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J.V. Washam Elementary
Holiday Shop: The J.V. Washam Holiday Shop will open with a family shopping day 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6 at the school. The shop will also be open to students during assigned class shopping times the week of Dec. 8-12. The Holiday Shop not be open before school this year.
Torrence Creek Elementary
Grant awards: Teacher Stephanie Reid recently received a Bright Ideas grant for $186 from EnergyUnited to fund her learning project, “To Act or Not to Act, That is the Social Studies Question.” Reid was among 27 teachers in the area to receive an award. In November, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives awarded teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas Education grants to support creative learning initiatives. Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process. The application process will reopen in April 2015. Details: www.energyunited.com or www.ncbrightideas.com
International Night: Bailey’s annual International Night will be held 6 p.m. Feb. 19 to highlight the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of Bailey families. Parents and students are needed to volunteer as ambassadors for their region or country by decorating a booth, dressing in traditional clothing and sharing art, food, music and games. Tables will be provided. Students who participate with their families will receive extra credit in a subject of their choice. Students who attend the event and get their “passports” stamped will receive extra credit in social studies. Families can sign up to volunteer at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084eaeaf2caa8-bailey.
Corporate sponsors: Local businesses are sought to partner with Hough as corporate sponsors. Sponsorships fund programs including scholarships, graduation projects, the homecoming parade, the Powderpuff Football Game, teacher appreciation events, school beautification efforts and more. Details: Maxine Williams at MaxineWilliams5@gmail.com.
Drivers education classes: Jordan Driving School is registering students for two sessions of drivers educations classes at Hough. Classes will run 2:30-5 p.m. weekdays Feb. 10-27 or March 9-26. Space is available for 35 students. Cost is $55. Prepayment is required. Details and registration: 704-566-9900 or www.jordandrivingschoolcharlotte.com
SouthLake Christian Academy
Mission fund drive: SouthLake Christian Academy’s Student Missions Fellowship is leading fundraising efforts to benefit the street boys in Kusi, Peru. For more than 10 years, SouthLake has partnered with Scripture Union to minister to youth ages 3-18 at the Boys Home of Kusi. The Missions Fellowship hopes to raise $24,000 by Christmas to buy a new transportation van for the Boys Home because its old van was destroyed in an accident during the summer. The group has already raised $12,000 in private donations for the cause. Fundraising initiatives include a bake sale during the Christmas in Davidson event 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in downtown Davidson, and classroom fundraising competitions Dec. 1-5 with winners receiving uniform passes to wear the clothing of their choice for one day. Details: www.southlakechristian.org