Class Notes

Jun. 17, 2013 @ 11:41 AM

Vote now on Big Lots Lots2Give video contest 

DURHAM -- Githens Middle School and Durham School of the Arts are among eight area schools vying for the $20,000 grand prize in the 6th Annual Big Lots Lots2Give Video Contest.

With more than $100,000 in prize money being awarded, each school had to submit a 90-second video with a short essay on why their school needs additional monetary support.

Voting for the contest winner began Monday and will continue through 11:59 p.m. July 7 at

Thirty-seven winners will be chosen from the 186 schools that submitted videos. There is one grand prize of $20,000, two $10,000 first-place prizes, four $5,000 second-place prizes and 30 $2,000 third-place prizes.

The winners will be announced Aug. 10, Big Lots Teacher Appreciation Day. Individuals can cast three votes per day, per person. More than 400,000 votes were cast during the 2012 contest.

Big Lots is also helping schools through its in-store donation program. Through July 7, customers can donate $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores. One hundred percent of the donations will be given to participating schools.

McDougle Middle School students IC³ Certified

CHAPEL HILL – Six students at McDougle Middle School were the first middle school students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district to attempt the Internet and Computing Core Certification credential exam.

Kris Chellani, Garrett Olcott, Shoji Moto, Ben Ingham, Alec Girman and Annie Battista are now armed with the technological skills that they will need in higher-education and the workforce.

The certification is a globally recognized standard and serves as a conduit for more advanced information technology certifications in the future. These students took Computer Skills and Applications along with additional curriculum on digital literacy for their certification.

They also volunteered to attempt the three-part online exam during their last week of school. Five of the six students passed all three parts while one student passed two of the three and received partial certification.

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