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Free workshop for PTAs and schools

Advocates for Health in Action will hold a free Brains and Bodies Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 29, at Bond Park Community Center, 150 Metro Park Drive, Cary. The workshop topic is “For Sale: Healthy Fundraisers, Concessions and School Stores.” Learn how to put a healthier spin on school fundraisers and other sales to create a healthier school environment. Take away practical ideas and solutions and learn what’s working well at other area schools. AHA developed its Brains and Bodies workshop series to provide parents, teachers and administrators with the knowledge and resources to create a healthier school environment and enforce a local wellness policy at little or no cost.

To register, visit www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org/school-health.

Montessori school appoints leader

The Montessori School of Raleigh’s board has selected Nancy Errichetti as the new head of school. Errichetti will formally begin her duties July 1.

Errichetti joins the school with more than 23 years of experience in law, business, nonprofit and independent school administration. She spent the past eight years working in three independent schools around the country. She is currently serving as the director of development and alumni affairs at The Montessori School of Raleigh.

Franklin Academy wins bridge contest

A Franklin Academy team won its division of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Model Bridge Building Competition on March 9.

About 250 students participated in the four regional contests, displaying their best math, critical-thinking and presentation skills. Each team was judged on a written report, oral presentation, design drawing and the structural efficiency of the model.

“It took a lot of preparation, but the experience was amazing,” said Olivia Rudiak, 17, a first-year team member for Franklin Academy in Wake Forest.

The Franklin Academy team won by presenting an entertaining skit based on the film “The Matrix” and building a lightweight yet strong bridge model that demonstrated a high degree of structural efficiency.

The winners will compete at the statewide level on Friday, April 20, at the NCDOT Transportation Building Auditorium in downtown Raleigh. Winning schools at each level in the statewide competition will receive cash prizes donated by Carolina’s Associated General Contractors.

For more information about the competition, contact Gail Herring 919-707-4442 or gherring@ncdot.gov. To learn more about the program, visit the website at www.ncdot.gov/about/kids/BridgeComp.

Franklin school registration fairs

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

Children who are 5 years of age on or before Aug. 31 are 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).

Smith to host Science Olympiad

Smith Magnet Elementary will host the Elementary Regional Tournament of the North Carolina Science Olympiad on Friday, April 20. This program enriches and enhances opportunities in science education for elementary school students. Students from Wake and Durham schools will participate in 18 events throughout the day. Each event is aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in grades three through five and has its own set of rules that coaches and students follow to prepare. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public. This is the second year Smith has served as host.

Student to study dental hygiene

Wake Early College of Health and Sciences student Sabrina Latham has become the first of the school’s students admitted to Wake Tech’s Dental Hygiene program. Principal Lisa Whitaker said the Early College provided the support and Latham the hard work to reach her goal of admission into the competitive program.

Meredith College to install president

Meredith College will hold a formal installation ceremony for Jo Allen, the college’s eighth president at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. The inauguration theme is “Remembering Our Roots, Extending Our Reach,” which celebrates Meredith’s 121-year history in Raleigh and the college’s current status as one of the largest women’s colleges in the United States.

A North Carolina native, Allen was named the eighth president of the college on April 18. Allen served as senior vice president and provost and professor of English at Widener University in Chester, Pa. For more information, visit www.meredith.edu/inauguration or call 919-819-0120.

Benson Memorial summer program

Benson Memorial United Methodist Church offers a summer enrichment program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 5 through Aug. 2, at the church, 4706 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The program includes art activities, snack, circle time and outside play. The program is for toddlers through 6-year-olds. For more information, call 919-781-3310.