Nuclear station’s EngergyExplorium to host expo

HUNTERSVILLE – McGuire Nuclear Station’s EnergyExplorium will host its first “Exploring Resources Homeschool Expo” from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. April 26 at the EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road.

More than 20 area organizations will gather on the lawn of the EnergyExplorium to showcase their educational opportunities, events and activities available to homeschoolers and their families.  Exhibitors include Discovery Place, The Homeschool Junction, Fort Dobbs, History’s Kids, Rural Hill, Carolina Raptor Center, YMCA, Young Writer’s Academy, Cedarwood Academy, Woodland Discovery, Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics, Mel’s Mini Whinnie’s, Crowders Mountain State Park, Classical Conversations, Catawba Science Center, Grow Your Mind and Brain Balance of Cornelius.

The event is free and open to homeschoolers of all ages. No registration is required.

The EnergyExplorium hosts free events quarterly for the homeschooling community. Each event focuses on a different topic and caters to students of all ages.

This is the first time the EnergyExplorium will host an outdoor homeschool event with a variety of exhibitors. 

Elementary schools to compete in Charity Challenge Basketball Game

CORNELIUS – Davidson Elementary School teachers and staff will compete against friendly rival J.V. Washam Elementary in the annual Charity Challenge Basketball Game April 25. Proceeds will benefit the Ada Jenkins Center. The game will be held at Hough High School.

Turning Tigers, Hoppin' Hawks, J.V. Washam Dance Team and DES Faculty Cheerleaders will perform. Honors choruses from both schools will perform the National Anthem. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold in advance for $3, and concessions will be available.

Davidson Elementary will hold Beginners Day in May

DAVIDSON – Davidson Elementary School will host its Beginners Day on May 2. Doors will open at 8:45 a.m., and the program will run from 9-10:30 a.m.

Parents will learn more about the school and about a typical day in the life of a Davidson Elementary kindergartener. Children will get to visit a kindergarten class, the cafeteria and a school bus.

Parents who register their child for kindergarten at the Davidson Elementary’s office by May 10 will receive a free youth Davidson Elementary Tiger T-shirt. Parents will be able to register at Beginners Day, provided they have appropriate documentation, or they can get a registration packet that day to complete at home.

For more information, call the school at 980-343-3900.

Mecklenburg PTA Council to host parent forum

HUNTERSVILLE – The Mecklenburg Parent-Teacher Association is hosting a parent forum on April 22 at Hopewell High School.

Parents can enjoy a healthy food tasting from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. there will be a parent forum. The event is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the K-2 report card, Common Core literacy and high school course selection.

Local stores and restaurants will provide a healthy food choice tasting as part of the National PTA/NCPTA Healthy Foods and Snack Initiative.

PTA/PTO/SLT and all parent leaders and their members are invited to attend. Register by April 19 at office@meckpta.org.

EnergyUnited offers money through Bright Ideas grant program

STATESVILLE – EnergyUnited and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have pledged nearly $600,000 to the state’s teachers in Bright Ideas education grant funding for the 2013-14 school year and are accepting grant applications. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded directly to educators for creative, hands-on classroom projects that may not otherwise be funded. Teachers can learn more and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com.

“Bright Ideas grants allow students to build, create and learn by doing, instead of just reading words from textbooks or scribbling out math problems on notebook paper,” EngeryUnited CEO H. Wayne Wilkins said. “We are so pleased to give teachers new resources to make a difference for students by bringing their creative ideas to life.”

EnergyUnited expects to award $40,000 in grants this year to educators in its 19-county service area. The grants are available to certified K-12 teachers for innovative projects in any subject. Teachers can apply individually or as a team and must apply online.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 20. Teachers who submit applications by Aug. 16 will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.

To apply, educators must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project and have approval from the school principal.

Bailey Middle School helps parents address body image for teens

CORNELIUS – Bailey Middle School’s next Parent University will take place at 9 a.m. on April 25 in the school’s media center. This class is “Promoting A Healthy Body Image in Your Teen – A Parent's Guide to Healthy Eating Habits and Identifying Possible Eating Disorders.”

The media and society are constantly putting pressure on teens to have the perfect look. As a result, eating disorders are on the rise among teenagers.

This workshop will educate students and parents on ways to improve healthy eating habits, body image and overall self-esteem. It will also equip parents with the tools to identify possible eating disorders.