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Education briefs

It’s time for the Workers of the Vineyard fourth annual back-to-school supply, clothing and food giveaway. This year, it will be partnered with the town of East Spencer for a back-to-school cance.
The giveaway will be held at Royal Giants Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It will include free school supplies, clothing and food with a limited number of free haircuts for boys and hairstyles for girls.
From 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a back-to-school block party for all students at the park.
All donations are welcome and encouraged. The East Spencer Municipal Building, 105 S. Long St., is a designated drop-off center for donations and school supplies.
For more information, contact Michael Mitchell at 704-245-0729, Darryl Jackson at 704-213-6120, Ed Brown at 704-232-4100, Dustin Wilson at 336-688-2567 or Andy Mitchell at 704-267-1122.
Partners In Leaning Child Development and Family Resource Center invites educators to a seminar about creating a lesson plan about emotions and feelings.
During the seminar Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., educators will learn about creating a happier and more peaceful classroom and how to develop a lesson plan about emotions and feelings. The seminar will focus on lesson plans for different ages and developmental levels. Participants will receive materials to use for such a lesson plan.
The program is also sponsored by Smart Start Rowan.
The seminar is free, but space is limited. Three training hours will be provided, with two in-class and one clinical. Participants should call 704-638-9020 to reserve a space.
The Suzuki and After-School Strings programs of the Salisbury Symphony will begin classes on Oct. 2. Registration for the classes is now open.
Suzuki classes are designed for ages 4-7 and will be held at Landis Elementary School. After-school strings classes are for ages 8 and up and are held at Granite Quarry, Isenberg and Landis elementary schools but are open to any student regardless of school assignment.
Teaching assistants are needed for this program. Assistants need to be able to read music and have a desire to work with children.
For more information on the Suzuki and the After-School Strings program, or to sign up as an assistant, contact Education Director Susan Trivette at 704-637-4730 or strivett@catawba.edu.
The Salisbury Symphony announces the beginning of the season for its youth string ensemble — the Rowan Youth Orchestra (formerly Salisbury Super Strings).
Rehearsals will be Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at Southeast Middle School, beginning Sept. 25 and continuing through May. Cost to participate in this orchestra is $125 per year.
Players should come prepared to play a selection of their choice to determine seating. They will also be asked to sightread a piece.
Rowan Youth Orchestra is open to anyone who has completed two years of the Symphony’s After-School Strings program or its equivalent or has had at least one year of private instruction.
Marguerite Keller is the director. The ensemble will perform at least two concerts as well as other community outreach performances.
For more information on Rowan Youth Orchestra or the After-School Strings program, contact Education Director Susan Trivette at 704-637-4730 or strivett@catawba.edu.

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