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South Charlotte Weekly School Notes Nov. 30

Olde Providence receives national recognition

One south Charlotte school recently received national recognition from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for transforming its campus into a healthier place for students and staff.

Olde Providence Elementary School received a Bronze National Recognition Award based on the school’s level of achievement in creating healthy eating and physical activity programs that met stringent standards set by the Alliance, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Olde Providence was part of more than 250 schools from around the country to be recognized.

At Olde Providence, the school’s wellness council focused on increasing physical activity for students throughout the day, better utilizing physical activity in the classroom and adding more Safe Walk to School Days. The school also added fresh fruit to the breakfast menu and staff members were given more opportunities to participate in physical activities, as well.

Sharon Elementary hosts pajama drive

Sharon Elementary School is hosting a pajama drive to benefit children at the Levine Children’s Hospital.

The school is collecting pajamas until Dec. 7. The hospital is in need of infant and toddler pajamas and pajama pants for teens that are easy to wear underneath gowns or with T-shirts. Pajamas in sizes small, medium and large also are being accepted, preferably two-piece sets.

The school asks that pajamas be taken off hangers and tags removed. They should be placed in Ziplock bags and marked with the size on the outside of the bag. To donate, people should drop bags in the large collection box in the school’s lobby, 4330 Foxcroft Road. For questions, call the school at 980-343-6725.

Charlotte Christian to present ‘Aida School Edition’

Charlotte Christian School’s ACT 1 competition drama team will present their winter show featuring Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida School Edition” Dec. 5 and 6.

Based on Verdi’s opera of the same title, “Aida School Edition” is a contemporary musical based on a grand classical tale of the bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As love blossoms between them, they are forced to face death or part forever, according to a news release. Together, they overcome cultural differences between their warring nations and find unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Shows will be held at Elevation Church Blakeney campus, 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive, and begin at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information on the show or upcoming fine arts productions, contact the Charlotte Christian Fine Arts Box Office at 704-366-5657, ext. 1032.

Elizabeth Lane tops fundraising goal

Students at Elizabeth Lane Elementary School recently raised more than $4,000 for the school’s All For One Fund capital campaign, surpassing the fundraising goal of $75,000.

In honor of the accomplishment, Elizabeth Lane Principal Tara Lynn Sullivan allowed the class who raised the most money to duct tape her to a wall, while other classes paraded through the halls.

The money from the capital campaign will fund technology and literacy projects throughout the school.

Providence band named a 2012 Carrousel Award winner

The Providence High School marching band was named a winner for their performance in the 2012 Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade in uptown Charlotte.

The Pride of Providence Marching Band, which also served as the Nov. 22 parade’s honor band, was chosen as the best band in Class AA (or bands with 50 to 74 wind instruments) and received a cash award. Judges selected winning bands based on overall performance and musical skill. This year, East Burke High School won the Spirit of Carrousel Award and will serve as the honor band for the 2013 parade.

The 2012 Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade featured more than 120 units, including marching bands, floats, step units and drill teams and special units. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison served as this year’s grand

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