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Students at Ballantyne
Elementary School logged
2,112,954 minutes of reading
during the ninth annual 2015
Scholastic Summer Reading
Challenge, earning the school
13th place among 6,229
schools in 28 countries.
The previous summer,
students at the school came
in 11th with 3,534,504 minutes
of reading. The event is
a free summer program
designed to encourage
children to read and log their
minutes spent with books to
counter the "summer slide,"
a learning loss effect when
schools are not in session.
Details on the challenge:
Dance Teams Win at Competition
Dancers on Carolina Dance Capital's teams between the ages of 6 and
18 competed this summer in Virginia at the Revolution National Talent
Competition, one of the leading dance competition organizations in the
country. Carolina Dance Capital, located in the Toringdon Circle Shopping
Center, won in a variety of categories. Info: www.carolinadancecapital.com.
Carolina Dance Capital participants are shown with the Victory Cup after winning for the
highest scoring dance routine.
Names New Leader
Charlane Baccus has been named the new
head of school at Omni Montessori, which serves
children age three through the ninth grade.
With the appointment, Baccus now leads one
of only two schools in North Carolina recognized
by Association Montessori International/USA. She
recently co-founded the Green Tree Montessori
School, completed her Master's in Education at
Endicott College and became a primary teacher
certifed by Association Montessori International.
Omni Montessori also recently received
$90,000 from Alan and Gwen Gardner
to start The Gardner Family Endowment
Fund to promote diversity at the school.
BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 19