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Holiday Shop: Students will be able to visit the school’s Holiday Shop 7:15-8 a.m. daily through Dec. 11 as well as during schedule trips with their classes. For details and photos of some of the available items, visit http://barnettepta.weebly.com/.
Toy drive: The school is conducting its annual holiday toy drive to benefit the Salvation Army Toy Drive through Dec. 12. New, unwrapped toys may be brought to the bins at the school.
Grant awards: Teachers Linda Williams and Sabrina Walters recently received Bright Ideas grants from EnergyUnited to fund classroom learning projects. Williams received $1,992.57 to fund a “Healthy Active Records” project. Walters received $1,973.63 to fund her “Rockin’ Robotics” project. The two were among 27 teachers in the area to receive awards. 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.
J.M. Alexander Middle
Holiday toy drive: The school is collecting toys for the Chase Viktor Kerr Foundation 2014 Holiday Toy Drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off through Dec. 19 at the Media Center. Donations will go to children served by Camp Debbie Lou, Croft Community School, Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital and Novant Health Blume Oncology Clinic.
Carolina International School
International education recognition: At its Nov. 19 annual meeting, the Mu chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars at UNC Charlotte recently chose Carolina International School as this year’s Honorary Member in its society. Phi Beta Delta is an International Honor Society that recognizes the international education achievements of community members and university faculty, staff and students. David Kukielski, Carolina International School head of school, and Pam Batra, the school’s international studies coordinator, attended the meeting to accept the award. The week of Nov. 17-21 is International Education Week.