The United States Senate Youth Program provides an educational opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science. Student delegates who win the $10,000 scholarship and attend the week-long event in Washington in March 2019 will hear policy addresses by senators, cabinet members and directors from other federal agencies.

The application deadline is Oct. 7.

For information, email Michelle McLaughlin at or visit


Cynthia-Mae Hunt, a senior at Greensboro Day School, recently launched GDS Cares.

Hunt’s program, which took two years to develop and plan, involves delivering stuffed Bengals to sick children at Cone Health.


Hairston Middle School is among 10 national finalists in the Middle School Kindness Challenge, a program of Stand for Children, a nonprofit education-advocacy organization.

Hairston was selected out of nearly 500 schools nationwide. The challenge is supported by Hasbro’s Be Fearless Be Kind philanthropic initiative.

As part of the challenge, the 10 finalists took part in four weeks of activities and lessons that generated dialogue around the importance of kindness. The goal is to make kindness commonplace in middle schools and to improve school climate. It provides a free, user-friendly platform for teachers to access high-quality, easy-to-implement lessons that help students strengthen peer relationships, build empathy and develop a positive mindset.

Finalists receive $1,000 in Donors Choose Credits.


Sixty N.C. A&T students spent a morning learning how to save a life. In partnership with the American Heart Association, A&T purchased 12 CPR in Schools kits to train students to become ambassadors and facilitators to teach Hands-Only CPR on their campus and in the community.

The goal is to make sure there is a “lead” trained in CPR in every campus building. The 60 ambassadors will train people in community centers, churches and businesses to be life savers.

Developed by the American Heart Association, the CPR in Schools program allows students to practice CPR on a manikin while watching skills performed correctly on a DVD.

For information, visit


N.C. MedAssist, High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, the city of High Point, United Way of Greater High Point and High Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church came together Sept. 6 to provide free over-the-counter medicines and health screenings. The event was held in the High Point University Community Center.

Faculty and students helped shoppers choose the proper medication based on requests.

Students also answered health questions from community members and performed screenings including blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index and body-fat percentage.


A long-time High Point family has made a seven-figure gift to High Point University, bringing their lifetime giving to the university to more than $2 million.

Peter Mahler, founder of Triad-based PAM Trading Corporation, and his wife, Mary, made the gift along with their daughter Punkin Parker, her husband, Alan, and son Alan A.; as well as their daughter Janet Fisher and her husband, Wayne.

Peter is a member of the HPU Board of Trustees. In 2011, the Mahler family gave $1 million to name the first floor of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication building.

The Mahler family’s recent donation is for the new promenade to be located near Congdon School of Health Sciences. It will be named the Mahler Promenade.

The Mahlers have been married for more than 70 years and moved to High Point in 1963. They are both of German descent.


Sharon Contreras, superintendent of Guilford County Schools, is the keynote speaker of the Housing Authority of High Point’s Pillars of Fame/Rising Star ceremony. The event will be at noon Sept. 19 at Astor Dowdy Towers, 701 E. Green Drive in High Point.

National recording artist and actor Walter Johnson will perform at the ceremony.

Dr. Derrick Medley, Darlene Mason and Foss Ibrahim will be honored for their outstanding achievements.

For information, call 336-878-2312.


Volunteers are needed to assist with various tasks throughout the 2018 homecoming weekend at N.C. A&T. Opportunities are available at the Office of Alumni Relations, homecoming headquarters hotel and other official alumni events.


The High Point Arts Council is accepting applications for its annual Teacher Arts Project grants program through Nov. 1. These grants are available to public, private and charter schools serving High Point and Jamestown students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Teachers, groups of teachers and PTAs may apply.

For information, contact Debbie Lumpkins at 336-889-2787, Ext. 22, or or visit


The General Assembly appropriated $30 million in school safety grants for fiscal year 2018-2019, of which $22 million had been awarded as of Sept. 4.

The remaining awards will be announced soon.

Local recipients include: Alamance County Schools, $92,400; Davidson County Schools, $266,664; and Rockingham County Schools, $199,998.


Southwest Guilford High School received the 2018 Hubert B. Humphrey Jr. School Improvement Award, which recognizes schools for improving student achievement through sound educational practices, community outreach and collaborative relationships.

Principal Mike Hettenbach accepted the award on behalf of his school at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s State of Our Community luncheon on Aug. 29.

The award, worth $10,000, will go to continuing student improvement through staff professional development; the school will display the Humphrey Cup in its hallways until the next winner is named. Schools are chosen based on 10 items, including progress from the beginning to the end of the school year, end of grade testing, graduation rates, parent and community involvement and closing the achievement gap.

Hubert B. Humphrey was a member of the board of trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation from 1981 until he died in 2003. In November 2003, the trustees created the award to honor his dedication. The foundation established a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, which is used each year to support the cash award.

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