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Mecklenburg County

CMS: Joe White, at-large member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, received the Order of the Longleaf Pine from Gov. Beverly Perdue on Nov. 14. The award recognizes outstanding service to the state. White, who is retiring this year, has more than 40 years of experience in education as a teacher and coach. Others who have received the award include Michael Jordan, Maya Angelou, Charles Kuralt and Billy Graham.

The following teachers received Bright Ideas grants from EnergyUnited cooperative for innovative classroom projects: Jolandra White, Hornets Nest Elementary; Marci Derderian, Cotswold Elementary; and Cathy DuPre, Merry Oaks Elementary. Upon receiving the award, White announced her grant will be used to buy iPads, which the students will use for digital story telling, bully prevention and other projects.

Classroom Central and Communities in Schools each have received a $5,000 check from Harris Teeter and Boar's Head. The $10,000 gift recognizes both nonprofits' commitment to excellence in education. Classroom Central Charlotte collects and distributes free school supplies and Communities in Schools works to improve the graduation rate in the CMS district.

Olympic High School: Senior Jessica Allison raised more than $200 to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Jessica researched diabetes, organized a fundraiser, contacted the media and educated students and faculty about the disease. She will present a check to JDRF representatives Dec. 15.

St. Mark Catholic School: There will be a band concert Dec. 12 and an Honors Chorus concert Dec. 15. Details:

Trinity Episcopal School: During December, the school will host the world's largest map of Africa. Part of National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program, the game-board map measures 35 feet by 26 feet and introduces kindergarten through eighth-grade students to the geography, history, culture and wildlife of the continent.