The Generosity of the Outer Banks Community


There is something about the generosity of the Outer Banks community that is truly unique. That became apparent the other night as graduating seniors and their parents gathered at  Flight High School for the annual scholarship awards.

It is common for communities to support their kids, but the level of commitment on display at this awards ceremony was, or is, astonishing. It is difficult to come up with a specific figure, but well over $100,000 is scholarships were handed out . . . and that’s just one of three school. The other two, Manteo High School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School also have their own awards ceremonies.

There is, rightfully so, considerable pride in the Dare County school system Dare County being the majority of the Outer Banks. There is, of course, pride in athletic prowess, but there is equal pride in academic achievement.

It is why the Model UN club plans a trip to visit embassies in Washington, D.C,. it gets such widespread support. Or more recently, three teams from local schools have qualified for the International Odyssey of the Mind competition in Ames, Iowa and with more than a week to spare, funds were in hand to send the kids.

The Outer Banks is a remarkable place to live. A wonderful destination for our guests when they come to visit, for those of us who are here full time, a nurturing place for our kids.