Public schools at heart of chamber ‘Eggs’ breakfast

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Wilson Chamber of Commerce members and Wilsonians alike have four more days to register for the Eggs & Education forum on public education planned for Sept. 6.

The 8 a.m. breakfast will feature a presentation by Rachel Beaulieu, senior policy adviser for the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Beaulieu is slated to discuss how state legislative actions affect schools in Wilson and provide a glimpse at the General Assembly’s agenda for 2019.

“It is imperative that our business community be aware of the issues impacting public schools. Public schools are the single largest supplier of our workforce, and their ability to sufficiently fulfill industry needs is of great economic importance,” said Wilson Chamber of Commerce President Ryan Simons. “I expect our members are ready to hear Ms. Beaulieu’s observations, and will be ready to respond to respond to assist students and educators as needed.”

The event is part of a four-part public policy series sponsored by The Action Group and covering a variety of topics including the economy, education and government. Simons said Eggs & Education is a joint initiative with the Wilson Education Partnership.

“The Wilson Education Partnership serves as a vital link between Wilson County Schools, the community and businesses,” said WEP Executive Director Robin Williams. “In collaboration with these partners, we work to make a difference by providing supplemental resources, enrichment experiences and advocacy for our public schools.”

Tickets to the event are $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers with registration due Friday. To register, visit www. wilsonncchamber.com or call 252-237-0165.

Eggs & Education will kick off with breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Wilson Country Club followed by Beaulieu’s presentation and a short question period before concluding by 9:30 a.m.

“Wilson County Schools is working hard to recruit and retain teachers. It takes a village. These professionals need our support, encouragement and respect,” said Williams. “WEP is working hard to foster relationships that strengthen this partnership and drive career and workforce readiness.”