School Notes, Aug. 7

August 5, 2013 

Ice cream social for ASU freshmen

Appalachian State University will hold an ice cream social for incoming freshmen from Cap-8 Conference high schools in northern Wake County from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Baileywick Road Park, 9501 Baileywick Road, Raleigh.

Cap-8 schools comprise Broughton, Enloe, Sanderson, Leesville Road, Millbrook, Wakefield, Wake Forest and Heritage. Prizes will be awarded for ASU sportswear. Reservations are required by Thursday, Aug. 8. To register, email Traci D. Royster at

Haven House collecting donations

Haven House, a nonprofit providing services to at-risk youths and their families in Wake County, is seeking donations of school supplies for its youths ages 10-17. Drop off donations before Friday, Aug. 9 at Haven House Cabarrus Street Office, 600 W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh. For more information, call Linda Battaglia at 919-833-3312 Ext. 125 or email

Career Discovery day

Career Discovery Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at ECPI University, 4101 Doie Cope Road, Raleigh. Attendees will tour the campus, meet faculty and staff, and explore future career education goals in the technology, criminal justice and medical fields. The event is free, and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit

KinderCare Literacy Party

The KinderCare Literacy Party is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Kidz Celebrate, 6801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. Mothers with children ages 1-5 will share in storytime and games and learn more about the KinderCare Literacy program. Food will be served. The event is free, and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 919-645-9799.

Thales Academy offers tour

Prospective students and families can tour Thales Academy from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at 3121 Heritage Trade Drive, Suite 104, Wake Forest. For more information, visit

Summer workshops set

Summer workshops for high school students will be offered at The Wade Edwards Foundation and Learning Lab, 714 St Mary’s St., Raleigh. The cost is $30 for the workshop and $25 for each additional workshop. Here is the schedule:

Aug. 12-15 – Write Outside the Box and Interact: Teen Relationships and Dating will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon. College Application Quick Start and Common Core Math 1 Prep will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit

Art workshop for teachers

Visual Literacy and the Common Core will be held at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The course is available as a webinar and a workshop. The webinar will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. The course will explore text and language intersections with works of art from the museum’s collection. The webinar is free, but the workshop costs $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. The webinar is worth 0.15 Continuing Education Credits, and the workshop is worth 0.5 credits in Literacy. Registration is required at For information about scholarships and travel stipends, contact Camille Tewell at 919-664-6771 or

SAT study

Kaplan Test Prep will offer free practice sessions for the SAT and ACT from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Registration is requested at 919-856-6710.

School supply drive at Wal-Mart

Communities In Schools of North Carolina will partner with Wal-Mart for the third annual Build A Backpack back-to-school supply drive through Aug. 31. Supplies will be distributed to students in need across the state. Supplies can be donated at local Wal-Mart stores; donations are also accepted online at

Grant opportunity for elementary schools

Moe’s Southwest Grill and Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education will offer two $500 grants to support a garden for two Triangle-area elementary schools. One grant will be for a school with an existing garden; the other grant is for a school to start its first garden. Poe Center staff will visit the winning elementary schools to teach children about where foods come from and the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

The deadline to enter is Saturday, Aug. 31, and voting will occur from Sept. 9-24 at For more information or to submit an application, visit

Literacy workshop

A free literacy workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at Rolesville Elementary, 307 S. Main St., Rolesville.

The program is for parents of preschool children and adults who work with young children. Sessions will include a light breakfast, free children’s books and a day care service. Program topics include kindergarten preparedness, empowerment for ESL parents and more.

For more information or to register, call Tracey Greggs at 919-821-7609.

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.

Classroom Technology Award grants will be awarded in any discipline for specific technology such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. The technology must benefit the students in the classroom. To apply, visit call 919-863-6312 or visit

Bright Ideas grants will be awarded directly to teachers for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process and must be received by Thursday, Sept. 12. For details, visit

Boys and Girls Clubs seek school supplies

Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples will participate in the Staples for Students National School Supply Drive through Sept. 28. All donations will be given to the local Boys and Girls Clubs, who will deliver the goods to disadvantaged youths.

The local Staples stores that are participating in the supply drive are located at: 2950 Millbrook Road, Raleigh; 404 E. Six Forks Road, Raleigh; and 8041 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh.

Girls in Science program

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences seeks applicants for the Girls in Science Connect: Nature program, to be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays Oct.3-Dec.7.

The eight-week program is for girls in grades 6-7 who have shown ability and interest in the sciences. Participants will engage in hands-on science experiences, including an overnight stay at the museum and an open house.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of Wake or the surrounding counties and be nominated by a current or previous science teacher and another unrelated adult.

The fee is $150, and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Applications must be emailed to Kathryn Fromson at or faxed to 919-715-6439. Applications can also be mailed to N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC, 27601-1029. For more information, visit

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