New Hanover County Schools




Wrightsville Beach Elementary School to Hold Special Events Including a Beach Sweep and Temporary Farewell Ceremony on April 8th

Wrightsville Beach Elementary School is planning some special events in anticipation of their temporary move to the Blair campus after spring break. The school will host a farewell celebration entitled Surfing the Waves of Change in honor of their 64-year history. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. on April 8, 2019, and it will take place on the front lawn of the school. Remarks from the current administration, staff, and students, as well as a former principal, Mr. Ralph Davis are all a part of the celebration. WBES students have been learning a special song which they will sing to close out the ceremony. Additionally, Ms. Lucrece Medlicott, the school's Media Coordinator, is producing an oral history project to capture the voices of past staff and students. If interested please contact her at

Earlier on the same day, the school will host a Beach Sweep from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The students and staff’s goal is to make sure they leave their beach in better shape than they found it. Fourth-grade classes at WBES have been hard at work to prepare for the school to participate in this clean-up activity.

In addition to the Beach Sweep, the students want to offer ways that others can participate and help reduce the amount of plastic that is in the community. Students expressed concern over the dangers the environment and wildlife will face if the use of plastic is not reduced considerably. They have even offered a list of eco-friendly places to shop that use paper over plastic bags. The Beach Sweep Program is being led by Cissie Brooks, WBES’ school counselor, who has connected the project with Duke University's Marine Debris Program. Duke’s program also focuses on the move to reduce and remove plastic.