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Franklin school registration fairs

Franklin County schools are holding registration and parent information fairs from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, March 7, April 25 and May 9, at the Riverside Campus, 53 West River Road in Louisburg. Registration will be run by school nurses, social workers, counselors, child nutrition staff, ESL, support staff, data managers and more.

The child must be five years of age on or before Aug. 31 to be eligible for kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year. Also, a physical examination is required within 12 months prior to the day of school entry. The following items are needed for registration or can be brought to the child’s school before the first day of school: a certified birth certificate, immunization records, record of illnesses (if any), and the kindergarten health assessment report (physical form).

Kindergarten literacy workshops offered

Track My Steps, a community group dedicated to closing achievement gaps, will hold a series of literacy workshops to prepare children for kindergarten. The workshops are for parents with children 5 and younger.

The workshops will be held on Tuesdays during March at the Wake County Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive in Zebulon, and on Wednesdays during March at Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave. in Wake Forest. Workshops will begin every half hour from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

To register, call 919-295-0595 or email info@trackmysteps.org. Find more information online at www.trackmysteps.org.

Greater Raleigh National College Fair

Wake County high school students can register now for the Greater Raleigh National College Fair, set for 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Raleigh Convention Center. Students who register online and bring their barcode printout to the fair will not have to fill out information cards on site.

Representatives from more than 160 colleges and universities in North Carolina and the Eastern United States will attend. Four 45-minute workshop sessions are scheduled with discussions on planning for college, paying for college, testing and writing essays.

To register or for more information, go to www.nacacnet.org/EventsTraining/CollegeFairs/ncf/Spring/

2012 Pieces of Gold Performance

The 2012 Pieces of Gold annual student performance will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh. The show will feature performances by more than 1,000 Wake students from 30 schools.

Of the 65 schools that auditioned, the following were chosen to participate:

Leesville, Briarcliff, Joyner, Sycamore Creek, North Forest Pines, Wilburn, Lacy, Barwell, Bugg, Powell, Zebulon, Underwood, Fuller, Millbrook, Washington, Pleasant Union, Fuquay-Varina, Conn and Oak Grove elementary schools.

East Cary, East Millbrook, Martin, Moore Square, Ligon and Centennial middle schools.

Enloe, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest-Rolesville, Leesville, Southeast Raleigh and Garner high schools.

Proceeds from this year’s ticket sales will benefit the Teacher Leadership Grants program of the Wake Education Partnership. The program helps teachers improve their level of instruction through four types of grants including a professional learning team grant and three innovative instruction grants. To learn more about the grant program or to apply, go to www.wakeedpartnership.org.

Program on teen substance abuse

Wake County families are invited to a viewing of the new Just Think First video and a program addressing teen substance abuse at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Living Arts Center, 3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive in Wakefield.

The movie, “Just Think First Personal Responsibility,” tells the story of what happened to one Wakefield High School student and his family while educating viewers on the impact drugs and alcohol have on our youth today.

Dr. Scott Swartzwelder, a Duke University psychiatrist and expert on the subject will be the keynote speaker. Others who will participate in the main program include a local ALE officer, a principal and a parent. A number of related vendors will be on hand at the beginning of the evening including representatives from MADD, Kidtrackeronline and Drug Free NC.

Videos also are available for purchase on the website, www.justhinkfirst.com. For more information, contact Assistant Principal Vivian Wells at vcwells@wcpss.net.

Attention program at Ravenscroft

Cathy Davidson, author of “Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn,” will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the Christina B. Jones Theatre at Ravenscroft School Fine Arts Center, 7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. She will talk about her research on attention blindness and the challenge it creates. A question-and-answer session and a book signing will follow. Davidson is the Ruth F. DeVarney professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University. For more information, call 919-847-0900 or visit www.ravenscroft.org.

Students present at health conference

Two Wake students made a presentation at the American Public Health Association conference in Washington, D.C.

Wake Early College of Health and Sciences sophomore DeQuandra Rankins and Moore Square Middle eighth-grader Christen Greene received scholarships from the association’s Community-Based Public Health Caucus and took part in the youth council at the fall meeting.

Their presentation, “Power of Youth Voices: Youth Engagement in CBPR (Community-Based Participatory Research) Translating Research to Action,” shared their experience as part of Youth Empowered Advocating for Health, a youth HIV-prevention group affiliated with Strengthening The Black Family Inc. and the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.