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Mallard Creek High School's newly formed NAACP chapter invites private home-based and small businesses to sell their products and services at the school's Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6. The event is free to the public and proceeds will go toward a $1,000 scholarship for a senior NAACP member. Vendors may purchase tables on which to sell their goods or services for $50 by contacting DeAndrea Jackson at deandrea.jackson@cms.k12.nc.us or 980-343-1341. All applications and nonrefundable fees are due by 4 p.m. on Nov. 25.

West Mecklenburg High School's JROTC honored veterans with a special program Nov. 10. Air Force cadets raised the flag and had a moment of silence. Students heard from guest speakers, including three West Mecklenburg teachers who served in Vietnam during the same time period.

Highland Mill Montessori is in the process of adopting the Little Sugar Creek Tributary behind the school. The tributary is part of the science and technology grant the school received from Duke Energy and the Arts & Science Council. The school hosted an adopt-a-stream cleanup for the neighborhood on Nov. 8.

Girl Talk Foundation – a nonprofit organization empowering girls ages 11-16 to become leaders – hosted a graduation ceremony for participants of “Tailoring Teens For Success,” a 10-week program focusing on managing anger, finance, etiquette, health/hygiene and self-acceptance. Approximately 25 girls received certificates.

Najla Work, a 12-year-old student at Coulwood Middle School, wrote her first play, which was staged at Crossroads Charter High School on Nov. 15. The event was produced by JBU Kids Productions, a drama club that meets regularly on Saturdays and Sundays at Tuckaseegee Recreation Center in West Charlotte.

“The Dancer” is the story of a young girl with a passion to dance, but whose mother is a single parent who cannot afford the lessons. Najla wrote the play to show herself and peers “that their dreams can come true –now!” Najla and JBU Kids Productions will donate a portion of the funds from this production to Crossroads Charter High School's performing arts and lunch program.

Details: www.jbuproductions.com; 704-394-4440.

The Michael Peeler Fund of the N.C. Lutheran Synod recently awarded a $30,000 grant to Christ Lutheran Church for the McClintock Partners in Education Program, which supports McClintock Middle School.

The grant will support Tuesday Family Nights at McClintock Middle School, which are 5:30-6:30 p.m. throughout the school year and free to all McClintock families. A meal is provided for every McClintock family who chooses to attend. Details: adaniels@christelca.org; 704-366-1595.

Waddell High School biology teacher Tamica Stubbs received the President's Prize in Outstanding Achievement in Secondary Education from the Entomological Society of America for her lesson plan “Where have all the insects gone?” This award recognizes educators who use nontraditional methods to teach about insects in science education.

The Entomological Society of America awarded Stubbs money to purchase teaching materials for more insect projects.

Entertainment auditions for the ninth annual Bojangles' High School Basketball Shootout benefiting Athletes United for Youth will be held at Marvin Ridge High School (2825 Crane Road, Waxhaw) 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 in the school's gymnasium. The tournament will be held at the school Dec. 29-31. Prior audition registration is not required, but highly encouraged. Past acts have included singing (individuals and groups), dancers, steppers, community bands and mascots. For more information or to register to audition, please contact Hillary Fleming at hfleming@athletesforyouth.org or by calling her at 704-962-6070 .

This November, North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award deserving teachers across the state with Bright Ideas education grants to fund innovative classroom-based projects. Any K-12 certified teacher in North Carolina can apply for a grant up to $2,000.

Bright Ideas is the only education grant program exclusively for N.C. classroom teachers. Bright Ideas month activities will include banquets honoring winning teachers and featuring acclaimed keynote speakers, a surprise grant presentation from some of the Carolina Panthers players to one lucky teacher and “prize patrol” visits to winning classrooms in parts of the state, all awarding deserving teachers with their grant checks. Details: morgan.lashley@ncemcs.com ; 919-875-3214 .

High school students nationwide may take the Fall 2008 National Financial Literacy Challenge, a 35-question online test of personal finance knowledge and understanding for high school students across the United States. Charles Schwab Foundation will award scholarships of $1,000 each to as many as 100 students who achieve a score of 100 percent on the test.

The test runs Nov. 3-26. Teachers can sign up their students at the U.S. Treasury's Web site: http://flc.treas.gov/index.htm . Details: www.schwabmoneywise.com

Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte seeks middle and high school students with potential, ability or talent in theater, visual arts, music or dance to participate in the school's new audition process for the 2009-10 school year. All potential students must submit an application prior to scheduling an audition. All auditions are by appointment only. Interested students can download the application packet at http://pages.cms.k12.nc.us/northwest/. Audition dates follow: Jan. 16, 17, 23, 24; March 27, 28; July 11; and Aug. 14.

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