3rd Annual Chick-Fil-A Governor’s Village 5K

This is our staple event for Health and Wellness for the Governors Village Schools: 5K run, Fun Run and activities after the races. 100% of sponsorship dollars raised will go directly to college scholarships for Governors Village students! The event takes place at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School. Visit UniversityCityConnect.org to learn more. CLICK HERE to...

Students and teachers need our help right now – Here’s how to get started

Our public schools need your help right now, even if you only have a few hours to share. Among the needs are volunteers to proctor exams and people, groups and businesses who’ll give time and resources for next week’s Teacher Appreciation Week, says Andrew Chadderton, community partnership coordinator for several University City schools. Chadderton is part of a small but vital program within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to bring together schools and community resources. Chadderton focuses on the four Governors Village schools in University Research Park,plus four others nearby that feed into Vance High School. He works with individuals, businesses, non-profit groups and faith-based groups wanting to help our students succeed – “whether by providing resources like book or chairs, or mentoring, or reading to a student or explaining a career and how they got into it,” Chadderton says. “We like to focus on academic needs of students as well as social and emotional needs, so they grow up to be great students and people, as well.” Schools have specific needs right now but welcome help throughout the year. Chadderton encourages you to contact him soon to begin exploring how you or your group can get involved next fall. How to get started Reach Andrew Chadderton, Community Partnership Coordinator, at andrew1.chadderton@cms.k12.nc.us or by calling 704-280-1050. If possible, leave a brief message about how you hope to help. Register at CMSVolunteers.com – Click the link and fill out the volunteer form. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools requires all volunteers to complete this screening process as a way to protect the children.   Immediate needs Teacher Appreciation Week When: May 4-8 The need: Show our teachers...

Growing number of businesses find role in Governors Village schools

Vance High student Jocelyn Chadwick once benefited from a Christmas program for needy kids. She returned the blessing this week through a leadership program sponsored by businessman Rob Rogers. Your company can transform our students’ lives, too, says Rogers, who is leading efforts to focus University City’s vast resources on 4,600 students at Governors Village. That effort now has a name, University Connect, and a small but growing group of people hoping to profoundly broaden learning opportunities at Vance High and the other three schools at Governors Village. “This is a movement that we’ve begun, and we are trying to embrace more and more people. We want to build momentum by linking common hearts,” says Rogers, who owns the Chick-fil-A franchise at nearby University Place. His decision to help bring the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy to Vance High is just one example of what can happen when businesses get involved with Governors Village, he says. Jocelyn is among 30 students who were selected to take part in the inaugural seven-month program of study and service projects including weekly tutoring sessions at nearby Nathaniel Elementary School. On Monday morning, Jocelyn and her classmates traveled to the Salvation Army warehouse to sort gifts for children taking part in the CMPD Explorer Post’s annual gift drive. On Saturday, the students will make the rounds with police as they deliver food and gifts to more than 650 of Charlotte’s poorest families. “Today my class and I volunteered with CMPD (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department) to package toys for less fortunate children,” Jocelyn wrote in an email to UCP. “As soon as I arrived I was very...

Group seeks our help stocking Governors Village ‘toolbox’

How can University City help 4,600 students excel? Nearly 100 business owners and residents invite you to help provide the answer. Their goal: Transform learning at the Governors Village of schools in URP. Their next step, on March 21: Pledge time, money and other resources to begin the transformation – and have your business make a pledge, too. A similar effort turned around Olympic High, says Governors Village advocate and business owner Rob Rogers, “and they don’t have anything like the resources we’ve got in University City.”   School volunteer saw needs requiring bold action Rogers owns the Chick-fil-A franchise at University Place and has volunteered at local schools for many years. Each summer he sponsors a one-week day camp called Winshape for 400 kids. Through his school involvement, Rogers says he began to understand the special challenges facing teachers and administrators at Governors Village schools: Vance High, Martin Middle and Nathaniel Alexander and Morehead elementaries. Many students come from single-parent households, he said. Many families live below the poverty line. Many children struggle to learn. Rogers praised Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for equipping the schools with strong principals but says that the schools need major additional resources from our community to accelerate student learning.   Catalyst for change That led him to organize a meeting on Jan. 31 for local business owners and others interested in helping. “I wanted to be a catalyst to ignite and coordinate our energies to help the very core of our community, which is Governors Village,” Rogers said. “There are 4,600 kids there, plus their families, who can be huge contributors to our community if...