Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Oct. 28

Casa Esperanza art gala

Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School will hold an art gala celebrating Mexico and its artists from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the school, 2600 Sumner Blvd., Suite 130, Raleigh.

The event will include art produced by students of the school. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase student work and learn more about Mexican culture. The consul general of Mexico, Carlos Flores-Vizcarra, will address students. All proceeds from art sales will go to benefit the school.

For more information, call 919-855-9811 or visit www.cemcs.org.

Fall Fest Step Show

Carnage Middle School presents its annual Fall Fest Step Show from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Carnage Middle School Gym, 1425 Carnage Drive, Raleigh. The event will feature elementary, middle, high school and community step teams from Raleigh, Fayetteville, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner and Rocky Mount. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $6 with proceeds benefiting the Pre-College/MSEN Program at Carnage Middle School. For more information, call 919-616-8694.

Triangle Dance Marathon benefit

The Triangle Dance Marathon for middle school students is set for noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at PNC Arena.

The Wake Forest Rolesville Middle School Social Organization and Service Club organized the benefit for North Carolina Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital. Other sponsors are the Wake Forest Rotary Foundation, PNC Arena, YMCA of the Triangle and Wake County schools.

Students can register at www.TriangleDanceMarathon.com and create a personal fundraising page to share with family and friends.

All participants must raise at least $20 for admission. Participants who raise $35 will receive two meals, two snacks and three beverages during the event. Students who raise $75 will also receive memorabilia. Students who raise $100 will be eligible to win additional prizes such as gift cards from Target, iTunes and PNC Arena. All admissions include a T-shirt.

Entertainment will include a laser light and sound display, local youth bands and comedians from ComedyWorx. The event will also feature a photo booth, bungee run, basketball hoop and other games for participants to enjoy during the marathon.

Local anti-bullying group organizer, Brenda Jackson, will be on hand to encourage students to sign an anti-bullying pledge.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Dancing will begin at 1 p.m. and the event will end at 7 p.m. PNC Arena and Raleigh Police Department will be on hand for safety and security. Designated chaperones will be on the dance floor. Parents who would like to observe the event will be permitted to do so in a designated area.

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.

Red Cross scholarships open

The American Red Cross is accepting applications for the 2013 High School Heroes philanthropic leadership and scholarship program. From January through March, students compete for scholarships by raising money and awareness for the Red Cross Triangle Chapter.

The top three fundraisers earn scholarships of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000. Four other fundraisers earn $500 scholarships. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 12. Scholarships are made possible by The Grainger Foundation with additional program support by Wells Fargo.

Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 7, and can be picked up from high school guidance counselors or downloaded online at www.TriangleRedCross.org. Completed applications should be returned to local Red Cross coordinator Mira Batchelor at mira.batchelor@redcross.org or 919-277-2802.

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 kaylynn@cfrw.us.

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.