School news: Cabarrus

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Cabarrus County Schools

Bus safety changes: Cabarrus County Schools bus drivers are now using a standard crossing signal to protect students when they need to cross the street to board the bus or after exiting the bus. This change was put in place by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services. For details about the signal and how it works, visit

Jewelry raffle: The Cabarrus County Education Foundation is raffling off a pair of emerald drop earrings donated by Ellis Jewelers to as a fundraiser for CCEF programs. The earrings are 14-karat white gold with emeralds and diamonds in a drop design. The retail value is $1,500. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at the CCEF’s annual luncheon on Sept. 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Participants need not be present to win. Tickets can be bought in person at 4401 Old Airport Road, Concord, or online at Those who make a donation to the CCEF via the webpage will receive raffle tickets in their names in the increments of one ticket for $5 and five tickets for $20.

Classroom mini-grants: The Cabarrus County Education Foundation is accepting applications for its Classroom Mini-Grant Program through Oct. 13. All teachers in Cabarrus County public schools are eligible to apply for funding to help pay for a project outside of normal school expenditures that fulfill the following criteria: elevated scope, creativity and innovation, low cost/high impact ratio, sustainability and alignment with Cabarrus County School curriculum goals. Project allowances are $250-$500. For an application, visit For details or to learn about becoming a corporate sponsor for the program, contact Rachel Wilkes at 704-262-6246 or

Boger Elementary

Family Fun Night: The first Family Fun Night of the new school year will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at Frye’s Roller Rink, 2800 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian the entire time they are at the event. Participants should mention Boger when paying for admission at the rink. The next Family Fun Night will be Nov. 4.

Harrisburg Elementary

PTA meeting: 6:30-7 p.m. Sept. 10

Patriots STEM Elementary

All Pro Dads meeting: 7-7:45 a.m. Sept. 4

Harris Road Middle

Dining Out Day: Dining Out Day is 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 9 at Papa John’s Pizza, 10050 Edison Square Drive, Suite A-101, Highland Creek, Concord. Orders will be for delivery or takeout. Families should mention that they are with Harris Road Middle when ordering. Papa John’s will donate a portion of the day’s and evening’s proceeds to Harris Road Middle. To order, call 704-875-7284. Dine Out Day happens the second Wednesday of each month. For details, contact the PTSO at

Early College High

Spirit wear: Orders and payments for Early College’s annual spirit wear sale are due Sept. 4. Items ordered will be delivered before Sept. 25. For details, visit

Northwest Cabarrus High

Class rings: Jostens will be on campus during lunch periods Sept. 2-3 taking orders for class rings and other items for seniors. A separate shopping session will be held for parents 3-6 p.m. Sept. 2.

Cannon School

Record enrollment: Cannon School opened its school year on Aug. 17 with the largest student body in its history. During the summer, construction was completed on a dining hall expansion and renovated middle school space. The space includes a science lab, multipurpose area and ThinkTank room that features 3-D printers, robotics, circuitry and hardware to help integrate science and technology with the arts.

Carolina International School

Record enrollment: Carolina International School, the first public charter school in Cabarrus County, opened for its 12th school year on Aug. 17 with record enrollment of 832 students and a new 12th-grade class. Last year, the school finished with around 715 students. Construction of a new school gym is underway with completion slated for Oct. 1. However, due to the significant increase in enrollment, the gym will be subdivided into eight classrooms for the next few years until money can be raised to build 16 additional permanent classrooms. The school plans to kick off a capital campaign in the near future to address this need.

East Carolina University

Medical school scholarship: Anthony Botros, a medical student from Concord, was recently awarded the Brody Scholar scholarship award at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. Botros is one of three students in the medical school’s class of 2019 chosen for the annual award, valued at around $112,000. He will receive four years of medical school tuition, living expenses and the opportunity to design his own summer enrichment program that can include travel abroad. The award will also support community service projects he may undertake while in medical school. In 2014, Botros completed degrees in biology and chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he served as vice president of his senior class. Since the Brody Scholar program began in 1983, 131 students have received scholarships. Also a graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, Botros is the son of Nader and Heba Botros of Waxhaw.