Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Sept. 2

Centennial student goes to White House

Centennial Campus Magnet Middle student Sydney Brown, 11, shook hands with President Obama at the first Kids’ State Dinner held by First Lady Michelle Obama to congratulate winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

Sydney, a resident of Fuquay-Varina, earned the chance to attend the dinner at the first White House with her mother as the North Carolina winner in the competition. She was one of 54 winners selected from more than 1,200 students ages 8-12 with recipes considered creative, sophisticated and tasty. The state dinner featured some of the children’s winning recipes.

Sydney’s winning recipe is the Homerun Meatloaf Burger. Her recipe is now on the Let’s Move blog at www.letsmove.gov/blog/2012/08/17/homerun-meatloaf-burger and included in a downloadable cookbook.

Brains and Bodies Workshop Series

Parents, teachers and school staff are invited to join Advocates for Health in Action for its 2012-2013 Brains and Bodies Workshop Series, which kicks off from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 13, at N.C. PTA, 3501 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The first workshop is titled Creating Healthier Schools – Forming a High-functioning School Wellness Committee.

The free, interactive workshop will focus on why wellness committees are important, how to form one, who should be involved and what the committee can do to make the school a healthier environment for students, staff and families. Panelists will include wellness committee members from Brains and Bodies Award-winning schools. Hear about their successes and challenges and how they are making an impact at their school. Registration is required. To register, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/BrainsandBodiesWorkshop.

Wake County College Fair

The 2012 Wake County College Fair is scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh. The fair provides families a chance to talk with admissions officials from more than 100 colleges, many located in North Carolina. Free sessions on financial aid and college planning are included.

Heritage PTSA movie and discussion

The Heritage High School PTSA will offer two free showings of the movie “Race To Nowhere,” followed by discussion. The showings will begin at 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest. The documentary film is about the pressures students are under in today’s schools. For more information, visit www.racetonowhere.com/about-film.

Preparatory seminar at Campbell

A preparatory seminar on “Leadership, Intelligence and Character” for rising college freshmen and high school seniors and juniors is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 16-Nov. 11, at Campbell Law School in Raleigh. Cost is $99 through Sept. 7; $125 thereafter. A few partial scholarships are available. Applications are available at ticenter.net/images/stories/GettingReadyBifold_Fall2012_v6.pdf. For more information, contact Jeremy Kryn at 919-995-3754 or jkryn@ticenter.net.

Church offers college prep workshop

St. Paul AME Church will present its annual college prep workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Lunch will be included.

The free workshop will teach parents and students how to navigate the college application and financial aid process. Other topics will include time management, study skills, NCAA eligibility, credit card debt. Registration is required; to register, call 919-832-2709.

Theater company performs student plays

Several one-act plays by local students were selected for production by the Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh as part of its annual Kids-Write contest.

The plays and their authors were: “I Am ... Macbeth” by Aubrey Clyburn, an eighth-grader at Ligon Middle School in Raleigh at the time the play was submitted; “I Miss Her” by Hope Reilly, a sophomore at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh; and “Review” by Colton Flick, a senior at Raleigh Charter School.

The plays were performed in June at Burning Coal’s Murphey School Auditorium, directed by the company’s artistic director, Jerome Davis, and Adam Sullivan of Greensboro.

Wake Tech adds charging stations for cars

Drivers can now “plug in” and charge the batteries on their electric vehicles on the Main Campus at Wake Tech Community College. Two charging stations for electric vehicles have been installed on the campus by Progress Energy Carolina as part of a research project focused on commercial charging stations. Two stations were also installed at Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus earlier this year. The project underscores the college’s commitment to sustainability.

Lifelong Learning Programs

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For more information, contact 919-431-7593 or www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.

Millbrook High

Word for Windows Intro – 7 to 9:30 Tuesdays, Sept 11 to Oct. 2, $85.

Excel Introduction for Teachers – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept 13 to Oct. 4, $85.

The Self-Confident Child – 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, $30; or 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, $30.

Medical Billing I & II – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 9, $230.

Sanderson High

The Basics of eBay Selling – 6:30 to 9:30 Tuesday, Sept. 25, $40.

Guitar Made Fun and Easy – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 3, $65; or 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 24 to Oct. 15, $65.

Next Level Guitar – 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 3, $65; or 8 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 24 to Oct. 15., $65.

Basic Conversational Spanish I – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 22, $100.

Healthy Lunch Box for Kids – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, $45.

Easy & Elegant Chicken Dinners – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, $45.

Cape Fear River Watch scholarship contest

Cape Fear River Watch is offering a scholarship essay contest for high school seniors.The contest, meant to promote interest in environmental conservation, was created to engage students pursing college majors in environmental sciences, biology and wildlife and habitat conservation, as well as to give financial aid for tuition.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 toward education expenses at an accredited North Carolina university. The contest opens Oct. 1, and essays must be submitted by Jan. 15.

For more information, visit www.capefearriverwatch.org, call 910- 762-5606 or email Kay Lynn Plummer-Hernandez at kaylynn@cfrw.us.