Parent Teacher Magazine Cabarrus County School January 2014 - Page 5

HRMS Student Presents at Conference Sam Park, a 6th grade student at Harris Road Middle School, recently attended the 2nd Annual N.C. Service Learning Summit in Raleigh on the campus of N.C. State University. Sam conducted a workshop session and presented a project showcase at the conference, using the theme “Making a Difference Together”.  The summit was hosted by N.C. Service Learning Coalition (http://, in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the National Youth Leadership Council, Communities in Schools of North Carolina, and other service learning organizations. In his workshop titled “Service Learning from 1st Grade to 6th – Kid Power”, Sam shared his experiences and reflections on service learning activities throughout his 1st through 6th grade years, his thoughts on the groups and projects he has participated in, and some resources that he used for his project (SPARK Media).   At the service learning showcase, Sam presented his SPARK Media project – “Saving Memories, Saving Lives – A Service Learning Project to Help Orphans in Kenya” – in more detail. Through his presentations, Sam shared the idea that even a child can make a difference by choosing a small project and encouraging more students to begin thinking about service with the variety of talents they have at hand.    As a result of his presentations in Raleigh, Sam has been invited to speak at the Annual Conference of National Youth Leadership Council (, next April in Washington, D.C., and in a few schools around the state.   Congratulations, Sam! Family Resource CAFE Conference Connections and Access to Families Through Education For: Families of children/youth with special heath care needs (medical & developmental) Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014 Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm (registration at 8:00 am) Location: CMC-NorthEast/Roper Commons-Hamrick Theater (downstairs from cafeteria) 200 Medical Park Drive, Concord, NC Looking for Special Needs Resources? Visit Website developed by the Innovative Approaches Project Learn about:  Available resources  How to navigate the service system  Preparing for transition Register Now! For more information please contact Debbie Biggerstaff at 704-934-4399 or Parent Teacher Magazine • January/February 2014 • 3