Queen’s Grant Community wins $1,000
Queen’s Grant Community School was recently awarded a $1,000 Macy’s grant to bring “Yes, Virginia The Musical” to the stage Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.
Tiffany Dunagan, the school’s drama club assistant director, applied for the grant to give more students an opportunity to get involved in theater. The school typically has one play every spring, but with the Macy’s grant, also can offer a winter production this year. The school was one of 100 schools awarded the grant.
“Theater benefits students in so many ways,” Dunagan said in a news release. “They learn public speaking skills, how to work as a team, and creative problem-solving. I was elated that we could provide this opportunity to the students and give a holiday performance to the community.”
“Yes, Virginia The Musical” shares the true story of how a 1897 New York Sun newspaper editor responded to 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s question of “Is there a Santa Claus?” Along with the money, Macy’s also provided a script, song tracks, sheet music, set design and costume ideas. Forty-four students are participating in the musical.
Admission to the musical is free. The school also will have a letter-writing station set up during the performance that will allow anyone to send a letter to Santa Claus. For every letter, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The school is located at 6400 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Mint Hill.
Belk awards money to local schools
Two Matthews-Mint Hill schools received $1,000 just for participating in the first ever Rocking the Belk Bowl Contest.
The contest, which kicked off in October, offered schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg the chance for three schools to win $25,000 by creating educational and Belk Bowl-themed designs on school rocks or bulletin boards. Although Butler High School and Northeast Middle School’s designs didn’t place in the top three, each school, along with 18 other schools in the district received $1,000 for participating. The money will be used for technology at the schools.
The three schools that won $25,000 each were Quail Hollow Middle in south Charlotte, Reedy Creek Elementary in east Charlotte and Hopewell High in Huntersville.
Butler to host choral concert
The choral music department at Butler High School will present a concert of holiday music Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the school’s auditorium.
The concert , which starts at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. People wishing to support the department also can stop by Chick-fil-A at 9905 Matthews Park Drive before or after the concert to help earn cash for the school. Chick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of total food sales from Butler students, family and friends. Customers should tell the cashier they are with Butler High School.
For more information, call 980-343-6300, ext. 4002024. The school is located at 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Matthews.
Butler student named to All-Star Invitational Marching Band
Sarah Johnson, a senior at Butler High School, was recently selected to participate in the High School All-Star Invitational Marching Band in January.
The All-Star Invitational Marching Band combines the skill of the country’s best marching band students with the opportunity to perform at the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game in Miami, Fla. on Jan. 17, 2013.
Participants were nominated and selected through an audition process. Students will participate in several days of rehearsals prior to the game under the guidance of elite college marching band directors. The program will culminate in performing the pre-game and half-time show performances at the championship game.
Sarah served as horn line captain for the Butler and also plays mellophone.