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Beginners Night: 6 p.m. April 30. Rising kindergarten students and their families are invited to visit the school, meet the teachers and participate in crafts and games.
Odyssey of the Mind win: Cornelius Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind team won first place in the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind competition at Appalachian State University on April 11 with its performance on the problem “Silent Movie.” More than 80 teams from five regions competed in Cornelius’ division at the state-level tournament. The win qualified the Cornelius team for the 2015 World Finals to be held May 20-23 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. This is the first time a team from Cornelius has made it this far in the competition. The team is trying to raise $3,000 to help pay for the trip to Michigan. To donate, go to www.plumfund.com/pf/ncvqe. Eleven Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools teams qualified for the world finals. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.
Torrence Creek Elementary
Beginners Night: 6:30 p.m. April 30. The event is open to all rising kindergarten students and their families. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Amy Salley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment information is available by calling the Torrence Creek front office at 980-343-0695.
Technology Field Day: Torrence Creek Elementary held its inaugural Technology Field Day on April 2. The event provided students, teachers and parents to have hands-on experience with the technology used at the school. Students participated in workshops and activities using iPads, Nearpod and QR codes. They also attended a lecture on digital citizenship by Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain and a representative of the Huntersville Police Department, had guest speakers visit the classrooms and were able to post live comments on a kids’ blog with comments about the day’s events. The school also participated in a community service project for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that was created by two fourth-graders as a research project for their technology class.
Test proctors: Parents and community members ages 18 and older are needed to volunteer as proctors for End of Grade and End of Course testing May 21-June 2 at Bailey Middle. When signing up, parents should include their child’s name and homeroom/grade to ensure they are not scheduled to proctor their child’s test. This is a good volunteer opportunity for community groups, churches and senior groups. For dates, times and more details, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aa4a622a5ff2-eogeoc.
Krispy Kreme fundraiser: The Hough choirs are taking orders for Krispy Kreme doughnuts through April 29 as a fundraiser for a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Memorial Choral Festival in May. Doughnuts will be delivered after 1 p.m. May 1. A second round of orders can be turned in by May 13 for delivery on May 15. Order forms are available in the chorus room or online at www.houghsingers.org. The cost is $8 for a dozen original, $9 for a dozen chocolate and cream-filled, and $1 for singles. Some doughnuts may be available without pre-order on the day of delivery. The Hough High is just one of two high schools in the United States invited to participate in the festival. For details or to donate money to help the singers go on the trip, visit www.houghsingers.org.
Parent Information Night: 6-8 p.m. May 4, auditorium. Parents of rising ninth-grade Huskies are invited to bring their children to tour the campus and participate in a presentation about next year’s bring-your-own-device arrangement, the Ninth Grade Academy, Husky Time and general information about school life. The presentation will take place6:30 p.m. Families may tour the campus 6-6:30 p.m. or 7:30-8 p.m.
SouthLake Christian Academy
Donations for Ghana: The SouthLake Christian Academy National Honor Society held an Un-fundraiser event to benefit the Light Ghana with Learning project this spring. The group was able to raise close to $5,000 worth of computers, school supplies and athletic equipment over a two-week period to be shipped to Florence Osei Ntim JSS, an impoverished school located in Ghana, Africa. The Light Ghana with Learning project was created two years ago by SouthLake student Stephanie Ntim, who convinced the school’s National Honor Society to collect donations for the Ghana school as the group’s community service project. Florence Osei Ntim JSS is named after Stephanie Ntim’s late grandmother Florence Ntim. Stephanie Ntim was born in Queens, N.Y. Her parents emigrated to New York from Ghana. For details or to donate to Light Ghana with Learning, send an email to email@example.com or call SouthLake Christian Academy at 704-949-2200 during school hours.
Fellowship recipient: Davidson College student Rashaun Bennett, a member of the class of 2016, recently received two nationally competitive fellowships. Bennett, a political science major, was chosen from more than 600 applicants to be among 58 winners of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and he received a Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship in public policy, public administration and international affairs. A native of Charlotte, Bennett is a Bonner Scholar and a Presidential Scholar holding the Samuel H. Bell Scholarship. His first internship was through former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx’s Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, which connected underprivileged students to high-level internships throughout Charlotte. Recipients of the Truman Scholarship receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership. Through the Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship, Bennett will be enrolled in an educational and developmental program that will continue from the end of his junior year this May through completion of a master’s degree.