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Nursing scholarship available

Novant Health Foundation Rowan Medical Center is awarding an annual scholarship that will go to Rowan County residents who are attending nursing school. The scholarship is named after Dan and Jan Williams, who set up the funding.

Currently, a $1,400 scholarship will be awarded every year to one student who is enrolled in the nursing program at Appalachian State University’s College of Health Sciences.

To apply, nursing students from Rowan County can contact Eveline Watts, Office of the Dean at Appalachian State University at 828-262-8488. Current and entering nursing students are encouraged to reapply each year.

Dan Williams is a past board member for the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center board of trustees and an emeritus member of the Appalachian State University Foundation.

For more information, call the foundation office at 704-210-6880.

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart’s Beta Club took the lead in raising funds for Special Olympics in Rowan County by raising over $670, more than any other youth group or school participating in the Polar Plunge this year, according to an e-mailed release.

They sponsored a class competition where students could vote for their best or craziest costume ideas. Sacred Heart’s fourth grade class raised the most and chose ballerinas and bumble bees for Beta Club Officers to wear while taking the plunge at High Rock Lake at last Saturday’s special Polar Plunge event.

The Booster Club also got in on the act by sponsoring a dodgeball tournament with all proceeds going to Special Olympics.

Knox band to perform

On March 22, the Knox bands and chorus will present their “flag-waving” program in the school auditorium at 7 p.m.  The concert also marks the conclusion of the band’s spring trip fundraiser. The public is invited to help celebrate Knox Middle School and to salute our country.

Bloom Gala 

Salisbury Academy’s Bloom “Enchanted” Gala will be held April 16 at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. Attendees will enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing, and will have the opportunity to bid on items during the live auction.

After-auction festivities will continue with live music and dancing to the tunes of The Shakedown Band. Festivities start at 7 p.m.

This year, the annual Fund-A-Need campaign will raise money to support Project Green Space. Bloom was designed to support Salisbury Academy and the youth of our community. A portion of the funds raised go to a scholarship program for summer youth leadership training opportunities and toward Salisbury Academy’s active community service outreach initiatives.

Tickets are $150 per person. Visit www.salisburyacademy.org/bloom.cfm for more information.

STEM Summer Camp

An information meeting about a STEM summer program will be held on March 17 at 7 p.m. and March 20 at 3 p.m. The program will be offered to students entering grades six through nine who reside in Rowan County and are interested in advanced study in science and math. The program will take place during July 2016 at Salisbury High School.

Parents and students are invited to attend the presentation and question-and-answer sessions. Applications for admission to the program will be available to parents in attendance at both informational sessions, and also available in the main office at Salisbury High School.

For additional information, contact Barbara Peach at Salisbury High School at 704 636-1221, extension 411 or email her at peachbj@rss.k12.nc.us

KCS Spring It On 5k

Registration is now under way for the third annual Spring it On 5K Walk/Run. The event will be Saturday, March 19 at the N.C. Research Campus.

The Spring it On 5K is open to all ages. It is part of the Run Kannapolis series. Registration is $25 beginning March 6. Reduced rates for groups are available. All proceeds benefit the Kannapolis Education Foundation. Visit https://racesonline.com/events/spring-it-on-5k to register.

Gravity Games

A team of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students will be among more than 70 from throughout the state slated to compete on April 23 in downtown Lenoir as part of the sixth annual North Carolina Gravity Games, a STEM-education racing extravaganza sponsored by Google and Appalachian State University.

The Gravity Games is a real-world experience in which students from across the state use STEM lessons (science, technology, engineering and math) to build and race their own gravity-powered cars in downtown Lenoir, home to Google’s data center.  The checkered flag flies on April 23; the deadline for registration is April 11.

SRCAA receives dental grant

The Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency’s Head Start/Early Head Start program received a $5,000 grant award from the Delta Dental Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase 24 Dental Brush Curriculum Kits for Head Start classrooms including online training, and lesson plans for children and families.
The foundation is focused on ensuring that children and adults in North Carolina receive high quality oral health education and high-quality dental care. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease today, and we can help prevent this with education and early screening.
The Community Action Agency’s Head Start Program is committed to dental health education and treatment programs for children. It serves 858 children and uses community partners to help identify children in need of immediate treatment. The funding received from the Delta Dental Foundation will help the program educate children and families on tooth decay prevention and the importance of good oral health so that children can receive the care they need to grow up healthy from the inside out.

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