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Helping local organizations: South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church is collecting school supplies through Sept. 11 to benefit local organizations that help children in need.
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The church is accepting pencils, pens, markers, notebooks, rulers, calculators, scissors, hand sanitizers, backpacks and other items. Classroom Central, A Child's Place and Center of Hope will distribute the donated supplies. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
British American School
Open house: The British American School of Charlotte will offer open house 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24 and 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. RSVP: 704-341-3236.
Wilderness course: Providence Day School student Rebecca Goins recently completed a 14-day wilderness course with North Carolina Outward Bound.
She and 11 crewmates and two instructors participated in a variety of activities including backpacking and whitewater canoeing, learning to use a map and compass and other campcraft in the Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina. Rebecca's crew also focused on leadership and communication skills, character building, community service and environmental stewardship.
Tots2Teens: Union Academy will host a "Tots2Teens" consignment sale at 8 a.m. Aug. 20 at the upper campus gymnasium, 675 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
You can also pay $5 to shop early Aug. 19, 4-8 p.m. Details: www.uatots2teens.org.
Seven attend school: The following seven UCPS students recently spent six weeks in the 2011 Governor's School, a summer program for the academically or intellectually gifted held in Winston-Salem and Raleigh.
The students are: Donna Tolleson from Central Academy of Technology and the Arts; Benjamin Polk from Forest Hills; Lauren King from Monroe High; Megan McGuire from Porter Ridge High; Catherine Hackler from Sun Valley High; and Caroline Kerrigan and Jake Yurek, both from Weddington High.
The students were selected from more than 1,700 public and private schools after being nominated by UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis.
Chick-Fil-A scholarship winner: Winthrop University student Jeffrey T. Myers was awarded a $1,000 Chick-Fil-A leadership scholarship.
Michael Tucker, operator of Chick-Fil-A of Lexington, nominated Myers for "demonstrating abilities and potential to accomplish great things." The scholarship provides assistance to restaurant employees who want to further their education.
Visiting professor: Former U.S. Congressman John M. Spratt will join Winthrop University this fall as "Visiting Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Leadership" with the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy.