MHPD blood drive met goal


The Mint Hill Police Department partnered with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas last Tuesday for a blood drive.  CBCC registered 22 donors and collected 17 units, surpassing their goal of 15.

“This means that 51 local patients will benefit form those that donated blood!” said CBCC representative Meredith Morgan.

Kelly Childers (pictured) walked from his neighboring office at Nationwide to donate blood.


CMS’s new superintendent visits Independence

Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s new superintendent, Heath Morrison, visited Independence High School Monday.  Morrison met with principal Amy Dellinger, faculty, transportation staff, and students.

“His primary goal was to get a feel for the culture and the organization of summer school,” said Dellinger.  Independence High School holds summer school for the district, serving students and teachers from Providence, East Mecklenburg, and Butler High Schools.

Morrison entered classrooms and spoke with students about the purpose of their summer school enrolment, graduation plans, and the next steps after graduation.

Dellinger and Morrison had some informal conversations about what is working well for Independence.  They will have a more Independence-focused conversation later in the year to discuss teachers, students, and the culture of the school.

“We were certainly glad to have him here,” said Dellinger.


14 women received free mammograms


Local branches of American Community Bank invited Presbyterian Healthcare’s mobile mammography unit to their parking lots to provide free screening to women over 35.  Of the 14 women who received mammograms last Wednesday at the Mint Hill and Indian Trail branches, four of them were screened for the first time.  All of the age-eligible ladies at the Mint Hill branch received mammograms.

The healthcare providers in the mobile unit said women reported being less intimidated by the relaxed atmosphere of the screening.  The mammograms took about five minutes, and the digital images were downloaded and read at the hospital.

American Community Bank branch manager, Tammy Stack, and chief operating officer Mark DeMarcus supported Presbyterian’s mobile mammography efforts.  The bank intends to partner with Presbyterian Healthcare again in the future.


Queen’s Grant: past, present, future

Dr. Mike Smith spoke to the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce about Queen’s Grant High School. Photo by Amanda Waters.

Queen’s Grant High School principal, Dr. Mike Smith, presented a talk to the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce last Thursday entitled “Queen’s Grant High School: Our legacy, past, present, and future.”  Queen’s Grant is a local public charter school founded in 2006.  Its doors opened to students in the fall of 2007, and it moved from the Garr Christian Academy to its current location on Idlewild Road in 2009.

Smith clarified that a charter school is a school of choice, and it does not raise taxes.  Charter schools exist on the same money allocated to other public schools, and Queen’s Grant does not receive money for buildings.

Before coming to Mint Hill, Smith was the founding principal of the Greensboro Academy.  Mayor Ted Biggers and a group of about 25 parents visited Greensboro to learn more about building a school for Mint Hill.  What resulted was a partnership with National Heritage Academies and the founding of Queen’s Grant Community School, offering kindergarten through eighth grade.  The success of that institution inspired the establishment of Queen’s Grant High School.  Smith joined the staff as principal last fall.

Presently, Queen’s Grant proudly offers 10 advanced placement courses.  It is a no-nonsense campus that holds students accountable.

“If you can remember what school was like in the late ‘50s, early ‘60s, that’s what ours is like.  We don’t tolerate anything,” said Smith.  “Expectations are extremely high.”

In the next few years, Smith wants to see 18 AP courses offered.  He wants an enrollment of 750 students and another campus.

“Sports are not our focus,” he said, but he does want sports to be available to students.  Volunteers are assisting with athletic fields.  The school is adding soccer, baseball, and lacrosse.

As Queen’s Grant looks to the future, it will continue to hold students accountable and prepare them for college.

“We will not lower the bar. You have to rise to our expectations,” said Smith.

A large majority of last year’s graduating class of 88 students said they intended to further their academic careers – 95 percent.  As a whole, the class had been accepted to over 50 colleges, including William and Mary, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, the Citadel, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Baylor.