by Ellen G. ’17
On Monday, Cannon School was named the winner of the Carolinas Student Hunger Drive, a six-week competition between participating local schools to collect the most pounds of food per student through campus events, contests and other community collection activities.
Cannon School collected over 30,000 lbs. of food – on average, 71 lbs. per Upper School student. This amount was far more than any of the other 15 schools that participated. Cannon School was also awarded $2,000 to help fund school projects, and organizer Caroline Malmstrom ’16 was awarded the Food Lion Hunger Heroes Scholarship for student leadership.
“I’m so thankful for Cannon’s community coming together in such a big way this year!” she said. “I’ve been in charge of the Student Hunger Drive at Cannon School for the past two years, and this year I focused more on educating the students about the hungry population of the Charlotte area, and the students responded really well. I’m excited to carry on our theme of giving back to the community with the $2,000 prize money!”
100% of the food donated is distributed directly back to individuals and families living in Charlotte and surrounding communities through Second Harvest Food Bank’s network.
by Jessica Shirey, Cannon School Parent
When I ask parents who volunteer at Cannon to tell the story of how they got their start, I always expect them to tell me about a distinct moment of clarity or a grand call to action. Often, they shrug their shoulders, smile and explain how, “One day they just volunteered…” The same could be said when I recently sat down with Deanna Shue, the current President of Cannon Connections. She said that it all began for her by simply spending the day working at the Fall Book Fair. In recent weeks there have been so many events supported by Cannon Connections like the book fair, uniform consignment sale, classroom parties, teacher appreciation events, and the Shop and Share Program, that I wanted Deanna to tell us more.
Cannon Connections is one of four Parents at Cannon (PAC) organizations and it relies on over one hundred parent volunteers and its Leadership Committee to sponsor and support events throughout the school year. Its primary goals are to welcome and involve parents and support teachers and administration. One of its largest programs is the placement of grade leads and room parents throughout the three divisions to support the teachers’ classroom efforts. You have probably already assisted the organization by bringing in a snack for a classroom event, donating a gently used uniform, or even linking your Harris Teeter card and simply doing your normal grocery shopping in lieu of active fundraising.
As moms do, our conversation drifted to our children and then back to Cannon Connections. Naturally, we wanted to talk about the fun events like Spring’s Father-Daughter Dance and Mother-Son Event which came up as highlights of the year. These activities are designed to be age-inclusive so even the youngest Cougars can take pride in taking Mom out for a day of fun or Dad for an elegant evening of dancing. Deanna let me in on the themes for both this year and they sound exciting! Cannon Connections also assists with Prom, Cougar Day, and the Upper School used textbook sale, rounding out a full calendar. The school supply sale is already in the planning stages so know that the team of parent volunteers is working hard to support our children and our teachers next year as well.
Look for e-mails from your Room Parent that will provide you with the latest updates from Cannon Connections’ monthly meetings. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, Deanna says that the best way is to choose an event that interests you and focus on helping at that event. At the end of the conversation, Deanna asked me how I started volunteering as your new parent blogger and we both just started laughing as I started my story because she already knew the beginning. “One day I just volunteered to help…”
Get involved with Cannon Connections here!
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Cans for Castles in Kindergarten
For the recent AE Day, students in Mrs. Davis’s Kindergarten class have been bringing in cans and boxes of food to donate and doing chores at home to earn these items as well. Last Friday, James and Linda Mack with Impact Church International in Concord came to collect the food to be distributed from their food kitchen The Manna House. Each weekend they serve sixty-five to ninety men, women, and children a hot meal, then send them off with a bag of grocery items to help offset their food costs during the week. To enhance their study of fairytales, students used the items to build castles and other structures as teams. The picture is of Mr. and Mrs. Mack with some of their creations.
One of the new full-day kindergarten afternoon units focuses on transportation, so children in Mrs. Ridenhour’s Kindergarten class were able to select a type of vehicle they wanted to decorate (car, boat, plane, dump truck, etc.). They were given various materials and allowed to decorate their vehicle however they wanted. Students then took their vehicles on a parade around school. In addition, a state trooper and and air traffic controller came speak to the kids about transportation.
Life at Cannon School offers lots of opportunities!
The Cannon Theater Company (CTC) presents Marvin’s Room, by Scott McPherson, in the Cannon Performing Arts Center at 7:00. The cast and crew performed this show at the North Carolina Theater Conference last weekend and received a number of awards, including Excellence in Acting awards for Daniel Patton ’16 and Ansley Martin ’16 and Design and Tech awards for Andrea Moore ’18 and Parker Cain ’17.
And, Cannon’s Varsity Cougar football team travels to Raleigh to take on the Ravenscroft School Ravens in a semifinal playoff game. The winner heads to the NCISAA Div. II Championship game next week! Tune in to watch the game live beginning — you guessed it — at 7:00!