Student creates energy bar, gives proceeds to charity

DAVIDSON – It started out as a class project and has blossomed into a breast cancer fundraiser: The Blazer Bar.

Mills Kratt, a sophomore at Woodlawn School, created an all-natural energy bar full of antioxidant-rich goji berries for her “Blazer Wellness” class. A panel of school administrators taste-tested the submissions and awarded Kratt a blue ribbon.

But the class didn’t stop there. They decided to sell the bar for Little Pink Houses of Hope, a North Carolina-based foundation that supports families battling breast cancer.

The school hopes to raise $1,200 to support the foundation’s efforts to send families on weeklong retreats. The cost for one family is $563.

In addition to selling Blazer bars, Woodlawn students in each grade build pink houses to collect donations. The houses will be placed in local businesses during the final week of October.

To buy a Blazer Bar, email Erica Madden, Woodlawn School director of marketing and development at


Astrophysicist to talk about Milky Way discovery

DAVIDSON – Naomi McClure-Griffiths and her team recently discovered a new “arm” of the Milky Way, and she’ll be talking about this discovery at an astronomy lecture on Nov. 5.

“Doing this kind of work is like being the first person to sail around the world,” said McClure-Griffiths of the discovery that earned her the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. “It’s a voyage of discovery. And it helps us learn more about how everything in the universe fits together.”

The free event, “Exploring the Invisible Milky Way,” starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane.

Details: 704-892-0173.


Children play disc golf in after-school program

HUNTERSVILLE – Children in the After School Enrichment Program will learn how to play disc golf on Oct. 22 in the “After School Adventure” activity organized by ASEP.

The activity, which costs $10, runs 4-5 p.m. and departs from the Waymer Center.

The ASEP offers children ages 5-10 a relaxed, fun and safe environment where they can get homework help and participate in team-building activities and sports.

This year, the ASEP is offering “Kids Out Fun Days” to coincide with school holidays and teacher work days. Upcoming dates include Nov. 1, 11 and 27. The cost is $15 per day for those enrolled, $30 for residents and $40 for others.

The ASEP program runs 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday until June 10. As of the 2013-14 school year, the program no longer charges a $15 transportation fee. Enrollment costs $125 for residents and $180 for others.

Details: or 704-766-2220.


District saves millions by changing bell schedule

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools saved $4 million in transportation cost efficiencies by changing its bell schedule, according to a report released Oct. 14 by the Council of the Great City Schools, a K-12 education group in Washington, D.C.

The district hired the council in June 2013 to conduct an independent assessment of its 2011 decision to change bell schedules and add 45 minutes to the elementary school instructional day.

“At the time, the district faced significant budgetary challenges and needed to reduce costs to address an estimated $100 million budget shortfall,” Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark said. “The savings helped to avoid additional cuts that would have directly impacted our teachers and classrooms.”

A new CMS task force will explore the recommendations in the report.

The full report is available at


High school science contest seeks great green ideas

DAVIDSON – Area high school students have the chance to compete for college scholarship money in the third annual Green Idea Factory Competition.

The competition, which is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, allows students to use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math to innovations in green business.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 25. Final presentations and judging will take place March 8.