Operation Christmas Child announces drop-off locations
CHARLOTTE – Area families, churches and groups are transforming empty shoeboxes into gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child.
The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
Charlotte-area residents hope to collect over 33,000 gifts to contribute to the global goal of reaching 11 million children.
The community can drop off shoeboxes at select locations from Nov. 18 to 25 during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week.
Drop-off locations include:
• Image Church (4017 Weddington Road, Matthews): 2-6 p.m. Nov. 18-22 & 25; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23; 1-4 p.m. Nov. 24.
• Weddington United Methodist Church (13901 Providence Road, Matthews): 2-6 p.m. Nov. 18-19, 21-22, 24-25; 2-5 p.m. Nov. 20; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23.
• Calvary Church (5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte): 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18-22 & Nov. 25; 1-5 p.m. Nov. 23-24.
• Eastern Hills Baptist Church (4855 Albemarle Road, Charlotte): 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18-19, Nov. 21-22, Nov. 24-25; 3-6 p.m. Nov. 20; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 23
• Charlotte Processing Center (7100 Forest Point Blvd., Charlotte): 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18-22; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 23; 1-5 p.m. Nov. 24
Providence NJROTC engage in school, community activities
CHARLOTTE – Providence High School NJROTC has been active during the first half of the school year.
The unit acclimated new students to NJROTC routines and introduced them to more senior cadets during its annual orientation program from July 29 to 31. Activities included team-building exercises, traditional military customs, basic drill and physical fitness. Each graduate earns a completion certificate. Top performers get promoted in rank.
Cadets explored each of the four drill team options, including Colorguard, during drill camp from Aug. 5 to 7. The event prepared them for basic drill, which is part of the NJROTC curriculum.
Cadets participated in Homecoming on Oct. 4 by providing a sword arch for senior football players and their parents to celebrate their last season as Providence Panthers. Cadet Ava LaPata was named Homecoming Queen.
Providence NJROTC competed in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools JROTC Annual Field Day on Oct. 19. The athletic event consists of multiple track events, team relays and a tug-of-war. Nimeesha Coleman won the 800-meter run for the third consecutive year. Freshman Skylar Neuenschwander also won a competition.
CMS to increase employee pay
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved salary increases for employees and the addition of 72 student-support positions district-wide on Nov. 15.
The board’s action will put in place step increases (set by state salary schedules) and an increase in the local supplement for teachers and certified staff. It will also give increases to principals and assistant principals. Other employees will get a 3% raise. Hourly employees such as cafeteria workers and teacher assistants will get raises to bring their hourly pay to $13.22.
All raises will be retroactive to July 1, the start of the district’s fiscal year. The retroactive amounts will be paid by Jan. 31.
The district will also add 72 positions to support social and emotional health, something that will benefit students, McCray said. The district has 550 such positions.
Raises will be funded by money appropriated from the state and county.
Woman’s Club sponsors Christmas boutique
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Woman’s Club Service League will sponsor a Christmas boutique featuring over 30 vendors.
The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at the Carriage House on North Freemont Street.
This marks the 30th year the league has raised money for grants awarded to local nonprofits.
Butler High School principal earns promotion
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has promoted John LeGrand, principal at Butler High School, to executive director for the Central 2 Learning Community.
LeGrand has led at Butler High since 2014. Prior to Butler, he was principal at Bain Elementary from 2010 to 2014, as well as assistant principal at Bain Elementary (2008-2010), Independence High (2006-2008) and J.M. Alexander Middle (2005 -2006). He taught at Mint Hill Middle (2003-2005) and in Lancaster County Schools (1999-2003).
Albemarle Road Elementary has new principal
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has appointed Monica Palmer as principal for Albemarle Road Elementary.
Palmer has been the assistant principal at Metro School since 2017. She was an assistant principal at Porter Ridge Middle in Union County Public Schools from 2014 to 2017.
She was also an Exceptional Children’s academic facilitator at Ranson IB Middle (2012-2014) and Garinger High (2011-2012), as well as an Exceptional Children’s teacher at J.W. Wilson Middle (2001 to 2003).
East Mecklenburg section of I-485 getting upgrade
MINT HILL – The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $7 million contract last month to Blythe Construction to improve a section of Interstate 485 between N.C. 51 and Idlewild Road.
Using a technique called pavement rehabilitation, the contractor will extend the service life of the existing pavement by removing any material that may be aged, embrittled or cracked.
Pavement thickness may also be increased to strengthen existing sections to accommodate current or future traffic volumes.
Work can get underway as soon as Nov. 25, with completion scheduled for Nov. 15, 2020.
Donate new, unwrapped gifts for children in need
MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews and the Matthews HELP Center are collecting new, unwrapped gifts through Dec. 13 for children in need.
Gift ideas include toys, books, games, clothes and electronics.
Drop off donations at the Matthews HELP Center, Matthews United Methodist Church, Matthews Town Hall, Matthews Community Center and Matthews Police Department.
Call the Matthews HELP Center by Dec. 7 at 704-847-8383 to apply to receive Christmas gifts.
Paint inspirational messages on rocks for others to find
MINT HILL – Craft Studio Charlotte invites the community to participate in the Kindness Rocks Project, which allows people to paint inspirational messages on rocks and leave them for others to find.
The free event takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 30 at Mint Hill Roasting Company, 7201 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Craft Studio Charlotte is providing all of the materials.
Clements making a mark at The Citadel
MATTHEWS – Chuck Clements made the dean’s list and earned gold stars at The Citadel for the spring 2019 semester.
Students making the dean’s list must have a grade point average of 3.2 with at least 12 semester hours with no incompletes or grades below C. Gold stars are awarded to students who achieved at least a 3.7 GPA.
Clements, a junior majoring in political science, will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation in May 2021. As a sophomore, he participated in the Global Scholars Program and studied in Peru and Greece.
He graduated from Butler High School in 2017. While at Butler, he was a member of the JROTC program, Dream Team and swim team.