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Cabarrus County Schools

Free lunches: The Cabarrus County Schools Nutrition Department is providing provide free lunches for children ages 18 and younger at select locations throughout the community through Aug. 7. No identification or reservations are required. Some sites will also offer free breakfasts to qualified participants. For details, visit or call 866-348-6479. Meals are served as follows:

Breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Rebuilding the Walls of Worship Center and Esther's Heart, Barber Scotia College, 145 Cabarrus Ave., Concord. 704-408-7804.

Lunch, noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Rock Hill AME Zion Church, 3620 Rock Hill Church Road, Concord. 704-782-9625.

Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, The Refuge Hope Center, 1030A Central Drive, Concord. 704-788-2400.

Luncheon: Sponsorship registration is open for the Cabarrus County Education Foundation’s annual Corporate Luncheon, to be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Corporate sponsorships begins at $250. For details, contact Rachel Wilkes at or visit

Patriots STEM Elementary

Summer office hours: The office will be open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday during summer vacation. Enrollment hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Appointments can be made for special circumstances by contacting the school at 704-455-1882.

C.C. Griffin Middle

Gryphon Football Camp: Gryphon Football Camp will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 11-13 in the C.C. Griffin Middle School gym for rising seventh and eighth graders who are interested in playing football at C.C. Griffin Middle. Cost is $40. For details, visit

Northwest Cabarrus Middle

Fall sport interest meeting: The county-mandated parent interest meeting for seventh- and eighth-grade football and softball will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the main gym. A parent or guardian be attend this meeting before their child can try out. Parents who are unable to attend the meeting should contact the coach of their child’s specific team. Details are available at

Kannapolis City Schools

Victory lap: Employees from all locations of Kannapolis City Schools came together on June 15 to celebrate a successful school year by walking a victory lap around A.L. Brown High School. All staff members wore green to show their dedication to public education.

Kannapolis Middle

Teacher of the Month: Mary Beth Jung, an exceptional children’s resource teacher at Kannapolis Middle School, received the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month Award for June. This is Jung’s 16th year teaching at Kannapolis Middle. To nominate a teacher for the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month, visit

A.L. Brown High

Graduation: A total of 354 students graduated from A.L. Brown High during its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015 on June 13. This year, 19 seniors graduated summa cum laude, 17 graduated magna cum laude and 32 seniors who graduated cum laude. Senior class president Arionna Wilkerson and valedictorian Briana Landis addressed the graduates. The keynote speaker was A.L. Brown English teacher and 1973 A.L. Brown graduate Larry Efird. Efird was chosen by the graduates to be their commencement speaker. The graduation ceremony was held in the A.L. Brown Memorial Stadium. To view a video of the entire graduation ceremony, visit

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Awards and recognitions: Several students were recognized for their achievements at the college’s recent Student Leadership Awards Banquet and later introduced to the college’s board of trustees during their monthly meeting. Students recognized include: Becky Campbell, Outstanding Community Service Award; Kaylee Linthicum, Cabarrus Rotaract Club member, Silver Leadership Award; Jordan Kiser, Rowan-Cabarrus Radiography Club member, Golden Leadership Award; Letitia Dennis-Boger, Phi Theta Kappa officer, Eddie H. Myers Leadership Award; Angela Lore, Student Life Award.


Gap Year: Dallas Sims, a homeschool graduate from Concord, was one of 40 students recently commissioned by Impact 360 Institute Gap Year. Sims will spend nine months on campus in Pine Mountain, Georgia, learning how to live and serve in a biblical community. Gap Year students learn biblical worldview and apologetics in the classroom, and spend time at Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, learning the company’s SERVE model of leadership. They also participate in local service projects and partake in short-term mission projects in Brazil for a month of their Gap Year. Sims will spend 10 weeks serving as a camp counselor for WinShape Boys Camp and as an instructor for Impact 360’s Propel My Life leadership training course for high school students at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Sims plans to major in business and organizational leadership with a double major in Bible at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, this fall. Impact 360 Gap Year is a program of Impact 360 Institute, an organization resourced and supported by Lifeshape, Inc.

Cannon School

Summer honors opportunity: William Exson, a rising sophomore at Cannon School in Concord and son of Laurie and Ed Exson of Charlotte, was selected to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts June 28-30. The Congress is an honors-only program for the country's top STEM students. Exson was nominated to represent North Carolina by American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. During the three-day Congress, Exson will join students from across the country to hear Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners discuss leading scientific research. He will also receive advice from deans of the world’s top technical universities and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.