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Compiled by Gina Smith

Free teacher workshop: The Energy Explorium and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host “Growing Up WILD,” a teacher workshop focusing on educating young children about wildlife, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 13-14 at McGuire Nuclear Station, 12700 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville .

The workshop is free and open to all educators, but is ideal for teachers of ages 3-7. Dinner will be provided. Preregistration is required. Participants will receive one continuing education unit and will learn some creative projects and activities to use in the classroom and nursery. For details or to register, call 980-875-5600.

Bailey Middle School

Restaurant Night: The Bailey Middle School Band will receive a percentage of all food sales made 4-9 p.m. Nov. 8 at Zoe’s Kitchen in Birkdale Village, 16735 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville. To participate, mention the Bailey Middle School Band when you place your order. For details on Zoe’s Kitchen, visit www.zoeskitchen.com.

Fall Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair will take place 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. school days Nov. 8, 9, 13 and 14; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 8:45-10:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at Bailey Middle School, 11900 Bailey Road, Cornelius. The newest book in Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series will be available at the Book Fair starting Nov. 13. Families can participate in the school’s first annual Bring Your Own Technology Scavenger Hunt during the Book Fair 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Details on available titles can be found at www.bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/baileybroncos. For details or to volunteer at the Book Fair, contact Talina Bath at talinabath@bellsouth.net or Amy Mory at amy@techmor.com.

Lincoln Charter School

Alzheimer’s fundraiser: Lincoln Charter High School seniors Mary Canipe, Zach Bluhm and Ryley Harbour recently organized a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Canipe’s late grandfather Eddie Lowe. Lowe suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for six years before he died on Aug. 13. The students sold lemonade, cookies, donuts, cupcakes and purple "Team Lowe" bracelets to support a Walk for the Cure. They have so far raised more than $300 towards the family’s goal of $2,000. To make a donation in memory of Lowe, visit www.alz.org, click “Donate” and search for “Team Name Lowe.”

Internet safety sessions: On Oct. 25, a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent addressed Lincoln Charter Middle School and High School students in three separate sessions about internet safety, appropriate use of technology and common pitfalls of using technology and the Internet. The presentation was the first installment in Lincoln Charter’s Digital Citizenship Education initiative.

North Mecklenburg High School

Speech and Debate Team: The North Mecklenburg High School Debate and Speech Team attended the Marvin Ridge tournament on Oct. 27, when they competed against 26 schools and more than 500 competitors from North and South Carolina. All members of the novice squad placed, including Raniah Jeanlys with third place, Kavasia Heath with fourth place and Eric Thorsheim with fifth place in student congress and Jack Watson with fourth place in novice original Oratory. In varsity events, Sarah Kerman captured third in varsity student congress and Taylor Barrett placed second in original oratory and fifth in impromptu speaking.

St. Mark Catholic School

Red Ribbon Week: St. Mark Catholic School elementary and middle-school students took a stand against drugs as they celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31. The students traded in their regular uniform shirts on Oct. 25 for red shirts to symbolize the importance of being drug free. The school’s three guidance counselors Renee Birch, Peggy Palasick and Ann Miles presented programs to the students and made sure each child signed a pledge to be drug free. Students created classroom posters filled with drug-free messages. The posters along with Red Ribbon banners and ribbons decorated the school’s hallways throughout the week. Red Ribbon Week is a national initiative that raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community. For details on Red Ribbon Week visit www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.

SouthLake Christian Academy

Retirement community visit: On Sept. 25, 24 SouthLake Christian Academy first-graders visited the Wexford House, a senior living community located in Denver. The children spent about an hour with more than 20 residents playing bingo and other games. SouthLake first-graders visit the Wexford house every month throughout the school year.

Fall fundraiser: More than 1,000 students, parents and staff attended the fall fundraiser held on Oct. 19 at the school. The festival raised $22,000.

Lake Norman Charter School

New high school building: Lake Norman Charter held a groundbreaking for a new high school building addition on Oct. 12. The event was attended by several Lake Norman Charter School board of directors members, including Bill Farber, Mike Manahan , Laurie Fabian and Jim Cuttino; Lake Norman Charter Managing Director Shannon Stein, high school Principal Lawrence Sullivan, Assistant Principal Terri Costa high school Student Council President Hemant Vallabhapuram and town of Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain. The building is slated to be completed at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year and will include a new multi-purpose area, fine arts wing and administrative and meeting offices. The construction will be completed by Simon and Watson Construction from Huntersville. For details visit www.lncharter.org.

Information meeting: Lake Norman Charter’s online application process for families applying for the 2013-14 school year has begun. The school will hold a meeting for families who are interested in learning about the school and the application and lottery process 7-8 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Middle School Gymnasium, Lake Norman Charter School, 12435 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Applications are available at www.lncharter.org and must be submitted by Jan. 31 to be included in the lottery which will be held on Feb. 14.

School tours: Tours of the Lake Norman Charter School campus are offered at 8:15 a.m. for middle school students and 9:30 a.m. for high school students on Thursdays through Jan. 31, 2013. Preregistration is required. To schedule a tour, call 704-948-8600. Lake Norman Charter is a public charter school for students in grades 5-12. There are no fees or tuition required.

Compiled by Gina Smith

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