School Notes: Sept. 4

September 2, 2013 

Amanda Saad

Lifelong Learning

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

Athens Drive High School

• Basic Conversational Spanish II, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 16, $100.

• Ballroom Dancing, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18, $145.

• Basic Conversational Spanish I, 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Oct. 16, $100.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Información general de las oportunidades del Programa de Aprendizaje Temprano (para los padres con hijos de 2 a 5 años), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, free.

• Overview of Early Learning Oppportunities (parents/caregivers of children ages 2 to 5), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, free.

• How to Operate a Home-Based Bakery, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 3, $100.

Cary student earns scholarship to N.C. A&T

Jordan Dawson of Cary earned this year’s N.C. A&T State University Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship, which will cover four years at the university. Jordan, a recent graduate of Cary High School, is the son of Lin and Margo Dawson.

Cary student is Brody Scholar at ECU medical school

Amanda Saad of Cary is one of three Brody Scholars at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for the class of 2017. She recently began medical school.

Brody Scholars receive four years of medical school tuition, living expenses and the opportunity to design their own summer enrichment program that can include travel abroad.

Saad graduated from Cary Christian School in 2009 and from N.C. State University in May. She is the daughter of Samy and Nermin Saad.

Green Hope High PTSA seeks board members

The vice president and treasurer positions of the Green Hope High School PTSA are open. If you are interested in serving as an officer, email Diana Bader, the nominating committee chairwoman, at

Pancake breakfast fundraiser

The Middle Creek High School tennis team will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Highway 55 restaurant, 7224 6B Alford Highway, Holly Springs. Tickets cost $5.

Workshop for Brains and Bodies Award

Elementary, middle and high schools in Wake County may apply for the Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) Brains and Bodies Award, which recognizes schools that promote health. AHA will hold workshops about the award for school administrators, teachers and parents from 10 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 1603 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Register at

Farmington Woods open house

Farmington Woods Elementary School will hold information sessions for parents at 1413 Hampton Valley Road, Cary.

• Kindergarten to second grade: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

• Third to fifth grade: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

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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