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The 2011-2012 Front Porch Grant Program came to a close last month with a celebration and sharing of stories amongst the 24 grant recipients. It was another successful year as organizations used up to $2,500 to build relationships across differences in the community. Both Above and Beyond Students and Supportive Housing Community (formerly St. Peter's Home/McCreesh Place) shared their program stories with the group at large.
With it's second year of funding from Front Porch, Above and Beyond Students, strengthened relationships between the Latino and African-American students at Eastway Middle School through their after-school program "Sewing Our Way To Stisterhood" in which the girls learned to sew and quilt. Together the diverse students created 25 dresses that a local church will take to an orphanage in Jamaica on mission trip in July. Through the shared experience of learning and creating a new craft, the young women were able to create new relationships and build trust across their cultural differences as well as give back to those in need in another country.
The students, faculty and parents of St. Patrick Catholic School and Brookstone School, two Charlotte elementary schools of different racial and socio-economic backgrounds, are in their second year of working together to build a garden and a deeper relationship. With funding from Front Porch Grants, the schools have engaged in a series of events together over the past two years from planting, harvesting and cooking to learning about composting, nutrition, organic farming and the weather. By continuing to work together towards a common goal, the students families and staff of the two schools have been able to build a strong relationship between the diverse communities.
Most recently, third and fourth graders from the schools participated together in a seed planting event on March 14, 2012 at St. Patrick School. The students sampled fresh salsa made with ingredients harvested from their garden and spent time together planting seeds that they will grow in their classrooms. In mid-May, they will come together again to transplant the seedlings into their school gardens. Assisting with the seed planting event was Mary Roberts, an organic farmer from Windcrest Farms, in Monroe, NC.
On March 15, a group gathered at Christ Lutheran Church to participate in "Class Matters," the first workshop of a program entitled Bridges Out of Poverty.
Sponsored by Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation and the recipient of a Front Porch Grant by Crossroads Charlotte, the program is made available to teachers and those who volunteer with outreach programs that assist the impoverished.
The main objective of the workshop is to help these teachers and volunteers form more effective relationships by understanding more about poverty, as one of the key teachings of the course is that "no significant learning occurs without a significant relationship."
The class is taught by Amy Daniels, Director of Outreach at Christ Lutheran Church and president of McClintock Partners In Education (McPIE), a collaboration between Christ Lutheran and McClintock Middle School, a school with a 78% rate of poverty among its students. "You don't have to go to a third world country to see poverty," she says.
Winterfield Elementary’s Youth Orchestra presented a program Tuesday, March 6, that highlighted what the 65 students have been learning this year. The Connecting Families Through Music event was the second in a series that brings together students, parents and faculty at the East Charlotte school.
Among the student ensembles that performed with violinist Rosemary Furniss and Charlotte Symphony musicians were the student chorus and winds, string ensemble and the “bucket band.” Pianist Noel Freidline and soprano Dawn Anthony also performed with the youth orchestra.
The group’s final performance for 2011-’12 is set for May 1.
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