Let kids go wild at University City nature camps

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Imagine sending off the kids to a week-long outdoor adventure – yet having them home each day in time for supper or even lunch.

Reedy Creek Nature Center will host 10 such programs this summer in the sprawling Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, including morning camps for 4- to 6-year-olds.

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve protects 927 acres of natural, forested habitat within Reedy Creek Park. The Nature Center is about a mile inside of the park entrance at 2900 Rocky River Road. (more…)

Volunteers needed to plant trees at Vaughan Academy

Endhaven Elementary tree planting

Volunteers plant a tree last fall at Endhaven Elementary School

TreesCharlotte and our students at the Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology need your help planting trees on Feb. 8.

The TreeDay event is a great way for families and people of all ages to learn about the importance of trees while helping build Charlotte’s urban-forest future.

TreesCharlotte is a public/private collaboration dedicated to planting trees, primarily through volunteer efforts with a focus on underserved communities.

Thanks to a partnership with LendingTree, Charlotte 2020 Host Committee and 2020 Convention Planners, TreesCharlotte and dozens of volunteers will plant about 120 trees on the campus of the Vaughan Academy, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools magnet school. (more…)

Mentoring programs can change lives – Here’s how to join

Big Brothers Big Sisters CharlotteQcitymetro.com, a popular local online news, business and culture platform, just published this opinion piece about the power of mentoring to change lives. We hope you will find this useful and inspiring. – UCP

Impact through mentorship

Each January, there’s a renewed focus on mentoring as it’s National Mentoring Month. Countless research confirms what we know about the positive impact mentorship has on the academic and personal lives of youth.

Looking for local mentoring organizations? Here’s a list worth considering.

Seasonal fun at our nature preserve and rec center

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve trail

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve has 10 miles of trails

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Mallard Creek Recreation Center will offer several entertaining and educational activities throughout December for our children and families.

Among the programs are ornament making, winter crafts and hikes at Reedy Creek; How to Catch and Elf (and maybe meet Santa!) at Mallard Creek; and daylong programs for children 6-11 while school is out at Mallard Creek.

Many events are free; some require you to register. Some require parents to accompany children. Read on for details and registration links.

Don’t delay! Many programs fill up quickly! (more…)

Ready to give? Here are ways to help our kids

North Star Reading PartnersThis time of year inspires many of us to think beyond our own needs and to seek ways to help our neighbors and community. If that describes you, here are ways you can help our children succeed in math and reading. Each program has locations in University City.

North Star Reading Partners – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools invites you to share valuable one-on-one one time reading with a child. One child. One hour. Once a week. Details

Heart Math Tutoring – Help elementary students catch up. You can make a difference by donating as little as 30 minutes per week. Details

Y Readers – This YMCA program at branches throughout Charlotte helps children in grades K-3 through before/after school and summer programs. Details

 

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