School Notes, Aug. 14

August 12, 2013 

Art workshop

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.

Classes at WELL

The Wade Edwards Learning Lab will offer the following classes at the lab, 714 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. WELL is an after-school facility for high school students. For more information, call 919-856-9355 or visit

College 101 – 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Sept. 6. Jenny Peacock of William Peace University will discuss applying for, paying for and succeeding in college.

ACT Test Prep – 6-8 p.m. Aug. 28, 29 and Sept. 4 and 5. The program includes four weekday sessions and an optional Sunday practice day. The cost is $150 per student and includes an ACT book. Scholarships are available.

School supply drive

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

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 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 grants

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 students in the classroom. To apply, call 919-863-6312 or visit

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