Reboot Charlotte: Non-profits Supporting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Non-profits helping CMS during tough economic times.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg students who come from low income families have different challenges than many of their classmates. Food, clothing, and shelter are among some of the basic needs that more students in CMS need help getting.
"We have stories of kids who--there's no paper in the house, there are no pens or pencils in the house. They end up doing their homework on their arm," adds Janice Booth of Classroom Central.
With over 4,700 homeless children in CMS, the privately funded organization A Child's Place works to provide educational and emotional support for mainly working poor families.
"Homelessness affects children in every aspect of their life. They're hungry, they're more likely to be sick, they're falling behind in grade level. They're worried about things, about their family and that bad things are going to happen to them," says Suddreth.
Budget cuts mean CMS is no longer able to provide funding to Classroom Central, a non-profit that allows teachers to get needed supplies to students in high poverty schools.
CMS has made recent strides in overall achievement and in closing achievement gaps but there's still a lot of work to be done.
"This is a community that has a history of really banding together and really caring about its kids and we're going to need that now more than ever. we've gotta have corporations, foundations, individuals, the faith community. Everyone has got to really take a stake in the success of all kids in Charlotte-Mecklenburg," says Shaw.
If Charlotte can be active and innovative our schools can undergo a successful reboot and become a model for others.