Education Briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rising Seniors Meeting

Rowan County Crosby Scholars will be holding its Rising Senior Meetings on Feb. 16 and Feb. 24 for its Junior class at the Salisbury Civic Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue South. Meetings will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All Crosby Scholar Juniors are required to attend one of these meetings, and parents are encouraged to attend, as well. During the meeting, an overview of the Crosby Scholars’ Senior program will be given including hints on college access, expectations of seniors and benefits of the Crosby Scholars program.

Juniors and parents are encouraged to sign up via their Crosby Scholars portal. For more information, contact the Crosby Scholars office at 704-762-3512.

New Crosby Scholars workshops

In an effort to ensure every Crosby Scholar has the opportunity to meet the requirement of attending academy workshops, the program has added a variety of events to its calendar.

  • For seventh and eighth graders who have not yet attended their academies, a makeup workshop will be held on Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Randy Hemann room, located on the Easy Street side of 225 N. Main St.
  • For ninth through twelfth graders an “Inside/Out” workshop has been added. This academy has been designed to encourage personal development which will aid in eventual employability for students. It will be held on Feb. 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tom Smith Auditorium located inside the Ketner School of Business on the campus of Catawba College.
  • For sixth graders in the program, academies will be offered in the Tom Smith Auditorium located inside the Ketner School of Business on the campus of Catawba College, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on March 5 and March 12. On March 19, an afternoon session running from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be held.

Students who have not attended a Crosby Scholars academy in the 2015-2016 academic year are encouraged to sign up for one of these events through their student portal, or by calling the office at 704-762-3512.

Catawba blood drive

Even though Valentine’s Day will be officially concluded, you can still share the love on Monday, Feb. 15, by donating blood during a blood drive hosted on campus by Catawba Men’s Soccer and the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. The Blood Drive, slated from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on Catawba’s campus, is also the fulfillment of a birthday wish of Alex Yates, a Salisbury youth who was welcomed by Catawba Soccer this year as an honorary teammate.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes available

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, or the environment. The top 15 winners each receive $5,000 to support their service work or higher education. Applications are accepted online only and are due by April 15, 2016. For more information, visit

Sacred Heart open house

Sacred Heart is hosting an Open House this Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon for any interested families or students for 2016-2017 school year. Sacred Heart has classes in PreKindergarten through eighth grades. All faiths are welcome. Tuition assistance is available. Sacred Heart School has 134 years of history in academic excellence in a nurturing, supportive environment. For more information, please call the school office at 704-633-2841 or visit their website at