Mint Hill Reindeer Raiders make a big impact with small change

Members of Mint Hill Middle’s Junior National Honor Society collected pennies, nickels, Mint Hill Middle's Reindeer Raidersdimes and quarters to help the Levine Children’s Hospital — and their efforts really paid off. The schoolwide Reindeer Raiders competition raised $2,527.78 for the hospital in just two weeks. Members visited the hospital on Dec. 13 to turn in their donation. Jen Byrum and Jim Shafer from Lite 102.9 congratulated the students for turning in one of the biggest Reindeer Raiders donations.

The Reindeer Raiders brought in the big money by organizing a The Reindeer Raiders with Jen and Jim from Lite 102.9contest between homerooms. Each homeroom was given a bag to fill with change. The Reindeer Raiders collected and counted the donations every day for two weeks and updated the school on each class’s progress. There were some great rivalries on each grade level and students searched high and low to find change to donate. The winning homerooms for each grade level were awarded doughnuts for their generosity. This is the fourth year Mint Hill Middle has participated in this event.


Independence students raise money for bears


Independence High School is giving Teddy bears to hospitalized children. The students and staff of Independence are buying Teddy bears to give to children in the hospital on Valentine’s Day. The Student Council is sponsoring a “Build a Heart” campaign and is collecting money to purchase stuffed Teddy bears for children in the hospital during Valentine’s Day. Each student and teacher is asked to give at least a $1. The Teddy Bears will be made at “Build-A-Bear” at Concord Mills Mall.
Money will be collected during lunches in the mall and may be given to Student Council members. The Teddy Bears will be taken to Levine’s Children Hospital on Valentine’s Day.


Rhynes chooses Marshall U.

Independence wide receiver Michael Rhynes will play next year with Marshall University. Rhynes chose Marshall over Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee and joins former Patriot T.J. Drakeford on the team. Although he was hampered by injuries this past season, Rhynes is a steal for the Herd. At 6-foot-5 and 202 pounds, Rhynes runs a 4.6-second 40 and of his 18 catches last season, eight went for touchdowns.

In other local high school football news, former Butler star Robert Blanton was the feature of an article in the Chicago Tribune yesterday.

“Here is a guy, a freshman, really not afraid of anyone, and that’s a tough position to say that at,” coach Charlie Weis said in November.


CMS cuts $5.3 million–almost half from central office

Surprise! CMS didn’t take the easy way out when the state forced it to cut $5.3 million from its budget. Other districts, including Gaston County Schools, cut money from teacher aid positions and textbooks. CMS was expected to do the same because of its penchant to make bigger splashes and woe-is-us spin by cutting directly from classrooms. Superintendent Peter Gorman said CMS was able to cut the funds from the budget without affecting the classrooms–nearly half of the cuts come from the central office.

“We saw some of this coming earlier this year. We had identified positions that we didn’t fill and that means that schools won’t feel any fresh pain from these reductions. They’ve already made the adjustment from our budget actions earlier.”

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Mint Hill store sells $100,000 lottery ticket

The NC Educational Lottery announced today that a $100,000 lottery ticket was purchased in Mint Hill by Erika Aguayo:

For Aguayo, “Mega Bucks” was her lucky game. The Charlotte woman bought one instant ticket and scratched it off at home. When it revealed the top prize of $100,000, she says she thought, “Am I reading this right?” Indeed she was! Continue reading