Education Briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pajama jam

Last week, Hanford-Dole Elementary sponsored a “Pajama jam: Family literacy night” for students and parents.

Students wore their favorite pajamas and had milk and cookies while reading a book to their parent in the cafeteria. After the story time, parents had a presentation in the Media Center on ways to use technology at home including: the Parent portal, Reading 3-D, eBooks online and many other ways parents can assist children with reading and comprehension skills at home.

All children who attended got to pick out a new book to take home. Students also received zany bands and a tote bag to carry their books. There were door prizes of educational games that were passed out to those in attendance. The evening event was sponsored by the Hanford-Dole staff and PTA, Communities in schools and Title I.

Montessori School accepting enrollment
Yadkin Path Montessori School, at 2135 Bringle Ferry Road, is currently accepting children ages six weeks to 6 years. Montessori child-care centers and pre-schools are often called ‘schools’ to differentiate them from the babysitting and custodial aspects of typical day care. The Montessori method is known for fostering a love of learning. Children have the freedom to choose their work materials according to their interest and skill level.
Yadkin Path Montessori School will offer:
  • Play school Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Day school Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Extended day Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Yadkin Path received its temporary license to operate as a child-care center from the State of North Carolina, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education. The new school building is finished. Yadkin Path has special opening offers and discounts available over the next few weeks. Interested parents are welcome to tour the new facility by appointment.
To learn more about Yadkin Path Montessori, contact the school at  or call 704-642-2211 to schedule a tour.

Delta Sigma Theta taking scholarship applications

The Salisbury Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from African-American male and female 2016 graduating seniors in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, including the Early College, who qualify to receive a scholarship.

Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or greater to be considered. The scholarship is open to students planning to attend a two- or four-year college, university or accredited vocational school.

Applicants will also be accepted from Stanly County and the Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta at Livingstone College.

Applications may be obtained from each high school’s academic counselor.

Completed applications are to be received by April 18. For further information or questions, contact Kay W. Norman, scholarship chair, at 704-636-3654.

Ruby Steele is president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Stanly Arts Guild scholarship available
The Stanly Arts Guild is seeking candidates for an art scholarship to be awarded to a young artist in June. High school seniors planning to enroll (or a college freshman already enrolled) in a visual arts or arts education program may apply.
Applicants may live in Stanly, Rowan, Montgomery, Anson, Cabarrus, or Union counties. A check for $1,000 will be paid directly to the college in attendance of the scholarship winner.
Applications may be found online at, by clicking on Stanly Arts Guild, or may be picked up directly at Falling Rivers Gallery, 119 W. Main St., Albemarle. Application requirements must be completed and returned by 3 p.m. on May 14, to be considered for this award.
For more information, contact Carole Poplin at 704-982-0806.

Two new items revealed for Bloom Gala Auction

Salisbury Academy has revealed two new items up for auction during its April 16 Bloom Gala.

Diane and Luke Fisher donated a deep sea fishing package. The full-day outing from Wrightsville beach includes bait, tackle and fishing license for up to six people. All you need to pack is lunch, drinks and sunscreen. Pick a date between May 1 and Sept. 30.
Nine couples will have the chance to enjoy a multi-course meal at La Cava restaurant. The patio meal will include a welcome cocktail, a selection of grilled specialties and wine pairings and one of La Cava’s desserts. This item was donated by Gianni and Mona Moscardini.
Salisbury Academy’s Bloom “Enchanted” Gala will be held April 16 at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. Attendees will have 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 the 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 for more information.

LEGO extravaganza

Partners in Learning will be hosting a LEGO Extravaganza on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a giant LEGO fan’s paradise, filled with interactive, creative, and educational activities for the entire family.

This event is free and open to the public for rising kindergartners through seventh grade. Registration is required to participate. Only 50 children may sign up for the event.

Register at

North Rowan Elementary robotics team

North Rowan Elementary School is steaming ahead with a new robotics team. In January, North Rowan Elementary School started the first VEX IQ Robotics Team in Rowan County, and last week the team faced off with other North Carolina schools in a state competition.

The VEX IQ Challenge has only been around for two  years, and encourages middle and elementary school students to get involved in science and technology, as well as builds team work. Student-led teams build robots and then face off with other schools in a competition. This year’s competition theme was “Bank Shot,” and team members had to build robots that were able to move balls to score points.

Students from North Rowan Elementary had to work with another school in order to score as many points as possible in one minute. North Rowan robots Steamer One and Steamer Two — named for the Spencer Transportation Museum — came in fifth and seventh place. Both robots malfunctioned during the event.

But it wasn’t the first time the students had experienced difficulties. In February, the team hit a roadblock with their first competition in Durham. Until then, they’d been practicing with no field. But they performed well enough to be invited to the state competition in Concord.