School Notes: April 20

Students study forestry

INDIAN TRAIL – Students at three local elementary schools got a lesson recently about how they can contribute to the future of Indian Trail’s community forest.

Fourth-graders at Antioch, Indian Trail and Porter Ridge elementary schools attended a program last week where they helped plant two, 8-foot red maple trees at their schools. Students at Shiloh Elementary School will plant their trees on April 27. In all the program will reach more than 500 fourth-graders. Mayor Michael Alvarez is attending the events, leading some of the presentations and helping plant the trees.

Students who take the “Junior Forester Challenge” and plant a seedling of their own in the community will get a Mayor’s Junior Forester Certificate and their photo displayed on their school’s Community Forest Tree that display’s all the students’ work.

Planting, games to mark Earth Day

STALLINGS – Students and their families will do some planting around campus this weekend as part of Stallings Elementary School’s Earth Day celebration.

The school will have flower seeds for students to plant or take home with them, and there will be a number of events during the day like a battery recycling collection drive, a car emissions test and a performance by the Stallings Stars.

The event is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the school, 3501 Stallings Road. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Jenn at

Local student picked for Naval Academy seminar

MONROE – Mark Dowd, a student at Union Academy, was picked to take part in the 2012 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program.

The seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the academy and about the importance of academics, athletics and professional training in developing leaders. Students will live at the facility and take part in daily physical training involving running groups and conditioning exercises. Additional programs focus on information technology, naval architecture and mechanical engineering, history, meteorology and more.

Around 2,250 students attend the seminar each summer.

Wingate University announces commencement speaker

WINGATE – Bob Inman, an award-winning writer and former news anchor at WBTV, will be this year’s commencement ceremony speaker at Wingate University.

Inman has written four books, and his fifth, “The Governor’s Lady,” will be published in 2013.

The school’s commencement is May 12 at 9 a.m. at the campus, 220 N. Camden Road.

County board to discuss schools budget

MONROE – The Union County Board of Education’s finance committee will discuss the upcoming school year budget April 25 in Monroe.

The system’s operating budget is expected to be around $9.6-million less for the 2012-13 than the current year’s budget, despite the fact the district expects an increase in students next year.

The April 25 meeting is at 10 a.m. at the district’s central services building, 400 N. Church St., Monroe.

County extends registration for pre-kindergarten classes

Parents now have until May 30 to register their children for pre-kindergarten classes in Union County.

Children who turn 4 on or before Aug. 31 may be eligible for free pre-kindergarten classes administered by Union Smart Start and the N.C. Pre-Kindergarten Program. To register, parents must provide the child’s birth certificate and the parent’s current pay stub, 2011 W-2 form or family tax records and two proofs of residence.

Applications are available at the Department of Social Services, 1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd., in Monroe; Union Smart Start, 105 Cedar St., in Monroe; ChildTime In Monroe, 1714 N. Charlotte Ave.; ChildTime in Indian Trail, 120 Business Park Drive; Walter Bickett Education Center, 501 Lancaster Ave., Monroe; or online at

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