Community learning center: Students from two Burke County Public Schools will benefit from an $858,488 four-year grant from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
Thirty students each from Glen Alpine and W.A. Young elementary schools were chosen to participate in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The program will help children in first to third grades after school, on weekends and during summer break.
A community learning center will include science, engineering, technology, math and reading activities for students. Tutoring and homework help also will be offered. Parents of involved children can earn a GED, take a literacy program and receive healthy living tips.
Youngsters in the program will stay after school for three hours, four days a week, plus attend special Saturday and summer events. The four-year program will follow participants through elementary school.
In addition to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and reading activities, kids will participate in physical fitness, life skills and character development. Plans also include field trips to colleges and universities, community service projects, and arts, music and nutrition activities.
Students also will receive iPads and have access to laptops and science kits for inquiry-based learning.
Wendy Jordy wrote the grant proposal. Cindy Pendleton, a nine-year elementary school teacher, will direct the program.
Belk donates to school system: Belk of Morganton recently donated $5,000 to Burke County Public Schools. The district also raised more than $2,000 through an exclusive private charity shopping event at Belk.
Board of Education chairman Sam Wilkinson accepted the check from store manager Mark Joubert.
Quilt raffle: The Burke County Retired School Personnel will raffle a handmade, queen-size quilt to raise money for its scholarship program.
Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from any group member. The drawing will be held Dec. 9.
For tickets, contact Barbara Lingerfelt at 828-437-0702, Jackie Ward at 828-437-1564, Judy Keever at 828-433-0209 or Betty Williams at 828-438-9384.
Support Normandy trip: The East Burke High School Marching Band was invited to represent North Carolina at the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in June.
The band needs to raise about $400,000 to send 130 people to France for 10 days. Band director Jonathan Berry hopes corporate sponsors and the community can help, in addition to planned fundraisers.
For details, call the school at 828-397-5541.
Concordia Beta Club inducts members: Concordia Christian Day School’s Junior Beta Club added 11 new members at its Induction Ceremony on Oct. 1.
District Attorney James Gaither Jr. spoke about leadership and the value of supporting people in leadership positions.
New members are: Matthew Connor, Sophie Hass, Ben Harris, Haven Bailey, Paul Karre, Drew Chamberlain, Fletcher Hamlin, Hadlie Morrow, Zander Dyson, Jennifer Wolfe and Valeria Pichardo.
The seventh- and eighth-graders qualified for the Junior Beta Club by earning a 95 percent or higher average on their report cards last year.
Author visits Concordia Christian: Jonathan Miller, author of the children’s series “Sammy the Wonder Dachshund,” visited Concordia Christian Day School on Oct. 22.
Miller talked with students about the process of publishing and his method of creating artwork and imagining stories. He also told stories about his own pets. Miller autographed copies of his books for students.
Wall of Honor nominations: River Bend Middle School will display its annual Wall of Honor to celebrate area veterans in early November. Photographs of area veterans are needed for the display, along with information about River Bend family members, neighbors and friends who have served in a branch of the U.S. military.
To nominate a veteran for the Wall of Honor, download a form at www.catawbaschools.net./schools/RiverBend/default.aspx. Nominations are due to teacher Melinda Hamilton by Oct. 30.
River Bend Middle also will display more than 5,000 American flags on its front lawn, along with banners honoring veterans.
The tributes will be displayed Nov. 5-15. Guests can view the Wall of Honor 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days.
Tennis team heads to state: The Hickory High women’s tennis team posted an overall record of 11-3 and a conference record of 6-1 this season.
Five players qualified for regionals on Oct. 18 in Hendersonville. Doubles team Julia Kessel and Madeline Finley won the Regional Tennis Playoffs for the second consecutive year. They also competed at the state level Oct. 25-26 in Burlington.
Other regional competitors were Jessie Herfurth, Rachel Kessel and Camille Hanson.
The entire Hickory High women’s tennis team played Oct. 22 in the second round of the state tournament against Marvin Ridge High.
Additional team members are Katie Mortenson, Lillian Huckabee, Emmy Williams, Barbara McAnulty, Maddie Moore and Susie Wold.
Team captains are seniors Herfurth, Mortenson, Huckabee and Wold.
Walk to School Day: Oakwood Elementary School recently participated in the International Walk to School Day, an annual event that promotes healthy lifestyles for children.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and the YMCA served as gathering spots for children to begin their walk to school. Many families walked together, and this year, more than 100 walkers participated.
Students held homemade posters and signs to promote healthy walking.
Middle school reading club: Local eighth-graders Amelia Hawn and Virginia Tanner started a Middle School Reading Club this semester.
The two girls are Girl Scouts and are starting the club for their Girl Scout Silver Award.
The club is open to students in sixth to eighth grades who love to read. Meetings will be held 6-8 p.m. every third Tuesday through Feb. 18 at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Free food will be served.
For information or to register, call Lisa Neal at 828-304-0500.
Golf fundraiser: The third annual Newton-Conover Athletics Golf Tournament will be held Nov. 10 at River Oaks Golf Club. This is a schedule change from the previous Nov. 9 date.
The format is four-player captain’s choice. Participants can sign in at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
Cost is $60 per player, including lunch. Mulligans and skirts will be available for purchase, and prizes will be awarded for first and second place, longest drive and closest to the pin.
Sponsorships are $100 per hole or $275 including a four-man team.
For information or to register as a sponsor, contact John Echerd at email@example.com or 828-612-1171.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley
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