Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, April 17

Underwood awarded for health efforts

Underwood Elementary School received a Gold Award from Advocates for Health in Action last week.

AHA’s Brains and Bodies Awards are given annually to Wake elementary schools for striving to improve the health of students and staff.

Five of the nine schools that won are in Raleigh. Underwood won Gold for the third year in a row, while Brier Creek Elementary, Hunter Elementary and Joyner Elementary earned the Silver Award. Oak Grove Elementary earned a Bronze Award.

AHA created the award program three years ago to celebrate and recognize schools making an effort to incorporate wellness into the culture of the school day. The group provides school wellness resources online at www.AdvocatesForHealthInAction.org.

‘Hairspray’ at Leesville Road High

Performances of the musical “Hairspray” will run at 7 p.m. April 18-20 at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road, Raleigh. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.prideproductions.info/lhkrs. A show preview will run at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Admission is $5.

Visual impairment, blindness conference

The N.C. Conference on Visual Impairment and Blindness will be held at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, 301 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. The event will run from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, and 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Speakers will discuss topics such as rehabilitation, education and orientation and mobility. Continuing education credit will be offered. The cost is $45 for professionals and $35 for students. Parents of visually impaired children will be admitted free. For more information or to register, visit www.ncaer.net/NCCVIB/conference_index.htm.

Parent Academy class on special education

A Parent Academy workshop on special education is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will address the evaluation process and how teachers monitor progress on a child’s goals. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

Teen Poetry Contest through libraries

Wake libraries’ annual Teen Poetry Contest will run through April 30. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit as many as three original poems. A winner will be chosen in each of four categories: sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade, ninth-10th grade, and 11th-12th grade. Winners will be announced in early May, when they will be honored with a reception and a trophy. For online submissions and entry guidelines, go to www.wakegov.com/libraries/kids. For more information, contact Judy Packer 919-387-4311.

Parent Academy class on summer academic growth

A Parent Academy workshop on supporting academic growth during the summer break is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will provide parents with educational ideas and information about summer camps. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

Short fiction scholarship contest

The Wade Edwards Short Fiction scholarship contest is open to high school juniors through May 1.

The annual competition, administered and supported by the N.C. English Teachers Association and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, is sponsored by the Wade Edwards Foundation.

The three scholarships, along with a gift to the first-place winner’s English department, total $10,000. For the first time this year, each of the eight NCETA regions will select a winner to receive a $500 scholarship. The first five entries from each region will also receive a $50 gift card. Students from all schools – public, private, charter and home schools – are encouraged to submit their writing.

For more information and an entry form, go to www.wade.org.

Scholarship for students with disabilities

Students can apply for Mayor’s Committee scholarships through May 31. The Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to students with disabilities.

Applicants must be residents of Raleigh and must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate post-secondary school, college, trade school or other institution of higher learning. The recipients will be chosen based on academic performance, financial need, character, school and community activities, honors or awards, and the ability to express themselves in an essay.

To download an application, visit www.raleighnc.gov and search “mayor’s committee.” For more information, contact Cathey Ector at 919-996-6100 or cathey.ector@raleighnc.gov.