Save a Bus, Walk to School

Photo Courtesy of Advocates for Health in Action

Cary, NC – More than a dozen Wake County schools participated in the national Walk to School Day event last Wednesday. Read more

Local Authors: The Fine Art of Writing an Essay

Story by Matt Young

Cary, NC – Cary resident Carole L. Hamilton teaches English at Cary Academy. She recently published Anthem Guide to Essay Writing. We can all use help here. And yes, I’m intimidated to write this.

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Education: Wake County College Fair September 18

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Suzie Tremmel.

Cary, NC – Traditional school began today (sigh of relief). Time to start thinking about college!

Mark your calendars: the Wake County College Fair will be held 2:00-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at the McKimmon Center, NC State University. Read more

Cary Children’s Choir Auditions – August 30

Story from staff reports. Photo by Mait Jüriado.

Cary, NC – The Cary Children’s Concert Choir (C4) and Cary Youth Chorale are holding their fall semester auditions on August 30, 2011. Read more

Cary Donors Leave $500,000 to Wake Tech

Cary, NC – The estate of the late Harold and Shirley Brenner of Cary contained something for Wake Tech – half a million dollars. It is Wake Tech’s largest gift ever. Read more

School Sports: Concussion Testing


Story by Janna Fonseca, Head Athletic Trainer with Carolina Sports and Family Practice. Edited by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Ready or not, Fall is around the corner and once again school will be in session. That means many teens are already practicing for their school sport, whether it’s football, soccer, cheerleading or any other physical activity.

As parents, we make sure that our children are well prepared for school and sports by providing all the equipment needed. But, what about preparing for the possibility of a future head injury? Read more

Business: Ask a Lawyer Day at WakeTech

Cary, NC – For small businesses, consulting with a lawyer can be a daunting task. You may have a simple question but wonder if it will cost you a lot of money just to get an answer.

Good news: Wake Tech is offering 30-minutes with a small business lawyer, one-on-one, next Thursday at the Cary campus.

Best of all, it’s free. Read more

Money Matters: Managing College Debt

Story by Peter “Coach Pete” D’Arruda, RFC, President of Capital Financial Advisory Group and the host of Coach Pete’s Financial Safari on WPTF,  WEEB and  WFNC. 

The average college student today is almost certain to leave their university with student loan debt – in fact, they are more likely to leave with debt than they are to leave with a diploma.

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Education: Test Drive WCPSS Assignment Plan

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Try out the new WCPSS “Blue Plan” for proposed 2012 student assignments on the web. Read more

Cary Schools Win AHA “Brains & Bodies” Award

 

Photo from AHA

Cary, NC – Wake County Public Schools Superintendent Tony Tata joined Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) June 7 to announce the 2011 Brains and Bodies Award recipients for Wake County elementary and middle schools striving to improve the health of students and staff.

“We congratulate our winning schools and applaud their outstanding efforts to emphasize the connection for our students and staff between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and its positive impact on achieving a high-quality education,” said Superintendent Tony Tata.

Winning Schools

Davis Drive Elementary, Mills Park Elementary and Northwoods Elementary each won a Bronze Award and Farmington Woods Elementary earned an Honorable Mention for their efforts to increase physical activity and nutrition opportunities.

Four schools won the Gold Award designation:  A.B. Combs Elementary, Fuller Elementary and Underwood Elementary in Raleigh and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Apex. West Lake Elementary in Apex won the Silver Award, and seven area schools earned the Bronze Award, including the three Cary schools, Hunter Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, Wildwood Forest Elementary in Raleigh; and Olive Chapel Elementary in Apex.

Each of the award winners received a framed  “AHA Brains and Bodies Award: Healthy Students Grow Here” certificate to display in their school as well as a gift card to be used towards wellness initiatives. Gold award winners also received a banner to hang in the school and resources for a school celebration.

“We are so impressed with the innovations and programs of all these winning schools,” said Laura Aiken, director of AHA and WakeMed Community Outreach. “What really set the Gold Award winners apart, though, is that they each have a Wellness Committee involving staff and parents and they are working hard to enforce their school wellness policy. That is really key in maintaining and sustaining a comprehensive approach to health and wellness in the schools.”

About Advocates for Health in Action (AHA)

AHA created the Brains and Bodies Award to recognize schools that are meeting and exceeding local wellness policies, including the WCPSS Wellness Policy.

AHA’s team of nutrition and physical activity experts scored and evaluated applications and conducted site visits at a number of schools that applied. All school applicants will receive feedback on the good work they are doing and the team’s recommendations for ongoing improvement at each school.