Education Notes for March 30

Socrates Academy celebrates Greek Independence Day

(Above) Socrates Academy students perform Greek dances in celebration of Greek Independence Day, March 23. The school enjoyed performances from students of all ages through Greek poems, songs and dance. Photo courtesy of Socrates Academy

Students at Matthews’ Socrates Academy celebrated Greek Independence Day Friday, March 23.

Students kindergarten through third grade, and fourth through seventh grade, performed programs, including Greek poems, songs and dance, organized by the Greek teachers at the charter school.

Administration also recognized Larry Peroulas at the celebration, the school’s co-founder and board president, for his recognition in The National Herald Magazine. Peroulas was honored by the magazine for his hard work and dedication to growing the knowledge of Greek culture and language in the area.

Butler High Dream Team featured on billboard

Butler Dream Team members Katherine Healy, Amanda Biddle, Sarah Love, Dale Earnhardt, Matt Rumble, Ali Zubel, Logan Garman, Jake Cebula and Lindsey Robinson are all featured on a tobacco-free billboard located on Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Kara Lopp/MMHW photo

Butler High School’s Dream Team, a group of nine senior-scholar athletes who have vowed to be drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence free while upholding moral excellence, recently collected money and purchased billboard space to display a message about the dangers of tobacco use for youth and adults.

The billboard is located on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, facing Independence Boulevard and will be up through April 21.

Queen’s Grant Community School student named VP of Beta

Grant Goodman, a seventh-grade student at Queen’s Grant Community School, was recently named the vice president of the Beta Club’s North Carolina organization.

The Beta Club is a national organization that promotes academic achievement, character, service and leadership.

Grant prepared a speech at the North Carolina Junior Beta Club Convention in Greensboro, which focused on the attribute of leadership. The Queen’s Grant Community Beta Club then performed a skit in support of Grant. He was also asked to answer a randomly drawn question.

Grant was elected by a vote of the delegates and sworn in as vice-president the next day. As a state officer, Grant will attend the Beta Broyhill Leadership Conference at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. this summer.

Independence students and teachers receive high honors

Three students and four teachers at Independence High School were recently inducted to the Order of the Patriot, the epitome of all Independence honors organizations.

Order of the Patriot was created in 1966 by the school’s first principal, Samuel Haywood. The honor organization recognizes students for their excellence in leadership, service and character, including their scholastics and overall excellence in other areas around the school.

Ivan Blair, Kathia Toledo and Akilah Williams, all juniors, were inducted, as well as staff members Patricia McTigue, Christopher Moreau, Mary Norris and Kirby Overcash for their outstanding contribution to the school.

Queen’s Grant High adds new outdoor space

Students, parents and faculty members had a chance to help better their school this month, when they created a lunch courtyard at Queen’s Grant High School, 10323 Idlewild Road in Mint Hill.

Before three weeks ago, students had to eat lunch in the classroom. Thanks to Lowe’s in Matthews, the charter school received $3,300 to purchase 68 cubic yards of mulch, 25 picnic tables and 20 small bushes to create an outside space where students can mingle and socialize more comfortably.

The group, which consisted of around six faculty members, numerous parents and nearly 50 students, installed the space all on their own, with the help of four pick-up trucks and many rakes.

The school is already brainstorming additions for next year, possibly including some sort of shade or shelter.

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