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Hopewell High School

Cookie walk: The PTSA is holding its annual holiday cookie walk for teachers. Parents send in cookies, volunteers decorate the media center and set out the cookies. Parent volunteers are needed to bake and send in cookies and to decorate and staff the media center. Cookies can be dropped off in the front office starting Dec. 20. The goal: 440-dozen cookies. The walk is Dec. 21 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and volunteer shifts are two hours. Setup is Dec. 20 from 2:45 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.. Details: Joanne Wheeler at or Clarke Meakin at

Art project: Students and teacher Ben Permeaux worked with artist Annabel Manning on collages inspired by artist Romare Bearden to create contemporary visions of Bearden's collages. Their vinyl panels were then installed on windows on the Virginia Paper Co. building on West Third Street in uptown Charlotte. The project also had support from the Arts & Science Council and the Charlotte Knights.

North Mecklenburg High

Debate and speech team: Twelve members of the North Meck Debate and Speech Team attended the Mauldin High School tournament in Mauldin, S.C., recently and came in sixth overall; they won the percentage trophy for the team with the highest percentage of competitors who placed in their events. The team competed against larger teams in a field of 24 schools from North and South Carolina. Winners included team captain Catherine Bizub, who placed first in varsity Student Congress; Brooke Carter and Lauren Calucag, who took first in impromptu duet acting (Calucag also placed fourth in oral interpretation); speech captain Raul Gonzalez, who took second place in original oratory and fourth in impromptu speaking; speech captain Brittany Wallace, who took fifth in impromptu speaking and sixth in humorous interpretation; Trikeria Johnson, who captured sixth in original oratory; and James Wilson, who took sixth in impromptu speaking.

Rock Springs Elementary School

Duke Energy donation: McGuire Nuclear Station hosted a "Tools for Schools" drive, in which hundreds of school supplies were donated by employees. Pens, notebooks, book bags, glue and many other school supplies were delivered to Rock Springs Elementary in early November. The timing is intended to replenish supplies, which begin to dwindle several weeks into the school year. The supplies were received by several teachers and students and will be distributed to those who need them most. "Tools for Schools" is one of many drives McGuire Nuclear Station hosts throughout the year.

Chesterbrook Academy

Donations for tornado victims: Students, teachers and parents at Chesterbrook Academy in Huntersville planned to deliver clothes and toiletries to the North Brook Volunteer Fire Department in Vale on Nov. 19. The donations are aimed at supporting 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 teamed up to collect household supplies, including toothpaste, soap, shampoo and other "needs" for families.