Jan. 22, 2013 @ 11:28 AM

Policing and punishment forum planned in Carrboro
CARRBORO – A community forum on policing and punishment in schools is planned for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. The forum, featuring a keynote speech by Orange County Commissioner Mark Dorosin, will bring together parents, teachers, students, elected officials, community advocates, attorneys and police to discuss issues related to discipline and academic success.
New charter school holds information sessions
CARRBORO – The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars public charter school, which is expected to receive final approval from the state in March to open this fall, is holding four information sessions this week.
Two are set for today, at 4 and 7 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. The other two are scheduled for Thursday, at 4 and 7 p.m., at the Extraordinary Ventures Event Center, 200 S. Elliott Road.
Each meeting is expected to take about an hour. Children are welcome.
Young Leaders charter school adds website
DURHAM – The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders, a new public charter school that’s on target to open this fall in Durham for K-8 students, now has a website for families seeking information. The site can be found at
Hillside High presents “Martin Said So” for Black History Month
DURHAM – Hillside High School’s drama department in February presents “Martin Said So,” produced and directed by Wendell Tabb in celebration of Black History Month. The play follows four generations of an American family of African descent through the civil rights movements of the 1950s and ’60s.
Special group tickets (10 or more) are $5. Single tickets for students, senior citizens and children are $7. Tickets for adults are $10.
Educational matinees are scheduled for Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 8 and 10 a.m. and noon. Weekend performances are planned for Feb. 8 at 7:15 p.m., Feb. 9 at 3:15 and 7:15 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 3:15 p.m.
For reservations, contact Priscilla Ross at, Wendell Tabb at or order tickets online at
Nominations sought for Teaching Chair Awards
CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation seeks nominations for two awards of $1,000.
Two Teaching Chair awards are slated this year: the Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation and the Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts.
Colleagues, parents, students and community members may nominate, but are asked to comment on at least one of three criteria: how the nominee ignites enthusiasm for learning, how the nominee creates an exceptional learning environment for all students and how the nominee is a role model.
Submit nominations to the PSF via the awards Web page at Printed forms should also be available at the front office of each school. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 31.
For information, contact Judy Jones at
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. 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. 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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