School news, Sept. 10: ‘Hero’ program honoring teachers begins

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Cabarrus County Schools

Teacher appreciation program: Charlotte law firm Charles G. Monnett III & Associates recently launched a new teacher appreciation program, Hometown Hero, to recognize and reward local teachers. Each month, the firm will select a winning teacher who will receive a $250 Visa gift card to buy classroom supplies and get a pizza party catered by Domino’s for his or her classroom.

Teachers in Cabarrus County and public school systems in neighboring counties, including Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union, are eligible to win the monthly award.

Nominations are now open. Voting closes at the end of each month. The presentation ceremony takes place at the winning teacher’s school during the first week of the next month. The award program continues throughout the 2014-15 school year. To nominate a teacher, visit and click on the “Hero” logo.

School resource officers: Grants from the state of North Carolina have allowed the Cabarrus County Schools to hire a school resource officer for each elementary school in the district for this school year. Previously, school resource officers were assigned only to high schools and middle schools.

The grants covered about 75 percent of the cost of the new hires; the school system will cover the rest. Fourteen elementary schools have already received new resource officers. More officers are now completing their training and are expected to be placed in schools in coming months.

Patriots STEM Elementary

Curriculum Night: Curriculum Night for parents of students in kindergarten through fourth grade will start at 7 p.m. Sept. 11. A general assembly parent-teacher organization meeting will precede Curriculum Night, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Cox Mill High

Yard sale fundraiser: 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church, 6841 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Vendor spaces are $20 and include a 6-foot table. Proceeds will support the Cox Mill High Bible Teaching Association’s efforts to hire a Bible history teacher for the school. To reserve a space or donate items to sell, contact Carla Barber at 980-297-0166 or

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are available at for $65 until Sept. 15. To order, go to

Hickory Ridge High

Yard sale and silent auction: The Bulls Athletic Boosters will host a yard sale and silent auction 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 27 at the school. Proceeds from the event will support the athletics programs at Hickory Ridge High. Yard sale spots are $20 for the first space and $10 for each additional space. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be sold 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For details and registration forms, visit

High school competition: The Institute for Emerging Issues is sponsoring the 2015 Emerging Issues High School Prize for Innovation, a contest for North Carolina high school students. Teams of students are challenged to investigate the history of a problem faced by their community, develop a solution to the problem and engage community members in solving it. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 for project implementation, and up to five finalists will win $1,000 each. The deadline for students to apply is Nov. 10. Details: