Fundraising campaign continues at Grand Oak Elementary

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary School’s direct giving fundraising campaign, dubbed Invest in the Nest, will run through Sept. 30.

Proceeds will help establish a literacy resource area for teachers to help students read at their specific reading level. The room will act as a library where teachers will be able to pull books as they assess where children should be reading. The books will also be used for guided, small reading groups.

Checks can be made to Grand Oak Elementary PTA. Donations are tax deductible.

The PTA meets and hosts Curriculum Night for third through fifth grades at 6 p.m. Sept. 26. The community is invited to attend a dedication ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24.



Pennies add up at Davidson Elementary

DAVIDSON – Davidson Elementary School students learned recently that they were the top school in last February’s Pennies for Patients fund drive for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

The students knew at the end of the drive that the $10,300 they raised through “penny wars” and ugly leg contests was a big contribution, but they didn’t know until recently that it placed them No. 1 in the state, even generating more than high schools.

It’s the second year in a row the school has ranked No. 1 in the state in the fundraising effort.

To date, Davidson Elementary has raised just shy of $42,000 for cancer research and local services for young cancer patients through the Pennies for Patients fund drive.   

The school will participate again this February, with a goal of hitting the $50,000 mark in contributions, said Counselor Gerry Smith.


Legion donates school supplies

HUNTERSVILLE – The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 321 in Huntersville, recently donated school supplies to Blythe Elementary.

Principal Patricia Johanson was thrilled to receive carts of school supplies from auxiliary members Donna Nickol, Michelle Kenney, Ed Kenney, Gary Nickol and Alison Hendren. 


North Meck attends national tourney

WINSTON-SALEM – Seven members of the North Mecklenburg High School Debate & Speech team attended the Wake Forest National "Early Bird" Debate & Speech tournament Sept. 13-15.

The team competed against some of the best teams from the Southeast in the first major national level.

Participants that went included were seniors Ebony Hargro, Danielle Lefleur and Alex Pope; junior Nick Macri; and sophomore Eric Thorsheim.