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College aid seminar: Cannon School invites parents of high school students from throughout the Charlotte region to its Concord campus Thursday, Dec. 9, to learn strategies to cover the rising costs of college through scholarships and financial aid. The "Funding a College Education" event takes place in Taylor Hall beginning 7 p.m. Parents will learn strategies from experts from a prestigious scholarship program at UNC Chapel Hill and the admission office of Davidson College, the nationally-recognized liberal arts college: Matthew T. Proto, Director of Scholar Selection, Morehead-Cain Foundation, UNC Chapel Hill; and Chad A. Spencer, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Davidson College.
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Canned goods drive: Please bring canned food items to the school for a holiday food drive organized by middle school students. The food will be donated to Loaves & Fishes, a Charlotte-based food pantry that assists people in crisis. Last year, the nonprofit served 102,638 people. The last day to drop off food here is Nov. 22.
Drawing for Dollars: Tickets for the Parent Council's "Drawing for Dollars" raffle are on sale at the front desk and at school events. Pay $10 a ticket for your chance to win a first prize of $1,000, a second prize of $500 and a third prize of $250. The drawing will be held Nov. 23 during halftime of the boys' varsity basketball game, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticketholders don't need to be present to win.
Lake Norman Charter
Fourth annual wreath sale: The Parent Teacher Organization is again offering holiday wreaths for $20. The money will go to support classroom needs. The wreaths are fresh Fraser fir pine wreaths from the N.C. mountains. We are also offering the option of direct delivery to out-of-town family or friends, as the wreaths would make a lovely gift. Order deadline is Nov. 19. The wreaths are fresh, so pickup will be Dec. 2 from 2-4 p.m. only. (Any wreaths unclaimed after 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 will be donated to charity.) High school pickup will be in front of gym lobby; middle school pickup will be outside school cafetorium. If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Somloi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday shopping: Early holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble Birkdale will earn money for LNC: On Dec. 1 from 4-8 p.m., start your holiday shopping and help earn money for LNC, all while enjoying student artwork and musical performances. Free gift wrapping and Barnes & Noble Nook demonstrations, including the new Nook Color (on shelves Nov. 19).
College week: Nov. 29-Dec. 3 will be Teaching and Learning our Way to Higher Education week at Cornelius. All week, the staff will be wearing college attire; students are encouraged to wear any college shirts or sweatshirts they have. If they don't have college shirts, they can wear their favorite college colors. We will have guest speakers for morning announcements and students will research information on colleges and universities. Please begin talking to your children about your university experiences to help raise excitement about this week; for information, please contact the school counselor.
Students lend aid to tornado victims: Students, teachers and parents from Chesterbrook Academy in Huntersville will deliver clothes and toiletries to the North Brook Volunteer Fire Department in Vale at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The donations will support numerous families affected by the recent tornadoes in parts of Lincoln County. Students in the school's kindergarten class came up with the idea while learning about the difference between "a need" and "a want." The entire school collected household supplies including toothpaste, soap, shampoo and other items families need.