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Compiled by Gina Smith
Spring Beautification Day: The PTA will host a Spring Beautification Day to spruce up the campus at 6 p.m. April 27. Families may bring their gloves and garden tools to help with planting flowers, pulling weeds, pruning shrubs and more.
Croft Community School
Book fair: Parents can shop at the Groovy Buy-One-Get-One Book Fair 7:45-8:15 a.m. April 13, 14 and 15. The fair will also be open before and during the school’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast” 5-8 p.m. April 15 and 2-4 p.m. April 16.
Grand Oak Elementary
Art Walk: The school will host its inaugural Art Walk 6-7:30 p.m. April 21 in the school hallways. Each student will display his or her favorite art project from the school year for family members and guests to view. The evening will offer opportunities to share bucket-filling comments, read artists’ reflections, donate art supplies to a school in need and participate in a collaborative art piece. A food truck will be vending at the event. Volunteers are needed to help with Art Walk. To sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4ea8a829a75-1stannual.
Francis Bradley Middle
Test proctors: Volunteers are needed to proctor the End-of-Grade tests, which happen May 26-31. Each day of testing, 80 proctors are needed. Volunteers may sign up for one day or multiple days and are needed from about 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proctors must do a brief training session, which will be offered before testing each day. Proctors must be registered to volunteer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools with a background check. To register as a volunteer, visit www.cmsvolunteers.com/login.php. To register to proctor at Francis Bradley, visit www.signupgenius.com/?go=s.signup&urlid=10c094fa5ad23a3fe3-20152016.
J.M. Alexander Middle
Beautification Day: A Beautification Day will be held 9-11 a.m. April 16. The focus will be on cleaning the grounds, planting annuals at the front of the school and decorating eight bathrooms for staff. Donations of flowers, air freshener, facial tissues, hand lotions and other bathroom items are needed. Community service hours will be given to students who participate in the effort.
North Mecklenburg High
Coach Bill Ross Field: On March 22, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education approved the naming of North Mecklenburg High’s baseball diamond as the Coach Bill Ross Field. Ross taught at North and coached both baseball and football at the school from 1958 to 1973. He had a baseball win-loss record of 128-61-1; was named the Charlotte Observer/Charlotte News Coach of the Year in 1966, 1967 and 1973; coached his team to five 4A-NCHSAA conference championships, two 4A state quarter-finals, two 4A division championships, a NCHSAA 4A state championship in 1966 and state runner-up in 1973. Ross also coached 28 players who continued to play baseball in college, including two players who played in the Cape Cod League and two who played professionally. He was instrumental in the design and construction of North’s baseball stadium, including the lights, dugouts and stands.
Campus Beautification Day: Campus Beautification Day will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. April 23. Parents, students and staff are needed to help with clipping and cleaning the grounds. Volunteers may bring their own rakes, clippers and gloves, if they wish. Students who participate can earn volunteer hours.
Truck raffle: The Automotive Technology Department is raffling off a 1954 Chevrolet pickup truck. Raffle tickets are $20. For details or to buy a ticket, ask any automotive student or contact Jarod Brown at 980-343-3480 or email@example.com.
Mooresville-Graded School District
Choir performance: The South Elementary School third-grade choir will perform the National Anthem before the Kannapolis Intimidators game at 6:50 p.m. May 5. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets to the game are $6 with 50 percent of sales benefiting the school’s music program. Tickets are available with cash only in the school office or can be bought online with a credit card at https://intimidators.streamlineticketing.com/web/group.asp?qsAction=grouplogin&u=ses&p=ses.
PTSO board meeting: The PTSO board will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at the school. The meeting is open to all.
Spring Yard Sale: The PTSO will hold its Spring Yard Sale fundraiser on April 30. Vendor spaces are $20. To reserve a space or for details contact the PTSO at redimpsPTSO@gmail.com.
Free sports physicals: Free sports physicals are available for Lakeshore Middle School students 1-4 p.m. April 20 at Blue Skies Family Medicine, 363 Williamson Road, Suite 103, Mooresville. No appointment is needed.
Spring Dance: The PTO needs volunteers to chaperone the Spring Dance 8-10 p.m. April 22. For details and to sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a45adab2ca57-spring.
Mount Mourne IB Middle
Summer Transition Camp: Registration is open for the 2016 Summer Transition Camp for rising Mount Mourne IB Middle School sixth graders. The camp will be offered 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on both Aug. 16 and Aug. 17. Students should only sign up for one session. Sign-up slots are first come, first served. Activities to help students become comfortable with their new school learn about the International Baccalaureate program will include scavenger hunts, group projects, games and more. Students only need to bring lunch and a water bottle. Register at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f44acad2aa7f49-20162017. For details, contact Kori Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Norman High
PTSA meeting: The PTSA will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 13 in the Media Center. The meeting is open to all.
South Iredell High
Quill win: The Viking Quill team recently took first place in the regional Quill competition. The win qualifies the team to compete at the state tournament on April 23 in Pittsboro, N.C. The Quill is a competition developed by the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities in cooperation with the N.C. Reading Association in which teams of four students create written products when given a prompt from a specific text type. More details on The Quill are available at http://ncscholastic.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=35&Itemid=56.
Sports achivement: Eleventh-grader Melissa Zammitti finished fourth in the high school girls 3,200-meter run held in March at NC State University in Raleigh. Her time of 10:55.73 ranks her first for North Carolina runners in both independent and public schools. This mark is also the 57th fastest time in the United States for any high school girl, independent or public.
Harrison Nichols Award: On March 18, the school celebrated Harrison Nichols Day in honor of Michael Harrison Nichols, a student who died from Neuroblastoma on Feb. 17, 2008, at the age of 8.
Senior Lexy Clark was given the Harrison Nichols Award. Clark was one of four nominees who were selected for being a role model for the school and having the character, perseverance, citizenship and courage Harrison exemplified. Fellow nominees included ninth-grader Morgan Scott,11th-grader Ryan Titus, and 10-grader Elizabeth Kollme.
SouthLake Christian Academy
Horse upkeep donation: The SouthLake Christian Academy eighth-grade class presented a check for $2,500 to Shining Hope Farms at the academy’s Wilcox Gym on March 24. The money will pay for one year of care and upkeep for a Shining Hope Farms working horse, which helps those with disabilities improve their quality of life. The students raised the money during December, January and February by working the academy’s athletic concessions stands, hosting bake sales and an ugly sweater contest, volunteering at Christmas at Davidson and through family donations. Shining Hope Farms was founded in 2002 in Mount Holly in response to a community need for therapeutic services in a farm environment. The program enables children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine-assisted activities and hippotherapy. For details about Shining Hope Farms, visit www.shininghopefarms.org or call 704 -827-3788.