Kids Eat Free this summer at Atrium Health University City

Kids Eat Free at Atrium Health University CityDo 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.

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Governors’ Village STEM Academy gaining an outdoor learning lab

Duke Energy volunteers

Duke Energy volunteers creating an outdoor learning lab at Walter G. Byers Elementary School

The Governors’ Village STEM Academy in University Research Park will soon have an extensive outdoor learning lab thanks to Duke Energy and the nonprofit group Out Teach.

On May 10, scores of Duke Energy volunteers will come to the school campus to erect the lab, including a shade structure with seating, decorative and raised-bed vegetable gardens and other learning centers. Duke Energy also will provide funds for the new center.

In 2018, Duke Energy and its volunteers helped create a similar Out Teach learning lab at at Walter G. Byers Elementary School.

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Meeting on April 25 for new university-run school

Cato College of EducationNiner University Elementary, a new school to be operated by UNC Charlotte, will hold a parent information session tonight, April 25, from 6-7 at Keith Family YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road.

Opening in August in University Research Park, the free public school will offer a curriculum created by Cato College of Education faculty.

Niner University Elementary will open with 150 students in grades K-2 and over the next three years grow to offer grades K-5. The school will be located in a renovated and secured wing of James Martin Middle School, at 6301 University Pointe Blvd.

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Who won Saturday’s Race2Educate 5K? Our kids!

Vance High student Jordin Wright

Vance High student Jordin Wright celebrates receiving a $4,000 Race2Educate 5K Community Walk/Run Scholarship at the April 6 event.

April 6 was a great day for University City schools and scholars, thanks to the Race2Educate 5K and its many sponsors.

Nearly 900 adults and youth competed for pride and awards, but the day’s biggest winners were the nine Vance High students who received Race2Educate community scholarships totaling $40,000.

“It was inspiring to see our community show up in force to support our schools, the students, administrators and families,” said Rob Rogers, who birthed the annual event as a way to draw business and community support for University City public schools.

A total of 34 students have now received scholarships since Race2Educate began in 2013. (more…)

Help our kids win the Race2Educate 5K

Race2EducateWe can’t help but love the upcoming Race2Educate 5K on April 6 because it raises thousands of dollars each year for scholarships and support of University City public schools!

The event’s organizers need many sponsors, runners and volunteers to make this the best year yet. Won’t you help?

The sixth annual Race2Educate 5K will provide scholarships and critical resources to help students at University City area schools. Funds are used for strategic initiatives that encourage more favorable conditions for students to learn and be successful.

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MeckEd names Vance senior Khamiah Alderman to its board

Khamiah Alderman of Vance High

The education-focused nonprofit MeckEd recently named Vance High senior Khamiah Alderman to its Board of Directors as a student liaison.

“Throughout her four years of high school, she has dedicated herself to education, leadership and service,” MeckEd said in announcing Khamiah’s selection.

MeckEd is dedicated to ensuring that all young people in Mecklenburg public schools have the knowledge, skills and experiences to lead successful and productive lives.

Khamiah is among five people named to the MeckEd board in December.

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TIAA celebrates its 100th year by helping UCity schools

Vance High students at museum

Vance High students at National Museum of African-American History and culture

UCity corporate citizen TIAA turned 100 this year, and the financial company’s University Research Park center – already a strong supporter of CMS students – chose to celebrate by giving even more than usual to our schools.

Among the projects: sponsoring Vance High student trips to Washington and Charlotte’s Museum of the New South; and helping renovate a new media room and equip creative space in the new Governors’ Village STEM Academy.

TIAA is a founding corporate member of University City Connect, providing thousands of volunteer hours and strong financial support each year to numerous activities to Governors’ Village schools – Vance High, James Martin Middle and newly created Governors’ Village STEM Academy – as well as Martin Luther King Middle, Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology, University Meadows Elementary and Newell Elementary. (more…)

Program in a store seeks to inspire young learners

Vision Builder program at AT&T storeOn a recent Saturday, a dozen middle-schoolers came to the AT&T store near IKEA for an informal class on city planning, technology and math.

The draw for the kids and several parents? Learning from pros about rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Vision Builder Adventures, a UCity-based non-profit, organized the event.

A University City resident, Johnny White, launched Vision Builder Adventures several years ago to motivate young students.

Today, Vision Builder Adventures offers entertaining and challenging programs to help students develop confidence in their budding math and science skills. (more…)

Bears Behind the Badge need your books and stuffed animals

An officer reads to University City school children. Photo courtesy of Spectrum News Charlotte

Bears Behind the Badge, a program that helps youngsters get closer to both books and police, would love your help.

Officers visit schools to read with children and give them books and stuffed animals. Many children have few books of their own. Some children also fear police officers.

“We kind of plant the first seed of positive police interaction with a child,” Officer Chad Webster, community coordinator for the University City Division, told Fox 46 news earlier this year.

That seed-planting takes many books and stuffed animals, and there’s where the public can help, Webster says, by providing books and stuffed animals appropriate for children in grades K-3. (more…)

Program helps Vance students cross the digital divide

Digital Literacy Academy at Vance HighDozens of Vance High students recently traded Saturday freedom for an extra class at school. Their incentive: free reconditioned laptop computers and the training to make good use of their new learning tools.

University City Partners and E2D Inc. hosted the Vance Family Connect digital literacy academy.

E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) works with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and area businesses and groups to bring digital education and solutions to all students and families in Charlotte. (more…)

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