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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
Qcitymetro.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.
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…)
This 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