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Fundraiser: Senior Stephanie Schauder and junior Tim Gruber turned a personal goal into a fundraiser to benefit cancer research Nov. 12. Along with 250 of their friends and supporters, the group ran nearly 14 miles from Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville to Cannon's Concord Campus to raise more than $16,000 for Relay for Life Mooresville, Lake Norman. The two students also worked with local officials and school administrators to organize a 5-mile run to school, a campus 5K and a "fun run" for younger students for the cause.

Christmas in Davidson: Cannon School's music groups will usher in the holiday during Christmas in Davidson at Davidson United Methodist Church Chapel, S. Main St., Dec. 4, 4-9 p.m. Third Grade Recorder Ensemble, 4 p.m.; Middle and Upper School String Ensemble, 5 p.m.; Middle and Upper School Choirs, 6:30 p.m.; Upper School Chamber Wind Ensemble, 7:15 p.m.; Upper School Jazz Bands, 8 p.m.

College aid seminar: Cannon School invites parents to its Concord campus Dec. 9 to learn strategies to cover the rising costs of college through scholarships and financial aid. The "Funding a College Education" takes place in Taylor Hall at 7 p.m.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Honor Society Inductions: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College inducted 33 students into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at a recently held induction ceremony. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states and U.S. territories, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, and Palau. Phi Theta Kappa offers more than $36 million in scholarships each year.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree course work, earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and declare a major program of study for membership. Students also must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in a two-year college, with a 3.0 GPA. RCCC's fall 2010 Phi Theta Kappa inductees are (listed by town of residence):

Charlotte: Karen Blum, Teraine Cherry, Carleine Kennedy, Lisa Koll, Cheryl Noetzel, Richard Troy; China Grove: Candy Overcash and Joshua Self; Concord: Tiffany Eggers, Kristin Clardy, Sandra Cothran, Julie DeCatsye, Crystal Dowell, Steven Penninger, David Ross, Donald Springsteen, Terri Stanley; Gold Hill : John Elliot; Harrisburg: Kelly Garrell; Kannapolis: Mary Bullock, Cameron Gulledge, Ariel Sledz, Sara Sloop, Christi Woods; Lexington: Katina Craver; Midland: Tamara Ford; New London: Tim Harris; Rockwell: Viktoria Campbell; Salisbury: Robert Childers, Michael Clawson, Debbie Lineberry, Amber Shores, Amber Wallace.

Davidson Day

Giving Back: The Davidson Day Football program delivered items to the Ada Jenkins Center for families in need for the holiday season. The members delivered more than 200 toothbrushes, 65 tubes of toothpaste and nearly 40 deodorants, in addition to shampoos, conditioners, lotions and various other items. They also cleaned up the playground by spreading mulch and picking up trash.

Season of Light: Learn how the winter holidays are celebrated around the globe at our Early Childhood and Kindergarten Season of Light event, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Students in each classroom will showcase the sights, sounds and tastes of winter holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali and Dong Zhi. We'll highlight holidays celebrated in places such as France, Africa, Israel, Mexico, Germany, Brazil and India. The event is free and open to the public; please bring your friends to celebrate the holidays and show them the great work our students are doing.

A Christmas Carol: Come see students grades 2-12 in "A Christmas Carol," a play based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Performances are 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec 9-11 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 11.

St. Mark Catholic School

Bake Sale: The St. Mark eighth grade will host a bake sale during lunch Dec. 1. Proceeds benefit the eighth-grade teaching team and provide supplies for their classrooms.

Carols in the Courtyard: The annual St. Mark tradition will take place Dec. 3. This year, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes are the featured performers. The St. Mark Band will perform Dec. 9 and the St. Mark Choir will perform Dec. 10 at Barnes & Noble, when a portion of sales will go to St. Mark. Parents with questions should contact St. Mark Catholic School at 704-766-5000.