Check out this great story on WBTV regarding the drowning danger for children and highlighting the CrossRoads Learn to Swim Program. This is the sixth year that CrossRoads has offered free swim lessons, including transportation and dinner, to Grier Heights youth. Many thanks to this year’s partners, Charlotte Aquatics, the Johnston YMCA, and our many dedicated volunteers.
More great recognition for our Learn to Swim program appeared in the Charlotte Observer. This year over 50 Grier Heights youth are taking free swim lessons.
Check out the April Issue of Myers Park Life Neighborhood News to read about the successful schoolyard garden at Billingsville! Students in the WATCH US GROW summer session planted, weeded, harvested and learned to prepare fresh vegetables. The student garden club meets throughout the year to plant and maintain the garden which is also a focus of art. During this year’s Southern Spring Show in February, students participating in the after-school program built birdhouses and a mural for the Ultimate Schoolyard Garden exhibit. The garden also involves students in service-learning as they donate a portion of the produce they raise to Friendship Gardens/Friendship Trays. Read more about this successful and innovative partnership between Billingsville and various community partners through the links to the article below.
BLA Garden Article page 1
BLA Garden Article page 2
Congratulations to Coach Ben Page of the Charlotte Urban Eagles, and to Grier Heights youth Deron Huggins, Ryan Chambers, Jah’Quel Williams and Tyre Watson who qualified to participate with Team USA in the Street Child World Cup tournament in Brazil this week! See the full article about the players’ accomplishments in the Charlotte Observer.
The men of F3 Nation (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith) have recently joined the Bulldogs Matter program, providing 18 volunteers to support student academics and enrichment at AG Middle School. Many thanks to F3 Nation for the holiday/end of semester party for Bulldogs Matter! Each student enjoyed dinner and received a leather bound classic book as well as an additional gift. Students and staff of Bulldogs Matter were extremely grateful for this added bonus to the program.
CrossRoads is pleased to announce that we have been named the recipient of a $20,000 Bank of America Community Development Grant.
As we look to provide the Grier Heights community with important owner-occupied affordable housing, Bank of America’s investment in our organization will enable us to continue to assist individuals and families in our community.
It was a beautiful evening for a cookout and kickoff for CrossRoads’ Bulldogs Matter Academic and Enrichment Program at AG Middle School on September 17. Faculty, volunteers, parents and students all enjoyed sharing a meal together and learning about Bulldogs Matter which begins September 30. Over 40 middle schoolers signed up to join this proven path to academic success! It’s never too late to volunteer to mentor and tutor with this important program.
Since 2011, CrossRoads Corporation has worked with Grier Heights Middle school students in collaboration with Alexander Graham Middle School to help them with academic achievement. In 2011-12 seventy-one (71) middle school students participated. In 2012-13 eighty-nine (89) participated, with 83% achieving our program goal of a C or better grade point average.
CrossRoads is extremely excited to offer the BULLDOGS MATTER AFTERSCHOOL program again this year in collaboration with AG. AG staff serve as Program Directors and teach in each grade level. Financial support has been provided by CMS, CrossRoads, Sisters of Mercyof North Carolina, and The Merancas Foundation. With this support and continued loyal volunteer participation, we are confident that BULLDOGS MATTER will prepare Grier Heights students to improve their grades, behavior and attendance, and be ready to enter high school.
Volunteer Needs: Classroom tutors, mentors
When: Monday – Thursday, 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
September 23, 2013 – May 1,2014
Participate one or more days per week, preferably for at least a semester. We hope you will prayerfully consider becoming a part of this program.
Thanks to YMCA Camp Harrison, our volunteer Camp Buddies, and individual donors for making an awesome summer camp experience possible for sixteen Bulldogs Matter students this summer. These young men and women earned their Camp Harrison scholarships through academic achievement, consistent attendance, and good behavior during the 2012-2013 Bulldogs Matter Program at AG Middle School.
From renderings to reality, after just six short months of construction Elizabeth Heights is FOR SALE! Five homes have sold, and additional offers are pending on the remaining three. Many thanks to our partners, Self-Help Development Corp., Wells Fargo Foundation, JCB Urban, Helen Adams Realty, and Axiom Architecture for helping CrossRoads and the Grier Heights neighborhood realize the dream of new affordable housing. Best wishes to the new homeowners as they settle in to the beautiful Elizabeth Heights development in Grier Heights.