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Two years ago: Atlantic City helps students graduate

The Atlantic City School District implemented a program two years ago to help high school students who were behind in their credits to graduate instead of dropping out.

The After School Credit Recovery Program allows students to make up four credits in a year. Superintendent Donna Haye said the program had 20 students its first year but that has increased to 120 students currently. This helps students make up on missed classes and graduate on time.

The program will continue to expand. At a Jan. 14 meeting, the Board of Education extended the program to sophomores in addition to juniors and seniors who were already eligible.

Haye said there will be a new focus on Algebra I and English to make sure students are able to complete the rest of their required curriculum.

“It’s been very successful,” Haye said. “We want them to be more successful in school.”

Three years ago: Home of Wawa family is donated

Wawa may be all over the Delaware Valley but its roots are in Millville.

The Wood family, which started the convenience store chain, began in Millville using the Maurice River to ship its goods. The family built a large mansion in 1814 on Columbia Avenue, which overlooks the river.

Wawa had used the building for years, including as a corporate headquarters, but in October 2009 the company donated the building to the Millville Historical Society to use as a museum.

Last month the society was awarded a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission to prepare a nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places for the mansion. The organization hired architectural historian Joan Berkey, of Cape May County, to prepare the nomination.

Once the building is listed in the registers, it will be eligible to receive grants to pay for the restoration. The nomination for the state registry was submitted last month, and, if approved, the federal process will take place a few months later.

“It is so exciting to have the Wood Mansion House nominated to the state and national register,” said society Vice President Linda Jones. “This building is a vital part of Millville’s heritage, especially its associations with the city’s industrial and economic growth during the 19th century.”

Two and a half years go: Health facility transforms historic schoolhouse

The historic Irving Avenue Schoolhouse in Bridgeton was built in 1894 and served the children in the city through 1981. But the facility continues to serve about 4,000 Cumberland County residents a year.

CompleteCare Health Network, which provides free health care to all residents regardless of whether they have insurance, started work in August 2010 to renovate the facility.

In October, the city’s Historic District Commission presented the CompleteCare Health Network with a Bridgeton Rose Historic Preservation Award for the formerly empty building’s transformation — which was paid for through federal stimulus money.

Spokeswoman Emily Paul said the center needed the new facility to expand as it serves about 4,000 patients a year. The organization continues to grow and has multiple locations in Bridgeton, including a site for dental care, older adults and women’s health.

“We continue to adapt and grow to make sure we’re meeting the needs of all of the communities we serve,” she said.

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