Wake's teachers lead the way

Did you know that Wake County public schools employ the largest number of national board certified teachers in the state?

According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 1,487 teachers are certified in Wake, nearly 200 of them earning certification in 2008. Statewide, 1,453 teachers were certified in 2008.

Created in 1987, the nonprofit board developed standards for what effective teachers should know and be able to do, along with a process to evaluate whether individual teachers meet these criteria.

A report released in June from the National Research Council found that students taught by teachers who received national board certification make greater gains on tests than students taught by teachers without such certification.

Millbrook Elementary and Wake Forest-Rolesville High each had eight teachers certification, the most of any Wake County school. Six earned certification at Wakefield High.

North Carolina leads the nation in the number of teachers who have been certified with 14,211, the board said.

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Sanderson High students defended their title and again are reigning champs of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina's Students Against Hunger Food Drive.

The school pulled in a whopping 176,496.5 pounds of food, which will provide 681,856 meals to people who need help putting food on the table.

The school beat its last year's total by more than 1,000 pounds. Since 2000, Sanderson has contributed more than $183,000 dollars and more than 55,000 pounds of food to the food bank.

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Wildwood Forest Elementary last week was awarded a $1,000 grant from the National PTA for producing a twice-weekly student exercise show.

The school was among 14 across the nation to receive the National PTA Healthy Lifestyles Award.

The grant will help develop the exercise show, during which selected Wildwood students are videotaped by a group of parents as the students run through various workouts each month.