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Mint Hill teen develops skills as Bank of America Student Leader

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill resident and Northwest School of the Arts graduate Nia Moore spent the past summer interning with Freedom School Partners as part of the national Bank of America program Student Leaders.

Moore was one of five students selected from the Charlotte area to participate in an eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit. The goal is to recognize students for their community efforts by providing them with valuable career experience.

“I had to wake up earlier than I did throughout the school year, but it was definitely worth it,” Moore said.

Moore had previously volunteered with the nonprofit Promising Pages, which seeks to build literacy for underprivileged children by giving them access to early education through books. “I’ve already been interested in educational disparities,” she said. “Working with Freedom Schools definitely aligned with that.”

Freedom School Partners works to combat summer learning loss and make gains in literacy through a six-week summer program each year. Moore’s responsibilities varied each day, providing an overview of each facet of a nonprofit. Tasks included site deliveries, scholar evaluations and field trips. Interns were able to meet with the marketing and finance departments to learn more about the roles they play.  […]

New Beginnings requests rezoning for community center

By Leah Schmalz

The council held a public hearing on a rezoning request filed by New Beginnings Community Church on Stillwell Road at the town hall meeting last Thursday.

The church has already completed a parking lot off of Bobby Lane across from the church building. The rezoning request is for construction of a community counseling center on the property situated next to the parking lot. “We’re always looking to be a valuable part of the community,” said Elder James Worthey, campus minister of the church’s Indian Trail location. The facility would also include a small chapel, offices and meeting space for civic groups and clubs.

Phase 1 of the project includes a 10,000 square foot building that would resemble the original church. The church would extend the sidewalk along Margaret Wallace as well. Stormwater management and 110 additional parking spaces are part of the master plan.  […]

By |August 30th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Young artist premieres work at Sunday Afternoon in the Park in Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

A wide range of talented artists set up tents at the 11th annual Sunday Afternoon in the Park. For Eli Cervantes, the event was his first art show.

The 10-year-old boy works with colorful pieces of glass to create mosaics. Some of the designs are abstract; others form objects like fish or crosses.

“I like […]

Bain aims for personal learning approach this year

By Leah Schmalz

Bain Elementary is striving to make education more individualized and effective this year by personalizing learning to the needs of each student.

“One of our new goals this year is to start looking at each child and determining the best way they learn,” said Principal Tracey Hayes. “Our school will be taking on a personalized learning approach for our students.” […]