School Notes: July 31

July 29, 2013 

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County school district will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit

Athens Drive High School

•  Basic Life Support for Health care Providers, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, $48.

•  How to Support your Kindergarten Student in School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 20, free.

•  Zumba Basic Fitness, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesdays, Aug. 20 to Oct. 8, $65.

•  PowerPoint Introduction, 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 20 to Oct. 10, $85.

•  Russian Cuisine, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 21 to Oct. 13, $100.

•  Hoy día: Spanish for Real Life Part 1, 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 22 to Oct. 10, $105.

Reedy Creek High School•  Bollywood Dance and Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Aug. 19-Oct. 14, $73.

•  How to Support your Kindergarten Student in School, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, free.

•  Keyboarding and Typing for Beginners, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Aug. 26-Oct. 14, $92.

•  Communidades: Más allá del aula Part 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursdays, Aug. 29-Oct. 17, $121.

Thales Academy tours

Thales Academy staff will give tours of the school’s K-5 program for prospective students and families from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Tours for prospective high school students will be from 8 to 9 a.m. that day. The school is at 1177 Ambergate Station, Apex. For details, go to

Orientation for Green Hope freshmen

Green Hope High School will host two freshman orientation camps. For students with last names beginning with A to L, freshman orientation will be 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 6. For students with last names beginning with M to Z, orientation will be 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 13. For more information, go to

Moe’s and Poe Garden Contest

Moe’s Southwest Grill and the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education are accepting grant applications from elementary schools. They offer two $500 grants to support gardens for elementary schools. Entries must be submitted by Saturday, Aug. 31. Applications are at

Exchange programs seeking host families

• World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a nonprofit group, is seeking local host families in Wake County for high school-age boys and girls from Spain, Germany, Thailand, Norway, China, Russia, France, the former Soviet Republics, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and more.

Couples, single parents, and families with and without children in the home are all encouraged to host. Each World Heritage exchange student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to household responsibilities. For details, contact Erin Kalbarczyk at 919-924-4679 or visit

• Ayusa is accepting applications for families to host a high school exchange student for the 2013-14 school year. Volunteer host families provide foreign-exchange students with three meals a day and a bedroom, either private or shared with a host sibling of the same gender. All host families must fill out an application, pass a background check and interview with a local exchange program representative in their homes.

For details, contact Connie Lawrence at 919-552-3647 or, or visit

Wake Electric offering grant programs

Public school teachers in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards grant program and the Bright Ideas grant program until Sept. 12.

• Classroom Technology Award grants will be given in any discipline for specific technology, such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. To apply, visit

• Bright Ideas grants will be awarded to teachers for hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project; and have approval from the school principal. Details:

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