Southwest Wake News

School Notes: March 26.

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. Details: 919-431-7593 or

Athens Drive High School

• Anatomy and Physiology for Coders: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 27-May 6, $135.

• Medical Law and Ethics: 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 31-May 7, $135.

• SMART Technology in the Classroom Level 1: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 1-3, $125.

• Excel Introduction for Teachers: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, April 8-29, $85.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Medical Billing II: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 27-May 6, $135.

• FIT Session 1: Steps to Successful Money Management: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, $48.

• Bridging the Culture Gap in the Classroom: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, April 10-24, $100.

• FIT Session 2: Get Out of Debt!: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, $48.

Student exchange program

World Heritage Student Exchange Program is looking for host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and former Soviet Republics. Couples, single parents and families with or without children can host a teenager for the 2014-15 school year. To apply, call local area representative Erin Kalbarczyk at 919-924-4679 or 1-800-888-9040, or go to

St. Paul’s Preschool

St. Paul’s Preschool at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary is accepting registration for the 2014-15 school year. The church is at 221 Union St., Cary. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Brooke Bowersox at 919-467-3788 or

Thales students compete in Science Olympiad and Mathcounts

Junior high and high school students of Thales Academy in Apex competed in the Regional Science Olympiad on March 15 at Campbell University. The varsity squad placed seventh, junior varsity placed second, and their combined ranking was fifth in the competition. Varsity squad members Sam Ferguson and Emma Carney also competed in the Metric Mastery event and will go on to the State Science Olympiad.

Students Sam Ferguson, Jon Kelley, Emma Carney and Ronith Gonsalves competed in the state-level Mathcounts competition. The Thales Academy team placed 12th, and Ferguson and Carney placed in the top 25 percent of individual scores. For information about the school, go to

Artists visit Green Hope

Artists from the Dominican Republic visited Green Hope High School through the Transcending Borders program on Monday, March 24. Students and artists painted a mural near the school’s library. For information on the Transcending Borders program, go to

Apex student earns creative writing award

Clair Galligan Holahan earned the Mabel E. Lindner Creative Writing Award at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She will graduate from Shippensburg in May with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Holahan is the granddaughter of Dr. Ronald Yadusky of Apex.

Green Hope students compete in SCAD Challenge

Green Hope High School students Bria Goeller and Hazel Ng are finalists in the Savannah College of Art and Design’s SCAD Challenge scholarship competition. To see their work and other finalists’ artwork, go to

Book drive

Fuquay-Varina Elementary School will host a book drive for the WAKE Up and Read program from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, March 29, in the school’s front lobby, 6600 Johnson Pond Road.

Green Hope High School will collect books through Saturday, March 29, in the bin in the school’s lobby, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary.

Donate gently used children’s books. For more information about WAKE Up and Read, go to

Thales Academy tours

Thales Academy of Apex will host tours of the junior high and high school program from 8-8:30 a.m. and the elementary school program from 8:30-9 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, at 1177 Ambergate Station. For more information about the school, go to

Kids Together Playground needs volunteers

Kids Together Playground at 111 Thurston Drive in Cary is closed for renovations through Thursday, April 17. The playground needs volunteer families on Saturday, April 5. For details, go to or To register to volunteer, email


Panther Creek High School students will present “Seussical,” a musical, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, in the school auditorium, 6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets will be available for $6 to students who bring a student ID to the show on Thursday, April 10. For details or tickets, go to

IMProv at Cary High School

Students will perform in competitive IMProv shows at 7 p.m. one Friday a month through May in the drama studio at Cary High School, 638 Walnut St. Shows will be April 11 and May 16. Admission is $2.

Garden grants

Moe’s Southwest Grill and the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education will accept applications for two $1,000 grants for elementary schools through Sunday, April 13. One grant is to be used to support a school’s garden. The other grant is for a school to start its first garden. To apply, go to

Vote for finalists from Monday, April 21, through Wednesday, April 30, at the Triangle Moe’s Southwest Grill Facebook page at Winners will be announced Friday, May 2.

Green Hope football team spreads mulch

The Green Hope High School football team and Mulch Masters are working together in a fundraiser for the football team. Team members will spread mulch for $15 per cubic yard on Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13. A discount on mulch is available, and there is a delivery charge. Order by Friday, April 4. For details, call Julie Duckworth at 919-345-1579.

Spring Vendor Fair and Bar-B-Q Sale

The Holly Springs High School Choral Boosters will host a Spring Vendor Fair and Bar-B-Q Sale on Saturday, April 26, at Holly Springs High School, 5329 Cass Holt Road. The vendor fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and barbecue sales will be from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Vendor spaces are available. The school’s Student Directed Play Festival will follow the fair at 7 p.m. For more information or to participate as a vendor, go to

Green Hope PTSA scholarships

Green Hope High School seniors who join the PTSA by Friday, May 2, may apply to win one of three $500 scholarships toward vocational school, community college or a four-year college or university in the fall of 2014. For details, go to

Falcon Night

Green Hope High School’s PTSA is looking for volunteers for Falcon Night, an after-prom party on Saturday, May 17. If you would like to help, contact Jean Miller at