Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 3, 2018

Special needs mini-conference location changed

Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center in collaboration with Smart Start Rowan will host a Special Needs Mini Conference on Saturday at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in building 600 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Families and teachers are invited to attend this half day event chocked full of helpful information.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. followed by mini break-out sessions on various topics including: positive parenting the triple p way, simple signs and marriage and a child with special needs. Registration is strongly recommended due to session limits.

Learn more at Please note the change in location for this event.

Cannon School hosts screening on children and technology

Cannon School will present the program “Small Kids, Small Screens: Children, technology and finding the right balance” on Thursday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m. on its campus at 5801 Poplar Tent Road in Concord. Head of Lower School Michelle Alexander will lead a conversation about what research is telling us about the screen and the small child, how to balance screen and non-screen time, and how to use technology as a tool instead of a crutch.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please visit

Spencer Library hosts community event

The Spencer Public Library will host “Expressions of Life: Celebrate Community” on May 19. This event which will feature Matt Weaver, the Moonglows, Patrick King and North Rowan High School students. The event is open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Local community organizations will be giving out free information, clothes and snacks. Organizations include: Communities in Schools, Engage North Rowan, the Family Crisis Council, Meals on Wheels, Triad Ladder of Hope, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, Life Village, Boy Scouts, the Thelma Smith Foundation South Branch and Vocational Rehab. There will be face-painting and Joseph Heilig, street artist will be there.

Scholarship available

The N.C. Tomato Growers Association is offering a $1,000 merit or need-based scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Any North Carolina resident who pursues a horticulture or agribusiness undergraduate or graduate degree at a four-year North Carolina college or university is eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting an application is May 30.

The award will be based on a student’s demonstrated scholastic achievement, initiative, leadership, financial need and extracurricular activities. The scholarship is contingent on the recipient maintaining at least a 2.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all course work during the scholarship period.

The recipient must be enrolled for the entire school year to receive the full scholarship. Scholarship funds will be distributed through the financial aid office of the attending student’s college or university. The scholarship will be paid in two installments, $500 per semester.

Applications and additional information is available at, or by contacting Melissa James at 828-526-3989 or emailing at

Completed applications should be mailed to: N.C. Tomato Growers Association, c/o Melinda James, 1604 Hale Ridge Road, Scaly Mountain, NC 28775.

DCCC hires volleyball coach, recruiting players

Storm Athletics look towards the future, as preparations for the 2018-2019 season are already underway. The Storm volleyball team has been at the college since 2007, and has undergone tremendous transformation as a young program. As the Storm volleyball team looks to recruit new players, the college welcomes new Assistant Coach LaNesha Harris.

Harris is a graduate of Lexington City Schools, where she has served as both assistant and head coach. Before going to Winston-Salem State University to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, she played for DCCC in 2011 on the Storm volleyball team.

She is looking forward to adding to the legacy of Storm athletics and will meet and train with potential athletes at the upcoming open gym sessions on the Davidson campus, happening May 3May 29 and May 31. Open gym is open to graduating high school seniors and current DCCC students interested in joining the team.

For more information on open gym for volleyball, email Assistant Coach LaNesha Harris at