Service initiative honors 9/11 victims

DENVER – A local charter school plans to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a communitywide volunteer initiative.

Lincoln Charter School will partner with Sally’s YMCA for Be A Hero, Volunteer – an effort to recreate the spirit of volunteerism that followed in the days after 9/11. The school and the YMCA will hold a remembrance event 6-8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the YMCA, 1601 Forney Creek Pkwy., Denver. The event will encourage participants to perform 11 hours of community service throughout the year to remember the victims of 9/11.

Local emergency services personnel will be recognized and local nonprofits will share upcoming opportunities for community service. Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will be on site to take blood donations.

The initiative is a part of Lincoln Charter’s Learn.Serve.Engage. program, which combines education and community service. Students take what they learn in the classroom and apply those lessons to the real world through service opportunities.

“Lincoln Charter School is so excited to once again be a part of a community event that encourages service,” Melissa Lasarsky, LCS developmental director, said. “We strive to offer our students learning opportunities that impact the community and demonstrate the importance of active citizenship.”

School seeks volunteers, participants for girls’ empowerment program

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Elementary School will offer a before- and after-school program this fall that teaches girls healthy living and confidence.

The school’s girls can participate in Girls on the Run, a 10-week program that uses running to teach lessons about maintaining a healthy body image, resisting peer pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to their communities. Trained volunteers guide girls through the curriculum.

The group, available to third- through fifth-grade girls, will meet 7:15-8:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the school. The fall season runs Sept. 17 to Dec. 1.

Organizers are also looking for at least two adult volunteers to coach the group. Those interested should contact Frank Smithwick, the Cornelius site coordinator, at 980-343-3905 or or Mckenna Collins, GOTR program assistant, at 704-376-9817 or

CHS outreach program donates 6,000 computers to Guatemalan schools

CHARLOTTE – Carolinas HealthCare System’s International Medical Outreach program has partnered with the Microsoft Corp. and a Guatemalan foundation to provide 19,000 Guatemalan schools with computer labs.

The partnership between the outreach program – itself a collaboration between CHS and Heineman Foundation of Charlotte, Microsoft and Fundacion Sergio Paiz Andrade is collecting, donating and installing refurbished, fully-functional computers in Guatemalan public schools that have little to no access to technology.

FUNSEPA has installed more than 11,000 computers for about 313,000 students since 2005. The organizers say they hope to install about 300,000 in 19,000 schools.

So far, the IMO program has donated more than 6,000 computers and has set a goal of supplying an additional 15,000 with help from businesses such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Discovery Place museums offer free admission to area educators

CHARLOTTE – Local educators will have the opportunity to visit Discovery Place museums for free during Saturdays in September.

Educators and one guest can tour exhibits, labs and programming at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte; Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville; and Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte, during regular museum hours.

Each educator will be given a packet containing a free educational guide. Participants should register at each museum’s admission desk. Reservations are not needed.

Details: 704-372-6261.

Davidson Elementary welcomes back students with picnic

DAVIDSON – Davidson Elementary School will officially welcome students and their families back with its annual back-to-school picnic.

The event takes place 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9 on the Davidson Village Green. Festivities include games, face painting, an inflatable slide and a dance party.

Families can either bring a picnic dinner or purchase food from Brian’s Dog House Grill or The Ice-Box Sno-Cones.

The school also needs volunteers to help with the event. Email or to sign up.

Fall Homeschool Day explores 19th century medical practices

HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Latta Plantation will hold a day for local home-schoolers to learn about 19th century medicine and disease.

The event takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. History interpreters will learn about home remedies, daily hygiene and diseases. Students will also pretend to be 19th century children making decisions on how to treat their ailments based on the medicine and health information available at that time. Presentations, crafts and demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

Admission costs $6. Children 4 and younger and plantation members get in free. Registration is not necessary.


Torrence Creek Elementary schedules fall open house dates

HUNTERSVILLE – Torrence Creek Elementary School has scheduled September open house dates.

The kindergarten to second grade open house will take place Sept. 11 and the third through fifth grade open house will take place Sept. 13. All parents should plan to be at their child’s classroom at 6:30 p.m.

Parents with more than one child at the school will be able to attend a second session that will be offered immediately after the first session.

Learn about Montessori education at 2 day school workshop

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville-based Christian Montessori School at Lake Norman offers parents the opportunity to explore Montessori education through a two-day workshop.

“The Silent Journey” will allow parents to experience the school’s Montessori curriculum firsthand. The event takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 15 at the school, 14101 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. Guest speakers include Edward and Barbara Fidello of the Christian Montessori Fellowship.

Registration costs $25 per person or $45 per couple. Breakfast will be served during the morning session.

Contact the school at 704-875-1801 to attend.

Huntersville Elementary offers tours to prospective students and families

HUNTERSVILLE Elementary School will hold its monthly school tour 10 a.m. Sept. 11.

Potential students and their families will get to visit classrooms and see day-to-day school activities.

Huntersville Elementary parents should also be aware of the following events:

• Back-to-School Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 15

• Science fair parent meeting: 6 p.m. Sept. 20 for parents with third- through fifth-graders

• Parent-Teacher Association meeting and curriculum night: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27

Chesterbrook Academy earns five-star recognition from the state

HUNTERSVILLE  Chesterbrook Academy, an early childcare development and education center in Huntersville, has earned a five-star rating from the North Carolina Star Rated Licensing Program.

The rating is based on an official state evaluation that measures all childcare facilities on staff education and program standards. The preschool, which serves kids ages six weeks to five years old, is Chesterbrook Academy’s fifth location in the Charlotte area to receive a five-star rating.

A rating of one star shows that a childcare program meets the state’s minimum licensing standards for childcare. Programs that choose to voluntarily meet higher standards can apply for a two- to five-star license.

“We are thrilled that our school has earned the five-star rating,” principal Sarah Garrigues said. “I am exceedingly proud of the quality education that my teachers offer every day to the students in their care.”