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These Vance High students are dreaming big – Will you join them?

Just about every part of the high school experience at Vance High has gone virtual or gone away since March 16, 2020, the day that COVID-19 shut the schoolhouse doors across North Carolina. Students haven’t returned to Vance High classrooms for 10 months and counting.

In the year of Zoom, Facetime, virtual lessons and televised graduations, faculty member Vikki Harmon and her team of 21 students are determined to give Vance High teens one iconic and lasting memory of their time together, even while apart, even in the pandemic. (more…)

Our Vance High girls basketball champs need us!

Vance High girls basketball team
The Vance High girls basketball team after defeating Mallard Creek High in March.

Having their state-title game canceled by the pandemic was tough for the Vance High girls basketball team. Settling for the title of NC “co-champions” with rival SE Raleigh was bittersweet. But going without championship rings and jackets for lack of $3,000?

THAT must not happen to these great athletes, say the team’s supporters. (more…)

Back 2 School Children’s Fair – Drive-Through Edition

Back 2 School Children's Fair

The Back 2 School Children’s Fair starts at 10 am Aug. 15 at 201 Stetson Drive

On Saturday, August 15th, Camino Community Center will host its 16th annual “Back to School” Children’s Fair. Due to the persistence of COVID-19, this year’s event will feature a convenient drive-through.

Keeping with tradition, Camino Community Center will offer low-income and uninsured children the opportunity to receive free backpacks and school supplies this year.

Last year, the event gave away over 1,000 backpacks benefiting children in need throughout our community. This year’s goal is to provide the same services in a safe way that is realistic of the ongoing pandemic. (more…)

Kids Fest and friends sharing bedtime stories via Facebook Live

Bears Behind the Badge will help read stories on May 13

Give your kids the gift of lively storytelling each Wednesday at 7 pm in May, streamed live from the Shoppes at University Place by University City Partners and groups that help bring you the amazing Charlotte Kids Fest each fall.

Pinwheel Polly, the mascot of Charlotte Kids Fest, has invited several friends to share their love of reading each Wednesday via the Kids Fest Facebook page.


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…)

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