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Scholarship recipients: Autobell Car Wash Inc. has awarded 131 employees 2011 academic scholarships toward the college or university of their choice. This year's gifts totaled $91,500, and three lake-area students were recipients. Zachary Hegarty of Huntersville will attend N.C. State University. Ryan Park of Cornelius will attend UNC Charlotte. Hunter Slaton of Huntersville will attend the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Linh Tonnu of Mooresville will attend Elon University. The Autobell Scholarship is an annual program open to current Autobell employees who are graduating high school seniors or have received a high school diploma. Along with a completed application, candidates must submit references, an acceptance letter from an accredited college or university and an essay that discusses an educational aspect of their employment experience. The Autobell Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses scholarship recipients.
New faculty and courses: Mandarin Chinese is now part of the school's language course offerings. Early childhood and lower school students will take Mandarin this year, and it will be an elective for eighth-graders. Jing He is a native Chinese speaker with 15 year experience teaching Mandarin. She taught Chinese classes from beginning to advanced levels in Union County Public Schools. Shaunta Davis is also joining the languages faculty to teach Spanish. Davis is a Davidson College graduate and earned a bachelor's in Spanish with an education concentration. Davis will also sponsor the Spanish Club.
East Lincoln Middle
Athletic fields: Following the community response to the school's playing fields "dressed" with dry poultry litter, the school contacted the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to ensure the fields are compliant and safe for students. Measures include cordoning off the area for 30 days. The areas also will be monitored for 30 days following the start of school, and the school will continue working with NCDEN. Fall sports practices will be relocated. For details and continued updates, visit the school's website or call 704-732-0761.
Catawba Springs Elementary
Email alerts: Parents may sign up on the school's website to receive email alerts for their child's class page. Any time new content is added by the teacher, an email notification will be sent. Parents also will have access to parent-only information and pages.
St. James Elementary
Meet your teacher: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 24.
Book fair: Sept. 10-16
Open house: 7 p.m. Sept. 15.
Email alerts: Parents may sign up on the school's website to receive email alerts for their child's class page.
Kids HealthLink and Big Shots Saturdays
Health and education festival: The free festival is open to the public for pre-k and kindergarten health assessments, including vision, hearing and dental. Big Shots Saturdays will provide free immunizations on Saturdays. Parents/guardians must bring official immunization records and at least one form of identification. These events are sponsored by Junior League of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Kids HealthLink events will be held in conjunction with Big Shots Saturdays on Aug. 27 and Sept. 17. Big Shots Saturdays will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 27 at Phillip O Berry Academy, 1430 Alleghany St., Charlotte; Sept. 10 at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, 249 Billingsley Road S.E., Charlotte; Sept. 17 at Phillip O Berry Academy; Sept. 24 at Mecklenburg County Health Department.