Article by Meredith Avant
Elevation University City has been very active in the four Governors Village schools for a few years, but this year the congregation is increasing its involvement and impact significantly.
Elevation University City is located at 8105 IBM Drive, near James Martin Middle School. Members of the congregation have evaluated each school’s needs and created strategic programs to deliver time, talent and financial resources to our schools.
Elevation started off the year by donating $5,000 to each Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, James Martin Middle, and Vance High School. Throughout the past semester, volunteers have painted over 30 classrooms across all four of the schools, painted the football and basketball locker rooms, and made efforts to clean up the schools by weeding and mulching where needed.
Church members have also held two community movie nights where 400 families attended to watch an animated movie and were able to enjoy complimentary popcorn and candy.
Elevation hosted the teachers and faculty of Vance High School at their facility for two days, where they provided lunch and a gift for the 150 attendees. They provided six pregame meals for the Vance football team. And recently, Elevation volunteers hosted a student/family dinner for the CTE program at Vance.
Elevation has a new partnership with Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School and is adopting all of the third-grade classes to support both students and teachers. Elevation has also donated 300 school uniforms and 1,000 mid-semester snack packs for students at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary.
At the beginning of the school year Elevation volunteers helped at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary’s back-to-school carnival, which was also hosted by Together We Feed and Samaritan’s Feet. The groups were able to provide 300 students with new shoes and their families with 60 pounds of groceries.
Along with making many efforts to help the students, Elevation also has held an ice cream social for the teachers at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School to show their appreciation for all of the hard work they have done so far this year.
What’s next? Church volunteers are planning both a Daddy/Daughter dance and Mommy/Son dance this spring as well as supporting the school talent show and end-of-year field day.
• About Meredith Avant – Meredith is a UNC Charlotte senior majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations.