Matthews class named BOOK IT! winner
Fran Witherspoon’s fifth-grade class at Matthews Elementary School was recently recognized as a top reading classroom for the 2012-13 school year through Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! reading program.
The program encourages students to track their reading progress with the BOOK IT! Minute Tracker, an interactive online tool used by teachers and their classrooms to keep track of the minutes students read during the six-month program.
Witherspoon’s class logged 345,680 minutes of reading, ranking them the top reading classroom out of 33,000 classrooms nationwide that participated by using the Minute Tracker. The class will be presented with at “Top 100 Award” and a Pizza Hut gift card.
“We are incredibly proud of the students at Matthews Elementary for their exceptional commitment to reading with the BOOK IT! program,” Shelley Morehead, BOOK IT! program administrator, said in a news release. “These students are going above and beyond. We’re fortunate to have such tremendous support from schools who are committed to make reading great.”
Elizabeth Lane to host HAWKFEST
Elizabeth Lane Elementary School will host the 15th annual fundraising carnival HAWKFEST April 27, a Saturday.
The event is a fun-filled time for students and their families and helps raise money for educational purposes for the school. Armbands for students in kindergarten through eighth grade cost $12 and are $7 for preschoolers. Tickets will be available the day of the event and are currently available on the parent-teacher group’s website, http://elizabethlanepta.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/.
The festival will kick off at 3 p.m. and will run until 7 p.m. at the school. People should park at Providence High School, 1800 Pineville-Matthews Road, where free shuttles to Elizabeth Lane will be provided. Parking will not be available at Elizabeth Lane.
Elizabeth Lane Elementary School is located at 21 Elizabeth Lane in Matthews.
Butler, Independence to host mattress sales
Both the Butler High School and Independence High School bands will host mattress sale fundraisers. Butler will host a sale Saturday, April 20, and Independence on April 27, a Saturday.
The sales will benefit the bands’ general funds, music and marching programs and at Independence will be used to replace 20-year-old instruments. Mattresses of all sizes, firmness and comfort levels will be available and are all made in the USA. Delivery is available.
Prices start at $199 and are 30 to 60 percent below retail prices. Ninety-day free layaway, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and personal checks will be accepted.
Both sales will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the schools. Butler High is located at 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Matthews and Independence High is located at 1967 Patriot Drive in Charlotte.
Local student earns spot as N.C. State valedictorian
Christopher Rohrbach, a current student at N.C. State University and a graduate of Butler High School, has earned a spot as of one of N.C. State’s valedictorians. Several students tied for the spot.
Rohrbach will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average and is a double major in meteorology and applied mathematics with a minor in history. He also has received a full scholarship and stipend from N.C. State to begin his master’s degree in the fall while working as a research assistant.
Rohrbach is the son of Matthews residents Randy and Toni Rohrbach.
CPCC to launch ophthalmic medical assistant program
Central Piedmont Community College will launch a new diploma program next fall to train ophthalmic medical assistants.
The program, which will be under the direction of Kathleen Rodgers, formerly of Horizon Eye Care in Charlotte, is a one-year program that will prepare students for positions in ophthalmologist and optometrist offices. Upon completion of the program, students will take the national Certified Ophthalmic Assistant exam. CPCC’s program will be the third ophthalmic medical assistant program offered by a North Carolina community college.
Before joining CPCC as program chair, Rodgers, a certified ophthalmic technician, worked as director of clinical services for Horizon Eye Care. Her previous experience includes positions with Asheville Eye Medical and Surgical Associates and Carolina Eye Associates of Pinehurst. Joining Rodgers in the program will be two full-time instructors.
For more information about CPCC’s new ophthalmic medical assistant diploma program, email Rodgers at email@example.com.
Local student to compete in national oratorical contest
Jacob McHugh, a junior at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, recently won The American Legion Department of North Carolina Oratorical Contest and has qualified to compete in the national finals in Indianapolis, Ind. later this month.
Jacob first won the Matthews America Legion Post 235 oratorical contest before advancing in the competitions. Each contestant gives an eight to 10 minute prepared oration on an aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our nation. Next, students are assigned a topic discourse of three to five minutes on a topic related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.
In addition to the local contest, Jacob also won the N.C. District 20 championship, the N.C. Legion Division IV championship and the N.C. Department championship.
The top three contestants competing in the national contest will receive scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000.