Meet Seymour Poe

Hello there! My name is Seymour Poe and I am the Official Mascot of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.

To tell you a little bit about who I am and how I got to be the Poe Center’s lean, green healthy mascot machine, let’s take a trip back in time…

Just like the fruits and vegetables we eat, I was born out of a “Seed Exhibit” on September 27, 1984 at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina. As plants eventually need bigger pots to hold their ever-growing roots, I too needed a bigger place to call “home.”

The Poe Center was incorporated on November 22, 1985 with the first office space being opened at Project Enlightenment. In 1988, Jean Poe Smith and her husband Gordon Smith, Jr. deeded land to the Poe Center…

Just a few years later, the Poe Center’s first Executive Director, Paula Hildebrand Collins, took part in the stand-alone facility’s groundbreaking and tribute to Gordon and Jean Poe Smith for their generous donation, on April 10, 1991. Just a few, short months later, 70 Sampson Middle School students became the first group ever to attend programs at the Poe Center’s Sunnybrook Road facility on November 21st!

For over 20 years, I have called 224 Sunnybrook Road MY home. I am as much a part of the Poe Center as the letter “o” is to the word Poe. (Small joke, guys! Check out the Poe Center logo if you don’t know what I’m talking about!)

My personal mission is to help the Poe Center continue its mission of educating and empowering North Carolina children, youth and their families to make choices that increase positive health behaviors. I too would like to see ALL North Carolina children and youth become healthy adults!

I choose to live here because of the innovative, interactive and, most importantly, FUN health education programs and services that Poe provides North Carolinians.

Recently, I was immortalized as a statue located by one of my nearest and dearest friends, the Brain (a.k.a. Cranium Connection)! This exhibit focuses on the dangers of tobacco, drugs and alcohol. Visitors can use the touch screen to learn more about substance use/abuse prevention so that they can stay healthy. However, my job here at the Poe Center is NOT focused solely on educating children and youth on the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. I do much more!

I am a resource for bullying prevention and bystander empowerment, general health and the human body, physical activity and nutrition, and much, much more to come in the future.


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