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.

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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

 

Free program offers tips on helping your kids to enjoy reading

Active ReadingWould you like tips on how to get your kids excited about reading?

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can help with its free monthly Active Reading Workshops for you AND your children.

You’ll learn how to share picture books in a way that gets your child  talking and thinking about the pictures, words, and ideas in the book. A free dinner is included!

The next two-evening program in University City is  Dec. 4 and 11 at Northside Christian Academy. (more…)

Dassault Systemes, UNC Charlotte help teens sample STEM careers

Students tour UNC Charlotte's Motorsports Lab

Students tour UNC Charlotte’s Motorsports Lab

Nearly 175 teens from Vance High and nine other Mecklenburg and Cabarrus county schools recently explored high-tech careers with help from the University City office of Dassault Systemes, the staff of the UNC Charlotte PORTAL Building and businesses based there.

The event was organized by Dassault Systemes as part of the annual National Manufacturing Day.

Held on Sept. 18 in the University’s PORTAL Building, the event helped students with interests in science, technology, engineering and math learn about the many career possibilities involving software technology. (more…)

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