Toys for Tots: N.C. Rep. Larry Kissell announced his Concord office will serve as a drop off site for the 2011 Toys for Tots program.
New, unwrapped toys will be accepted at 325 McGill Avenue, Suite 500, Concord. 704-786-1612 for more details.
Personnel change: Greg Hall, principal at Mt. Pleasant Middle, has been appointed principal of Jay M. Robinson High School, replacing Beverly Mack, who became principal of the Opportunity School in November.
Hall begins his new assignment after the completed search for his replacement at Mt. Pleasant.
Cannon School: Open house, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. in Taylor Hall. Details: www.cannonschool.org.
Students donated more than 800 new gifts for underprivileged children during the school's annual Project Wrap-In.
The students presented the wrapped gifts to representatives of 5 nonprofits for distribution to local children. Student coordinators were Emily Anderson, Tyler Carsen, Tory Foster, Bruna Liborio, Lucie Randall, Tias Sen, and Vanessa Vaccaro, assisted by Haley Todd, learning coordinator.
Hickory Ridge High: The bands collected over 100 toys for Operation Toy Drop, a philanthropic project in which Ft. Bragg paratroopers distribute toys to underprivileged children and social service agencies.
Band members delivered the toys to Ft. Bragg on Dec. 9 to observe the 1,800 paratroopers jump event, a non-tactical airborne operation for which participants earn foreign jump wings. The students were taught on-board airborne operations protocol and learned chute recovery techniques under Jumpmaster supervision.