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Compiled by Tracy Yochum

Cannon School

School Readiness: Parents of preschool-age children will learn the ages and stages of child development and help determine the best education program for their children. Child development expert Cheryl Wolfe will speak 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 16 in the sanctuary of Davidson United Methodist Preschool, 233 S. Main St., Davidson.

"Adopting" Coddle Creek: The school has officially adopted Coddle Creek through the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Division of Water Resources. Students will conduct two visual monitoring and litter clean up sessions per year during their participation in the division's Stream Watch program. Eighth-graders have been collecting trash for the past two years in and along the banks of Coddle Creek in the spring and fall. All trash collected is weighed and reported to the Division of Water Resources, and a water quality report is sent to the division. Students have found tires, car parts, socks and shoes, large green trash cans, Styrofoam plates and cups, as well as hundreds of plastic bottles and wrappers. Coddle Creek flows through the school's 65-acre campus.

Harris Road Middle

Instruments needed: Band Director Scott Mills is seeking donations of band wind Instruments such as flutes, clarinets, trumpets and trombones. Drop them off at the school, 1251 Patriot Plantation Blvd., Concord. Details: or 704-782-2002.

Cox Mill High, Harris Road Middle

Chinese guest teachers For the first time, students at Cox Mill High School and Harris Road Middle School will begin classes that teach them how to speak Chinese. The two schools are part of a network of 16 schools in 12 school districts in North Carolina welcoming guest language teachers from China through the Center for International Understanding. The guest teachers have assignments for up-to-three-years in North Carolina.

Cabarrus County Schools

Enrollment: Cabarrus County Schools officially kicked off the 2010-2011 school year with nearly 28,000 students.

West Pont

Basic training: Cadet William Mace, son of David and Jane Mace of Concord, has completed Cadet Basic Training at the United States Military Academy. Mace is a June 2010 graduate of Jay M. Robinson High School. Mace entered West Point June 28 and has successfully completed six weeks of Cadet Basic Training. Also referred to as "Beast Barracks," cadet basic training is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter during their four years at the academy. The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological, and chemical training. Mace began classes Aug. 16. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a bachelor of science degree. He plans to graduate in 2014 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Grants: From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College received 21 grant awards totaling $2.654 million, a single-year grant-funding record for the college. Funded projects include scholarships for students with financial need, a major updating of RCCC's IT infrastructure, the JobsNOW certificate programs, initiatives to develop new curriculum, and programs to help students quit smoking and assist local citizens adversely impacted by changes in the tobacco industry. The funding agencies include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation, the Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation, the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund, the North Carolina Community College System, the Proctor Foundation, and the N.C. BioNetwork. More than 40 faculty and staff members worked on grant-writing projects during the year.

Pfeiffer University

Endowment: Pfeiffer alumna and Cabarrus County resident Jacquelyn Burrage Lafferty recently endowed a scholarship to benefit students who are from Cabarrus County. A member of Pfeiffer College's class of 1964, Lafferty has remained a supporter of the campus community. Her father, the late Robert Burrage was a member of Pfeiffer Junior College's class of 1938 who later served as a member of the university's board of trustees and was honored with trustee emeritus status. Burrage and his wife, Jackie, also established a scholarship at Pfeiffer, the Jacquelyn B. and Robert L. Burrage Jr. Endowed Scholarship, which assists students from Cabarrus and Stanly counties.

New director: Dr. Keonya Booker, of Charlotte, has been named the director of Graduate Student Development and Academic Success. Booker most recently served as director of continuing education of the Metropolitan College at Johnson C. Smith University. She assumed her position at Pfeiffer Aug. 9.

Homecoming 2010: Free concert by American beach band the Catalinas will be held on the front lawn of the Misenheimer campus during Pfeiffer University's 125th Anniversary event. Homecoming will be held Sept. 24-26. or 704-463-3076.

"Employment practices for our churches": As part of its ongoing efforts to offer resources to local church leaders, both clergy and lay, Pfeiffer University will sponsor a daylong session that will provide useful employment practices and information to help congregations deliver an effective ministry. Led by the Rev. Joy T. Melton, chief resource officer of the United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust, the session will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30 on the university's Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Road. $30 per person and includes lunch. RSVP by Sept. 27. To register or for more information: Kathleen Kilbourne 704- 945-7315 or