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Compiled by Cindy Stern

Ballantyne Elementary

Service Project: In lieu of a traditional class celebration, fifth-graders participated in a service project Dec. 18. The students made 42 fleece blankets, six scarves and two baby blankets for the Salvation Army Center of Hope. In addition, the school community donated more than 200 books to the CMS students at the Center.

Providence Day

Teacher recognition: Transitional kindergarten teacher Kelly Smith’s “Community & Transportation” unit has been recognized nationally. Director of the National Research Center on The Gifted and Talented Joseph Renzulli has incorporated the unit in his teacher training activities, citing the curriculum as a great example of Early Childhood content.

Teacher certification: Lana Cummings has become a National Board Certified Teacher. The first-grade teacher holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland and a master’s from Queens University of Charlotte.

Donate a photo drive: The eighth-grade Contemporary World Issues class and the middle school Girl Up Club is promoting the Donate A Photo drive to help Guatemalan girls. Through the fundraiser, for every photo donated, Johnson & Johnson will give $1 to the Girl Up campaign. Funds will help provide backpacks with school supplies to the girls. For information about the campaign, visit:

Olympic High

Service project: More than 50 students delivered holiday gifts to the 1,016 students at Hidden Valley Elementary in December.

Olympic High started Operation Santa Claus nine years ago under the direction of English teacher Jennie Morris. The school community and local businesses donate money and toys for the project.

Socrates Academy

Open house: The school will hold an Open House at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 21.

British International School of Charlotte

Teacher recognition: Becky Baily was recently recognized by Nord Anglia Education for her professional development and key role as English advocate. In addition to working individually to advance the school’s English curriculum, Baily led other BISC colleagues to launch World Book Day, improve the school library and develop new ways of teacher training.

All Schools

Language competition: Registration for the sixth annual N.C. Chinese Writing Contest is in process through 5 p.m. Feb. 20. The Confucius Institute at N.C. State University is the competition organizer.

Details and online registration:

Butler High

Grant received: The school received a $25,000 grant from State Farm in the Celebrate My Drive contest. The competition promotes safe driving for teens.

Eastway Middle

Spelling champ: Kain Rackley won the Northeast Learning Community Spelling Bee in December. The eighth-grader will compete Jan. 29 against other CMS community winners.