Kids paint pumpkins for hospital patients

HUNTERSVILLE – Students from Blythe Elementary School decorated pumpkins for patients at the Hemby Children’s Hospital in early October as part of The Plant and Share Club’s first outreach event.

Students also heard from Elizabeth Gray, a hospital representative, who told students how the hospital helps sick children and how the decorated pumpkins would be used.

The school reports that its students were thrilled to help in bringing a smile to the children at the hospital.


Free training helps prepare literacy volunteers

DAVIDSON – Nearly 40 new volunteers have been freshly trained in literacy tutoring, thanks to a free workshop held Sept. 30 by United Way of Central Carolinas in partnership with Davidson College.

The volunteers, made up of both college students and community members, bring the organization closer to its goal of recruiting, placing and training 1,000 mentors, tutors and readers to support at-risk students in need of academic support. Most serve as reading tutors and buddies at the Ada Jenkins Center LEARN Works program.

Bruce Taylor led the training, which focused on helping children with reading, but also dealt with strategies for getting to know the student and building a relationship.

The organization still seeks to meet its goal of 1,000 volunteers. Participants who sign up will receive six new books to share with their student.



Chidsey picked to head college trustees

 DAVIDSON – The Davidson College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint John Chidsey III as the next board chairman.

The four-year appointment begins in January. Chidsey has served on the board since 2005.

Chidsey and his wife, Lisa, also a 1983 graduate, have been committed to Davidson since graduation.

Together, they provided the naming gift for the college’s Chidsey Center for Leadership Development, created in 2007. The center sponsors a Chidsey Fellows Program, a leadership lecture series, and an annual retreat encouraging students to explore leadership strategies.

Chidsey is a register Certified Public Accountant and member of the Georgia Bar Association. He is a director and member of the audit committee for HealthSouth Corporation and for Norwegian Cruise Lines. He also serves on the board Camillus House, dedicated to addressing men’s homelessness.
Chidsey and his wife live in Coral Gables, FL, with their son and daughter. 


Tournament results for North Meck Debate team

HUNTERSVILLE – Novices of the North Mecklenburg Debate and Speech team got a taste of their first real competition at the Pinecrest tournament Sept. 28.

Thirty members from the team competed at the tournament, placing ninth out of 26 schools from all over North Carolina.

Individual results included:

• The Public Forum debate team of Austin Holmes and Joseph ("Giuseppe") Chen placed second in the JV division.

• Senior Sarah Kerman and sophomore Kailyn Price both placed fifth in varsity Student Congress in their respective chambers.

• Novices June Yom, Emma Boraks, Mary Jane Builes and Jason Kerman placed first, third, fifth and sixth respectively in novice Oral Interpretation.

• Senior Antonio Rivera and sophomore Kennedy Parkins took fifth and sixth place respectively in varsity Oral Interpretation.

The team will sponsor its own tournament, the 11th annual Jimmy K. Poole Viking Classic on Oct. 12 at the North Mecklenburg campus.

Additional competitions this month include the Bob Jones Academy tournament Oct. 20 in Greeneville, SC, and Irmo High School in Columbia, SC, on Oct. 26.


Fall carnival to raise money for local school

DAVIDSON – The Children's Schoolhouse will host its 32nd Annual Fall Carnival to raise money for operating costs and allow the school to provide scholarships that could not otherwise afford to attend.

The carnival will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Davidson Village Green.

Amusements at the carnival will include a bounce house, classic carnival games, soccer demonstrations and games, a photo booth, face painting, live entertainment, and food and drinks. The event includes a silent auction, featuring donated items from restaurants and businesses, and raffle tickets for a variety of great prizes.

Admission is free. Games and attractions cost $1 to $6.

The event raises money for the school, a nonprofit, cooperative preschool in Huntersville that was founded by families from Davidson more than 40 years ago.

Housed in a renovated 1925 schoolhouse, The Children's Schoolhouse is based on The Open Door School prototype program based in Charlotte that offers a child-directed, multi-age learning environment.

Details: or 704-892-7724.