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Compiled by Gina Smith
Highland Creek Elementary
Cookie Walk: The PTA will hold its annual Cookie Walk for Highland Creek Elementary staff members Dec. 18. Parents are asked to make cookies and other holiday treats, and staff members will each get to fill a container with baked goods to take home. Parents who wish to contribute treats should bake at least 2 dozen pieces in a covered, disposable container labeled with any applicable allergy information such as whether the item contains nuts. Baked goods can be dropped off between 8 a.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Parent Center. For details, contact the PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://hcepta.org/news/hce-pta-staff-cookie-walk
Torrence Creek Elementary
Program on India: The PTA is creating an educational program about India to be held Jan. 16. Volunteers, particularly those who are from India or have a passion for Indian culture and customs, are needed to help at the event and in developing the program. The school has a collection of items from India to share with the children, and will offer a one-hour program with several centers through which the children will rotate. The program will be repeated four times during the school day to keep the groups small. The following options are being considered for the centers: Diwali, music, batik, toys and puppets, language and artifacts. To sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ea9ab2ca6fe3-presentation.
Tab tops: The student council continues to collect tab tops from canned drinks, soups and other goods to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The tab tops will be accepted at the school throughout the year. Details: www.rmhofcharlotte.org
Proctors: Volunteers are needed to serve as test proctors for midterm exams from about 7 a.m. to noon school days Jan. 13-20. Proctors must be registered as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools volunteers and must be able to attend a brief training session. To register and for details on training session dates and dates and times for exams, www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48a5ae2babf58-semester. If you have a conflict, but are willing to help, contact Jennifer Elliott at the school at 980-343-5988.
Grant: State Farm recently awarded Hough High a grant for $25,000 as part of the insurance company’s Celebrate My Drive Challenge. Through the initiative, which helped raise awareness about teen driver safety, State Farm gave away $3.25 million in grants to high schools across the nation. To qualify, students older than 14 pledged to drive safe every day Oct. 15-24. The schools with the most commitments were awarded the grants. The school plans to use $2,500 of the money to implement a safe driving program, and the remaining $22,500 will be used to buy technology for use in the classroom.
Candy canes: Student Leadership is collecting donations of candy canes to pass out to the student body after school on Dec. 19, the day students are released for winter break. To donate candy canes, sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4fa4a628a46-candy. Candy canes should be brought to the front office by Dec. 18 marked “Student Leadership.”