Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rowan Crosby Scholars extends enrollment deadline to Oct. 7

The Crosby Scholars program has extended its enrollment deadline until Friday, Oct. 7 for all Rowan-Salisbury Students in grades six through 10.

Crosby Scholars is a free college access program available to public middle and high school students in Rowan County, whose goal is to work with students academically, personally and financially to assist with their educational plans after high school.

Students who enroll in grades six through eight benefit from the program’s focus on character development and have the chance to take part in local college tours, academy workshops, and are exposed to a variety of careers. In high school, Crosby Scholars provides opportunities for students to learn how to become competitive college applicants, while honing in on the best possible educational opportunities for each student after high school graduation. Seniors in the program are provided a trained one-on-one advisor who assists with college plans and the college application process.

Enroll now at or call the Crosby Scholars office at 704-762-3512 for more information.

Crosby Scholars hosts college information session for juniors and seniors

Crosby Scholars will host a college information session with Alecia Mahato, a Duke University admissions counselor on Monday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the JF Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. W.

Mahato will give an overview of the college application and financial aid process and then wrap up with a short information session, specific to Duke University. This session is open to all current juniors and seniors in Rowan County and their parents.

Crosby Scholars may reserve their spots through their portal at Students not currently enrolled as Crosby Scholars may call the office at 704-762-3512 for more information.

North Hills Christian golf fundraiser

North Hills Christians School will hold the “Fore the Future” golf tournament at Crescent Golf Course, 220 Laurel Valley Way, on Friday Oct. 7. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. The event is $75 per player and $300 for a team of four. Fees include entry, meal and a gift for each player. Sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 1. To register or for more information contact Nikki Eagle at

Preschool to offer free and reduced meals

Noah’s Playloft Preschool Inc. will now offer free and reduced meals to eligible parents and children. The preschool is now participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants.

Children who are members of SNAP or FDPIR households or are Head Start participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. Adult participants who are members of food stamp of FDPIR households who are SSI or Medicaid participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.

In accordance with federal civil rights laws and U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA.

Scholarship available

The Elizabeth P. Fields & Albert “Sug” Ruff Jr. Memorial Community Action Scholarship was established to benefit deserving Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency program participants who need assistance and financial support to pursue a college education.

Each year, at least two $500 scholarships are awarded to honor the invaluable work of former community leaders Elizabeth P. Fields and Albert “Sug” Ruff Jr. who served for many years at the Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, Inc.  The scholarship award can be used for any school-related costs.

The application deadline is Sept. 30 by 5 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Official SRCAA Fields/Ruff Scholarship application (including essay) completed and submitted to the SRCAA office

• Participation in one of the SRCAA’s programs (family services, career and education training services, Head Start and weatherization)

• Proof of College Registration to an accredited two to four year education program

School fundraiser 
The Lance, the parent association at Gray Stone Day School, will be hosting a Casino Night for parents, alumni and friends of Gray Stone on Oct. 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This will be a night of fun, food and prizes to celebrate and thank school supporters and invite new friends to spend time on Gray Stone’s campus. Admission is $50 per person which includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages and funny money which will be redeemed for raffle tickets for chances to win exciting prizes at the end of the evening.
Morgan Ridge Vineyards will be the guest vintner for the event. To learn more and make reservations, visit