Education Notes for March 30

Cuthbertson’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ up for Blumey

Cuthbertson High School sophomore Taylor Neal, as Belle, and senior Tim Quinn, as the Beast, practice their lines together. Photos courtesy of Linda Neal


WAXHAW – Cuthbertson High School’s performance of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will compete in the inaugural Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards.

Twenty-two high schools from the Charlotte region are participating in the new awards program, The Blumeys. There are 13 categories, and performances receiving the six highest scores in one or more categories will be finalists. A celebration May 20 will honor winners.

People can see the school’s performance April 19 to 22 at the school, 1400 Cuthbertson Road. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults. Call 704-296-0105 for more information.

Local girl recognized at science fair

STALLINGS – Emily Esarove, a Stallings resident and sixth-grader at Queens Grant Community School, got to go to the 2012 N.C. Science and Engineering Fair last weekend at Meredith College in Raleigh.

Esarove came in second place in February at the Regional Science Fair at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, earning her a trip to the state fair. Her project, called “Is Your Drink Safe?,” focused on the effects soda and apple juice have on the stomach.

Students learn business skills with ‘Lucky Charms’

INDIAN TRAIL – Students at Porter Ridge Elementary learned a bit about business earlier this month. The students put together Lucky Charms – Tootsie Roll Pops taped onto construction paper shamrocks – and sold them for 25 cents each. Students could order up to four Lucky Charms and have them delivered to their friends in class. Students created marketing for the small business and placed them around school, then took orders and delivered the goods. Some students worked on the assembly line making the Lucky Charms, others inspected the final product. Students got “paid” for their work and then got to go shopping with their new income.

Scouts get to work on outdoor classroom

WAXHAW – Around 100 members of Cub Scout Pack 20 swarmed Sandy Ridge Elementary School this week to help give students more room to grow.

The scouts stained wooden storage cubbies, trimmed trees, added compost and tilled six new raised bed planters, assembled a storage cabinet, hung a dry erase board and dug the footing for six benches Monday, March 26, for a new outdoor classroom. The scouts’ dads will do the heavy lifting to finish the benches, and the Sandy Ridge fifth-graders will finish up the classroom area by laying out the landscaping fabric and putting the rubber mulch into place. The fifth-graders already built the raised bed planters, with help from Charlotte Playsets.

The outdoor classroom will help the school deal with its overcrowding issue. The space will allow for more than one class to come for programs, where in the past they’ve had to use the gym and interrupt other classes.

The Sandy Ridge parent-teacher association provided money for the project, and a number of local businesses donated items. The school will unveil the new classroom and planting beds at the April 5 Earth Day celebration.

Last chance to see ‘Charlotte’s Web’

WAXHAW – The kids at Rea View Elementary School will give their final performance of “Charlotte’s Web” Friday night, March 30.

Around 30 students and a number of school staff have been working on the play, which debuted Wednesday night, March 28, at the school. The final show is Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Rea View Elementary is located at 320 Reid Dairy Road.

Students serve locally for annual Doulos Day

INDIAN TRAIL – Middle school students from Matthews’ Covenant Day School lent helping hands Thursday, March 22, when they visited the Common Cupboard food pantry for the school’s annual Doulos Day.

The group of nine sixth-graders and two chaperones were among 25 Covenant Day middle school teams. Around 215 students dressed in orange shirts and scattered throughout the region. Doulos Day, which means servant, has become an annual semester event since the tradition started at the middle school eight years ago.

Common Cupboard is a local food pantry that delivers food to people in need. The pantry serves around 200 families each month and relies heavily on volunteer and service from the community.

Covenant Day students had the opportunity to clean and organize the food pantry area, making it easier to sort donations. While students were there, Second Harvest Food Bank, a Common Cupboard partner that provides 25 percent of groceries at the pantry, delivered a truck full of frozen meat. Students unloaded the truck and organized the food to be delivered to local families.

New Town creates living ‘wax museum’

WAXHAW – More than 50 historical figures lined the halls of New Town Elementary School earlier this month for the school’s Wax Museum project.

Members of the fifth-grade AIG reading classes dressed up as historical figures ranging from entertainers to world leaders, then met with students, their parents and other visitors. People could walk up to each display and press a button that brought each character to life to talk more about their impact on history.

The project involved extensive research on the historical figures and memorizing speeches for the big night.

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