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East Mecklenburg High

"Race to Nowhere": On Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., East Meck High will host a screening of "Race to Nowhere." Vickie Abeles' film "examines the pressure placed on students through mandatory testing, excessive homework and an education culture obsessed with achievement" said WFAE-FM's Scott Graf. In an interview with Abeles prior to the screening at the Omni Montessori school in October, the director summed up one of the film's key talking points: "So many classrooms have become test prep centers rather than places for young people to engage in learning and to see learning as a lifelong skill. We're losing the critical-thinking skills, the problem-solving skills." The film, which will be in the school's auditorium, will be followed by a brief discussion period. Admission is free but registration is required:

Academy of Engineering: For parents and students wanting more information about East's Academy of Engineering, there will be information sessions at the East Meck Media Center from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Jan. 31 and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Contact AOE Director Penny Ratchford at

Ardrey Kell High

Dance marathon: Registration has begun for the Dance Marathon to support the Children's Miracle Network. Registration for a commitment to dance and stand for 6.5 hours and raise a minimum of $50 is $20 through Jan. 15; starting Jan. 16, registration is $25. Balloons will be sold for $1 in support of the marathon during both lunchtime sessions.

Financial aid info: The Financial Aid Information Night will be Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. in the media center. A representative from Davidson College will answer questions regarding FAFSA and scholarships.

Financial aid: FAFSA Day is offered by College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the State Employees' Credit Union each February. On Feb. 19, college financial aid officers and other volunteers will help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. The program is open to students who plan to attend college in the 2011-12 academic year. To register, go to

Charlotte Catholic

Spirit Night: The Charlotte Catholic High School Foundation Spirit Night will be Jan. 13 at Time Warner Cable Arena, where the Charlotte Checkers hockey team will take on the Manchester Monarchs at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the Charlotte Catholic Choral Group will perform the National Anthem. Visit the Charlotte Catholic website: