Fourth-graders at Brookside Elementary School are participating in a Drum Circle this semester. Students apply to be part of the Drum Circle and practice after school for performances at PTA and community events.
The drums, made in Durham, are modeled after Nigerian drums.
Drum Circle participants at Brookside for the fall semester: Solomon Crawford, Hunter Leclercq, Sofia Cano, Daireon Duff, Casey Pentecost, Victoria Wilkins, Savannah Perlov, Autum Walker, Renaja Hall, Tavia Nixon, Shane Pruett and Aaliyah Tribble.
Fourth-grade teacher Beverly Ellis, who leads the Drum Circle, has been playing African drums for 14 years. Fourth-grade teacher Kristin Zeccola and music teacher Caroline Sloan also work with Brookside's Drum Circle.
Forestview High School recently announced its 2008 Homecoming Court.
Honorees are London Armstrong, Stormy Kendrick, Kasey Isenhour, Jordan Huntley, Teara Nixon, Leigh-Anne Farquharson, Emily Glenn, Mary Matthews, Virginia Miller, Raven Pettis, Sarah Poston and Staci Trull.
Students at Warlick School are learning bricklaying skills through a new partnership with Gaston College, Freedom House, the county Department of Juvenile Justice and Gaston County Public Schools.
Gaston College masonry instructor James Booker will teach the seven-week course for two semesters. Organizers hope youth at the alternative school will gain career training through the bricklaying course.
The East Gaston High School Marine JROTC program recently received the distinction of National Honor Unit for 2008-09.
The East Gaston program is in the top 10 percent of the 246 JROTC Marine Corps units in the country.
Selection is based on cadet inspection, drill performance, community service, scholarship and school involvement. East Gaston High has 135 students in its JROTC program.
Advisers are senior marine instructor Major Rich Bourgeois and marine instructor Master Sgt. Samuel Taylor.
Seniors interested in teaching careers can apply for N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarships.
Selection is based on academic achievement, community service and extracurricular activities. Winners receive four-year scholarships. Application deadline is Oct. 17. To apply, see a guidance counselor.
North Belmont Elementary School will host its first golf tournament fundraiser on Friday at Crowders Mountain Golf Course.
Sponsors, players and volunteers are needed. For more information, visit www.gaston.k12.nc.us/schools/northbelmont.
Registration deadlines are approaching for students interested in taking the SAT this fall.
The standardized test will be offered Dec. 6 at Crest High School and Shelby High in Shelby, Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia and Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain. Registration deadline is Nov. 5.
For more information, visit www.collegeboard.com.
The ACT will be offered Dec. 13 at Gaston College. Registration deadline is Nov. 7.
To sign up, visit www.act.org.
Kiser Intermediate School in Lincoln County received $500 in new books from Target of Huntersville.
Target employees volunteered to help process the new books and work on other library needs on Sept. 19. Target teamed with First Book to provide new books for the school.