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St. Mark Catholic School

Living Rosary: The sixth-grade class of St. Mark Catholic School led the school in praying a Living Rosary Oct. 15. Sixty-one sixth-graders each represented one bead of the rosary and led the prayer for that bead. More than 700 students, staff, clergy and parents surrounded the class, filling the school's courtyard.

"It was so amazing to see more than 600 kids praying together - to experience the power of prayer and especially the power of children's prayer," said parent-volunteer Holly Kennedy, who organized the event at the school, 14750 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Conferences: Parent-teacher conferences are Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, and school is closed during the conferences.

Bake sale: The second grade will host a bake sale during lunch on Nov. 17. Proceeds benefit the second-grade teaching team and provide extra supplies for classrooms.

McKinney Academy

Giving project: The school is collecting food donations to benefit the Ada Jenkins Center's Loaves & Fishes pantry through Nov. 12. Students will prepare Thanksgiving family meal bags at the November "Mustang Mingle." Donations needed: canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, boxed mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing, canned yams, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and Food Lion gift cards.

Lincoln Charter School

Cheesecake for service trip: The Learn, Serve, Engage service learning project in Costa Rica is selling 20-slice cheesecakes for $22. Pre-paid orders are being taken through Nov. 12 and delivery will be Nov. 19. To order, visit bit.ly/lcscheesecake.

Wine tasting for service trip: Parent Elaine Garber will lead a wine tasting fundraiser at Safari Miles Restaurant at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 to explore South African wines and raise money for the Learn, Serve, Engage service trip to Costa Rica. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will support the trip. Over-21 only.

Financial aid night: A representative from The College Foundation of North Carolina will speak about how to make a college education affordable at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the school. Details: Barb Woods, barb.woods@lincolncharter.org

Student art winner: Junior Amanda Krawiec was awarded the top honors of show favorite during the Denver Art Trail. Amanda submitted a pencil drawing of a baby. For her work, she will receive a deluxe art set.

Student video winner in Kids Voting: Senior John Schumacher won first place in the high-school division of the 2010 Voice Your Choice Video Contest put on by Kids Voting North Carolina. The contest emphasized the importance of voting without promoting or criticizing any one candidate. John won a gift card and the school receives a new video camera. To watch the video, go to bit.ly/lcsvideo For details on the contest, visit ncvotered.com/voice/.

East Lincoln High School

Holiday concert: The East Lincoln High School Mustang Footlight Performers will host their annual concert 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 North N.C. 16. Admission will be $2. The annual holiday play will be at 7 p.m. Dec.10-11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Food will be served to coincide with the play: "The Long Christmas Dinner" by Thorton Wilder.

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