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Fundraiser: Senior Stephanie Schauder and junior Tim Gruber turned a personal goal into a fundraiser to benefit cancer research Nov. 12. Along with 250 of their friends and supporters, they ran nearly 14 miles from Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville to Cannon's Concord campus to raise more than $16,000 for Relay for Life Mooresville/Lake Norman. The two students also worked with local officials and school administrators to organize a 5-mile run to school, a campus 5k and a "fun run" for younger students for the cause.

Christmas in Davidson: Cannon School's music groups will usher in the holiday spirit as they perform during Christmas in Davidson at Davidson United Methodist Church chapel, S. Main St., Dec. 4 from 4-9 p.m. Third Grade Recorder Ensemble, 4 p.m.; Middle and Upper School String Ensemble, 5 p.m.; Middle and Upper School Choirs, 6:30 p.m.; Upper School Chamber Wind Ensemble, 7:15 p.m.; Upper School Jazz Bands, 8 p.m.

College aid seminar: Cannon School invites parents of high school students from throughout the Charlotte region to its Concord campus 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.

Chesterbrook Academy

Supply run: Students at Chesterbrook Academy traveled to the North Brook Volunteer Fire Department in Vale to deliver supplies to help numerous families affected by recent tornadoes in Lincoln County. 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 supplies including toothpaste, soap, shampoo and other items families might need.

Lake Norman Charter

Holiday shopping: Early holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble Birkdale will earn money for LNC: Today 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.

Hopewell High

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

Cornelius Elementary

Higher Ed Week: "Teaching and Learning our Way to Higher Education" week will take place through Dec. 3. The school will encourage students to think about setting goals and looking beyond high school. Guest speakers will make morning announcements and staff and students will wear college attire all week. Students will also research information on colleges and universities and other educational activities. The school plans to make this an annual event.

North Mecklenburg High

Debate and Speech Team: Members of the North Meck Debate and Speech Team competed in a field of more than 400 students from 33 schools in three states at the Asheville Hight School tournament Nov. 20. The school came in second overall. Junior and division captain Catherine Bizub took second in the varsity chamber; freshman Sarah Kerman captured first in novice chamber I and freshman Itay Hashmony and sophomore Bryant Patterson captured first and second places respectively in novice chamber II. Team president Brittany Wallace took first in impromptu speaking, with sophomore James Williams placing third; freshman Alex Pope captured first in declamation, with sophomore Taylor Turner taking sixth; Senior and team president Cameron Langford and junior PF captain Conner Taylor placed first in varsity public forum debate; freshman Emily Yue took third in novice reading; freshman Thomas Thornton took fourth in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate; senior Nicole Celenza took sixth place in dramatic interpretation and oral interpretation; and speech captain senior Raul Conzalez took seventh place in original oratory. The team will have its next tournament at Northwest Guilford High in Greensboro on Dec. 11.