Feb. 11, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

Two students win Kids Voting Durham contests
DURHAM – Lakewood Montessori Middle School student Akanke Mason-Jones won Kids Voting Durham's first "If I Were President" video contest, while Lewis Rockwell, a fourth-grader at Central Park School for Children, took top prize in the organization's bookmark competition.
Both students received copies of Maira Kalman's "And the Pursuit of Happyness" and a gift certificate to The Regulator bookstore. Check out the video and the bookmark at the Kids Voting Durham website at
Black History Month open mic at East Chapel Hill High School
CHAPEL HILL – Students, faculty and staff are invited to share songs, dances, musical performances and spoken word presentations during open mic programs in the Black Box Theater Room at East Chapel Hill High School on Feb. 19 and 20 from 12:20 to 1:05 p.m.
Southern plans ‘Reflections’ program
DURHAM – Students at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability on March 1 are scheduled to perform in "Reflections: A Collaboration of the Arts." The show, which starts at 6:30 p.m., takes the audience from past to present through dance, song and acting. Tickets cost $5. For information, call 919-560-3968, ext. 68251. The school is located at 800 Clayton Road.
New learning challenge launched for Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh
The new Belk Service Learning Challenge, a collaboration of Belk, Discovery Education and the International Society for Technology in Education, encourages middle students to improve communities by taking on service-learning projects.
The challenge is open to all middle school students within 50 miles of Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Students work in teams of two to four with a teacher/mentor and identify a community issue, research, create an action plan, implement the plan and reflect on their service by submitting an electronic portfolio that tells their story.
Entries are due by March 14, 2013. Grand prize for the top team is a $1,000 scholarship per student team member and a $250 teacher award. Second place gets $500 scholarships and a $100 teacher award.
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