Dec. 24, 2012 @ 02:24 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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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 Rd., 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.
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Dodge ball tournament and canned food drive benefit TABLE
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill High School’s student government organization and French club combined efforts to collect a total of 1,479 cans of food for local families in need. Through a canned food drive and dodge ball tournament, the school helped TABLE, an organization that since 2008 has worked to give children in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools food for weekends when they might not have any at home.
Oak Foundation grant targets eastern North Carolina
DURHAM – Oak Foundation announced a $450,000 grant toward Teach for America’s efforts to expand education opportunities in eastern North Carolina. The grant is expected to fund the design and implementation of a professional development series that helps corps members grasp the learning requirements of their lowest-performing students. Specifically, the series will focus on eight core elements of learning attention, memory, complex problem-solving, language, social cognition, neuromotor function, spatial ordering, and sequential ordering.

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