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.
Parent Academy: How to support your kindergarten student in school will be held at the following locations:
Athens Drive High 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh.
Millbrook High 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.
The event is free and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.wcpss.net/parents.
Thales Academy tour
Thales Academy will hold a tour for prospective students and families at the junior high and high school facility from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at 3121 Heritage Trade Drive, No.104, Wake Forest. For more information, visit www.thalesacademy.org.
Classes at WELL
The Wade Edwards Learning Lab will offer the following classes at the lab, 714 St. Marys St., Raleigh. WELL is an after-school facility for high school students. For more information, call 919-856-9355 or visit www.wade.org.
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 www.cisnc.org/donate.
Moes 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.
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 childrens 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.
Advocates for Health in Action will hold a workshop on its Brain and Bodies award program from 10 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh.
Elementary, middle and high schools in Wake County can apply for the award, which recognizes schools working to improve the health of students and staff.
The award application deadline is March 21. Registration for the workshop is required at www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org.
Wake Electric grants
Teachers can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electrics 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 www.wemc.com/classawards.aspx.
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 www.ncbrightideas.com.
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 email@example.com 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 www.naturalsciences.org/programs-events/gisconnect.
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.
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