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Cabarrus County Schools
Leadership program: Principals Raymond Aldredge of Harris Road Middle School and Sandy Ward of R. Brown McAllister Elementary School recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program. The DLP is a yearlong leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association in partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and UNC-LearnNC. The DLP uses a nontraditional professional development model that is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. The yearlong program allows principals to attend face-to-face sessions once every other month while accessing online assignments, materials and coaching in between. The experience is designed to help principals build the capacity of their schools and their own leadership skills. The DLP is offered in three North Carolina locations: Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte.
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Patriots STEM Elementary
Water fundraiser: Fourth-grade Academically Intellectually Gifted students recently coordinated a fundraiser for the international nonprofit organization Charity: Water. Students decided to launch the campaign after Jill Spencer, AIG coordinator, introduced the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park to her class. The decided to help the Mavericks Club at Hickory Ridge Middle School, which collects money for Charity: Water. To raise awareness among their peers, students created original commercials and set up an information station at field day. Their efforts yielded more than $2,000 in donations for Charity: Water in two days.
J.N. Fries Magnet Middle
Debate team win: During its inaugural year, the J.N. Fries Forensics Debate Team placed fifth in a recent statewide competition. The team placed in four out of six categories. Individual winners were Madelyn Taylor, fifth place; Scout Burch, fifth place; Audrey Ladelle, fifth place; Hana Kamran, seventh place; Chris Little, 13th place; Amber Kelly, fourth place. The team’s wins earned it 50 points toward the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics Challenge Cup.
Cox Mill High
Fundraising campaign: The Cox Mill Bible Teaching Association recently launched a Go Fund Me campaign with a goal of raising $21,500 by July 1 to support the group’s goal to continue offering Bible classes at Cox Mill for another school year. Donations of all amounts are accepted. The Cox Mill Bible Teaching Association was founded in 2009 by parents of Cox Mill High School students who wanted to see the Bible taught in the public school. The classes are officially recognized by Cabarrus County Schools as a history elective. For details or to contribute to the campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/coxmillbible.
Northwest Cabarrus High
Golf tournament: The Trojan Connect Mentoring Program will host its inaugural golf tournament at 10 a.m. July 27 at the Irish Creek Country Club, 1196 Fairway Drive, Kannapolis. Cost is $80 per person or $320 per team. Proceeds from the event will benefit at-risk students in the school-wide mentoring program who are seeking a high school diploma. For details about participating or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kelly Mavropoulos at 704-788-4111 ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, visit www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Page/38381.
Kannapolis City Schools
Free summer lunch program: Kannapolis City Schools will offer a free summer lunch program 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays June 22-Aug. 6 in the Shady Brook Elementary School cafeteria, 903 Rogers Lake Road, and in the A.L. Brown High School cafeteria, 415 E. First St. Lunches are not served on Fridays. The program will be open to anyone age 18 or younger. Children ages 18 and younger do not have to live in Kannapolis or attend Kannapolis City Schools to receive a free meal. Adults age 19 and older may buy lunches at summer lunch locations. For details, call 704-933-2619.
Give 5 Read 5: More than 500 students in Kannapolis City Schools will be able to take home free books this summer through the Give 5 Read 5 program. A.L. Brown teacher Cory Stirewalt organized the effort to collect books in the district by reaching out to district principals and asking them to invite students, staff and parents to donate books. The effort brought in donations of more than 2,200 new and gently used books for students to take home over the summer. All the books that were collected were stored at the Kannapolis branch of the State Employees Credit Union, which is an active supporter of the Give 5 Read 5 program. Stirewalt serves on the credit union’s board of directors. Credit union staff members sorted the books in preparation for distribution to KCS elementary schools and Kannapolis Intermediate School. Each school received hundreds of books for students to read over the summer. The book collection was part of the statewide Give 5 Read 5 program, which was started by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. It is designed to help stop summer learning loss and make sure all students have books to read over the summer.
Forest Park Elementary
Essay contest: Fourth-grader Victoria Hernandez of Forest Park Elementary School won second place in a Mothers’ Day essay contest sponsored by Mary Beth Ballantine’s State Farm Insurance Agency. Victoria is a student in Amy Irvin’s class. Nearly 200 students from public and private schools all over Cabarrus County competed in the contest, which challenged students to write about why they think their mothers are superheroes. Mary Beth Ballantine presented Victoria with her prizes on May 27, and Victoria read her winning essay aloud for her mother, classmates and teacher. Irvin also received a prize. The Mary Beth Ballantine State Farm Insurance Agency sponsors the essay contest each year as a way to honor mothers, promote the importance of writing and thank the winning students’ teachers for the work they do.
A.L. Brown High
Scholarships: The 2015 graduating class of A.L. Brown High School has earned more than $775,000 in college scholarships. The awards include money to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University, Meredith College, the Citadel, Howard University, Appalachian State University, Catawba College, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, East Carolina University, Hampton University, UNC Pembroke, Liberty University and many other colleges and universities. More than 50 students in the class of 2015 have earned college scholarships.
Governor’s School: Two Cannon School students are among 610 high school students attending North Carolina Governor’s School this summer. Rising senior Austin Coale of Concord is the son of Stuart and Melissa Coale. He will be studying math during the five-week session, beginning June 21 on the campus of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Rising senior Daniel Patton of Midland is the son of George and Lindsey Patton. He will be studying theater on the campus of Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina beginning June 16. Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically and intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.