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Leesville students help children being treated for cancer at Duke

This holiday season fourth-graders in Kenneth Lesher’s class at Leesville Road Elementary collected hats of all shapes and sizes for kids in treatment at the Duke Children’s Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant unit. Continue Reading . . .

Sanderson tops in 2014 Students Against Hunger

The students of Sanderson High were the overall leaders this year in the Fight Against Hunger sponsored by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Sanderson collected 233,285.61 pounds ($45,194 and 7,314 pounds in cans). The poundage is equivalent to 225,971 meals, enough food to feed the entire town of Cary almost twice. As a result the Sanderson Executive Council will appear on WTVD on December 12 to discuss the school’s participation in the food drive. Continue Reading . . .

Wakefield High wins State Farm $100,000 grant

Wakefield High won $100,000 in State Farm’s CELEBRATE My DRIVE online contest.

Wakefield finished in the top five in the nation competing with more than 3,300 U.S. high schools. The school will celebrate with a check presentation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on December 8 in the school gym.

The Celebrate My Drive contest encourages a school community to come together to compete for a grant while making a commitment to safe driving. Students, parents, faculty, family and friends at Wakefield joined together in mid-October to do something great for the school and support driver safety. The contest required school supporters make a daily commitment to safe driving on a State Farm website in the name of their school. Continue Reading . . .

Nine WCPSS schools receive Fuquay-Varina grants

The Fuquay-Varina Women’s Club awarded mini-grants totaling $5,500 to teachers at nine WCPSS schools. Teachers received grants for instructional needs across subject areas for projects such as Writing about Reading, Sensory Integration in the Classroom, Sound Waves Laboratory Explorations and Etiquette Skills and Manners. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS students raise a half million dollars for Heart Association

Wake County students jumped rope and shot hoops to earn $501,189.99 for the American Heart Association in 2013-14.

Michelle Gray of the American Heart Association (AHA) presented Superintendent Jim Merrill with a plaque thanking the school system for its support.

“Wake is the number one county for money raised in all of the Mid-Atlantic states,” Gray said. “That’s amazing. I can’t thank you enough for the schools support of the Heart Association.” Continue Reading . . .

Transitioning to middle and high school: A primer

If you’re a rising 6th or 9th grader, or are the parent of one, you’ll want to be at Millbrook High School the morning of Saturday, Nov. 15 for an information session about transitioning to middle and high school. Workshops will be held on these topics:

  • Transitioning to middle school
  • Transitioning to high school
  • Middle school math placement
  • Extracurricular options
  • Connecting to college and career opportunities, including scholarships
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Dealing with peer pressure
  • Early College and Magnet options
  • Counseling services

There also will be information booths with materials on these and other topics. Continental breakfast will be provided, courtesy of New York Life.

Date and time: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Millbrook High School 
Address: 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh


Burroughs Wellcome grant funds STEM project in WCPSS schools

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund awarded the Wake County Public School System a $149,786, three-year Student Science Enrichment Program grant. WCPSS will infuse inquiry-based science learning into afterschool programs in five elementary and two middle schools through a new initiative called STEM Wise.

Aversboro Elementary, Forestville Road Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Smith Elementary, Stough Elementary, East Wake Middle and North Garner Middle will be a part of the grant funded afterschool program. The schools are part of the WCPSS STEM and Global Schools Collaborative Networks. The YMCA of the Triangle will partner with WCPSS in their Y Learning afterschool programs at Lincoln Heights and Stough Elementary Schools. Continue Reading . . .

High school students invited to Sept. 21 Wake County College Fair

High school juniors and seniors are invited to meet representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities at the Wake County College Fair on Sunday, September 21. The fair will offer free sessions on financial aid and college planning and is jointly sponsored by the Carolinas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers and WCPSS. Admission and parking are free.

WHAT: Wake County College Fair

WHEN: 2 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21

Sessions on Financial Aid are scheduled for 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.; Sessions on Preparing for College are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: McKimmon Center at N.C. State University, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh

Child and adult care food program at 4 WCPSS schools

Wake County Public School System announces participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants in after school educational and enrichment programs at East Garner Elementary School, Walnut Creek Elementary School, Poe Elementary, and Bugg Elementary evening program.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) To file a Civil Rights complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA Office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Buy advance tickets to the State Fair and get cash for your school!

2014-State-Fair-Button-220-x-120Families and school supporters can raise money for their schools through a special promotion from the North Carolina State Fair, which will be held in Raleigh from October 16 to 26.

By purchasing advance tickets through the link on this page, fairgoers can save money and designate a Wake County public school to receive a portion of their ticket proceeds.

Adult advance tickets cost $7. For every adult advance gate ticket sold through the website, the designated school will receive $2. Children’s advance tickets cost $3, and for every child’s ticket, the designated school will receive $1.

This special offer ends once the fair begins. Although buyers may access other ticket options online, advance gate tickets are the only purchases that will result in rebates to WCPSS schools. A link at the top of the checkout web page will prompt users to locate their school’s three-digit school code number before they make a purchase. They will be prompted to enter this number in the field for the passcode, member code, or coupon code, just before the purchase is complete. Purchase tickets>>