Young children and sports: More kids than ever are participating in organized sports, with some specializing in a single sport very early in life. Cannon School invites parents of elementary school-age children from throughout the Charlotte region to its Concord campus on Dec. 14 to explore the benefits of playing multiple sports and the dangers of specialization. The "Young Children and Sports" event takes place in Foundation Hall beginning at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The "Young Children and Sports" event is the second in a series of information and strategy sessions for parents. On Dec. 2, Cannon School will welcome families of high school-age children to learn strategies to cover the rising costs of college through scholarships and financial aid. The event takes place in Foundation Hall at 7 p.m. Additional details about all three events and an RSVP form can be found on Cannon School's Web site at www.cannonschool.org/speakersseries.
Second place never tasted so good: Cannon School students Karley and Danielle Tenberg of Mooresville placed second in the Youth (9-12-years-old) division at the annual National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville on Nov. 16. They started working on their award-winning creation in August and ended up designing and making a masterpiece based on the theme "America's Melting Pot." Their gingerbread house featured creative representations of the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty and other well-known world landmarks. Participating in the gingerbread house contest has become a Tenberg family tradition. The girls have participated over the past five years and placed the last three years. Their award-winning entry in the 2009 competition was among 250 entries from 20 states. Karley and Danielle's magical creation can be seen at the The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in Asheville through Jan. 3.
Davidson Day School
Walking Wednesday: Our third Walking Wednesday was met with 25 dedicated walkers who braved the rain and gave thanks for the downpour holding off. Everyone had a great time with our Giving Thanks theme. Walkers: Brian Bennett, Taylor Bennett, Jake Breunig, Mark Breunig, Jake Buechler, Nell Buechler, Brennan Bull, Sean Confoy, Katie Cusick, Alexandra Deane, Nicholas Deane, Justin Dennis, Evan Dennis, David Dennis III, Tylar Dunham, Carter Dunham, Jackson Dunham, Madison Dunham, Ewan McAloon. Roller: Trevor Dennis. Faculty: Danielle Cusick (a special thanks for her support). And a big thanks to all the moms and dads who joined us: Erin Breunig, Mark Bull, Tricia Confoy, Laura Deane, Laurie & David Dennis, Allison Dunham, and Rob McAloon. Next walk is Dec. 16 at 7:45 a.m. at the Sadler Square Shopping center. Contact Laurie Dennis at email@example.com.
Mountain Island Elementary
Do the Right Thing program: Bank of America Stadium was the place to be on Nov. 10. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students received plaques, certificates, golf shirts and other gifts for making good choices and "doing the right thing." The winners were among more than 400 students nominated by teachers, principals, firefighters, police officers and members of the community for the Do the Right Thing program. They celebrated their accomplishments with a ceremony in the Panthers Den at the stadium.
All 12 of the winners attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. All of the hundreds of nominees had compelling stories, but the 12 winners stood out, including Logan Callahan, a student at Mountain Island Elementary School. Logan is a nine-year-old fourth-grader at Mountain Island Elementary. He started a team for the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, which raises money to fight breast cancer. The team, named "FROG" in honor of his cousin, completed the one-mile Fun Run/Walk and raised more than $300 for the organization.
North Mecklenburg High School
British study program: The British American Business Council is offering two CMS juniors the opportunity to spend two weeks in a British study and travel program. Interested juniors need to submit a 1,000-word essay answering one of two questions: Which aspect of Britain or British culture interest you most? Which British person either past or present would you like to meet most? Explain why. Interested juniors should see Cathy Felker in the school counseling osffice for more details.
Southlake Christian Academy
Auditions for "Little Women": Play auditions will be held in the Lower School Building on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 from 4 p.m - 6 p.m. All students in grades 9 - 12 are invited. Contact Miss Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Norman Charter School
Honor school of excellence: Each year, schools in North Carolina are graded based on their performance on the state's ABCs tests. The grades are awarded based on the percentage of students performing at grade level and on whether students have learned as much as they are expected to learn in one year. Lake Norman Charter School has been designated as an Honor School of Excellence. This is the highest designation awarded to schools, with less than 5 percent of schools across the state earning this distinction.