 angels from the Salvation Army, 57 angels from St. Mary’s Home, and 34 angels from CASA. Another $2,200 was donated and used to complete angel wish lists, and to buy additional gifts for the children.

Many children had a happy Christmas morning because of the generosity of Pascagoula Refinery employees.

Learn more »
Comments Off on Mission Accomplished for “Operation: Candy Cane”