Dec. 17, 2012 @ 02:53 PM

Charter school letters of intent due soon
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.
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Carrboro Elementary gives out free books
CARRBORO – Thanks to a $2,780 grant from Reading is Fundamental, the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States, free books are offered this week in the library at Carrboro Elementary School. Books in Spanish and English are arranged on tables according to grade level. Students in each class will choose one free paperback book.
Phillips orchestras play University Mall
CHAPEL HILL – Phillips Middle School musicians on Wednesday and Thursday will perform for shoppers at University Mall from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The 7th-grade orchestra plays on Wednesday, while the 8th-grade orchestra takes the stage on Thursday. University Mall is at 201 S. Estes Drive in Chapel Hill.
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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