Students blanket children in need

FRANKLINTON — Inspired by the idea of connecting students with projects that impact the local community, Blake Taylor and students at Franklinton Elementary School are making blankets for those in need — one knot at a time. Taylor teaches fourth grade at Franklinton Elementary...

Teacher grants available

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Community Foundation announces the availability of small grants from its education fun to teachers in Franklin County. The mini-grants program was established to encourage creativity in effective teaching throughout the Franklin County School...

Gift-wrapped with love

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High School girls lacrosse team has adopted a family through the Holiday Cheer program at Wake County Social Services. Shown with their wrapped gifts above are, standing from left, Ariel Gold, Haley Cissel, Hannah Anderson, Savannah Boyd and Camryn...

What’s better than pancakes for breakfast?

Pancakes with Santa! At right, Santa (a friend of Mike Reeve) helps a youngster choose his gift, as some 240 children and parents attended the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club’s annual Breakfast with Santa Dec. 6. Along with breakfast, the children enjoyed face painting,...

History essay winners lauded

WAKE FOREST — The General James Moore Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual Christmas social Dec. 14 at the Villas of Wake Forest clubhouse. Members enjoyed fellowship and a variety of snacks provided by attendees. The chapter regent also gave away door...

FHS raises money for Miracle League

FRANKLINTON — During the past five weeks, it’s been war at Franklinton High School. Penny war, that is. More than $1,200 in pennies was collected by students in the annual event, and the cash will be donated to the Miracle League of Franklin County. A pizza party Tuesday,...

Optimist essay contest under way

WAKE FOREST — The Optimist Club in Wake Forest is holding an essay contest. The contest is open to students under age 19 who have not graduated from high school as of Dec. 31. Cash awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. Due Feb. 20, the essay topic ...

School Briefs

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Jones Dairy Elementary •Open houses will be held for prospective students and their parents Jan. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Jan. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. E-mail krbrown@wcpss.net to reserve a spot. •Kindergarten...

What does Christmas mean to you? We want to know

It’s our favorite time of year — and hopefully yours, too. The Wake Weekly will publish the musings of area children in the next two papers, as they answer the question, What does Christmas mean to me? Submissions may include poems, stories, and drawings. The more colorful, the...

Texas Roadhouse helps Rolesville teen after transplant

WAKE FOREST — Rolesville teen Brooke Parrish is recovering in a Ronald McDonald House next to the Pittsburgh, Pa., hospital where she underwent lifesaving liver transplant surgery Oct. 7. Meanwhile, here at home, a fundraising campaign to help pay for the expensive surgery and...

An example of excellence

Heritage Middle School girls soccer program records third perfect season in row. by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — The Heritage Middle School girls soccer team just finished their third undefeated season in a row. Not only that, they also went the whole season without allowing a...

Franklin Academy Middle School Chorus wins radio competition

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — The Franklin Academy Middle School chorus won $5,000 last week in the MIX 101.5 Christmas Choir Competition with their rendition of Jinglin’ Bells. Schools from the area were invited to submit recordings of their songs the week before Thanksgiving....

Work with exchange students

RALEIGH — ASSE International Student Exchange Program (ASSE) is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students in the community. ASSE is a nonprofit organization providing academic year and semester exchange programs in the United...

Apply to be Senate page

WAKE FOREST — Each legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly opens its doors to high school students from across the state to participate in the House and Senate page programs. Senator Chad Barefoot invites students to e-mail his office at barefootla@ncleg.net for...

Wakefield Middle School Honor Roll

6th grade A/B honor roll Fawzi Abdelfattah, Essie Acquah, Tydreec Adams, Thamana Ahmady, Jessica Armstrong, Daniel Avilez, Allison Beck, Nailah Becoat, Jessie Berman-Hershko, Camryn Blackard, Devyn Blaylock, Cassidy Brogden, Serenite Brooks-Ferguson, Mollie Brown, Lanna Bruce,...

Winter Gala dance show Dec. 7

WAKE FOREST — Destiny Dance Institute presents A Winter Gala, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Heritage High School Theater. The first hour of the child-friendly show is an abbreviated version of The Nutcracker: Kingdom of the Sweets, including Tchaikovsky’s time-honored...

Grant funds new initiative at VGCC

HENDERSON — Vance-Granville Community College, in partnership with the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board, has received a $147,000 grant, made possible by federal funds awarded to the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions. VGCC is one of 12 community colleges across...

Shaping the future of early childhood education

By Carol Taber, special to The Wake Weekly WAKE FOREST — Cynthia Sovich, a 28-year teacher of family and consumer sciences at Wake Forest High School, is quite possibly one of the most quietly influential people in the area of early childhood education in the state of North...

Seniors make lots of music together

by Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — More than 9,000 hours. That’s how much time a group of seniors at Wake Forest High School has devoted to the Cougars marching band. Five of them — Tanner Compton, Matthew Stevens, Katie Chang, Erin Stewart and Carly Gordon — started playing with...

Wreck victim was a Wake Forest High grad

Raleigh police arrest illegal alien with previous DWI conviction. By David Leone RALEIGH — A Wake Forest teen was one of two women killed when the 1998 Honda they were riding in was struck by another vehicle, which then sped away. The driver of the Chevy Avalanche has since been...

Marching Cougars celebrate winning season

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest High School Marching Cougars finished their competition season Saturday in Havelock, where they won awards for percussion, music performance, drum major, visual performance, general effect and overall. It was the final competitive performance for the...

Marching Red Rams end season with success

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton High’s Marching Red Rams brought home quite a few trophies after Saturday’s Cary Band Day competition, including firsts in color guard and drum major, and seconds in music, general effect and overall Class AAA. The Rams also won the Perkinson award, an...

Sound of Music comes to Franklinton

FRANKLINTON — The Franklinton Area Community Theater (FACT) presents The Sound of Music Nov. 14 and 15 at Franklinton High School. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The nonprofit theater group’s production includes more than 40 children. Admission is $5 per person....