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NOTE :: "Celebrate N.C. Schools" feature stories contained on this site are for historical purposes only. While each story was accurate on the date it was published, it may be outdated when viewed.

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Oct 2014 Application keeps students safe while online (WCNC)
Oct 2014 Students get help with food needs (The Times-News)
Oct 2014 Durham businesses show students a changing manufacturing landscape (Durham Herald-Sun)
Oct 2014 High school academy trains students for Fire/EMS careers (WNCT)
Oct 2014 6 in North Carolina make Newsweek "top high schools" list (Charlotte Observer)
Oct 2014 NC 4th Graders Get to Try Out Their Mandarin with Visiting Chinese Principals (The Center for International Understanding at UNC-CH)
Oct 2014 High school juniors and seniors take college classes for free at RCCC (Salisbury Post)
Oct 2014 Students explore careers during manufacturing week (The Enquirer-Journal)
Oct 2014 4-H gives students hands-on science lessons (Your Daily Journal)
Oct 2014 Students get taste of Hispanic heritage (The Robesonian)
Oct 2014 Charlotte students stage their own hunger games (Charlotte Observer)
Oct 2014 Richmond Early College principal teaching life lessons (Your Daily Journal)
Oct 2014 Iredell students charging boldly toward new future (Statesville Record & Landmark)
Oct 2014 Students work with solar power (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Oct 2014 School Successes Inspire N.C. Push for Dual Language (Education Week)
Sept 2014 Alexandra Simpson met Katy Perry after making a video discussing an inspirational teacher (Raleigh News & Observer)
Sept 2014 Video from Chapel Hill school to be shown at UN (WNCN)
Sept 2014 SABIC partners with LNC students exploring business (Lake Norman Citizen)
Sept 2014 Students Enjoy Rare Access with Famous Author (The Pilot)
Sept 2014 Impoverished CMS school tries new program to break the cycle (WNCN)
Sept 2014 WCS and Wilson County Emergency Management receive safety award (Wilson County District News)
Sept 2014 Castle Hayne Elementary Art Program Ranks #7 in North Carolina (New Hanover County Schools News)
Sept 2014 Forsyth teachers put projects on website to solicit help buying books, supplies (Winston-Salem Journal)
Sept 2014 Fayetteville, Robeson County early college high schools named top in nation (Fayetteville Observer)
Sept 2014 Sunset Park Social Worker Named 2014 Southeast Regional School Social Worker of the Year (New Hanover County Schools News)
Sept 2014 Grant targets third-grade literacy at Havelock school (Sun Journal)
Sept 2014 Grant helps Pender schools make transition to digital textbooks (Star News)
Sept 2014 School superintendent takes regional honor (Hickory Daily Record)
Sept 2014 Far East pays visit to NECP (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Sept 2014 Early college students showcase skills (Laurinburg Exchange)
Sept 2014 Getting the basics: Teachers go to employers to learn what students need to know (The Times-News)
Sept 2014 DPS to expand teacher mentoring program (The Durham News)
Sept 2014 Ceremony celebrates new WCHS trades academy (Warren Record)
Sept 2014 Student success program grows (Daily Reflector)
Sept 2014 Wake County wins $9.6 million federal grant for magnet schools (Raleigh News & Observer)
Sept 2014 NC Chief Justice Visits Asheboro High School (TWC News)
Sept 2014 Early College sophs volunteer to keep the cankerworms at bay (Gaston Gazette)
Sept 2014 'Vision' team, business leaders drive education (Mebane Enterprise)
Sept 2014 Virgo teacher receives top physical education honors (Star News)
Sept 2014 Two Triad Schools Make Newsweek List of Nation's Best (TWC News)
Sept 2014 Global school in rural Edgecombe is 'recipe for success' (WRAL)
Sept 2014 School news: Teacher recognized by Skype (Port City Daily)
Sept 2014 Latino children make greatest gains in NC Pre-K (UNC News)
Sept 2014 Valdese Rotary Club presents success of summer reading program at meeting (Morganton News Herald)
Sept 2014 School system welcomes a dozen international teachers (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Sept 2014 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools Begin Composting Lunch (WUNC)
Sept 2014 Entrepreneur supplies biodiesel to NC school buses (Raleigh News & Observer)
Aug 2014 Anderson Creek Primary School Achieves The Lighthouse Milestone (Leader in Me Blog)
Aug 2014 Global School In Rural Edgecombe Is 'Recipe For Success’ (WUNC)
Aug 2014 Senator Visits STEM School (ABC 13 News)
Aug 2014 Charlotte Engineering Early College Offers Students, Region New Options (TWC News)
Aug 2014 Fayetteville Charter School of the Arts Opens its Doors (TWC News)
Aug 2014 New Butler academy paves way for potential career path (Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly)
Aug 2014 Hargrave, McInnis celebrate CTE agreement (Laurinburg Exchange)
Aug 2014 Rowan-Salisbury employees kick off school year with spirit (Salisbury Post)
Aug 2014 Educators challenged to work together for success (Warren Record)
Aug 2014 Havelock High teacher wins state award (Havelock News)
Aug 2014 Freedom AP exam scores exceed state, global averages (Morganton News-Herald)
Aug 2014 NC Teachers Get Close-Up Look At German Work Education Model (WUNC)
Aug 2014 Junior leaders complete training (Smithfield Herald)
Aug 2014 Freedom High School renews agriculture program, club (Morganton News-Herald)
Aug 2014 Area youth learn about leading ‘Beyond You’ (Macon County news)
Aug 2014 Back to School: iPads, laptops coming for Rowan-Salisbury students (Salisbury Post)
Aug 2014 Surry County Elementary Schools to offer before and after school childcare (Mt. Airy News)
Aug 2014 WCU faculty, area educators launch program for math teachers (Sylva Herald)
Aug 2014 Surry schools rank No. 4 in productivity (Mt. Airy News)
Aug 2014 Schools get $4 million technology upgrade (Robesonian)
Aug 2014 11 McDowell High seniors take part in summer workshop (McDowell News)
Aug 2014 Student takes project from school to community (Jamestown News)
Aug 2014 ‘Better quality of teachers’ (Daily Dispatch)
Aug 2014 Hugh Chatham, ECS partner for concussion management (Elkin Tribune)
Aug 2014 Wake’s new high school aims students toward jobs (Raleigh News & Observer)
Aug 2014 Free lunch for 21 Gaston County Schools (Gaston Gazette)
Aug 2014 Down East nonprofit group gets federal grant, state funds (Carteret County News-Time)
Aug 2014 Early College at Guilford Among Nation's Top 100 High Schools (TWC News)
Aug 2014 Johnston County teachers launch leadership program (Clayton News-Star)
Aug 2014 Local 'Stop for a LIFE!' campaign focuses on school bus safety (Mt. Airy News)
July 2014 House built by Lee students goes up for auction today (Sanford Herald)
July 2014 Exploris wins national award for environmental efforts (Midtown Raleigh News)
July 2014 Pinnacle Classical Academy adds classrooms, lab, greenhouse in anticipation for school year (Shelby Star)
July 2014 Students learn about engineering, have fun at NCSU camp (Sun Journal)
July 2014 Science on the job: Teachers learn from tech firms (Daily Reflector)
July 2014 'Hungry Tummy Cafe' Provides Free Nutritious Meals for Summer (TWC News)
July 2014 Teachers train in STEM labs (Daily Reflector)
July 2014 At Middle Creek, former Miss North Carolina fulfills her coaching dream (News & Observer)
July 2014 Science teachers get hands-on lessons through Kenan Fellowship Program (Fayetteville Observer)
July 2014 Facebook enters Wi-Fi space in Rutherford County Schools (WRAL TechWire)
July 2014 MEC teacher invents electronics kits for students (The Macon County News)
July 2014 Catching up on reading (Sanford Herald)
July 2014 Math Academy grows self-respect, math skills, lowers drop outs (Shelby Star)
July 2014 Schools to offer free meals to students (Rocky Mount Telegram)
July 2014 Alternative programs show signs of success (Carteret County News-Times)
July 2014 Five educators from McDowell picked for state program (McDowell News)
July 2014 CMS/UNCC engineering high school takes shape (Charlotte Observer)
July 2014 Manufacturing a local renaissance (The Sanford Herald)
July 2014 Rowan-Salisbury graduates offered more than $9.4 million in scholarships (Salisbury Post)
July 2014 Summer reading initiative pays off for Blue Ridge Elementary (Jefferson Post)
July 2014 Granville County program helps teens learn about civics (The Daily Dispatch)
July 2014 Students work at ENC charter school to buy laptop (WNCT 9)
July 2014 Durham support program prepares students for college (News & Observer)
July 2014 NC math, science teachers see the real thing on Charlotte tours (Charlotte Observer)
July 2014 "Kainotomia" Continues in Richmond County School
June 2014 School Uses 'Steam' to Power Student Learning (The Pilot)
June 2014 Students take the stage at drama camp (Rocky Mount Telegram)
June 2014 Triangle kids get close with big cats for Big Cat Safari Camp (News and Observer)
June 2014 Port City Middle Schoolers Go Back to Class for 5-Week Program (TWC News)
June 2014 NC students climb the science fair ladder (News and Observer)
June 2014 North East Prep joins Golden LEAF-funded collaborative (Rocky Mount Telegarm)
June 2014 ABSS teachers to participate in Governor's Teacher Network (The Times-News)
June 2014 Camp at UNCG helps youngsters gear up for college (News and Record)
June 2014 Grant helped put officers in ABSS elementary schools (The Times-News)
June 2014 Camp MedStart gives head start on health jobs (WWAY 3)
June 2014 Data Systems Improving Instruction in Brunswick County Schools
June 2014 Unique program helps Mount Airy pupils be better versions of themselves (Mt Airy News)
June 2014 GCS Reading Campaign, Grant Gets Students Reading on the Go (Guilford County Schools)
June 2014 Stanford Middle School honored as 'School to Watch' (Smithfield Herald)
June 2014 'It feels good to help people' (Henderson Dispatch)
June 2014 Rowan teachers receive agriculture grants (Salisbury Post)
June 2014 Two GCS Schools Sharing Love of Reading Through Free Libraries (Guilford County)
June 2014 I-SS middle schools getting more vocational options (Statesville Record&Landmark)
June 2014 Hasty: School's reading initiative a novel idea (Fayetteville Observer)
June 2014 Visually impaired student reaps $99,000 worth of scholarships from Methodist University (Raleigh News & Observer)
June 2014 Wells Fargo Donates $125,000 to Charlotte High School (NC TWC NEWS)
June 2014 "Give Five-Read Five" campaign a big success (WNCT9)
June 2014 Students training for jobs ready to be filled (Wilkes Journal-Patriot)
June 2014 Wake County schools teach safer football tackling (The Daily Reflector)
June 2014 Local schools chew over grant for fresh snacks (Hickory Record)
June 2014 Increase in programs will benefit student choices (Henderson Dispatch)
June 2014 Chapel Hill teacher faces death by preaching tolerance (WRAL)
June 2014 Survey indicates most teachers happy in Ashe County Schools (Jefferson Post)
June 2014 High school students participate in medical, IT camps (Shelby Star)
June 2014 Hillcrest Elementary gets more fresh fruit through grant (The Times News)
June 2014 Homelessness doesn't stop shelter's high school graduates (Charlotte Observer)
June 2014 Roanoke Rapids Teacher Recognized Nationally (ABC 11)
May 2014 Keeping our teachers: BCS devises discount program to help recruit, retain teachers (Washington Daily News)
May 2014 Hertford County bus driver named top in the state (WNCN)
May 2014 Holocaust museum returns to school (Huntersville Herald)
May 2014 'Walking classrooms' help students engage physically, mentally (WRAL)
May 2014 Edwards receives another top education award (Mooresville Tribune)
May 2014 Solar school a product of cooperation (Fayetteville Observer editorial)
May 2014 Graduate to earn two diplomas (Gaston Gazette)
May 2014 Stanly Co. student wins statewide public service announcement contest (TWC News)
May 2014 Woodleaf Elementary's Cassie Thompson is Teacher of Year (Salisbury Post)
May 2014 40 Durham students will graduate after help from nonprofit (WNCN)
May 2014 Give Five-Read Five prepares for exciting summer reading (Elkin Tribune)
May 2014 Student spreads the word on threatened shorebirds (Wilmington Star-News)
May 2014 Students, others join world exercise event (Mt Airy News)
May 2014 County students schooled by raising fish (Davidson Dispatch)
May 2014 I-SS dropout rate hits new low (Mooresville Tribune)
May 2014 Cary elementary school students learn firsthand about horses (Raleigh News & Observer)
May 2014 Contest builds love of math (Henderson Dispatch)
May 2014 Transforming Lives One Rain Garden at a Time (Coastal Review)
May 2014 Exchange students visit capital, work with other international students (McDowell News)
May 2014 Career-prep programs a hit with local students (Sanford Herald)
May 2014 Students discover career possibilities in county (Stokes News)
May 2014 Doodling her way to the top (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)
Apr 2014 Wilkes tops national numbers—Local graduation rate 10 percent higher than U.S. (Wilkes Journal Patriot)
Apr 2014 Students get hands-on with science (Smoky Mountain News)
Apr 2014 Boys and Girls Clubs yielding results in classroom (Greensboro News & Record)
Apr 2014 NC 4th-Graders "School" Community on Solar (Public News Service)
Apr 2014 Students plant 400 Venus Flytraps in Wilmington (TWCN-TV)
Apr 2014 Durham school's solar project draws attention from politicos (Triangle Business Journal)
Apr 2014 Students test for disease, explore science on a bus (Hendersonville Times-News)
Apr 2014 State-required CPR training working well for UCPS (Union County Weekly)
Apr 2014 CMS, nonprofit to open school at Boulevard Homes site (Charlotte Observer)
Apr 2014 US News ranks HHS fourth in state (Hendersonville Lightening)
Apr 2014 R& B singer Usher's music leadership program debuts in Wake County (Eastern Wake News)
Apr 2014 Book 'Em NC events making a difference (Robesonian)
Apr 2014 Learning is Appreciating (Coastal Review)
Apr 2014 STARBASE program bring STEM education to life (Lexington Dispatch)
Apr 2014 International Baccalaureate authorizes NC's first IBCC
Apr 2014 School officials to implement reading software districtwide (Laurinburg Exchange)
Apr 2014 Grimsley's Hebrew class unlike any other (Greensboro News & Record)
Apr 2014 Early College EAST students remember horrors of the Holocaust (New Bern Sun Journal)
Apr 2014 Students volunteer hundreds of hours with county government (Warren Record)
Apr 2014 Students' exposure to STEM in schools is critical (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Apr 2014 Washington Post Names GCS Schools Among Top in the Country (Guilford County Schools)
Apr 2014 'STEM Investigations' coming to Wilkes middle schools in '14-'15 (Wilkes Journal Patriot)
Apr 2014 Students are in the spotlight at Lee school board meeting (Sanford Herald)
Apr 2014 School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering looks for future technological marvels (Winston-Salem Journal)
Apr 2014 Wake school officials push expansion of preschool services (Raleigh News & Observer)
Apr 2014 Kennedy gets grant to expand programs (Winston-Salem Journal)
Apr 2014 Haywood Extension to offer embryology class training (Haywood Mountaineer)
Apr 2014 Cape Fear Civil Air Patrol teaches teens to fly high in life with leadership skills (Wilmington-Star News)
Apr 2014 Gaston program offers no-cost courses to students (Lincoln Times-News)
Mar 2014 SMART lunch improves graduation rate at Panther Creek (NC SPIN)
Mar 2014 Student raises $6.5k for transplant recipient (Elkin Tribune)
Mar 2014 I-SS students begin receiving their laptops (Mooresville Tribune)
Mar 2014 HEC prepares students for college (The Mountaineer)
Mar 2014 Field trips expose students to careers (Daily Dispatch)
Mar 2014 LCS students share Holocaust museum (Lincoln Times-News)
Mar 2014 High school students take a close look at local government (Jacksonville Daily News)
Mar 2014 3,400 Moore County students to get laptops as part of Digital Learning Initiative (Fayetteville Observer)
Mar 2014 Students receive hands-on learning during career day (Havelock News)
Mar 2014 Battle of Books about more than competition (Mt Airy News)
Mar 2014 Students make connections at Pathway to Prosperity (Burlington Times-News)
Mar 2014 Guilford science teachers win $11,000 in grants (Greensboro News & Record)
Mar 2014 Wake County schools partnering with Usher in music industry program (Raleigh News & Observer)
Mar 2014 Davie teacher introduces students to sign language (Winston-Salem Journal)
Mar 2014 SNSH senior puts skills to work for school system (Spring Hope Enterprise)
Mar 2014 County teachers receive iPads to use in classroom (Lexington Dispatch)
Mar 2014 STEM educational method goes a step further (Southwest Wake News)
Mar 2014 School systems, RCCC partner for career expo (Concord Independent Tribune)
Mar 2014 Industry, school officials promote engineering to students (Henderson Times News)
Mar 2014 Area students help build a boat (FOX Wilmington)
Feb 2014 Students visit with Olympian (Greenville Daily Reflector)
Feb 2014 Assistant principal at NC school preaches esteem (AP)
Feb 2014 Cummins initiative to teach engineering skills to local students (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Feb 2014 Stokes County high schoolers studying Dan River coal ash spill (My Fox 8)
Feb 2014 Greene students to get early start on college career (Kinston Free Press)
Feb 2014 Dare County schools moving toward digital learning (Outer Banks Voice)
Jan 2014 Technology Boosts Summer Reading, Improves Literacy Skills
Jan 2014 Wake County schools moving to digital textbooks (Raleigh News & Observer)
Jan 2014 Something Fishy Going On in NC Classrooms (Public News Service)
Jan 2014 Successful magnet programs show potential (Winston-Salem Journal)
Jan 2014 Adams Elementary in Cary kicks off reading challenge (Cary News)
Jan 2014 RCCC adds new fire safety program at South Rowan (WBTV)
Jan 2014 Local teens receive a different kind of training (Charlotte Weekly)
Jan 2014 First students graduate from Fire Fighter Academy (Hendersonville Times-News)
Jan 2014 WNC Has Opportunity to STEM the Tide of Slow Economy (Public News Service)
Jan 2014 Community Spotlight: Bertie County Schools featured in new documentary (WNCT)
Jan 2014 STEM Early College Experiment Successfully Launched into Space (Guilford County Schools)
Jan 2014 Efficiency wins cash for schools (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Jan 2014 Knightdale High introduces new public safety academy (Eastern Wake News)
Jan 2014 Robotics challenge student skills (Greenville Daily Reflector)
Jan 2014 Program helps prevent serious teen driver crashes (WRAL-TV)
Jan 2014 Greensboro student's love of books spurs giveaway (Greensboro News & Record)