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Dual Accreditation

Educating success: Palisades Episcopal School has received dual accreditation with Southern Association of Independent Schools and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A SAIS-SACS accredited school is a part of an international network of accredited schools that have demonstrated success in educating children. To earn accreditation, Palisades Episcopal School had to meet a set of rigorous, research-based standards; be evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals; and implement a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance. This process took over a two-year time period to complete.

Monkey Joe's

Fundraising: Four local elementary schools - Mallard Creek Elementary School, Huntington Farms Elementary School, Clear Creek Elementary School and Croft Community Elementary School - will receive $500 each from Monkey Joe's of Charlotte as a result of a fundraising contest that took place over the 2010-11 school year. Monkey Joe's will run the contest again during the 2011-12 school year. They are taking reservations now for any schools interested in participating. Details: 704-957-1233;

Outstanding Educator

National honor: Queen's Grant Community School teacher Tiffany Dunagan has been selected as an outstanding national educator at this year's Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. Dunagan attended the "Broadway Welcomes America's Teachers" event at the Freddie G Theatre Experience in New York City last month, where she was recognized for her achievement and participated in master classes with some of Broadway's leading directors, producers, actors, choreographers and designers.

Eagle Scouts

Congressional honors: Charlotte Christian School's graduates John Putnam, Zachary Daughtry and Adam Price (all class of 2011) were recognized by Congresswoman Sue Myrick for receiving their Eagle Scout Award. The ceremony, held at Charlotte Christian School, showed congressional recognition for the hard work of Eagle Scout and Gold Award recipients. The Eagle Scout Award is the top honor for Boy Scouts and the Gold Award is the top honor for Girl Scouts. Each Eagle Scout candidate must complete a service project in order to receive this honor. Putnam chose to create a prayer garden at Charlotte Christian School. Daughtry chose to beautify an area around a flag pole at Lansdowne School for the Sardis Dixie Youth Baseball Association. Price built an amphitheater and fire ring for Fletcher Lodge that overlooks the waters of Lake Norman.

Photo Contest Winner

Artwork featured: The photography of Nicole Krecicki, a recent graduate of Charlotte Christian School's Class of 2011, is featured in a current Intel commercial. The photograph, which is of her grandmother, was titled "A Wrinkle in Time," but Nikki has renamed the piece "Surrender." Nikki first entered her photograph in the 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest and it was featured in the sixth week of the competition.

Kohl's Cares

Scholarship awarded: Three Charlotte-area students will receive $1,000 Kohl's Cares Scholarships from Kohl's Department Stores.

Local recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:

Dejarius Bright, 18, Charlotte.

Hunter Stewart, 11, Mooresville.

Allison Whitmeyer, 16, Charlotte.