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Cabarrus County Schools

New board members: The Cabarrus County Board of Education installed newly elected board members Dec. 1 at the beginning of the board’s monthly work session. William Hamby Jr., chief District Court judge, conducted the ceremony. Carolyn Carpenter, Tim Furr and Vince Powell were sworn in as members of the board. After the ceremony, Barry Shoemaker, the board’s former vice chairman, was elected chairman of the board. Board member Jeff Phillips was elected vice chairman.

A.T. Allen Elementary

Science fair winners: Judges from the local community chose the winners of A.T. Allen Elementary’s recent schoolwide science fair. Winners will advance to the Cabarrus Conty Schools countywide competition Jan. 24. School-wide winners were as follows:

• Kindergarten – First place, Duncan Cronin. Runner-up, Mason Ammerman.

• First grade – First, Ava Simpson.

• Second grade – First, Seth Beal.

• Third grade – First, Ayden Gifford. Runner-up, Kylie Moore.

• Fourth grade – First, Zachary Weston. Runner-up, Aspen Pearson.

• Fifth grade – First, Hannah Caddell.

Boger Elementary

Gardening grants: The Boger PTO recently won a grant from the Cabarrus Master Gardeners and the Donald Samull Outdoor Herb Garden Grant from the Herb Society of America. Both grants will be used to fund a new school garden in the spring.

Holiday greeting card: Art club members recently completed a 4-foot by 4-foot holiday greeting card that will be on display throughout December at the Winterland Express train station at Village Park in Kannapolis.

Mount Pleasant Elementary

Contest winners: The students and staff of Mount Pleasant Elementary School’s Kids:Plus group recently won the Lights on Afterschool Photo Contest, sponsored in October by the Afterschool Alliance and Bright House Networks. They received a $1,000 cash award. Their winning photo was taken at the Glow in the Dark Festival, which the group organized in October. The winner was determined through 14 days of online voting on social media. The group plans to use the prize money to buy program supplies, including five Kindle Fire 6 HD tablets for students to use during homework time while they are in Kids:Plus after school.

C.C. Griffin Middle

Substitute teachers: C.C. Griffin Middle is in need of substitute teachers. Cabarrus County Schools offers the required in-house Effective Teacher Training Courses throughout the school year. The fee for the two-day course is $75, including textbook and other materials. Applicants are required to have a completed and approved substitute application on file before registering for the class. For details, visit or contact Hazel Lipscomb at 704-262-6160 or Download an application at

Winkler Middle

Restaurant night: The PTSO’s next Restaurant Night fundraiser is 4-10 p.m. Dec. 18 at Texas Roadhouse, 7801 Gateway Lane N.W., Concord. The school will receive 10 percent of the evening’s sales.

Cox Mill High

Facility rental: Cox Mill High will rent its facility to community organizations and faith-based organizations looking for a place to hold services on Sunday. For details email William Davis at

Winter Wear Drive: The Key Club is conducting its annual Winter Wear Drive through Dec. 19. Students can bring washed, gently used hats, gloves, scarves, coats and other cold-weather wear to first-period class. The class that brings in the most donations wins a doughnuts-and-juice party. The collected items will be donated to the CVAN domestic violence program in Concord. The organization will sell the items at reduced prices to people in need this winter season.

Blood drive: The National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 17. Walk-ins are welcome. Details: Donna Furr, 704-652-4558.

Northwest Cabarrus High

Engineering competition: The Northwest Cabarrus High School Junior Engineering and Technology Society group participated in the N.C. Junior Engineering and Technology Bridge Competition Dec. 2 at UNC Charlotte. Team 2 won the competition, which challenged students to build sturdy, weight-bearing model bridges using only balsa wood strips and glue. Team members were Cory Shrum, Daniel Dehlin, Noel Pulido Flores and Coleman Beaver.

Kannapolis City Schools

Holiday party: Honors and academically gifted students from Kannapolis City Schools came together Dec. 6 to make holiday cards and wrap gifts for children in need. More than 200 people gathered at Kannapolis Middle School to participate in the project. The event was organized by the Academically and Intellectually Gifted program at Kannapolis Middle School. It included honors and AIG students from all schools in the Kannapolis City Schools district. Students and families brought gifts, which they wrapped during the event. Kannapolis Middle School provided wrapping paper as well as materials to make cards.

Cards made by students will be given to residents at the Big Elm Nursing Home in Kannapolis. The presents will be given to children in need at Kannapolis City Schools elementary schools. This was the third year for the AIG holiday party. During the event, more than 200 gifts were donated, and more than 100 cards were made for Big Elm residents. The cards and presents will be delivered before Christmas.