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The Northwest Cabarrus High School swim team took on two community outreach programs this academic year. Eight team members, with Robert Kirk, in yellow, chief of staff to the Office of the Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, and Barry Shoemaker, chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Education, participated in the Rotary Global Swimarathon, sponsored by the Cabarrus Rotary Club at the West Cabarrus YMCA.
The Northwest Cabarrus High School swim team took on two community outreach programs this academic year. Eight team members, with Robert Kirk, in yellow, chief of staff to the Office of the Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, and Barry Shoemaker, chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Education, participated in the Rotary Global Swimarathon, sponsored by the Cabarrus Rotary Club at the West Cabarrus YMCA. COURTESY OF RENE PRAGER

Mother-daughter duo receive award: Lynne Scott Safrit, president and CEO of Castle and Cooke and leader of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, and Elizabeth Safrit, 2014 Miss United States, received the 2015 Heart of Grace Award from Pfeiffer University on April 15.

The Heart of Grace Award celebrates the achievements of Charlotte-area women whose lives and work embody servant leadership in their communities and the world.

Lynne Safrit is a graduate of Catawba College who also holds a master’s degree from UNC Charlotte and a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves on the board of trustees at Catawba College, Bank of the Carolinas, Gertrude Hinson Charitable Trust and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

She is also is president of the board of directors of the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corporation, president of the advisory board for the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services, president of the board of directors for the North Carolina Arboretum and president of the advisory board for the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.

A Kannapolis resident, she was named the 2007 Citizen of the Year for the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, inducted into the Catawba College Business Hall of Fame in 2007 and named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2011.

Elizabeth Safrit, the reigning Miss United States, finished second runner up at the 64th Annual Miss World competition in London in December. She supports the Ronald McDonald House, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital and Beauty with a Purpose.

She recently graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Safrit is a spokeswoman for Rock the Vote, which encourages young people to become politically engaged.

Operation Kidsafe: Operation Kidsafe, a digital fingerprint and photo safety program, will hold workshops 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4-7, 3-6 p.m. May 8 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at Zammitti Orthodontics, 10040 Edison Square Drive in Concord.

Parents can obtain a free child safety kit, including digital fingerprints and a photograph, along with safety tips and information on how to set up a family safety action plan.

All children 1 years old and older, as well as special needs adults, are encouraged to participate in the free event. No photographs or digital fingerprints are stored in a database.

No appointments are necessary. For information, call 866-962-5487.

Small business Saturday: Historic Downtown Concord will host Small Business Saturday on April 25.

Patrons who make a purchase at any participating business will be entered into a drawing for $100 in Downtown Concord Dollars. Customers who donate a nonperishable food item when making a purchase will receive a second drawing registration slip. All items will be donated to the Cooperative Christian Ministry’s Food Pantry.

Art festival: Artists of all levels are invited to enter their work in the Spring into Arts Festival planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 in downtown Concord.

The unique sculptures or functional items can use metal springs of any size or type or can use an artist’s interpretation of a spring. Entries will be displayed at the festival.

Patrons who make purchases at downtown shops and restaurants during the festival can vote on their favorite spring creation.

For more information, email diane@concorddowntown.com or Kristin@concorddowntown.com or call 704-784-4208.

Blood donors honored: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas recently honored its top area blood drive hosts and donors from 2014. More than 200 people attended the Charlotte event at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, which was emceed by Kristen Miranda of WBTV.

Dave Oman of Kannapolis and Kim Wyatt of Concord were among seven honorees named Whole Blood Donors who have blood seven times in one year.

William Ingram of Kannapolis was named a Sickle Cell Hero. He was one of four Charlotte regional honorees who have six times, either through whole blood donation or a combination of whole blood and double red cell donation in direct support of local sickle cell patients.

Vaughn Combs of Kannapolis, Sandra Thomas of Harrisburg, Billy Staton of Concord and Pat Cagle of Kannapolis where named the Most Impactful Platelet Donors from the Concord Donation Center. They gave the highest number of platelet units or had the highest frequency of donation in 2014.

Swim team gives back: The Northwest Cabarrus High School swim team took on two community outreach programs this academic year.

Eight team members participated in the Rotary Global Swimarathon, sponsored by the Cabarrus Rotary Club at the West Cabarrus YMCA. Locally, the Rotary Club raised $1,700.

The swim team also collected nonperishable food items at its Awards Ceremony. The drive netted 72 cans of soup and 106 packages of cheese crackers, which were donated during spring break to students with the highest needs. More than 45 percent of Northwest Cabarrus High students receive free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch. Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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