Vulnerable Children: Schools
60% of 3rd graders in Charlotte are not reading at or above proficiency.
Statistics show that “reading proficiency at third grade is a critical predictor of school, career and life success. Children who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.”
Stats also show that the majority of the students who make up this 60% are living in poverty.
We want to change this statistic - and CMS has asked the local church community to help.
Believing Eric Swanson’s adage that “Good deeds, leads to Good will, which ultimately points to the Good news,” Carmel excitedly stepped up to the request.
We're targeting our efforts at two partner schools - Lansdowne Elementary and Merry Oaks International Academy.
We strategically invest in the lives of the children at these schools to help bolster test grades, but also to encourage and mentor students most at risk in our city.
Located in south Charlotte, Lansdowne is an elementary school serving over 550 students. Although located in a middle to upper class neighborhood, the school is still considered a “moderate poverty” school because a portion of the students travel from all over the county to attend this magnet location - and this means increased diversity in student population and background. Lansdowne is also unique in that is hosts 3 specialized behavioral support classrooms, 1 of only 5 elementary schools in the county that offer this support. The students in these classes need additional support and we are grateful for the many volunteers who invest in these, and other students at the school!
Merry Oaks International Academy
This school is home to over 600 elementary students living in East Charlotte. As a Title 1 School, the majority of the students are coming from families in poverty. The school does a fantastic job of teaching, nurturing and supporting students from over 20 countries - it truly is an international school! Carmel has a unique opportunity to invest in students and families at the school, through our relationships with Project 658, a local apartment complex, the school and Read Charlotte. Merry Oaks may not be as close of a location, but it is about a mile off of Independence and the drive is worth it when you see the sweet faces of children eager to learn! Currently, we have a large need for tutors, lunch buddies or teacher assistants at Merry Oaks.