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Furr Elementary

Honoring teacher's memory: Students have joined with Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County in a Christmas ornament project to honor Furr's late fifth-grade teacher, Joni McGraw, who died from cancer last year. Art teacher Lori Earnhardt organized the activity, teaching students how to make the ornaments. The school donated more than 800 ornaments to benefit the Hospice's Light Up A Life angel trees. The trees are on display at CMC-NorthEast and Carolina Mall.

Mount Pleasant High

Big Sweep design winner: Katie Harris, a freshman, was selected as the 2010 N.C. Big Sweep Artist of the Year. Harris' concept will be used on the 2011 N.C. Big Sweep T-shirt and poster designs during next year's Big Sweep. Harris' winning design features a volunteer sweeping the letters "N.C." The contest was open to all N.C. students in grades kindergarten through 12, and it received almost 500 entries.

Central Cabarrus High

Operation Christmas Child: Eighteen organizations involving more than 150 students packed 150 full shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. In addition, $255 was raised and donated to the charity.

Cox Mill High

Principal honored: The school's principal, Todd Smith, has been selected the 2010 Cabarrus County Schools Principal of the year.

Hickory Ridge High

Poinsettia sale: The last day to order poinsettias from the the horticulture department is Dec. 14. Prices include foil and bow. The money raised from the sale of the plants goes back into the horticulture program. Churches and other groups interested in volume discounts can contact Abigail Carriker at Details:

Food drive results: Hickory Ridge students collected 3,970 cans of food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

Spanish partnership: High School Spanish students are teaching Spanish to Hickory Ridge Middle School students on Tuesdays. The program is led by high school Spanish teacher Jenny Lohner and middle-school social studies teacher Freda Sherman.

Chick-fil-A night for charity: The Afton Ridge Chick-fil-A night is Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Donations of gently worn coats, scarves and gloves will go to the Cabarrus Partnership for Children. Donors receive a coupon for a free sandwich.

Jay M. Robinson High

Test proctors needed: The school needs volunteers to proctor during exams Jan. 11-14 and Jan. 18-19. Details:

Asian Heritage Dinner: The schools fifth annual Asian heritage dinner 4 -7 p.m. Dec. 17. All invited; $6. Multicultural Club members eat free. Proceeds go to the Multicultural Club Scholarship Fund. Details: or