Twelve volunteers are tutoring and mentoring sixth-graders at Lakeshore Middle School.
Art teacher Kathy Sedberry has designed "Opening Doors for a Lifetime" to improve students' reading levels.
Sedberry, a student in Gardner-Webb University's master's degree program in executive leadership, is enrolled in a performance-based degree program. Her plan incorporates involvement between the community and school to raise student achievement.
Currently 84percent of Lakeshore's students read at grade level. With the community's help and one-on-one intervention, Sedberry believes, students will improve their reading skills.
She has researched strategies and organized a "professional learning community" team composed of reading inclusion teachers and staff members.
Volunteers attend training sessions and are matched with students who share similar interests. The first group of volunteers, mainly parents and grandparents, responded to letters sent home with report cards.
More tutors are needed. Sessions are scheduled Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during study hall. Volunteers may tutor once or twice a week. To ignite a love of reading in a child, call Principal Jim Gaghan at 704-799-0187 or e-mail Sedberry at email@example.com.
February art show
Local artists Barbara Earnshaw, Nell Landers and Mary Luke's exhibit "Three Perspectives" opened during the February Art Walk at the Depot. The show, sponsored by the Mooresville Artist Guild, runs through the end of this month.
Working in pastels, watercolors, oils, acrylics and colored pencils, the women have produced a varied array of paintings and sketches.
Some of Earnshaw's paintings depict scenes of the Gulf Coast, while others focus on people. "After the Tea Party" recounts an afternoon from Earnshaw's childhood.
Luke's autumnal scenes transport the viewer to woodlands and rural life. Her series of butterflies invite the viewer to take a closer look.
Landers is compiling a children's art history, according to interpretations of artists' cats, and has included four pieces in the exhibit. In a departure from James Whistler's unsmiling mother, Landers has added a faint smile to the old woman's face in "Whistler's Kitty Makes His Mom Smile."
In one section of every gallery there are three paintings of a single subject, with each artist's interpretation. Three pieces entered in a recent multimedia competition, "Women Paint Women," are showcased. The exhibit should appeal to a wide audience.
The Mooresville Artist Guild has sent out a call for young artists to enter its seventh annual Youth Art Month show, scheduled for March.
All students in public or private schools, as well as and home-schooled students, in Iredell County are eligible. Each art teacher can submit three pieces. Parents or guardians can submit an entry for a student.
Students in kindergarten through high school can enter. Cash prizes and participation ribbons will be awarded in four age groups. Awards will be presented for first, second, third places and honorable mention at a children's reception March 11.
Each young artist can submit one piece of work. Two-dimensional art does not have to be framed but should be matted. Chairperson Nell Landers would be delighted to receive some three-dimensional art.
"The kids are thoroughly delighted to have their work hung in the gallery,'' Landers said.
Entry forms are available at the Depot Art Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave. Entries should be delivered to the Depot between 1-4 p.m. Feb. 24, 25 or 26. Contact Landers at 704-902-8066.