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Education briefs

Attention, 11th-grade Rowan Crosby Scholars 

Rowan County Crosby Scholars will host this year’s “Rising Senior Meetings” at Salisbury Civic Center, 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S., on the following dates: Monday, March 6; Wednesday, March 8; Tuesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 30. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

All Rowan Crosby Scholar juniors are required to attend one of these scheduled meetings, and parents are encouraged to attend, as well. During each meeting an overview of the Rowan Crosby Scholar senior program will be given, with an introduction to the senior advisor process. Information on the college admissions process, from applications to financial aid, will also be shared.

Juniors and parents are encouraged to sign up through the Rowan Crosby Scholar portal. For more information, please contact the Rowan Crosby Scholar office at 704-762-3512 or visit us on our website at –http://www.crosbyscholarsrowan.org/

Pre-kindergarten registration available

The Rowan-Salisbury School System’s Title I program is now accepting applications for children to enroll in pre-kindergarten programs to be held at North Rowan and Hanford Dole elementary schools.

The programs are scheduled to start in August 2017. Transportation will not be provided; however, students who live in the Hanford Dole and North Rowan attendance areas will be permitted to ride the regular school bus.

To be eligible, a child must:

  • Be 4 years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2017.
  • Demonstrate an educational need.
  • Have a completed application returned by March 3, 2017.

Applications can be picked up in the school office or at the Wallace Educational Forum located at 500 N. Main St.

For more information, contactv Dixie Dalton, Title I Parent Coordinator, at 704-630-6106 or Dixie.Dalton@rss.k12.nc.us.

Cannon Theater Company to present ‘Cinderella’

Cannon Theater Company will present the musical “Cinderella” on Feb.23, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. in the Cannon Performing Arts Center on the Cannon School campus, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s delightful 1957 musical “Cinderella” received a lively, Tony award-winning update in 2013 that maintained the enchantment of the traditional story while popping the characters into three dimensions and giving them snappy, laugh-out-loud dialogue. This tale of finding your identity through helping others is one for the whole family. This show is open to the public. Reserve your tickets now at www.cannonschool.org/theater.

DCCC offers new scholarship

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) will offer the DCCC Advantage Scholarship to high school students in the Career and College Promise (CCP) program who plan to continue their enrollment at DCCC after graduation.

Created to reward students who demonstrate academic determination by taking college coursework in high school, the scholarship provides eligible candidates tuition support within 12 credit hours at Davidson County Community College as full-time students after all other available grants and scholarships have been applied. The scholarship is available to all eligible students regardless of family income.

Scholarship eligibility for the 2017-2018 school year requires students to successfully complete at least two CCP classes (GPA of 2.0 or higher) and a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 2.6. Students must also complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students seeking eligibility in subsequent years must take at least four CCP courses.

For more information visit DavidsonCCC.edu/advantage or contact Anissa Wall at 336-224-4522 or Anissa_Wall@DavidsonCCC.edu.

Youth revival

Speak U.P. (Under Pressure) Teen Forum will host a “Lights out” youth revival. The event will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at Eastsquare Artworks, 120 East Innes St.
The event is free for those between the ages of 12 and 18. All teen guests must be signed in by an adult. The revival will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Send questions to speak.up@hotmail.com or call 980-202-9695 for more information.
Author visits North Rowan Middle

Author Whitney Verdin Skeen paid a visit to North Rowan Middle Friday.

Skeen is a Salisbury native who graduated West Rowan High School in 1988. After graduating University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Skeen began her teaching career in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, later teaching in Georgia for six years. After returning to North Carolina, she taught in Wake and Guilford County Schools. She has always loved stories and mysteries and started writing her first novel in 2012. Skeen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has been selected to participate in the mentorship program.

The manuscript is set in a small coastal North Carolina town on the intracoastal waterway. Students at North Rowan Middle had a chance to serve as beta-readers for the book thanks to Kim Turbyfill, the school’s former media center coordinator.

To answer all the student questions and get feedback, Skeen met with the sixth graders Friday. A reception followed in Skeen’s honor. Skeen posted on Facebook that she was “overwhelmed” by students’ enthusiasm and positive feedback.

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