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Cabarrus County Schools
Summer food service program: The Cabarrus County Schools School Nutrition Program is looking for community organizations interested in providing free breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 and younger during the summer months. The summer food service program will run June 15-Aug. 7 and can operate at city parks, recreation centers, churches and other locations. Applications are due by May 22. Details: www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Page/38174.
Teacher of the Year finalists: The following teachers have been selected as finalists for the Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2015-16: Kelly Bumgardner, Northwest Cabarrus Middle School; Ashley Chastain, A.T. Allen Elementary School; Jessica Enlow, Cox Mill High School; Angela Martin, J.N. Fries Magnet School; and Ryan Shaver, Mount Pleasant High School. The winner will be announced during a celebration at Hickory Ridge High School on May 5.
C.C. Griffin Elementary
National presentations: C.C. Griffin Middle School Principal Kristy Bullock, seventh-grade math teacher and Professional Learning Team facilitator Julie Cline, and math facilitator Chris Cline presented a session at the national Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference in Houston, Texas, on March 23. They presented the session, titled “From Teacher-Led to Student-Centered: Changing Our Math Classrooms,” with Michelle Stephan, mathematics professor at UNC Charlotte.
Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary
Book donations: The school is new and clean, gently-used books appropriate for kindergarteners through fifth-graders as part of the Give Five-Read Five program. Books can be dropped off in the front office or in the Media Center.
Technology and Engineering Extravaganza: The schools will celebrate STEM at 6 p.m. April 23 with a Technology and Engineering Extravaganza. Students will display their technology creations from the past school year, and families will work together to make either a car or a parachute using the school’s design process. At 6:30 p.m., first-graders will perform their Spring Concert in the gymnasium.
Hickory Ridge Middle
Test proctors: Volunteers are needed to help proctor the North Carolina end of grade and final examinations 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. May 28-June 10. Proctors assist teachers in distributing test materials and monitoring students during testing. Some days, as many as 80 extra adults are needed in the classrooms. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to proctor. To help out, visit http://tinyurl.com/lb9s2rk.
Cox Mill High
Spring Plant Sale: Cox Mill High will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 10 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 11 at the school’s greenhouse at 1355 Cox Mill Road, Concord. The sale will include flowering plants and starts for the vegetable garden. Details: Tyrone Williams at 704-788-6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay M. Robinson High
Film festival fundraiser: The Cabarrus County High School Film Festival will be held 7-9 p.m. April 13 in the auditorium at Jay M. Robinson High. The event is a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For a minimum donation of $2, students may submit homemade films for the competition. Submissions are due by April 8. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Students must submit completed waiver forms with their entries. Forms are available at http://bit.ly/1G9XXR1.
Kannapolis City Schools
Service project: Nine Kannapolis City Schools students recently volunteered to help with the sixth annual Birthing Hope Tea, a fundraiser for a midwife program sponsored by local nonprofit organization Construction Health and Relief Acts. The organization, founded and led by Kannapolis residents Ron and Carol McDonald, focuses on children, mothers and communities in rural villages in East Africa where resources are limited. The McDonalds live on the Island of Zanzibar most of the year, working to provide health education, safe water solutions, construction projects and emergency relief help to the villages there. The students who served tea and snacks to attendees at the March 21 event included: Sierra Harvey, Jenna Waugh and Kayla Waugh from A.L. Brown High School and Alexus Litaker, Josie Laliemthavixay, Makenzie Davis, Alyssa Johnson, Tricia Hicks and Abby Streble from Kannapolis Middle School. The initiative provides education and clean birth kits for midwives to help reduce the infant mortality rate in Zanzibar villages.
Jackson Park Elementary
Garden grant: Jackson Park Elementary School recently received a grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for nearly $5,000. The money, awarded through a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, will be used to build an outdoor classroom and garden at the school. The grant will provide raised beds, tools, a storage shed, picnic tables for collaborative learning and an outdoor display board for student work. Students will be able to choose flowers, fruits, vegetables or herbs to plant in the garden beds and will make science-related observations throughout the school year on plant structure, needs, life cycle, and response to environmental conditions. Jackson Park Elementary STEM teacher Jacki Lane applied for the grant. The outdoor garden and classroom project is scheduled to be completed at the school later this spring.
Summer camps: Camp Cannon has 120 enrichment camps available this summer for children ages 3 to 18. Camps will focus on the arts, sports, science and technology and college preparation. Camp Cannon runs June 8 through July 31 with the exception of the week of June 29. Most camp sessions are offered 9 a.m.-noon or 1- 4 p.m. Full-day sessions are also available. Before and after camp care is available 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Camp offerings for older students include video game programming, Photoshop, web design, mod design with Minecraft, Java programming and mobile app development, jazz band introduction, youth rock orchestra and study skills. Cannon School is at 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Details: www.campcannon.com.