Cadets attended leadership school: Top cadets from Ashbrook High School Air Force JROTC attended the Converse College Leadership School June 23-29. More than 300 cadets from schools in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina participated.
Cadets Simon Towner and Tristan Williamson were Honor Graduates, placing them in the top 5 percent of the school. Caleb Bartlett received the Outstanding Flight Cadet Award.
Of more than 200 cadets competing for the Drill Master Award, the top two were from Ashbrook. Chris Rollins finished first, followed by Lacee Millwood in second place.
Cadet Major Meagan Willis was named the Outstanding Staff Cadet, garnering the coveted National Sojourners Award.
Wix employees donate school supplies: Employees of the Wix Affinia Plant of Gastonia recently donated 160 backpacks to Sadler Elementary School.
The workers filled the backpacks with school supplies, including notebooks, crayons, pencils and glue sticks.
Whitfield named to bandmasters board: John Chavis Middle School Band Director Vickie Whitfield was recently elected to the board of the South Central District Bandmasters Association.
She will represent middle school directors from Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Union, Lincoln, Gaston, Cleveland, Iredell and Catawba counties for two years.
Morrow presents at conference: Lory Morrow, deputy superintendent of instruction with Gaston County Schools, recently presented at the National Common Core State Standards Networking Conference in Charlotte.
The national conference is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Morrow's workshop session was titled “On the Road to Success with Common Core.” The session showcased ongoing professional development for teachers and school administrators, parent communication strategies and the Common Core Implementation Plan for Gaston County Schools.
Volunteers honored: Bessemer City Primary School recently honored its Volunteers and Mentors at an Appreciation Breakfast.
The school had many outstanding and loyal members of the community who helped and encouraged students at the school.
Become a mentor: Gaston County Schools is encouraging caring adults to serve as mentors to students in local schools. To be approved, an online volunteer application with a criminal background check is required. Applications are available at www.gastonschoolvolunteers.com. Last year, more than 287 volunteers served as mentors in local schools.
Volunteers can enter the mentoring program at any time throughout the school year. Training sessions are held monthly in the Gaston Regional Chamber Seminar Room, 601 W. Franklin Blvd. in Gastonia.
For more information or to reserve a seat for mentor training, contact Valerie Yatko, director of the Office of Business & Education Partnerships, at 704-866-6329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming mentor training dates are Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 19.
Shoe drive ongoing: Samantha Black, a fifth-grader and Girls on the Run participant at Rankin Elementary, is organizing a shoe collection drive for students in need at local schools.
Donated shoes will be given to children at Rankin, Pinewood and Catawba Heights elementary schools.
To donate a pair of new shoes, drop them off at Rankin Elementary School, 301 W. Central Ave. in Mount Holly, or mail a donation to Running for Shoes, P.O. Box 3, Mount Holly, NC 28120.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RunningForShoes5kFunWalk.
Volunteer orientation: Community members who would like to volunteer with Gaston County Schools should register for an orientation session in the upcoming weeks.
The schedule includes 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24 and 8:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Sessions will be held at the Gaston County Schools Central Office, 943 Osceola St. in Gastonia.
Open house schedule: Several Gaston County Schools have announced open house and orientation events for the upcoming school year. The schedule includes:
Cramerton Middle: Open House, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 24
Grier Middle: Open House, 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 24
Lingerfeldt Elementary: Open House, 6-7 p.m. Sept. 26
Lowell Elementary: Open House/PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24
Mount Holly Middle: Seventh Grade and Eighth Grade Open House, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 24
Consignment sale: The Brookside Elementary School PTA will host its annual Fall/Winter Consignment Sale 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18 and 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the school, 1925 Auten Road in Gastonia.
Many items will be marked down to half-price on Oct. 19. Proceeds benefit programs and improvements at Brookside Elementary.
Big Red Boosters: South Point High School invites parents, business owners and members of the community to join the Big Red Booster Club.
Hospitality and parking passes are available, along with memberships and Red Raider apparel.
For more information, visit www.bigredboosterclub.org or contact Rhonda Van Pelt at 704-460-1658.
Robotics teams under way: Lincolnton Middle School’s robotics teams are back at work with a new school year. Both teams will modify their robot, add attachments to complete tasks and work on a research project.
Students also are learning about competition mats in which robots maneuver around obstacles and complete tasks. While building robot bases, students must make modifications.
The youngsters are learning team work, brainstorming and critical thinking through the robotics teams.
Before-, after-school care: The YMCA will offer before- and after-school care for Lincoln County School students at a variety of locations for this school year.
The program includes academic enrichment, character development, homework assistance and physical activities. Registration is now underway.
For information on prices or to register, visit www.ymcacharlotte.org/Lincoln or call the Lincoln County YMCA after school hotline at 704-716-4515.
Spirit night: Lincolnton High School will sponsor Share Night at Bojangles’, 5-8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
Ten percent of sales during that time period will go to the school.
Bojangles’ is at 1601 E. Main St. in Lincolnton.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley
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