“I want to recognize Connor for his efforts in saving the Bain School,” said Ross.
Connor’s mother said that nostalgia contributed to Connor’s decision to help the Bain Restoration Committee
“He was one of the last classes to actually use the building for instruction,” said Denise Fohr, “He wanted to help because the school is an important part of Bain and Mint Hill history.”
“I think the building is an
important part of Bain Elementary and CMS history since it was the first CMS [Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools] school. I wanted to do something to make sure the building wasn’t destroyed,” Connor said, “After talking to Council- woman Ross, I liked the plans for the performance center and think it is a good addition to Mint Hill.”
The original Bain School was built in 1889 and was the first graded and preparatory school in Mecklenburg County. The school closed around 9 years ago when it was condemned for struc- tural issues.
Connor is a seventh grade student at Mint Hill Middle School and a member of Troop 159 in Windrow.
While in fifth grade, Connor read about efforts to save Bain Academy during a current events assignment.
Connor wanted to do something to help and talked with then Bain Principal John LeGrand and together they decided a bake sale would be a suitable way to raise funds for a contribution to the restoration project.
Last spring, Connor and two other classmates, Sophia Ternes and Kayla Salguedo, held a bake sale and raised about $131.25 which was donated to the restoration project.
“We are both very proud of Connor for everything he does,” said Denise Fohr, “Connor is a very
thoughtful young man and always wants to help others. It is because of his desire to make that contribution that we are still involved in the restoration committee and the wonderful group that keeps it going.”
Connor said that his future goals included traveling the globe to provide health care to underprivileged people.Connor said that it was an “honor” to be recognized by the Town for his contribution. He also said that he is helping with an upcoming All Class Bain Reunion in November.
“I will continue to help the committee anyway I can,” he said.