Bus driver honored: Lorie Carswell was recently named the 2012 Alexander County Schools Bus Driver of the Year.
Carswell, who drives students at Ellendale Elementary School, was honored at the annual bus driver banquet.
Pillows for patients: Third-graders at New Dimensions Charter School recently made pillows with retired art teacher Margaret Hayes. The pillows fit over a seat belt to make car rides comfortable for cancer patients with a port in their chest.
Students stuffed about 50 pillows made with fabric that appeals to children. Hayes will sew them closed and donate them to Sandbox.
The nonprofit Charlotte group connected with Levine Children’s Hospital helps children with life threatening diseases and their families. One New Dimensions third-grader goes to Levine for treatments.
Service projects: Students in Burke County recently completed several community service projects.
The Glen Alpine Elementary Student Council held a blanket drive for area homeless shelters. Students collected 134 blankets.
Hildebran Elementary donated canned goods to the East Burke High School Food and Clothing Pantry. Carla Jefferies organized the campaign. Kindergartners from Hildebran delivered the collected items.
Akers wins: William Lenoir Middle School art teacher Wiley Akers recently won a $100 gift card in the 2012 Arstonia Fall Art Drive.
Akers was eligible for the prize after publishing at least 100 pieces of artwork online in a four month period. He won the drawing out of more than 2,500 teachers.
Service project: Hudson Elementary fifth-graders recently conducted a service project for the Lenoir Soup Kitchen and Caldwell County Hospice and Palliative Care.
Students delivered bags they decorated and filled with goodies.
Drill team advances: The Bandys High School Trojan Battalion Drill Team recently advanced to the Fourth Brigade Best of the Best Drill Championship to be held April 13 in Hickory.
Bandys was one of 12 programs selected to represent the best military drill teams from five states and 325 programs. The Trojan Battalion collected 14 trophies in the qualifier competition, including first place finishes in regulation drill, exhibition drill and first overall.
Veterans honored: The Oxford Elementary Safety Patrol recently led a special Veterans Day Program honoring nearly 70 servicemen.
Students shared poems, songs and thoughts with the veterans, then gathered in the media center for fellowship time.
Many of the honored veterans were loved ones of students, staff and faculty.
Choral concert: The Hickory High Chorus will hold its winter concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Corinth Reformed Church of Christ.
The evening performance, under the direction of Choral Conductor Donna Wiles, the ensemble, concert choir and chorus, as well as a salute by all three groups to Irving Berlin (1888-1989), composer and lyricist. The event is free and open to the public.
Singers recognized: Hickory students who participated in statewide honors choruses this fall were recently recognized by the Board of Education.
Eight students from Oakwood and Jenkins elementary schools participated in the 2012 North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus. They were: Zane McPherson, Marion Florian, Kierra Lacy and Mia Petruzelli-Sample of Oakwood Elementary and Jenna Frye, Caitlyn Savage, Lily Marsden and Kaylan Hagood of Jenkins Elementary. Denise Prince is the choral conductor at Jenkins and David Lail is the choral conductor at Oakwood.
The board also recognized high school performers.
Caroline Miller, a junior at Hickory High, was recognized for her selection to the American Choral Director’s National Choir. McKenzie Anderson, a junior at Hickory High, was selected for the American Choral Director’s National Choir and North Carolina Senior Honors Chorus. Hickory High senior Andrew Park was selected for the North Carolina Senior Honors Chorus.
Donna Wiles is choral conductor at Hickory High.
Greek mythology: Third-graders at Longview Elementary recently studied myths and legends, including a unit on Greek mythology.
Teachers Tomeca Gore and Lora Snider also read “The Legend of Damon and Phythias” to students and led a comparison and contrast of Roman and Greek cultures with lifestyles of today.
Bank makes donation: Students at Jenkins Elementary recently received a donation from Bank of Granite.
The downtown office bank employees used their own funds to purchase supplies for students at Jenkins.
The gift included much-needed supplies, from notebooks and facial tissues to glue sticks and hand sanitizer.
Playhouse raffle: Students in the Skills USA Club at Hickory High School are constructing a life-size playhouse for a fundraiser.
The Hickory and Catawba Valley Home Builders Association will raffle the playhouse at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at Lowe’s Foods on Highway 70.
The Hickory High design is 8-feet by 10-feet and features electricity, insulation, 50-year siding, a front porch and roof. St. Stephens and Newton-Conover high schools also are building playhouses for the event.
Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five and are available 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Dec. 10 at Hickory High School. The winning ticket holder must be present to win and will choose from among the three playhouse designs. The remaining two playhouses will be auctioned to the public.
Details: Dennis Scronce or Mark Struble at Hickory High, 828-322-5860.
HCAM open house: Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School will offer informational tours for prospective students and their parents 6-7 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 11.
HCAM is open to students throughout Catawba County and surrounding areas.
Principal David Coyne will give general information about the magnet high schools. Tours of HCAM academies will follow, including Cosmetology, Culinary, Photography, Graphic Design and Advertising, Dance, Black Box Theatre and academic classrooms. A question-and-answer session led by staff and student ambassadors will also be included.
For information, call HCAM at 828-328-6738.
Proctors needed: Proctors are needed for end-of-course testing at Hickory Public Schools Dec. 17-20.
Sessions run 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High or Hickory High. Proctors must be 18 or older and not enrolled as a student in K-12 public school system.
For information, contact Teresa Carroll at 828-328-6738 or Shannon Clemons at 828-322-5860.
Students honored for respect: Newton-Conover Middle School recently recognized a group of students in its October Character Trait competition. Winners were named for being exceptionally respectful.
They were: Kerstan Joyner, Lily Guzman, Erica Holmes, Mike Vallecillos, Ben Deitz, Brandon Jaramillo, Tucker Clark, Dawson Chambers, Angelina Khang, Madyson Fair, Montana Towery, Ani-Yah Shead and Devon Chambers.
Community survey: The Newton-Conover City Board of Education is searching for a new superintendent and would like input from members of the community.
Surveys are available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/3TKZQHN. Printed copies of the survey are available at the central office, community centers and libraries.
Hall of Fame: Nominations are being accepted for the Newton-Conover High School Hall of Fame.
Athletes, coaches and major contributors to Newton-Conover athletics are eligible for the honor. Deadline is Dec. 31.
For information, visit www.nccs.k12.nc.us or contact Shawn Sigmon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley