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Communities in Schools to conduct School Tools Drive

Communities in Schools of Rowan County will conduct its annual School Tools Drive from Monday through Aug. 1. Last year, the drive collected more than 15,000 school-supply items to be distributed at schools for students in need of backpacks, paper, pencils, notebooks and other essential items. 

Participating businesses and civic groups in the 2018 drive included F&M Bank, Accordance, Church Women United, the city of Salisbury, Salisbury Elks Lodge, First United Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church, First Bank, Food Lion Corporate and Retail Business Services, Daimler Freightliner, Daniel Potts/Horace Mann Insurance, Rufty Holmes Senior Center, Smart Start Rowan, ARC of Rowan, Trinity Living Center, Trinity Oaks, State Employees’ Credit Union, and K-Dee’s Jewelers.

Items can be dropped off at participating businesses or at the Gateway Building, 204 E. Innes St.

Pray Rowan will collect school supplies at its meeting Aug. 3 at West Rowan Elementary School. Civic groups, churches, and businesses wishing to participate should contact Ron Turbyfill at ron@cisrowan.org or call 704-797-0210.

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority alumnae chapter awards grants

The members of the Salisbury Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority presented education grants to area high school seniors. The chapter’s grant program focuses on one of the tenets of the sorority’s international theme, “Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service.”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Kiera Cherry, daughter of Edwin and Latoya Cherry, an honors graduate of North Rowan High School. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earn a degree in bioengineering.
  • Choyce Davis, daughter of Lashunda Davis, an honors graduate of Salisbury High School. He plans to attend Hampton University and earn a degree in anesthesiology.
  • TaQuaviah Davis, daughter of the late Tomechia Davis and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Davis, an honors graduate of North Rowan High School. She plans to attend N.C. Central University and earn a degree in criminal justice.
  • Dykira Ruffin, daughter of Felicia Ruffin, an honors graduate of North Rowan High School. She plans to attend N.C. A&T State University and earn a degree in computer information systems.
  • Sage Staley, daughter of Avery and Erika Staley, an honors graduate of West Rowan High School. She plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and earn a degree in pre-law.
  • Tashari Turner, daughter of Temika Moore and Darrin Turner, an honors graduate of North Rowan High School. She plans to attend NC A&T State University and earn a degree in secondary mathematics education.

Suzette Davis is the chapter’s scholarship chairman, Sh’Myra Moore is program chairman and Lillian Morgan is president.

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