MeckEd annually celebrates an Education Champion of the Year, to honor the heroes and partners in the fight for our children’s future. This year, MeckEd will honor TIAA at its Annual Community Breakfast on Oct. 26.
“We hold these extraordinary people and institutions up as exemplars for all of us who are working in the service of children and their learning,” reads the MeckEd announcement.
Past honorees include education advocate and community activist Sarah Stevenson, Pat Riley of Allen Tate Realtors and, in 2016, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Ann Clark.
TIAA, which has a large facility in University City, has offered numerous programs for students and educators both in their schools and at the TIAA campus, including a workshop on cyber-bullying, a session on career opportunities at TIAA, and an educator event to help teachers see how their classroom successes can help students find meaningful careers.
Several of these programs have involved dozens of TIAA volunteers. TIAA is also a strong supporter of University City Connect, which focuses community and business resources on University City public schools.
Help celebrate TIAA’s award
The public is invited to help celebrate TIAA’s recognition at MeckEd’s Annual Community Breakfast on Oct. 26. The event also offers an opportunity to hear from leaders in the field of public education.
“The event is a rallying cry for the community to support our schools and to work together for the benefit of all children,” MeckEd says. “The Annual Community Breakfast is the only local event that offers an outside perspective on public education in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.”
This year’s focus is “What’s working in Workforce Development.” The breakfast will include candid conversation with the participants and staff of MeckEd’s Career Pathways program. The breakfast is designed to spark conversations and ignite actions that will ensure access to an excellent public education for all, MeckEd says.
Want to go?
The program takes place 7:15-9 a.m. Oct. 26 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Dr., Charlotte. Breakfast will be held 7:30-8 a.m., with the event program to follow. Individual tickets are $75 each. Tables for eight may be reserved for $1,200 per table. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets or table sponsorships.
MeckEd is an independent non-profit committed to ensuring that all young people in Mecklenburg County have access to the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to thrive. The group seeks to achieve these goals through workforce development and advocacy. Learn more at http://www.mecked.org/