Race2Educate gets the gold (and green!)

Race2Educate 2018University City’s annual 5K for our Kids was a big success again this year, reports Rob Rogers with University City Connect.

“It was an outpouring of support from our local community and an incredible expression of encouragement to our young students,” Rob said.

About 850 people took part in the 5K and Fun Run on April 14 at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School in the Governors Village. Runners and community partnerships raised $43,000 to give to local schools.

“Of that amount, $35,000 was donated by our local community influence centers where 10 Vance High School students received college scholarship money of between $1,500 and $6,000 each,” Rob says.

Race2Educate is part of a nine-race series taking place this year in University City, under the umbrella name of the Healthy UCity Race Series. Learn more about both at healthyucity.org.

  • See the Race Results. Click here to see how everyone did.

Your gifts can help kids play ball and jump high!

James Martin Middle School athletic director James Montgomery invites us to help create a “Field of Dreams” for our student athletes at Martin Middle.

He seeks donations of $1,369 to buy high-jump equipment and a baseball field groomer with drag mat.

For every dollar we donate, Dick’s Sporting Goods will match it! CLICK HERE to get the details and how you can help!

Hopewell High students have already shown how to help our Martin Middle baseball team. CLICK HERE to watch WBTV’s report on what happened when thieves stole much of the team’s equipment.

Register TODAY for Road To College bilingual workshop at UNC Charlotte

Road to CollegeThe Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Charlotte Advisory Council invites high-school students and parents to Road to College, a free bilingual workshop on Saturday, April 28, on how to prepare, plan and pay for a college education.


The Road to College sessions will cover:

  • Preparing and paying for college
  • Applying for scholarships
  • Researching additional financial aid.

The program will take place from 10 am to 1 pm at the Cone Center at UNC Charlotte. DIRECTIONS (more…)

Race2Educate needs you on April 14!

race2educateJoin the excitement this Saturday, April 14, as hundreds of kids and adults run for our schools in the Race2Educate 5K in University Research Park.

Last year’s event raised thousands of dollars for scholarships and $10,500 for direct help to University City Schools!

There’s still time to register to run the 5K or take part in the 1-mile walk. And everyone can come and cheer, too!

The race starts at 8 am at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School, 7910 Neal Road.

CLICK for all the details.

Festival lets kids touch stars, science, tech

UNC Charlotte Science and Technology ExpoUNC Charlotte is once again playing a big part in the North Carolina Science Festival, a statewide public celebration of science.

Along with the popular Science and Technology Expo on April 29, UNC Charlotte is hosting a Star Party on April 20 and several kid-stimulating science and technology workshops on campus throughout the month (CLICK for workshop details).


Kids will love these UNC Charlotte science and tech workshops

Chemistry workshopAs part of the NC Science Festival, UNC Charlotte will hold workshops for children and teens on campus in April. Topics include LEGO Robotics, “The Colors of Chemistry” and programming for girls.

If your child is interested, register now. Space is limited, and workshops fill up fast. Click here for more course details and registration.


Basic workshop information

LEGO Robotics – (Parent/child, grades 3-12, $5 per person). One-day workshops will be 9 am-4 pm April 14 and April 15 in the EPIC building labs. (more…)

Our library turns 25 – come Thursday and celebrate!

University City Regional LibraryUniversity City Regional Library invites readers young and old to celebrate its 25 anniversary on Thursday with music, storytelling, dance and a book signing and talk featuring author Gail Martin. Learn more about the day’s activities and the special qualities that make our branch one of the system’s most popular!

The day will begin with special storytimes and face painting, followed by an author talk with Gail Martin. The celebration continues in the afternoon with refreshments and music.

Other attractions throughout the day include hourly raffles, professional storytellers and a technology “petting zoo.” (more…)

Help our young readers! 2 opportunities at Hidden Valley Elementary

Hidden Valley Elementary SchoolUniversity City Connect is launching two reading programs in Hidden Valley Elementary School and seeks volunteers. Here are details:

• Real Men Read – Men read to students as a way to promote reading by students. The program seeks 20 men who can commit to read on five dates (to be determined).

• “Charlotte’s Web” for all – This program will provide all Hidden Valley third graders with a copy of the classic children’s book about a pig and a very special spider. We seek adult reading buddies to work chapter by chapter with the students as they read the book in February and March.


Race2Educate 5K seeks 2018 sponsors

Race2EducateWith help from University City business and community sponsors, our 2017 Race2Educate 5K provided $35,000 for programs and scholarships benefiting University City public schools and students.

The 2018 Race2Educate is just 4 months away, and we’d love to continue with the momentum. We need YOUR help.

Can your business or community group help sponsor our 2018 event?


About University City Connect

University City Connect is a nonprofit group of area businesses, civic groups and schools working to provide crucial community support for nine public schools located in or near the University City municipal service district.

Many students in these schools come from lower-income families. Community support is essential for our children to achieve their best. (more…)

Community Toy Drive (and our kids) need you!

2017 holiday toy drivePut a smile on a young one’s face this holiday season by donating to the Salvation Army/CMPD Explorers Christmas Project.

The Salvation Army, Police-sponsored Explorer Post, organizers of the Run, Run Rudolph 5K, Dirt Divas and University City Partners have joined together to collect new toys and books (unwrapped, please) and clothing for children ages infant to 17. The CMPD Explorers will collect donations Dec. 4-15 at many locations throughout Charlotte and distribute to those in need. (more…)

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