Essay contest confronts poverty
Several local students were named finalists in the N.C. Community Action Association’s “Every Child is a Winner” essay contest. N.C. students ages 6-18 were asked to write an essay answering the question “How Can I Help End Poverty?”
Erieyana Holloway of Raleigh, a student at Timber Drive Elementary School, won second place in the 6-9 age group.
In the 10-13 age group, Treasure Rouse of Raleigh, a student at Knightdale Elementary, won first place; Kristen Gilyard of Raleigh, a student at Ligon Middle School, won second place; and Makayla Carmichael of Garner, a Moore Square Middle School student, won third.
The first-place winners each received $500, second-place winners received $250, and third-place winners were awarded $125.
Students serve as Senate pages
Mark Timmons Burnett, Elliott Laniel Copeland, Elliott Gibson Honeycutt III and Evan Richard Lindsey, all of Raleigh, recently served as pages in the N.C. Senate.
Pages serve for one week, attending Senate sessions and committee meetings and assisting staff members with clerical duties.
Mark Burnett, a student at Wakefield High School and the son of Timothy and Shannon Burnett, was sponsored by Sen. Neal Hunt.
Elliott Copeland, a student at The Ravenscroft School and the son of Anthony and Monique Copeland, was sponsored by Sen. Martin Nesbitt.
Elliott Honeycutt III, a student at St. David’s School and the son of Elliott and Dorothy S. Honeycutt, was sponsored by Sen. Wes Westmoreland.
Evan Lindsey, a student at Leesville Road High School and the son of Edward and Kathy Lindsey, was sponsored by Sen. Ellie Kinnaird.
Wakefield holding Spooky Fall Plant Sale
Wakefield High School will hold a Spooky Fall Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct.18, through Saturday, Oct. 20, at the school’s greenhouse. The sale will include pansies, snapdragons, fall vegetables, containers, mums, perennials, spooky plants and house plants. Proceeds will benefit the school’s agricultural education program. Wakefield FFA alumni members receive 10 percent off of their receipt. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT help at Athens Drive library
SAT 10-Question Challenge & Strategies is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Athens Drive Community Library, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh. Participants will complete sample test questions and experience test timing and pacing. Students will also learn score-raising strategies and how to be ready for the SAT. For more information, call 919-233-4000.
School system offers parent workshops
Wake County is offering the following parent workshops:
• College is Possible, Tuesday, Oct. 24.
• Understanding Special Education, Tuesday, Oct. 30.
• Understanding the U.S. Educational System, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
All workshops run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Millbrook Magnet High, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Child care is available for children 4-13 years old. All sessions are free, but parents must register to attend.
To register or for more information, go to www.wcpss.net/parent-academy or call 919-431-7411.
SAT and ACT practice tests
Students can prepare for college exams by practicing on a real ACT/SAT combination test starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Richard B. Harrison Community Library, 1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. Just like the real thing, this event is timed for 3 hours and 45 minutes. For more information, call 919-856-5720.
Free workshop on grant writing
Parents, teachers and school staff are invited to join Advocates for Health in Action for its next Brains and Bodies Workshop: Show Me the Money – Grant Writing for Schools from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 29, at the Middle Creek Community Center, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex.
The even will include the grant-writing process and key pointers, presented by Gina Della Porta, grants specialist from WakeMed Foundation; what a funder looks for in an application, presented by Jennifer MacDougall from Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation; and guidelines and the processes for teachers and staff applying for grants, presented by Angie Wright, grants administrator from Wake schools.
Admission is free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.AdvocatesForHealthInAction.org.
Lifelong Learning classes at schools
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.
Sanderson High School
Basic Conversational Spanish II – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 29-Dec. 10, $100.
Next Level Guitar – 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 30-Nov. 27, or Wednesdays, Nov. 17-Dec. 5, $65.
Starting an eBay Business – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, $40.
Guitar Made Fun and Easy – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 1-29, $65.
Next Level Guitar – 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 1-29, $65.
Painting Landscapes and Flowers in Oils – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 11, $89.
Guitar Made Fun and Easy – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 17-Dec. 5, $65.
Millbrook High School
PowerPoint Introduction – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 19-Dec. 10, $85.
Digital Photos and Your Computer – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 13, $85.
SAT help at Cameron Village library
SAT 10-Question Challenge & Strategies is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Participants will complete sample test questions and experience test timing and pacing. Students will also learn score-raising strategies and how to be ready for the SAT. For more information, call 919-856-6710.
SAT help at North Regional library
SAT 10-Question Challenge & Strategies is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Participants will complete sample test questions and experience test timing and pacing. Students will also learn score raising strategies and how to be ready for the SAT. For more information, call 919-870-4000.
Cape Fear River Watch 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 opened 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 email@example.com.
Scholarships for children of veterans
The N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs offers college scholarships to children of N.C. war veterans.
The application deadline is March 1. Interested students should contact their local Veterans Service Office by visiting www.doa.nc.gov/vets/locations.