Students plan successful can drive

HUNTERSVILLE - Fourth- and fifth-grade Student Council members at Huntersville Elementary collected more than 1,600 cans of food for Loaves and Fishes the week before Thanksgiving. They surpassed their goal by more than 400 cans.


Students glean fields, collect food for the hungry

HUNTERSVILLE – About 90 eighth-grade students, along with parent volunteers and teachers, of St. Mark Catholic School gleaned four trucks of fresh produce for area agencies Nov. 22.

The students, through the Society of Saint Andrew Gleaning Network, gleaned turnip fields at Riverbend Farm in Midland.

Gleaning is where people collect what remains in the field after the main harvest and contribute to those who don’t have enough to eat. The SoSA distributes around 35 million pounds of fresh produce annually in cooperation with 5,000 agencies across the U.S.

St. Mark fourth-graders also organized a canned and packaged food drive in November, challenging classmates to bring 100 cans of food each day that month. Students exceeded that challenge, donating more than 3,500 items to the food pantry at Our Lady of Consolation and to Catholic Social Services.


Debate, speech team finishes sixth at tournament

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Meck Debate and Speech Team placed sixth overall out of 31 schools at the Asheville High School tournament in Nov. 23.

Special recognition goes to:

• Kelly Williams finished fourth in varsity SPAR Debate.

• Ryan Golden and Anna Cloud snatched second in novice Public Forum, with Aneesha Raj and Halynna Snyder taking fifth.  Erick Thorsheim and Nick Macri took second in varsity Public Forum.

• Jorge Peneranda placed second in novice Student Congress, and Jimmy Haberberger, Kailyn Price and Sarah Kerman took fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in varsity.

• Sebastian Sierra placed 10th in novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

• In speech, Camara Hill placed fourth in Oral Interpretation, June Yom took seventh in Novice Reading and 10th in Children's Storytelling, and Vala Rizvanolli placed 10th in Novice Reading.

The team travels next to Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro for a Dec. 14 tournament.


New pre-school to hold open house

HUNTERSVILLE – Forrestal Academy, a new academically focused preschool, will host an open house Dec. 14.

The school boasts eco-friendly materials and antibacterial surfaces, involving the children in the concept of a healthy environment.

“We will carry that theme right through to the daily experiences of the children,” said Lisa Margherita-Salay, the school’s founder. “They will plant and grow some of their own fruits and vegetables on campus in the spring to support not only learning about nature and the outdoors, but also the importance of healthy eating.”

Visitors will walk the outdoor nature trail and explore Chi Chi’s Spray Zone and the indoor “bear” cave. Thecommercial kitchen and café will allow children to expand their palettes to healthy food.

The open house runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 14016 Boren St.

Parents can visit to arrange a private tour.


Parks department plans Winter Break program for kids

HUNTERSVILLE – The parks and recreation department announces Winter Break, an after-school program for grades kindergarten to sixth grade.

The program includes:

• Dec. 23: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., trip to Meg Art for gift making;

• Dec. 24: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., trip to Senior Center for crafts and caroling;

• Dec 26: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., pajama day with movies, hot cocoa and re-gift exchange;

• Dec 27: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in-house activities;

• Dec. 30: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in-house activities;

Parents of currently enrolled after-school children can register for $15 per day. Non-enrolled residents pay $25, others pay $30.

Details: or 704-766-2220.

Community School of Davidson to open new ArtSpace

DAVIDSON – As many schools cut arts programs, the Community School of Davidson cuts the ribbon for its new 22,000 square-foot ArtSpace at the high school.

CSD will host a community celebration on Dec. 12 at 404 Armour St., beginning with a food truck rally 5-8 p.m. Davidson Mayor John Woods and school leaders will cut the ribbon at 5:45 p.m. to the new space, which features classrooms, a dance studio, wood arts studio, music room and a 250-seat black-box theater.

Students in various arts programs will showcase their talents 6-9 p.m.

Overflow parking will be available at the K-8 building at 565 Griffith St.

Parent workshop focuses on anxiety

HUNTERSVILLE – Clinicians from Southeast Psych will provide parents with information on anxiety in children, including what it looks like and how it is maintained.

The Parent University workshop, dubbed “Helping Your Anxious Child,” takes place 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Bradley Middle School, 13345 Beatties Ford Road.

There is no cost to attend. To sign up, call 980-343-0138 or email