Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, May 19

Montessori School raises $25K to fight hunger

Students, faculty and families of the Montessori School of Raleigh raised more than $25,000 for Stop Hunger Now. During three days last week, they packaged 103,000 meals. Children from ages 18 months to ninth-graders pitched in next to teachers, grandparents and alumni.

“It is rare for a small school to make such a large commitment,” said Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now president and CEO. “A project of this size is much easier for our largest corporate donors that have staff, facilities and other resources.”

The project was integrated into the school’s curriculum throughout the year as students learned about farming, nutrition, geography, world politics and philanthropy.

“The program involved every one of MSR’s 400 students, 68 faculty and staff, families and local businesses,” said Head of School Nancy Errichetti.

Exploris Middle students win video competition

Students from Exploris Middle School took first place in the International KC3 – Kids Creating Community Content Videoconferencing Competition in the New Middle School division.

Students on the winning team are Elleny Avelar, Bennett Bandiero, Sean Boldrin, Ryan Dettman, Alexander Ducoste, Claudia Fiore, Mico Guevarra, Wesley Hair, Logan Hutchens, Seroja Kissell, Liam Lawless, Brooke Morrison, Shamik Bhattacharya, Anne Elise Norris, Gaby Pelletier, Sally Robertson and Scarlett Snyder, led by instructor Juliana Thomas.

The students researched, created and broadcasted an original program titled “Where is Waldo? Young Citizen Scientists Track Eastern Box Turtles in the Lake Raleigh Area.” Through the school’s videoconferencing system, the students connected with a class in South Carolina and shared the presentation and answered questions.

For more information on the contest, visit www.kc3.cilc.org.

Partnership Elementary earns recycling award

Partnership Elementary School received the Sonoco Recycling Youth Award at the Raleigh 6th Annual Environmental Awards on April 22 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

Partnership received the award for teaching students the importance of recycling and upcycling trash, diverting almost 70,000 items from landfills. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials.

Third-, 4th- and 5th-grade students sort trash into the correct category each week. Pam Feamster has been the driver for the project. She spends an average of 10 hours per week sorting, weighing and packaging recycling so that it may be upcycled. Feamster talks to each grade level of students about the importance of keeping trash out of the landfill and gives awards to the best recyclers.

Lifelong Learning

The Wake school system will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.

Millbrook High School

Citizenship Preparation, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, May 21-July 30, free

Introduction to Korean, 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 20-July 22, $150

Korean Conversation, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 30, $150

French Beginning Part 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $180

French Beginning Part 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 22-July 24, $180

Spanish for Beginners, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesdays, May 22-July 24, $90

Sanderson High School

Cooking With Summer’s Bounty, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 20-July 15, $100

Easy & Elegant Chicken Dinners, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, $45

Dinner and a Movie, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 21-July 9, $100

Cook’s Tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 18, $100

Ballroom Dance Certification Rhythm Prep I, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, May 20-July 29, $600

Yoga & Flexibility, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21-June 20, $50

Zumba with Candis, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21-June 20, $40

Strength Training Basics – Fit to Be 50+, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 29-June 24, $65

French Beginning Part 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $180

Spanish for Beginners, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $90

Voice: A Community Singing Class, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 30, $90

Special Event Planning, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 2, $90

Introduction to Professional Acting and Auditioning, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 30-July 25, $90

Carnival at Fred Olds Elementary

The Fred Olds Elementary PTA will hold Spring Fling from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Fred A. Olds Elementary School, 204 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. The event will feature games, a bake sale, a taco truck and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit programs funded by the PTA. For more information, contact Holly Mitchko at 404-895-1043.

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.

Wake Electric offering grant programs

Teachers can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards grant program and the Bright Ideas grant program for the 2013-14 school year until Sept. 12. Eligible teachers include public school K-12 working in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.