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Cougar Dash pledge collections: Students who turn in all Cougar Dash pledge money by Oct. 30 will receive a Chick-fil-A gift certificate. The final collection date is Nov. 2. Students who turn pledge money in by the deadline will be eligible to win prizes and for entry into a raffle. The PTO’s goal is to raise $25,000 through the Cougar DASH.
J.V. Washam Elementary
Book fair: Volunteers are needed to help with the fall Scholastic book fair Nov. 2-6. The theme is monsters. To volunteer to make balloon art, contact Whitney Whitfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. To provide snacks and water for volunteers, sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/904084DACAD2FAA8-monster. To operate the cash registers during Family Night on Nov. 5, sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/904084DACAD2FAA8-monster2. To help with cash registers, assist students and restock any day during the book fair, go to www.signupgenius.com/go/904084DACAD2FAA8-monster3. Volunteers must be registered to volunteer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. To register, visit www.cmsvolunteers.com.
J.M. Alexander Middle
Colonial Faire: Volunteers and donations of items are needed for the eighth-grade social studies Colonial Faire to be held Oct. 30 in the Multipurpose Room. The event will help students explore colonial life and compare it to modern American life. Items needed include cardstock of any color, yarn and waxed wicks for candles. For details and to sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4faea82da46-jma8th.
Community volunteers: Individuals and community organizations are needed to volunteer to share their time, knowledge and skills at the school as community peers. Volunteers may choose to participate weekly, monthly or at whatever interval is convenient. For details, contact Cassandra Suber at email@example.com.
North Mecklenburg High
Debate and speech winners: Members of the North Mecklenburg High School Debate and Speech Team placed fifth overall competing against teams from 26 schools from three states in a tournament at the Bob Jones Academy on Oct. 17. In the speech events, team president Jack Watson placed second in Original Oratory, Leslie Nyandjo placed third in Children's Literature, Kennedy Parkins placed fourth in Impromptu Speaking. In debate events, the novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate squad placed twice, with Luis Villalobos taking second and Jezreel Montes-Gonzalez taking third; the novice Public Forum team of Hannah Tischer and Sofia Sanchez were undefeated and placed fourth on speaker points; and in Student Congress, in all open divisions, Jonathon Johnson took second, Raniah Jeanlys placed fourth and Ryan Golden placed sixth.
Barbecue volunteers: Parent volunteers are needed to help out at the 27th annual North Meck BBQ on Oct. 30. In particular, drivers are needed to help deliver orders within the community. Volunteers will need to report to the cafeteria 10 a.m.-1 p.m. the day of the barbecue. For details and to sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a49aeae23abf58-37th.
Davidson Day School
New head of school: The Board of Trustees for Davidson Day School recently appointed Dr. Latta Baucom as the new head of school. Baucom will succeed interim head of school Gene Bratek. He will begin work on July 1, 2016. Baucom is head of upper school at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has led a faculty of 45 professionals and a body of 450 students since 2011. Before joining The Benjamin School, Baucom served for six years as head of upper school at All Saints’ Academy in Winter Haven, Fla. There, he was the Social Studies Department chair and taught Advanced Placement courses on U.S. Government and Macroeconomics. In addition, Baucom co-founded with his father a small private school in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2001, stemming from his childhood spent in southern Africa as the son of Methodist missionaries.
Lake Norman Christian School
Cross-country meet: The Lake Norman Christian School boys’ cross-country team completed a perfect season with a first-place title at the state Christian School Athletic Association meet, held Oct. 8 at Fisher’s Farm Park in Davidson. Juniors Joseph Wheeler and John Bubak finished first and third place, respectively, among male runners. The girls’ team tied for second place at the meet, with eighth-grader Kinlee Shea winning first place among female competitors.