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A three-week volunteer session at an animal shelter in Santa Barbara, Calif., has inspired a team of students at South Mecklenburg High School to form a new service club helping shelter animals in the Queen City.

Nine-year-old Jason Soderholm says day camp is “the funnest place in the world,” so he was determined to give another child the experience. A fourth-grader at Furr Elementary in Concord, he set up a lemonade stand one Saturday in April and wore a handmade T-shirt that stated his goal: “Help me send a kid to camp $1 at a time.”

Charlotte Christian School had five placing entries – including a sweep of first through third places in the essay competition – in “The Living Soil” poster/essay contest sponsored by the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District.

The Global Ambassadors Club at Randolph IB Middle hosted a Honduras Fair on Feb. 21.

In response to her teacher’s request to research current events, River Gate Elementary first-grader Nora Baker shared with her class a story entitled “2nd-Grader’s Cure For Playground Loneliness: A Buddy Bench.”

Twelve River Gate Elementary fifth-graders were selected to represent Brazil in the Global Elementary Model United Nations in Dallas, Texas, in May. They will advocate for Brazil’s interests by giving speeches and making decisions with students from around the world in two-day sessions.

Cannon School students Harrison Barone, Derek Gordon, Sydney Green, Joelle Parkin, Maya Sturgies and Jordan Wallace attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in National Harbor, Md., last month.

Sixteen seniors from Vance’s leadership class have been meeting weekly with first-graders at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary to tutor and mentor them.

Membership in the Mooresville Youth Advisory Council has grown to 28 from 12 at the end of last year.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg students appeared in a commercial with Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly to create an awareness campaign about the universal breakfast program, which provides free school breakfast to students in the district.

Sales of a nutrition bar that was created at Woodlawn School raised money in support of families fighting breast cancer.

Whitewater Middle students who participate in the school’s Gentlemen’s League have taken the lead in organizing food drives, College Day, Spirit Week and their school’s first homecoming.

Ian Firth, a fourth-grader at Charlotte Country Day, has collected many hundreds of bottle caps in his fourth year of helping with a recycling effort at the school.

Charlotte Country Day students helped clean debris around Twelve Mile Creek as part of their efforts during Community Service Day, which was also the first day of Spirit Week, on Sept. 25.

Shaylee Cooney, 14, wears makeup to depict a physical bullying victim, part of her role in a film short she and her mother recently produced to educate youths and others about the dangers of bullying.

West Charlotte High senior Nancy Contreras reads to kindergartners at Charlotte’s Byers Elementary Sept. 20 as part of a “buddy program” between the two schools.

Teens in Rock Hill win group of year award.

In 1989, Susan Morris-Adams was laid off from Eastern Airlines after working with the company for 21 1/2 years

Five teenagers from Boy Scout Troop 116 in Charlotte (St. John's Episcopal Church) recently became Eagle Scouts:

Charlotte-area teens Haley Tan, left, Smiti Kaul and Pooja Kanabur help at a Book Blitz summer fundraiser recently held by Promising Pages, a Charlotte nonprofit that collects and distributes new and gently used books to local families.

Paul Robinson Jr. has made a career out of serving in the nonprofit community, and it has taken him all over the world.

Six percent is not a statistic you want to hear from a doctor discussing your parent’s chances of survival, and Mark and Patti Weber have heard it not once, but twice.

In May, local housing organizations came up with the “aggressive plan” after they attended a summit in Chicago hosted by Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and a nonprofit organization called 100,000 Homes Campaign.

Northwest Cabarrus High rising senior Nate Lambert speaks regularly to youths about how to handle bullying.

Jonathan Traverso, a rising junior at Ardrey Kell High, and Aliyah Morris, a rising senior at Harding University High, were honored at the July 22 Charlotte City Council meeting as the top Do the Right Thing winners for the 2012-13 school year.

Students in the Olympic High School B-3 Summer Program worked to prevent the extinction of the American chestnut tree. The American Chestnut Foundation says the chestnut blight, an Asian fungus that has killed billions of trees, was the biggest ecological disaster of the 20th century.

Margaret Cardaropoli of Davidson, Lindsay Carey of Cornelius, McKenzie Maddox of Cornelius and Nathaniel Vang of Charlotte were chosen to go to Washington, D.C., and then Paraguay from July 16 to Aug. 13 as part of the American Youth Leadership Program.

Eight-year-old Anya Tribune of Charlotte is one of 150 children nationwide who were selected to participate in the Children's Congress, a program by JDRF in Washington, D.C., July 8-10.

Forty-two Trinity Episcopal School eighth-graders and some staff members traveled to Washington, D.C., last month. As part of their seminar class, students had to choose a social justice issue to research; during the trip they lobbied senators, organizations and representatives on issues of gun safety, homelessness, immigration, clean energy and clean water.

Students at SouthLake Christian Academy will host a benefit concert – Ghana Rock – at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte on May 17. The funds raised will be used to end child slavery and trafficking on Ghana’s Lake Volta.

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