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Ravenscroft brightens WakeMed halls

Thanks to the creativity of Ravenscroft faculty and students, the hallways of the WakeMed Children’s Hospital now have an “Under the Sea” theme to welcome young patients.

Led by fine arts instructors Julie Cardillo and Joyce Fillip, upper school students designed and painted a mural for the emergency room entrance hallway at the hospital. Middle school art students from Roz Cooper and Sue Scheier’s classes painted dozens of sea life images to be framed and hung in rooms and hallways.

“It has been really neat to see the students take charge of different areas of the mural and help each other,” Fillip said. “I see them working together and see them building community spirit, both with each other and at the hospital.”

Started in January, the completed mural was six months in the making.

Caitlin Given, who helped paint the mural, said: “The mural wasn’t about whose fish or seaweed was painted the best, it was about taking the time to make a child’s experience at the hospital the best it could be. The time invested and the selflessness shown in the mural made me really proud of my school.”

Carroll receives Freedom Shrine

The Exchange Club of North Raleigh presented a Freedom Shrine to Carroll Middle School on June 1. The shrine comprises 30 reproductions of American historic documents on plaques, which are hung in the school for viewing. Some of the documents included are the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Gettysburg Address and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

At the dedication ceremony, the Eighth Grade Orchestra played “My Country Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful” and Aaron Munz, Carroll teacher and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran spoke.

The club, which aims to present a shrine each year to a local school, raises money by selling peanuts at the State Fair and holding a lobster sale in early June. For more information about the club, contact Charlie Campbell, past president, at 919-847-5822 or Cgc1225@aol.com.

Raleigh Christian accreditation renewed

Raleigh Christian Academy was approved for renewal of accreditation by the N.C. Christian School Association.

NCCSA accreditation provides a benchmark for Christian schools that measures standards, performance, integrity and quality. A team of Christian education professionals scrutinized the following areas: philosophy and administration, personnel, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, fiscal management, facility and safety, and special services.

Brassfield raises money for JDRF

Brassfield Elementary School raised $1,000 for Type One Diabetes and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It was the first year Brassfield participated in the Coins for a Cure Drive, with a focus on “kids helping kids.” The students will be presented with a banner from JDRF.