Cannon School students serve others

CONCORD – Cannon School students mobilized Dec. 11 to give underprivileged children in the Concord and Lake Norman areas a holiday season to remember.

Students, ages 4 to 18, donated more than 930 new, unused gifts for needy children during the school’s annual Project Wrap-In community service project.

Younger students, paired with older “buddies,” did all the wrapping in classrooms and gave the presents to five charities that provide underprivileged children with presents.

Representatives from Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, Church of God Children’s Home, Cannon YMCA and Logan Day Care received the gifts during a school assembly.

Project Wrap-In began five years ago as a small community service project envisioned by Bethany Corbin, a 2008 Cannon alum.


Cannon students attend conference

CONCORD – Six students from Cannon School, including two from the Lake Norman area, attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference on Dec. 5-7 in National Harbor, Md.
Hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools, participants examine issues of social justice, develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking principles and strategies.
Junior Harrison Barone, of Cornelius, and sophomore Sydney Green, of Davidson, were among those attending.


North Meck Debate and Speech team

HUNTERSVILLE – Students from the North Meck Debate and Speech team recently finished in the top 10 in events at the Guilford County Challenge at North West Guilford High School in Greensboro.

Kailyn Price finished fifth in varsity Student Congress. Kennedy Parkins came in fifth in Declamation. Vala Rizvanolli placed sixth in Declamation. Jack Watson took seventh in Original Oratory.

Ten members of the North Meck Debate and Speech team attended the tournament, competing against 600 students from 30 schools from the Carolinas.


Child center opens enrollment

DAVIDSON – Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center is accepting applications for enrollment of children, ages 2 to pre-kindergarten, into its early childhood learning program.

Although the infant (6 weeks to 12 months) and young toddler (12 to 24 months) classrooms are full, the center’s director, Libby Johnston, is delighted to meet with families and place applicants on the waiting list.

It’s the only five-star, full-time, sliding-scale, bilingual child development center in northern Mecklenburg that serves families without regard for ethnicity or income level.

The center provides scholarships for many children whose families would not otherwise be able to afford high-quality, safe childcare.

Details: Libby Johnston, or 704-892-1228.


Proctors needed at Hough High exams

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High is facing a challenge due to recent a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ requirement to have proctors for all common and end of course exams during the upcoming testing week, Jan 14-17.  

Due to the number of students testing, there is a shortage of proctor positions the school needs to fill.

If you would like to volunteer 7-10 a.m. Jan. 14-17, email Jennifer Hudak at


The Children’s Schoolhouse holds New Year fundraiser

HUNTERSVILLE – The Children’s Schoolhouse holds its annual fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit preschool.

The workshop takes place 7-9 p.m. Jan. 11 at 17616 Caldwell Station Road. Register in advance.

Details: Jolie Shifflet, or 704-892-7724, and

Community School of Davidson dedicates new arts center

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson dedicated its new ArtSpace on Dec. 12 with a celebration that included a food truck rally, student artwork presentations, dance performances and a ribbon cutting with the mayor and local leaders.

Michael McMillan, owner of McMillan Construction, was among the guest speakers.

His general contracting firm built the $1.3 million, 22,000-square-foot space, which includes classrooms, a dance studio, woods art studio, music room, a 250-seat black box theater and a student commons area for study and various events.

As a parent of three students at the school, the project was more than another job for McMillan.

“It’s cool to have the emotional tie to this project,” McMillan said. “It’s not just an edifice. My children will be performing in the black box and will be building projects in the woodworking shop.”

The Phase II project is McMillan Construction’s second contract with the Community School of Davidson. Details: or


Beatty named to dean's list

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Kristine Beatty, of Huntersville, was named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Robert Morris University. She is majoring in marketing.