County Earns Top 100 Honor

Moore County is one of the nationbs best communities for young people according to a list released by Americabs Promise Alliance.

At an awards ceremony Sept. 21 in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the alliance named Moore County one of the top 100 communities working to help reduce local school drop-out rates and to create better opportunities for children.

In addition to being nationally recognized, Moore County leaders will receive a trophy and two road signs identifying the area as a top 100 community.

Communities In Schools of Moore County helped more than 40 entities around the county come together to apply for the award.

Andi Korte, dean of continuing education at Sandhills Community College and former executive director of Communities In Schools for Moore County, led the organizing effort.

bThis national recognition confirms what we already know in Moore County b we make our youth a priority every day,b Korte said.

Moore County was one of four communities recognized in North Carolina. Durham, the Fort Bragg/Fayetteville area and Pitt County also received awards.

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The county was also one of 30 first-time winners in the competition.

More than 350 communities from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. were nominated for the recognition.

Communities in Schools is a local organization that works to supplement schools with community support in order to help students stay in school and succeed in life.

Americabs Promise Alliance, founded by retired Gen. Colin Powell, is a cross-sector alliance of more than 400 corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups seeking to improve the lives of children.