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Distinguished actors: Charlotte Christian's ACT 1 drama team won the Regional Distinguished Play Award at the North Carolina Theatre Conference held Nov. 4-5 and advanced to the NCTC state competition held Nov. 17 and 18 at Greensboro College.
Charlotte Country Day
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Walk for Cancer: More than 500 Charlotte Country Day School students and faculty participated in the second annual "Walk for Hope" Nov. 21. The walk was organized by fifth-grade teacher Trish Rohr and benefitted Rohr Rockstars, a nonprofit that she and her husband, Eric, founded last year after Eric was diagnosed with brain cancer. Rohr Rockstars provides educational support for children battling cancer. Details: www.rohrrockstars.org.
Gleaning for good: Middle school students from Palisades Episcopal School traveled to Riverbend Farm in Midlands on Nov. 9 for a gleaning project. They spent the day harvesting leftover crops from the fields. The students collected more than 7,000 pounds, the bulk of which went to Senior Feeding Ministry at University Park Baptist Church and the rest going to local food banks and area churches. The gleaning project is part of a Middle School Community Outreach Program, which encourages a connection between physical work and community involvement instead of relying on parents or fundraising.
Teacher wins grant: Charlotte Latin science teacher, Tom Dubick, was recently named the Charlotte winner for Time Warner Cable's Super Connector Search contest. Dubick will star in his own public service announcement for Connect a Million Minds to inspire kids to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Time Warner Cable will also donate $5,000 to POST Carolinas to help expand Fly to Learn - an after school and summer program directed by Dubick to teach students of all ages STEM disciplines by designing, building and flying their own virtual airplanes. From Nov. 28 through Dec. 11, the PSAs created for each of the local contest winners will be featured on www.connectamillionminds.com for public voting. The entry with the most votes will be named the "People's Choice" and the STEM nonprofit organization selected by the People's Choice titleholder will receive an additional $10,000 cash grant.
Samaritan's Feet: Covenant Day Middle students raised $4,500 for Samaritan's Feet during October. Samaritan's Feet brings shoes to children all over the world who are barefoot. To learn more, visit www.smaritansfeet.org.
Theater awards: Covenant Day Students received awards at the 2011 North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival. Rachael Snapper received an Excellence in Improvisation for her performance in "Singin' in the Rain;" Katherine Murdoch received Excellence in Stage Design and Production for "You Can't Take It With You;" Mariah Shaw received Excellence in Acting for "You Can't Take It With You;" and John Michael Milton won an Emerging Artist Award.
Elon Park Elementary
New principal: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education approved Charles J. Fortuna II as the new principal for Elon Park Elementary. Fortuna holds master's degrees in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction.