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Charlotte Mecklenburg

Classroom Central: The "Party in Your PJs" fundraiser grand finale is Nov. 19. Donate $50 or more and watch video drawings online at Prizes include air travel, restaurant meals and electronics. Classroom Central is a free store that provides impoverished children in the Southern Piedmont with donated school supplies.

Rocking chairs: Twelve CMS visual arts department students designed and painted large rocking chairs to raise money.

The rocking chairs were sold at auction after being displayed at the Wells Fargo Community Celebration on Oct. 29. All proceeds will fund student art programs.

Friends School of Charlotte: An open house is held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday for grades Transitional K-5. Email or call or 704-567-9445 for details.

Davidson Day School: The Blood Drive organized by Charlie Colley collected 26 units of blood for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. The Senior Dog Wash organized by Natalie James raised $263 for the Charlotte Humane Society.

Arborbrook Christian Academy: The school will hold an open house for grades K-8 from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Lower School. For grades 9-12, Tuesday, Nov. 29. Email for details: Arborbrook is in Matthews at 4823 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road.

Palisades Episcopal School: The school is asking the community for support in online voting for a new playground. Vote online at or send a text message (text 44144 and type Clorox1136).

Butler High: Senior Tim Wahl received the Matthews Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Senior Award.

The award recognizes outstanding seniors from Butler and Providence high schools. President of the student council, a member of the National Honor Society and recent Eagle Scout Award Recipient, Wahl also volunteers at Make-A-Wish Foundation and Loaves and Fishes.

River Gate Elementary: Students recently participated in Red Ribbon Week, an annual U.S. campaign for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence. During the week, the students "Socked It to Drugs" by wearing flamboyant socks, showed pride for being drug free by wearing red and dressed like a twin to demonstrate that friends don't let friends do drugs.