October 09, 2019


This week, I have been astounded by the amount of generous community members we have in Charlotte! From the CPS Education Foundation, our local Rotary Club, Charlotte Women’s Club, and generous community members, our district has dedicated stakeholders that support our students.

Fall is mini-grant time for the CPS Education Foundation, and staff can apply to get funding for educational projects for our students. Past grants that have been approved include literacy stations, sensory equipment, digital microspores, listening centers, and support for our robotics competition team! This team of volunteers meets early in the morning before work, plans fundraising events, and reviews the grant applications that will directly improve the education of our students. On Thursday, October 17th at 6:30, you could join us at the Fall Fundraiser, so that they can spread the word of what the foundation does and support the mini grant program. We will be at the Maplebrook Golf Course, and no donation is too large or small!

On Tuesday, I met with the Rotary board members to talk about a proposed food pantry for Charlotte High School (more on this in my next article). Not only did the board fully support the idea of helping students connect with the food that they need, they also were brimming with ideas of how other community programs could help. One member offered to donate a refrigerator, another spoke about a local food pantry that could help, and then they brainstormed ways that they could build funding annually into this project, so it could last into the future. It was wonderful to see people get excited about supporting our kids with the most needs, and instantly finding ways that they could help. A huge thank you to our Rotarians for letting me present to the board!

Then, we also have a fireworks show following the last home football game of the year (October 18, 2019). This event is intended to give the Seniors a lasting memory of CHS, where they get to sit on the 50 yard line and watch a fantastic fireworks show. Jim Cicorelli, a CPS Board member, started this 3 years ago, and continuous to raise money from local businesses and community members. They passed the hat at Rotary, CPS administration has kicked in, and local businesses and community members support this event as well. Please join us next Friday for the show, and we hope for great weather! If you would like to donate, you can contact the Charlotte Athletic Boosters.

Go Orioles! Oriole Pride!
Dr. Mandy Stewart
Superintendent- Charlotte Public Schools
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