Southwest Wake schools to participate in annual Pieces of Gold performance
Wake Education Partnership will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the Pieces of Gold annual student performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh. The event will feature performances by more than 800 Wake County public school students from 28 different schools and highlight student talent from around the community while honoring the dedication of students, faculty and staff. Of the 45 schools that auditioned, the following were chosen to participate from southwestern Wake County: Briarcliff Elementary, Cedar Fork Elementary, Fuquay-Varina Elementary and Salem Middle.
The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.
Athens Drive High School
• Passport to Brazil, Wednesday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., March 13, $45
• SMART Board Technology in the Classroom, Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., March 21-28, $125
• Easy and Elegant Fish and Seafood, Wednesday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., March 27, $45
• Elementary Conversational Spanish II, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., March 27-May 1, $100
Reedy Creek Middle School
• Is Life In The Digital World Useful or Dangerous?, Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 13, free
• College is Possible, Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 20, free
• Basic Conversational Spanish II, Mondays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., March 25-May 6, $100
• Elementary Conversational Spanish II, Mondays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., March 25-May 6, $100
• Preparing Your Child for the EOG, Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 27, free
Green Hope presents Into the Woods musical
The Green Hope High School fine arts department will present the musical, Into the Woods at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15; and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students with I.D. at the door; or $10 for adults and $5 for students online. Tickets are available for students to purchase at lunch and are available for community members in the school office. For online tickets, visit www.seatyourself.biz/greenhopehigh.
Wake Electric Rural Electric Youth Tour scholarships
High school juniors in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance or Wake counties can apply for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. and a $1,000 scholarship for college, sponsored by Wake Electric, by 5 p.m. Friday, March 15.
Two spots are available for the N.C. Rural Electric Youth Tour, from June 14-21, to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and the United States government. Students will also be able to visit historic sites and meet with congressional leaders.
Applicants do not have to live in households served by Wake Electric in order to win. To download an application, visit www.wemc.com/youthtours.aspx.
Kohls Cares scholarship program
Kohls department stores are accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers through Friday, March 15, for the 2013 Kohls Cares scholarship program. Nominations for kids ages 6 to 18 will be accepted at kohlskids.com. Nominators must be 21 or older.
Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohls stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohls gift card. More than 200 of the store winners will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education.
Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education, and Kohls will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winners behalf.
Apex Middle School Bands swing dance fundraiser
Apex Middle School Bands will hold a Swing Fling Big Band dance fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the cafeteria. Swing dancing lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Apex Middle School Jazz band and NC Revelers. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 maximum per family. Proceeds will go to purchase two new French horns. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, visit www.amsbandboosters.com.
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 7383 of Cary is hosting a Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest for local high school students. Each entry will be judged on the originality of concept, presentation and patriotism expressed. One entry per student; art teachers must sign entry forms. National scholarships will be awarded to the top eight entries, with the top prize a $10,000 scholarship. Entry deadline is March 31.
To enter the contest, visit www.ladiesauxvfw.org/programs/scholarships.html.
Teen Poetry Contest
Wake County Public Libraries will host the annual Teen Poetry Contest for young aspiring poets from Friday, March 15, to Tuesday, April 30. Teens in grades six through 12 are invited to submit up to three original poems for the contest. A winner will be announced in early May in each of four categories: sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade, ninth-10th grade and 11th-12th grade. Winner will be honored with a reception and a trophy and invited to read their winning poems. For online submissions and entry guidelines, visit www.wakegov.com/libraries/kids.
Apex Chamber of Commerce honors local teachers
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and its education committee honored Apex Teachers of the Year for their outstanding performance and commitment to students with a recognition event. The teachers, who were selected by their respective schools, enjoyed lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse and words from Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly, School Board Member Susan Evans and Area Superintendent Clinton Robinson.
College Nannies and Tutors sponsored the event and Modern Woodmen of America donated engraved crystal paperweights provided by 5 Star Awards for each teacher for their achievement.
Cary student awarded scholarship to attend leadership academy
Green Hope High School student Jennifer Murphy was awarded a scholarship to attend the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy from Feb. 23 to March 8 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Two hundred and twenty-seven students from 30 countries and 26 U.S. states and territories won scholarships to attend the leadership academy, which provides students with a unique opportunity to engage in sessions addressing current issues in science, technology and engineering. During the week-long program, students simulated jet-fighter pilot training, practiced scenario-based space missions, designed, built and tested their own rockets and met with top scientists, engineers and former astronauts.