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 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
Would 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…)
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…)
Heart Math Tutoring (“Heart Tutoring”) is recruiting volunteers to help elementary students catch up. In 2019/20, the program will support 1,150 students who are economically disadvantaged and have been nominated by their schools.
With tutoring starting the week of September 30th, Volunteers are still needed for the final 200 students on the list. It only takes 30 minutes a week to serve as a volunteer tutor and make a lasting impact, the group says.
Heart Tutoring provides training, volunteer-friendly lesson plans, and on-site staff support. Most importantly, students build skills and confidence: 98% have met program goals set by UNC Charlotte and CMS.
The program is easy for volunteers and effective for students!
Learn more and get involved
The University City Regional Library will hold a College and Career Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 am to 4 pm. Representatives from 16 colleges and trade schools plus three branches of the military will be present to talk with teens, preteens and family members.
The fair will help bring awareness about college and other post-high school learning opportunities. Along with school representatives, several financial-aid experts will attend the fair and talk about ways to pay for school.
The library will have other activities related to the college fair for adults and children throughout the day.
University City Regional Library is at 301 E. WT Harris Blvd. Directions.
Do you or someone you know need help this summer feeding children while school is out?
Our hospital, Atrium Health University City, will serve free breakfasts and lunches for all kids ages 18 and younger, every weekday from June 10 to Aug. 23.
The free meals are provided through the federal Summer Food Service Program to ensure that all children, regardless of income, have good nutrition throughout the summer months when school is not in session.