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Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Cole Rasenberger, 9, of Davidson has received the $2,500 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes and has also been featured in "Ranger Rick" magazine.

Cole, son of Ken and Kerry Rasenberger, was a student at Mountain Island Elementary last year when his Talent Development teacher asked each class member to write to a government official on behalf of an endangered species. Cole decided to focus on an entire forest ecosystem: Southern forests. He contacted the Dogwood Alliance ( and learned that many trees from pristine forests are used to make paper for fast food restaurants.

Cole started a postcard campaign using his artwork to represent four forest habitats. With a team of 24 students, Cole took the postcard campaign to every classroom of Mountain Island Elementary School, with a resulting mass mailing of more than 1,100 cards, bringing a response from McDonalds that they would soon switch their bags to 100 percent recycled paper. Cole earned the $2,500 Gloria Barron Prize.

Cole moved to Davidson last July with his family, Ken and Kerry Rasenberger, and younger sister, Kaela. As a fourth grader at Davidson Elementary School, Cole is working on a new mass mailing of postcards to another fast food company using some of the prize money from the Barron award for materials. He has the help of classmate and neighbor, Liam Donoghue, son of Marnie and Tom Donoghue.

North Mecklenburg High

Debate and Speech: The team attended the Mountain Heritage tournament in Burnsville Oct. 9 and placed first overall. Individual honors: Team co-president senior Brittany Wallace, first place in both Humorous Interpretation and Oral Interpretation; junior Lauren Calucag, second in both Humorous Interpretation and Oral Interpretation; freshman Taneisha Multrie, third in Humorous Interpretation; sophomore Trikeria Johnson, first in Original Oratory and second in Impromptu Speaking; junior Regene Williams, first in Storytelling; junior Kevin Cutrara, second, Lincoln-Douglas debate; junior Andrew Hartis, third, Lincoln-Douglas debate; junior Chris Williams, sixth, Lincoln-Douglas debate; the team of freshmen Madison Carr and Jay Patel, second, Public Forum Debate; and the team of Cortne Currie and Katy Levigne, third, Public Forum Debate.

More debate honors: The team attended the Bob Jones Academy Tournament in Greenville, S.C., Oct. 16 and finished ninth overall in a field of 28. Individual honors: division captain Catherine Bizub, first, Varsity Student Congress; junior Trikeria Johnson, third, Original Oratory; freshman Emily Yue, fourth, Novice Reading and eighth in Children's Literature; sophomore James Williams, fifth, Impromptu Speaking; freshman Thomas Thornton, sixth, novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Alex Pope, eighth, novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

PTSA Book Drive: There is a special need for "Siddhartha," "Night," "Catcher in the Rye" and "1984." Drop books off in any English teacher's classroom.

Hopewell High

Community Grant: Liberty Mutual is awarding $5,000 community grants to schools as part of its program championing and celebrating responsibility in youth sports. Every person who completes the online responsible coaching or responsible sport parenting course and the 10-question review quiz earns one point to credit to their favorite school. The six schools around the country that get the most points will earn a $5,000 grant. Get started at

Davidson IB Middle

Reflections Contest: Students can submit creative work for the PTA Reflections Contest, a national cultural arts competition. This year's theme is "Together We Can," and students can submit original in these categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts.

The deadline for submission is Nov. 12. Local winners will advance to the district level of competition, and possibly to the state and national competitions. Details: contact Rachel Stewart at or Wendy Readling at Contest rules and detailed information can be found at

Blythe Elementary

Donation: The North Mecklenburg Women's Club donated $975 that will help defray costs of field trip expenses to Grandfather Mountain in the spring.

Volunteer opportunities: There are many opportunities to volunteer at Blythe:

Health Room: Due to recent school district budget cuts, Blythe is in need of Health Room Volunteers on select Fridays to help nurse scrapes and bruises and to contact parents when students are ill. The health room is busiest from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. If you can help, please contact the school.

PTA: The PTA is always in search of volunteers for its many fundraisers and events.

J.V. Washam Elementary

Step Up: The staff was challenged to "Step Up" over the summer and walk at least 10,000 steps per day. Each teacher who "stepped up" was entered into a drawing for a prize basket. Ashley Hines, talent development teacher, was the big winner.

Cornelius Elementary

Do the Right Thing: Ciera Gillespie, a fourth-grader in Pat Amato's classroom was chosen as one of the top winners in "Do the Right Thing." Do The Right Thing Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to recognizing and celebrating youth who, in the face of overwhelming odds, exhibit character and integrity. Ciera wrote a book for cancer patients and donated it to the local hospital. Ciera's grandfather was diagnosed with cancer last year. Ciera's book gives positive actions as suggestions for cancer patients to do while they are in the hospital, such as learning about the disease by doing research, talking and sharing ideas with others.

Connecting with our Spanish Speaking Families Through Math: 6-7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the cafeteria.

Photos: Nov. 10 make-up and absentee school pictures.

Davidson Day School

Student Spotlight: Fourth grader Kate Roberts was honored by Mayor John Woods and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system recognized Kate for raising money to save the local library branch. In June, Mecklenburg County announced that the branch would close July 1 due to budget cuts. When Kate heard the news, she went door to door with a donation bucket. At the Davidson Farmer's Market, she approached Woods, who was working with the library system to restore funding. He asked her why the library needed saving. After her answer, he gave her $20 and said he was inspired to form a committee of residents who organized a community fundraiser to keep the library open. Woods thanked Kate for getting the ball rolling and for raising $1,000.

Open house: 6 p.m. Nov. 4 the Davidson Day auditorium. Questions? Call the admissions office at 704-237-5200 or e-mail Davidson Day School is at 750 Jetton St., Davidson, just off I-77 Exit 30.

Cannon School

Open house: For families exploring educational opportunities for students in grades junior kindergarten-12. 1 p.m. Nov. 6. 704-721-7199. Taylor Hall at Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

McKinney Academy

Open house: McKinney Academy, 412 Armour St., Davidson. 704-895-9664. 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9; 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11; 6:30 p.m. Feb 17; 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 17. Details: e-mail

Mooresville school gets $25,000 for technology

Technology update: Windstream Communications has awarded $25,000 to Lakeshore Elementary School in Mooresville to update classroom technology. The school was among many schools to submit videos expressing the need for a technology update. The videos with the most votes were selected as winners. To watch the winning videos, visit