Easter Bunny is waiting for you
MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews offers three opportunities to celebrate Easter.
Children, ages 2 to 5, are invited to eat lunch with the Easter Bunny, from 11 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Matthews Community Center. Children will also do a fun craft and can take their photo with the Easter Bunny. Tickets cost $10 per person and are available at the Matthews Community Center. Space is limited.
The Great Easter Expedition will take place over three weeks in April, allowing egg hunters to search for thousands of toy-filled eggs hidden in Matthews parks and greenways. Twelve golden eggs can be redeemed for a $50 MasterCard gift card.
Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be available free of charge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the Matthews Community Center. Bring a camera and take your annual family picture.
Call the Matthews Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resource Department at 704-321-7275 or visit www.matthewsfun.com for details.
Hunt works to add teacher assistants to classrooms
RALEIGH – N.C. Rep. Rachel Hunt is sponsoring House Bill 428, known as the “K-3 Reading and Literacy Improvement Act,” which was filed March 21.
The bill would provide funding for one teacher assistant for every classroom in kindergarten through second grade and one TA for every three third-grade classrooms.
Current law allows for funding for only two TAs for every three kindergarten classrooms, one TA for every two first-grade classrooms, one TA for every two second-grade classrooms and one TA for every three third grade classrooms.
“Teachers and parents agree that these valued professionals are key to having our children reading on grade level by third grade,” Hunt said. “If we want to move the needle on reading progress, we must improve the adult to student ratio in our early grades.”
AAA: Gas prices continue to rise due to demand
CHARLOTTE – Gas prices have gone up another nickel on the week across the Carolinas and most motorists are paying more at the pump than they were this time last year, according to AAA Carolinas.
North Carolina’s $2.46 average is up five cents on the week, 19 cents on the month and is two cents more than this time last year. Charlotte averaged $2.44 on March 20, $2.37 on March 13 and $2.21 on March 20.
“Since early February, gasoline demand has been steadily increasing while stocks have been gradually decreasing causing more expensive pump prices across the country,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “This week, we officially passed last year’s prices.”