This weekend in Greensboro, 200 high school students with gather for the Youth Giving Summit. It's a statewide youth philanthropy event, and these teens will have a pool of $150,000 to distribute in their communities. Eric Rowles is Director of the North Carolina Youth Giving Network. Founded 8 years ago, Rowles says the program gives young people experience in paying forward their time, talent or treasure.
October is National Bully Prevention month. Schools across the state are hosting special programs to bring awareness about the issue. Last week, students and staff at Sedgefield Elementary in Greensboro received a special visit from Harlem Globetrotter Anthony “Ant” Atkinson.
The push for more competition and school choice in North Carolina is changing the state’s education landscape.
In 2011, state lawmakers voted to lift the 100-school cap on charter schools, allowing an unlimited number of tax-supported, independent schools. Now education officials say as many as 170 new charter schools could open in the Tar Heel state in 2015.
Rita Haire is a former principal and now director of advancement at the private, faith-based High Point Christian Academy. It's a school that has more than 500 students, but Haire says that the sagging economy and trends in charter schools and home schooling have chipped away at enrollment over the last few years.