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Compiled by Andria Krewson

Concord High

Fire Engine Dedication: The Concord High School Fire Academy dedicated and took possession of a 1973 American LaFrance fire engine formerly used by the City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety. During the ceremony, the engine was officially named "The Black Widow" in honor of the school's mascot - the spider. Through a special agreement, the Cabarrus County Board of Education is leasing the equipment from the City of Concord for $1 per year for five years. Previously, the Fire Department provided a reserve engine to the academy regularly. Leasing the unit will provide the academy with an on-site educational and training tool without affecting the fire department. The school's program, in its third year, has an enrollment of more than 120 students. The Concord High School Fire Academy is led by Chief David Barlow.

W.M. Irvin Elementary

Library grant: The State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, has awarded W.M. Irvin Elementary School a grant to help strengthen its library's book collection. The $10,000 School Library Collection Development Grant was one of 114 awarded this year to public school libraries statewide with federal Library Services and Technology Act funds.

"This school library collection grant helps us build a strong book collection to support the school's curriculum," said Irvin Principal Lauren Finely. "We struggle to maintain a collection that is current and meets student needs, but this grant will definitely help," she added, noting that the grant will be used to update materials that have become outdated due to new information or technology.

. The single-year grants are to buy books only and are not offered to replace existing funding for the library. Each dollar from grants must be matched with at least 25 cents in local funds. School funds matched the grant for W.M. Irvin Elementary. W.M. Irvin has 13,726 books in its library, serving the nearly 700 students at the school. The media center is staffed by Media Coordinator Ann Blackwelder.

Harrisburg Elementary

10th Anniversary: The school will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a drop-in reception 2-4 p.m. Sept. 19, 3900 Stallings Road, Harrisburg. Students and former students, parents, staff and community members are invited to attend to view memorabilia along with current mementos and artwork. Details: 704-455-5118.

Cabarrus County Schools

College Fair: The 2010 College Fair is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Boys and Girls Club of Concord, 247 Spring St.

Pfeiffer University

Art exhibit: The work of two Lake Norman artists best known for their paintings and drawings of the human anatomy will be on display during "Go Figure," a celebration of the human form, through Sept. 24. Paintings and figure drawings by Adele Goodman of Mooresville and Roger Hicks of Cornelius will be exhibited in the Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery at Pfeiffer University. An artist reception is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16 in the gallery, which is in Goode Hall on the Misenheimer campus. The reception and exhibit are free. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday except during special events.