Students from 13 area schools collected canned goods during the 10th annual Castle of Cans Food Drive, part of Hickory's Oktoberfest celebration that ends today.
Local Boy Scouts built a “castle of cans” near the cannon on Union Square on Saturday.
Donated items will be distributed to the Corner Table of Newton, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries, the Family Care Center, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Hickory Soup Kitchen and the Salvation Army.
Participating schools were Startown Elementary, H. M. Arndt Middle, Grandview Middle, Jacobs Fork Middle, Newton-Conover Middle, Northview Middle, Bandys High, Fred T. Foard High, Hickory High, Maiden High, St. Stephens High, Catawba Valley Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne University.
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The Freedom High School Student Council recently began a school-wide recycling program along with the Athletic Booster Club.
Patriot Red containers were placed around the campus for students and staff to recycle plastic, cans and bottles. Specially marked containers also were placed at the football field in Burke County.
Hillcrest Elementary in Burke held an open house on Sept. 29 to promote literacy.
Volunteers from the Optimist Club and Patton Anchor Club, Hillcrest faculty and staff read with students in tents set up in the gym.
A book fair also was held. The Burke Literacy Council and the school's Title I program distributed free books to each family.
Gamewell Middle School was recently named a Green Ribbon School in the N.C. Positive Behavior Support Initiative annual recognition program.
Gamewell Middle will be featured on the N.C. Public Schools Web site and will be recognized at the “Coming Together” conference in November.
Caldwell Early College High School was named a model school finalist in the N.C. New Schools Project Learning Lab Initiative.
Only six schools were selected for final consideration.
South Caldwell High School will receive grant funds from Picturing America, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).
William Lenoir Middle School Chorus was one of two middle school choruses in the state to perform at the N.C. Music Educators conference in Winston Salem.
Carla Reid is the choral director.
K-2 teachers, literacy specialists, and ESL teachers from Lyle Creek, Murray, and Claremont elementary schools are undergoing training in reading foundations this semester.
Designed by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the course features master's level training on how to teach children to read and how to work with struggling readers.
Retired literacy specialist Reba Walden is leading the 30-hour course.
The St. Stephens High School girls' volleyball teams hosted a fundraiser match called “Volley for the Cure” on Oct. 7. It was the first such fundraiser in the CVAC conference.
During the games against Foard High School, survivors of breast cancer in the audience were recognized.
Players on both teams wore pink jerseys and conducted a pink rose ceremony to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection. The women also played with a commemorative pink and white volleyball.
Tables with educational material were set up for community awareness. Proceeds from T-shirts were given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Maiden school community gathered Oct. 4 at the Downtown Maiden Fire Department to celebrate “That's What Friends Are For” Day.
The event benefited Allen Bowman and Lance Schronce, two Maiden High students fighting cancer. The day included a hamburger and hot dog sale, bake sale and car wash.
Maiden High School organizations sponsoring the event were Varsity Blue, Chorus, the baseball team, wrestling team, Interact Club, Science Club, Student Council and culinary classes. Members of the Maiden Fire Department also contributed.
A “Meet the Candidates” forum is set for 7 p.m. Monday in the St. Stephens High School Auditorium.
Voters in the Maiden and Bandys feeder area will have an opportunity to hear school board candidates' platforms, with a meet-and-greet session to follow.
Lyle Creek Elementary School will host a community blood drive for the American Red Cross on Friday.
The blood drive will be 3-7:30 p.m. To sign up to give blood, call school counselor Dedra Whitener at 828-464-0299.
The Hickory High School Chorus Fall Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the auditorium.
Newton-Conover City Schools will sponsor a community Pep Rally at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 after the Newton-Conover High/Hickory soccer match.
Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item for people in need.
Fall athletes from Newton-Conover middle and high schools will be recognized along with two N.C. Youth Football League teams. Cheerleaders and band members will lead the pep rally.