Gaston & Catawba

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More than 10 tons of food were donated to build the 10th annual Castle of Cans, a part of Hickory's OktoberFest celebration.

The food was given to the Hickory Soup Kitchen, the Corner Table of Newton, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries, Family Care Center and Salvation Army.

Grandview, Arndt, Jacobs Fork and Northview middle schools participated in the Papa John's Middle School Challenge, in which the academic team that brought in the most cans of food per student was awarded a Papa John's pizza party. The eighth-grade Hawks Team at Arndt Middle School won the challenge with 5.47 cans per student.

Students from Bandys, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, Maiden and St. Stephens high schools donated food, with Hickory High School students donating approximately 3,500 cans.

Startown Elementary, Catawba Valley Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne University also participated.

Caldwell County

All high school students and their family members are invited to attend Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

The event is sponsored by Hibriten, South Caldwell and West Caldwell high schools and Caldwell Community College.

Representatives from financial aid offices, the College Foundation of North Carolina and colleges will attend.

Catawba County

Clyde Campbell Elementary School held its seventh annual Track Attack on Oct. 2.

Students, teachers, parents and community members donned specially designed T-shirts and walked the track during the school's largest fundraising event. More than $28,000 was raised.

Bandys High School alumnus Aron Gabriel was recently named principal of the year in the Iredell/Statesville school district.

Gabriel is principal at Springs Academy Alternate School in Barium Springs. A 1992 graduate of Bandys High, he earned a degree at Montreat College. He is working on his doctorate.

Melinda Hamilton, Catawba County Schools teacher of the year, recently organized a series of special events to teach children at River Bend Middle School about the country's political system and processes.

Students and teachers wore patriotic colors and political hats, and the school held a political campaign poster contest.

Students learned to register to vote and brought a registration card with them to cast a vote online and with a paper ballot. Seventh-graders wrote two poems and teamed up with a partner to voice their views on candidates.

A special news report was aired from the school studio, with a live broadcast to announce the winners.

The outside of the school and front lobby also were decorated for the election.

Activities focused on the run for president, governor, senator and the House of Representatives for the 10th District.

River Bend Middle School recently commemorated Veterans Day.

Members of the Beta Club placed more than 4,000 flags on the front campus to remember each soldier who had died in the Iraq War. Additional signs and information showed the number of veterans who died in each of the country's wars.

World War II survivors talked with students about their experiences and were interviewed for a school broadcast.

On Monday, the Beta Club will direct an assembly featuring the raising of flags by the ROTC. Two teachers will share their experience of serving with the military in Iraq.

Bandys High School hosted a veterans panel on Nov. 6 to honor former members of the armed services.

Veterans told about their experiences and explained why they served. Students were able to ask questions after the presentation.

The veterans group also was featured in the Bandys morning announcements by leading the school's daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Leigh Pressley