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York Technical College

Legal program: The S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor "Legal Lessons," a seven-week program for the public beginning March 20. The schedule is:

March 20: Overview of state courts and alternative dispute resolution.

March 27: Juvenile justice and overview of child protection hearings.

April 3: Family law; real estate and landlord/tenant law.

April 10: Wills, estates and probate; health care and elder law.

April 17: S.C. workers' compensation and employment law.

April 24: Bankruptcy law; consumer law and debt collection.

May 1: Criminal law and torts.

For details and registration call 803-325-2888 or visit www.yorktech.com.

York Area Optimist Club

Student of the Month: Cotton Belt Elementary fourth-grader Clara Smith and Hickory Grove/Sharon Elementary fifth-grader Nautica Chisholm have respectively been named January and February Student of the Month.

Students are selected based on academic performance, conduct, citizenship and optimistic attitudes.

Charlotte and Mecklenburg

Charlotte Country Day

Art awards: Students in grades 8 through 12 received 26 Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention awards at the Mid-Carolina Region Scholastic Art Competition.

During March, Gold Key art will be on display in Spirit Square galleries, Silver Key art at the Mint Museum Randolph and Honorable Mention art in the Dalton Gallery.

Palisades Episcopal

Performance: The school will present "Annie Jr." 6 p.m. March 8 at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church. Details: www.pescharlotte.org.

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Honors awarded: Top honors went to Parth Thakker and Sara Lee at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Parth, a South Meck sophomore, discovered methods to fuel rocket propellant using sugar. Sara, a junior at Myers Park High, developed new computer codes for her system, which also used physics and biology to determine the habitable areas around stars. The two students will compete at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May.

Providence Day

Merit finalists: The following seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists: John Cambern, Amy Coppola, Sarah Everhart, Colin Fitzpatrick, Evan Gold, Neha Kukreja, Chris Munley, Jack Munley, Charlie Sowers and Emily Stewart.

Union County

Union County Non-Public Schools:

Grant meeting: Union County Public Schools invites administrators from nonpublic schools, including home-schools, to a March 8 meeting concerning participation in federal grants. Call Bill Cook at 704-296-0823 for details.

Union County Public Schools

Recognition: The communications office was awarded 13 Blue Ribbons for outstanding school public relations publications throughout the state.

Arts Council

Summer camp: The arts council and Central Academy is offering a Summer Performing Arts Camp for K-6 grade students. Details call 704-283-2784 or visit www.unionarts.org.

Stallings Elementary

Health fair: The school will host a Health Fair 5-8 p.m. Mar. 8. The Union County Health Dept. also will offer required kindergarten health assessments at the fair. Call Jackie Morgan for an assessment appointment at 704-296-4825.

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