Board of Education: Coach Joe White, at-large member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, received the Order of the Longleaf Pine from Governor Beverly Perdue on Nov. 14.
The award recognizes outstanding service to the state of North Carolina. White who is retiring this year has over 40 years of experience in education, as a teacher and coach.
Bright Ideas grants: The following teachers received Bright Ideas grants from EnergyUnited cooperative for innovative classroom projects.
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They are: Jolandra White, Hornets Nest Elementary; Marci Derderian, Cotswold Elementary; 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.
Excellence in education: Classroom Central and Communities in Schools have each 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 over $200 to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
St. Mark Catholic School: There will be a band concert on Dec. 12 and an Honors Chorus concert on Dec. 15. www.stmarkcatholicschool.net.
Charlotte Latin: The school took first place in the Academic WorldQuest competition on Nov. 18.
Twenty four schools competed. Latin team members now advance to the nationals in April. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, WorldQuest is an annual event that tests teams' knowledge of global issues.
J.V. Washam: Staff and teachers at the school are involved in helping students discover "Where in the World Mr. Higgins and Mr. Otolski are."
Higgins, a physical education teacher and Otolski, an assistant principal, create weekly video postcards, based on imaginary travel. The number of miles traveled are based on weekly laps run by students. The classrooms submit answers after researching geographical and historical clues.
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 K-8 students to the geography, history, culture and wildlife of the continent.
Cannon School: Myles Grier, Cannon School junior, received a 2011 GoodWorks Youth Award for his volunteer work to provide lawn care for elderly and disabled residents of the Bridlewood community.
The award recognizes outstanding work by Mecklenburg County youth in diversity, educational and environmental issues.
Students who attended the school's archaeology program in Belize last summer helped to excavate a tomb of a Maya king.
The Archaeological Institute of America is providing support to double the number of participating students next year. Dec. 16 is the deadline for applications for the-two week archaeology schools.