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K-12 schools

Here's a chance for Union County parents to get involved in helping their children learn math.

A Rowan University mathematics professor from Glassboro, N.J., will lead a free workshop for Union County parents on Sept. 10 in Monroe. At the event, Dr. Eric Milou will talk about findings in his book, “A Family's Guide to Fostering Your Child's Success in School Mathematics.” Although the workshop is geared toward parents of elementary-age children, all parents are invited to attend. The event, which is free, will be at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Central Academy of Technology and Arts, located at 600 Brewer Drive in Monroe. Milou will provide activities and strategies that highlight mathematical development, featuring basic skills and conceptual understanding.

Union County Public Schools' 2008 graduating seniors won a record $31.7 million over four years in college scholarships.

The 1,184 scholarships went to 519 of the system's 1,809 college-bound seniors. Scholarships last year totaled $22.3 million.

Piedmont High School students brought in the most dollars, with 182 offered $10.2 million.

Other schools, with scholarship value and number of college-bound seniors:

Weddington, $9.5 million, 493.

Sun Valley, $4.6 million, 256.

Parkwood, $2.6 million, 274.

Forest Hills, $2.0 million, 197.

Porter Ridge, $1.9 million, 258.

Monroe, $1.1 million, 144.

Colleges and universities

The Department of Modern Languages at Wingate University is offering two new foreign language classes – Arabic and Chinese.

Both will be taught Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the main campus in Burnside-Dalton: Arabic in Room 204 at 10 a.m.; Chinese, in Room 305 at 9 a.m. Both are available to Wingate students and also to the public on an audit basis.

Arabic instructor Cynthia Harlow earned her M.A. degree in Arabic language and literature from the American University in Cairo and a B.A. honors degree in Arabic with anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She has taught Arabic in Saudi Arabia and Egypt and has also lived in Jordan and Kuwait.

Susan Chen will teach Modern Standard Chinese, more commonly known as Mandarin Chinese. A native speaker of the language, Chen is completing her doctorate at Emory University and has taught Chinese as a second language in the United States and Taiwan.

For more information: 704-233-8038.

South Piedmont Community College is offering therapeutic massage to the public. To make an appointment, call Mary Berger, program director, at 704-290-5865. The dates, times, costs and locations:

Tuesdays: L.L. Polk Campus-Polkton, Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2. Appointments: 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cost is $35 per hour. Massage is performed by second-year students.

Thursdays: Old Charlotte Highway Campus-Monroe, Thursdays beginning Sept. 4. Hours: 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per hour. Massage by second-year students.

Fridays: Old Charlotte Highway Campus-Monroe, Fridays beginning Sept. 19. Hours: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per hour. Massage by first-year students.

Compiled by Staff Writer Lisa Hammersly