Dec. 31, 2012 @ 03:15 PM

Planned Chapel Hill charter school launches Web presence
CHAPEL HILL – Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars, a new public charter school scheduled to open in August, has established a new website and Facebook page. The school’s main website can be found at The Facebook page is at
The main website provides information about the school’s philosophy and academic style, as well as an introductory video from Tamara Thomas, the founding principal. The Facebook page will offer the latest news and information about events involving the school.
Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars, operated by National Heritage Academies, awaits final approval by the state Department of Public Instruction in March.
Charter school letters of intent due by next week
RALEIGH – Leaders of public charter schools who want to submit applications for consideration must first submit a letter of intent to the state Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Charter Schools.
The letters, due no later than noon on Jan. 4, must include the school’s proposed name, applicant name, address, telephone, email address and county of the proposed charter school. These letters should be signed. They may also include the name of the nonprofit, proposed mission, grade structure, student projections and target population.
To learn more about charter applications, visit
Holocaust essay contest entries due in February
DURHAM – The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is sponsoring a Holocaust essay contest that’s intended to make high school students, regardless of heritage, think about those events and what implications they have for the world today and in their own lives.
The contest is made possible by the Penny Daum Aldrich Endowment Fund for Holocaust Remembrance of the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham-Chapel Hill.
Students can research an individual from the Holocaust, examine a specific location, explore a specific event or compare an event during the Holocaust to a current event.
First and second prizes will be awarded, with $250 and $125 respectively. Essays should be no longer than 1,200 words. Entries must be sent no later than Feb. 15, 2013. Email entries to or mail to Holocaust Essay Contest c/o Sam Norton, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705.
For information, call 919-354-4953 or email
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.
For information, visit

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