Independence students celebrate global youth service day

Continue projects to serve the children of South Sudan

By Michele Dotson

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

April 11 was Global Youth Service Day, and students in the Academy of International Studies (AIS) at Independence High School celebrated their successes in helping to provide a school and clean drinking water for the children of South Sudan.

For the past three years AIS students have been working to raise awareness and funds for children living in substandard conditions in a tiny country in northeastern Africa.

“In 2011, we held a spaghetti dinner and raised $1,500 for the school in South Sudan,” says senior Rachel Casale, who is president of the Interact Club. “In 2012, we sponsored the Carry the Jerry 5K to help fund clean water at the school, and we raised $2,000.”

Casale explained to the attentive crowd that in 2013, AIS students participated in the Any1Can Project where over 2,000 area students designed t-shirts raising awareness about a variety of global issues such as peace, education, water conservation, tolerance, hunger, and poverty. Continue reading

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Speaker shares six essentials of running a successful business

By Michele Dotson

Chamber meeting

Guest speaker and business coach Harvey Smith addresses the Mint Hill Chamber members and guests. “What skills and knowledge do we need to develop to be exceptional in 2014?”

The monthly meeting of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was held at Pine Lake Country Club on Thursday, March 27. Members gathered for lunch and listened as guest speaker, business coach Harvey Smith from who spoke on the six essentials of running a successful business.

Smith is President of Carolina Business Coach and has worked with over 1,500 individuals and organizations helping them to achieve greater success in their businesses and their lives.

Smith described the six essentials of running a successful business as a way to build a toolbox of usable skills to motivate and engage people, who are often tuned out of their jobs. Continue reading

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Rocky River apparel development students win top honors at fashion event

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.26.04 PMOn February 22nd and March 1st, Rocky River High School’s Honors Apparel Development II Class won first and second place with a $600.00 prize for the best use of recyclable materials at The Recycle the Runway Event held at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in the Park Expo and Conference Center.

Seventeen students from the class designed and created the four winning garments.  The winners were chosen based on entries that incorporated the largest amount of recyclable materials.

Charlotte Solid Waste Services, Waste Reduction in Mecklenburg County, and MGR Youth Empowerment sponsored this event.   Continue reading

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Biz Expo brings public, local businesses together

By Michele Dotson dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

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Visitor Donna Baldivid talks with Complements Salon stylist Jane McLamb while filling out a raffle form.

The 2nd annual Biz Expo was held at Blair Road Methodist Church Family Life Center in Mint Hill on Thursday, March 13 from 4 to 7 pm. The event, sponsored by the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, was well attended with large crowds anxious to see what local businesses had to offer. Continue reading

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